Students in the Auto Mechanics Technology program develop skills for servicing and repairing all systems of the automobile. Instruction is received in engines, chassis, transmissions, electrical, brakes, and fuel systems while working on customer projects and training aids. Shop experience is combined with courses of related theory. Emphasis is placed on competency in the technical skills and completing specified course objectives. The program includes internship opportunities where students obtain advanced on-the-job training. Safety in the program is stressed. Upon completion of the program, students must pass the ASE certification tests in order to graduate.
- Program has semester admittance (Fall and Spring)
- Students must have a current valid driver’s license while enrolled in the program and have no DUIs in the past 12 months
- Enrollment priority is on a first-come, first-serve basis as determined by the student’s faculty advising date
- Aleks score in Math of 14 or higher, Writing Placement Exam of 2 or higher, or qualify for Math (PT) 103 and English 101
This program has physical requirements that may affect the student’s ability to perform in this field. These requirements can be found on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website or at O-Net OnLine. Physical well-being, good manual dexterity, and the strength to sometimes lift heavy objects are necessary. Prior automotive or industrial arts skills developed at the high school level are helpful but not necessary.
Job opportunities are available in nearly any part of the world. Opportunities to use mechanical skills are also available in marine and small engine repair, service advisors, and parts counter persons. Graduates find employment in dealerships; independent repair shops; service stations; quick lube stores; small engine, industrial, and marine repair shops; fleet repair businesses; and plant mechanical maintenance. A current national shortage of more than 250,000 mechanics makes this an excellent job opportunity for people who are able to adapt and want to enter into a highly technical field.
- Know how to operate shop equipment, lift heavy objects, handle fire equipment, and handle hazardous materials related to auto repair shops in a safe and professional manner
- Understand the function of the chassis, suspension and brake system. Determine how to make repairs using the appropriate equipment; complete proper alignment and balancing after repair; ability to operate hydraulic systems
- Obtain an understanding of engine theory and construction; engine operation; diagnosis of problems; removal and disassembly of engines; repairs and assembly; installation and testing
- Understand the use of math in the repair and diagnosis of vehicles
- Provide written estimates of work to be done
- Obtain an in-depth understanding and working knowledge of computer controlled fuel and engine management, and emissions systems in order to service and maintain them
- Diagnose and repair automatic transmission; replace parts as needed and make necessary adjustments using proper mathematical calculations
- Know the basic operation and repair of all types of clutches, manual transmissions, transaxles, transfer case, front and rear axle differentials
- Gain a thorough understanding of electricity and its components and comprehend its use as applied to automobiles
- Perform repairs and maintenance on electronic and electrical systems
- Able to use diagnostic equipment and strategies for using the equipment to isolate problems