Automotive Technology

Turn the key on a new career in Automotive Technology, where you will learn diagnostics, inspection, and repair of all types of vehicles.

NATEF LogoIn the Automotive Technology program, instruction and practical application are provided in all eight areas of Automobile Service Excellence (ASE) in preparation for ASE certification tests. Clovis Community College’s Automotive Technology Program has met the strict standards required for Master Accreditation from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). This is the highest level of achievement recognized by NATEF. Although many educational institutions strive for it, only a small percentage achieves this level of accreditation.

The Automotive Technology Program offers classroom and laboratory experience, which includes all aspects of diagnostics, repair, and maintenance. Laboratory work on vehicles from a variety of manufacturers gives students a well rounded knowledge of the industry. Students become familiar with computerized technical manuals and multiple diagnostic hand and power tools used every day by professional line technicians. Training includes the application of diagnostics, parts inspection, and repair or replacement of failed components.

In this program, students will study:

  • Automotive Electronics
  • Engine Repair & Performance
  • Automatic & Manual Transmissions
  • Transaxle Theory
  • Engine Repair Diagnostics
  • Suspension and Steering Theory
  • Brake Systems/Antilock Brake Systems
  • Automotive HVAC

CCC's Automotive Technology program is also a great spring board for students who are interested in a bachelor's degree in areas such as engineering, sales, or marketing in the automotive industry. 

The Automotive Technology program is a full-time occupational technology program that allows students to complete program requirements in just 3 semesters and a summer.  Classes are Monday - Thursday from 7 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  Students can start in either the fall or spring semester. 

Upon completion of the full-time program students can earn certificates of completion from CCC in Automotive Power Train Systems and Automotive Chassis Systems. In addition, students are also eligible to take Automobile Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams in eight areas.  These courses all feed into the Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology.  Students can complete the associate degree requirements in 2 additional semesters.

Individuals interested in applying for admission to the full-time Automotive Technology program must:

  1. Complete an Application of Admission and submit it to the Admissions and Records Office.
  2. Complete an Occupational Technology Program Application and submit it to the Division Chair for Occupational Technology in Educational Services Room 151. 
  3. Complete the Accuplacer or other appropriate placement test and meet the minimum score requirements.  Please see an Academic Advisor for more information.
  4. Complete AT 100 (Introduction to Automotive Electronics) with a "C" or better

Upon completion of all admissions requirements, students will be placed on a waiting list based on the date in which all admissions requirements are completed.  Students will be notified by letter once they have been accepted into the welding program and must register by the deadline provided in order to secure a spot in the program.  Students who receive a letter but do not register prior to the deadline will be moved to the bottom of the waiting list. Open enrollment will begin the Monday preceding the first week of classes.  During open enrollment, any student who has met all requirements may register for the full-time program on a first-come, first-served  basis provided there is still availability in the program.  Students accepted into any Occupational Technology program must register prior to the first day of class. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics names automotive technology as one of the top 20 jobs with relatively high median earnings and the potential for significant job openings over the next decade. The jobs run the gamut from line technician to service consultant, service director or store owner. Employment can be found working in parts, distribution and the growing field of high-performance machining and rebuilding. Still other technicians find themselves moving into sales, marketing and business management.  As the number of vehicles in use continues to rise, more entry-level service technicians will be needed to do basic maintenance and repair. 

In 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics listed the median annual salary of automotive technicians at $36,016 and reports that those with formal post-secondary training will be more competitive for entry-level jobs.   Auto Mechanics were recently named in the ‘Top 21 Recession Proof Jobs’ by Forbes magazine.

 

Contact Info

For more information about CCC's Automotive Technology program, please contact:

Paul Blair
575.769.4178
paul.blair@clovis.edu

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