The Automotive Technology program is designed to provide the necessary educational background and practical training to repair today’s automobiles and light trucks. Theoretical knowledge and practical experience are combined to provide students with the occupational skills needed to be successful.
Automotive service technicians inspect, maintain, and repair automobiles and light trucks that run on gasoline, electricity, or alternative fuels such as ethanol. Automotive service technicians’ and mechanics’ responsibilities have evolved from simple mechanical repairs to high-level, technology-related work. The increasing sophistication of automobiles requires workers who can use computerized shop equipment and work with electronic components while maintaining their skills with traditional hand tools.
Today, integrated electronic systems and complex computers regulate vehicles and their performance. Technicians must have an increasingly broad knowledge of how vehicles’ complex components work and interact. They must also be able to work with electronic diagnostic equipment and digital manuals and reference materials.
The Automotive Technology program is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation/Automotive Service Excellence (NATEF/ASE).