SLCC General Catalog

Automotive Technician AAS

CTE Associate Of Applied Science (AAS)
68 credits minimum

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Program Description

The four-semester automotive technician program is designed to train students in both domestic and imported vehicle mechanics and repairs. It prepares students to enter into the job market as technicians skilled in all facets of automotive repair.

Prospective auto technicians should be in good physical condition, have above average mechanical aptitude and hand-eye coordination and have problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of this program, graduates may find employment opportunities as automotive transmission specialists, engine performance experts, automobile air conditioning specialists, front end and brake technicians and emission control specialists. Most technicians furnish their own hand tools. Employers furnish engine analyzers and specialized test equipment and tools for servicing service units such as automatic transmissions. Skills in automotive diagnosis and repair open the doors to a multitude of jobs throughout the state and nation.

Honda PACT (Professional Automotive Career Training) Program

In order to be at the “cutting edge” of technology, the Salt Lake Community College, in agreement with American Honda Motor Company, has included the American Honda Professional Automotive Career Training (PACT) into its Automotive Technician AAS Degree program. Honda PACT is designed to allow students to receive additional training in the repair and maintenance of Honda and Acura automobiles. Honda PACT consists of technical training for automotive service professionals specializing in customer service. Students become Honda PACT students by completing AUTO 1010 Maintenance and Light Repair Fundamentals and successfully passing a series of Honda-specific tests called Honda Express. Learn more about Honda PACT at www.hondacareers.com

Transfer/Articulation Information

 Students who earn an AAS degree in Automotive Technician have the option to transfer into the Technology Management Bachelor Degree at Utah Valley University. UVU will accept up to 45 technical credits towards this degree.

Program Entry Requirements

Students may enter into this program Fall, Spring or Summer semester. Successful completion of, or testing out of, AUTO 1010 is required before students can enroll in additional automotive courses. To be able to test out of AUTO 1010, a student must meet one of the following qualifications: 1. Completed two years of Auto classes in High School OR 2. Have at least one year of work experience as an automotive technician. If you meet one of these requirements, you may then speak with the instructor for this class, regarding the option to test out of AUTO 1010. Successful completion of AUTO 1010 is a passing grade of a C or higher for either course completion or testing out.

AUTO 1010 can be taken as concurrent enrollment in High School programs. AUTO 1010 will also be offered in the summer semester and twice during both Fall and Spring semesters.

Estimated Cost for Students

Tuition per semester: www.slcc.edu/students-future/tuition-fees
Tools and Supplies: $2,000
Books: $850

Estimated Time to Completion

The Automotive Technician AAS degree requires a minimum of four full-time semesters and a minimum of 68 credit hours.

 

General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Composition (EN) 3 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

ENGL 1010

Intro to Writing (EN)

3

A

WRTG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

Quantitative Studies (QS) 3 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

IND 1120

Math for Industry (QS)

3

F, Sp

MATH 0900

Communication (CM) 3 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

Any approved CM course

Human Relations (HR) 2-3 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

Any approved HR course

 

 

Distribution Areas: (3 Credits)

Choose an additional three credits from one of the following distribution areas.

Course

Credits

 

 

Biological Science (BS)

3-4

 

Fine Arts (FA)

3-4

 

Humanities (HU)

3

 

Interdisciplinary (ID)

3

 

Physical Science (PS)

3

 

Social Science (SS)

3

 

 

Required Courses: (54 Credits)

Course

 

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

AUTO 1010

Maint & Lt Repair Fun

6

A

 

AUTO 1150

Auto Electr & Electronics

6

F, Sp

AUTO 1010 w/ C grade or better or challenge exam

AUTO 1250

Auto Engine Repair

6

F, Sp

AUTO 1010 w/C grade or better or challenge exam

AUTO 1350

Auto Braking Syst

6

F, Sp

AUTO 1010 w/C grade or better or challenge exam

AUTO 1450

Auto Susp and Steering

6

F, Sp

AUTO 1010 w/ C grade or better or challenge exam

AUTO 2150

Manual Trans and AC

6

F, Sp

All 1000 level AUTO courses w/ C grade or better

AUTO 2250

Automatic Trans

6

F, Sp

All 1000 level AUTO courses w/ C grade or better

AUTO 2350

Engine & Emi Contls I

6

F, Sp

All 1000 level AUTO courses w/ C grade or better

AUTO 2450

Engine & Emi Contls II

6

F, Sp

All 1000 level AUTO courses w/ C grade or better and AUTO 2350 w/C grade or better

 

Sample Schedule

Summer Semester Schedule

Summer Semester

 

  AUTO 1010

6

 

 

Total

6

 

 

1st Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

AUTO 1150

6

AUTO 1350

6

AUTO 1250

6

AUTO 1450

6

CM

3

IND 1120

3

 

 

HR

2-3

Total

15

Total

17-18

2nd Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

AUTO 2150

6

AUTO 2350

6

AUTO 2250

6

AUTO 2450

6

ENGL 1010

3

Distribution

3

Total

15

Total

15

 

Advising Notes

Students who need to take preparatory classes prior to entering the program should plan extra time to compete the program.

It is the students’ responsibility to understand the requirements for their chosen program of study. It is highly recommended that the student meet with the program advisor prior to starting this program.

Currently the Automotive Technician program offers day and evening classes.

SKILLS USA

All students enrolled in the Automotive program may participate in Skills USA. This program is designed to promote leadership, communication, social and employability skills.

It is possible to earn some laboratory credit through cooperative education if students are employed in a job involving automotive mechanics. With prior approval of a teaching faculty member and faculty CO-OP coordinator for the Automotive Department, students would register for the regular laboratory course.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes

 

  1. Acquire substantive knowledge
  2. Communicate effectively
  3. Develop quantitative literacies
  4. Think critically and creatively
  5. Develop knowledge and skills to be civically engaged
  6. Develop the knowledge and skills to work with others in a professional and constructive manner
  7. Develop computer and information literacy
  • Completers will obtain Automotive Engine Repair entry level employment skills in accordance with NATEF standards.

1, 2, 4, 5

  • Completers will obtain Automotive Automatic Transmission and Transaxle entry level employment skills in accordance with NATEF standards.

1, 2, 4, 5

  • Completers will obtain Automotive Manual Drive Train and Axles entry level employment skills in accordance with NATEF standards.

1, 2, 4, 5

  • Completers will obtain Automotive Suspension and Steering entry level employment skills in accordance with NATEF standards. 

1, 2, 4, 5

  • Completers will obtain Automotive Brakes entry level employment skills in accordance with NATEF standards.

1, 2, 4, 5

  • Completers will obtain Automotive Electrical/Electronic Systems entry level employment skills in accordance with NATEF standards.

1, 2, 4, 5

  • Completers will obtain Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning entry level employment skills in accordance with NATEF standards.

1, 2, 4, 5

  • Completers will obtain Automotive Engine Performance entry level employment skills in accordance with NATEF standards.

1, 2, 4, 5

Department Contact Info

Technical Specialties Division

Miller Campus
Miller Automotive Training Center (MATC) 203

General Information
801-957-4073

Program Information
801-957-5231

Automotive Technology Department

Academic Advisor
Redwood Campus
Construction Trades Building (CT) 294
801-957-4550

Program Faculty

Assistant Professors

Vince Badger
Brett Baird

Instructors
Ed White Jon Longo
Norman Brown
Dennis O’Rielly