Feb 04, 2023  
2016-2017 SLCC General Catalog 

Automotive Technician: AAS (CTE)

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Associate of Applied Science | 68 credits minimum

Technical Specialties Division
Miller Campus
MATC 203
General Information (801) 957-4073
Program Information (801) 957-4346
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advisor Redwood Campus CT 249, (801) 957-4550

Program Faculty
Assistant Professors - Brett Baird, David Read, Norman Brown, Dennis O’Reilly, Ed White

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.

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.

For information on getting started, please visit www.slcc.edu/students-future

Estimated Cost for Students

Tuition per semester: www.slcc.edu/students-future/tuition-fees
Tools and Supplies: http://www.slcc.edu/autotechnologies/required-tool-list.aspx
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.

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
1. Completers will obtain Automotive Engine Repair entry level employment skills in accordance with NATEF standards. 1, 2, 4, 5
2. Completers will obtain Automotive Automatic Transmission and Transaxle entry level employment skills in accordance with NATEF standards. 1, 2, 4, 5
3. Completers will obtain Automotive Manual Drive Train and Axles entry level employment skills in accordance with NATEF standards. 1, 2, 4, 5
4. Completers will obtain Automotive Suspension and Steering entry level employment skills in accordance with NATEF standards. 1, 2, 4, 5
5. Completers will obtain Automotive Brakes entry level employment skills in accordance with NATEF standards. 1, 2, 4, 5
6. Completers will obtain Automotive Electrical/Electronic Systems entry level employment skills in accordance with NATEF standards. 1, 2, 4, 5
7. Completers will obtain Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning entry level employment skills in accordance with NATEF standards. 1, 2, 4, 5
8. Completers will obtain Automotive Engine Performance entry level employment skills in accordance with NATEF standards. 1, 2, 4, 5

General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Composition (EN) 3 Credits

Quantitative Studies (QS) 3 Credits

Communication (CM) 3 Credits

  • Any approved CM course

Human Relations (HR) 2-3 Credits

  • Any approved HR course

Distribution Areas: (3 Credits)

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

Life Sciences (LS)  3-4
Fine Arts (FA)  3-4
Humanities (HU)  3
Interdisciplinary (ID)  3
Physical Science (PS)  3
Social Science (SS)  3

Available Internship:

Students desiring to complete an internship while pursuing an AAS degree in Automotive Technician may do so after successfully completing all required 1000 courses and by substituting one of these courses (AUTO 2150 , AUTO 2250 , or AUTO 2450 ) with a 6 credit hour course AUTO 2000 - Roger L. Miller Automotive Internship when properly approved. The student will perform 180 clock hours of automotive repair related internship work. Internships may be paid or unpaid.

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.

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.

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