The Automotive Technologies degree program offers students the opportunity to learn the academic and occupational skills needed by entry-level technicians in the automotive industry. The degree is aligned with the standards of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). The program is NATEF certified, a member of the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), and a Local Mopar College Automotive Program (Mopar CAP Local).
The curriculum was developed with industry guidance and prepares students with foundation courses. A key focus is on electronic technologies and other advanced diagnostic technologies used in light-duty vehicles currently produced and serviced by the major manufacturers.
The degree program’s emphasis is on key vehicle systems including electrical, engine performance, emissions, braking, steering & suspension, engine, transmission, and heating and air conditioning. Within each system, the student is taught to understand its operation, function, maintenance, repair, and diagnosis. In addition to the degree option, the automotive technology certificate programs are designed to be as flexible as possible in offering students and working technicians the opportunity to gain the needed knowledge and skills with a short term commitment
As students progress through the program, they will be exposed to other aspects of the transportation industry that include personal planning, development of individual and team working skills, development of advanced technical knowledge, health and safety, and environmental issues.