Transportation

Automotive Technology

 

PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS

  • major dealerships
  • independent and specialty shops
  • transmission rebuild centers
  • government motor pools
  • fleet maintenance
  • diagnostic specialists
  • parts specialists
  • management
  • supervisory positions

*Standard Occupational Classification System 

 

DEGREE & CERTIFICATE OPTIONS

 

The metal fabrication currently offers a one-year Certificate of Applied Science with the beginning welding courses starting each Fall semester and the second half in the Spring semester.

 

PLAN OF STUDY

TOOLS/SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

 

Students in the Automotive program are required to buy their own tools to use in the laboratory setting.  Tool List and alist of vendors, that have previously worked with our students, are available online or from the New Student Services office.

 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Power train components: Basic theory and principles of gearing, service, repair, and reconditioning of clutches, transmissions, differentials, rear ends, axles, transaxles, and transfer cases
  • Brake systems: Subject matter includes master cylinders, power assist units, hydraulic lines, valve, disk and drum brakes, antilock systems, parking brakes, and brake electrical and electronic components
  • Suspension, steering, and related systems: Design, operation, diagnosis, and service of today's suspension and steering systems
  • Overhauls and Rebuilds: Complete disassembly and re-assembly of various engine units
  • Electrical and electronic systems: Theory of operation, diagnosis, and repair
  • Automatic transmissions: Disassembly and re-assembly, construction, operation, servicing, and troubleshooting procedures of modern automatic transmissions and transaxles
  • Fuel injection and carburetor systems: Diagnoses and repair of computerized fuel injection and carburetor systems, covering both domestic and foreign systems
  • Additional areas: Fuel systems, Emission control systems, Ignition systems, Engine mechanical tests, and General Motors Computer Command Control
  • Develop and maintain occupational relationships
  • Effectively communicate with customers and peers
  • Proficient in mathematicalskills necessary for technical fields

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION

 

Automotive Technician

 

CAREER CLOSEUP

Job Outlook and Pay Info

 

Median Wage (MT)*

$33,430


 Median Wage (US)*

$35,100


 Average entry-level wage, COT grads (2006-2010)

$34,147.50


Expected growth (MT)*

(projection through 2016)

13%


  Expected growth (US)*

(projection through 2018)

14%


 *Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections; MT Dept. of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau

  

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SKILLS, TRAITS, PREPARATORY CLASSES THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL

  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Manual dexterity
  • Math and spatial skills
  • Good physical condition
  • Reading and communication skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Troubleshooting skills

PROGRAM COST AND COMPLETION INFORMATION


Program Completion information was not required for this program for the 2009-2010 academic year.