The Automotive Technology program is designed to train the student to service gasoline powered automobiles, light trucks, and hybrids. Specific areas of training include: major engine service; transmissions overhaul and service; rear axle and drive line service; electronic computer control service and diagnosis; steering gear and linkage overhaul; fuel injection systems overhaul; troubleshooting procedures; computerized air conditioning equipment service; shop management procedures; service of antipollution devices; front wheel alignment and wheel balancing; computerized brake systems service; and drive-ability and emissions service. The program also emphasizes the diagnostics and troubleshooting of auxiliary equipment such as starters, generators, alternators, regulators, switches, and other automotive components. This program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF, ASE) in all eight specialty areas.Students completing the training sequence in each of the specialties learn skills which meet ASE standards and will be eligible to take two Student ASE tests at the end of each semester.Students who successfully complete the curriculum, which includes a Capstone Experience in the final semester of the program, will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree. This program also awards an Enhanced Skills Certificate upon completion of additional technical courses.
The Automotive Technology program prepares students to enter an occupation where industrial safety is a critical competency and will require all students to successfully complete a program specific safety examination prior to participating in laboratory activities. Safety examination includes written and practical “hands-on” preparation, demonstration, and safe operation of occupational processes and equipment.
Program advisor for the Levelland Campus is Gary Ham, assistant professor of automotive technology. Program advisor for the Lubbock Center is Gary Ufford, professor of automotive technology.