Automotive Technology

Program Features

The Pratt Community College Automotive Technology Program is a hands-on program which meets the requirements for Master Automobile Service Technology Accreditation—the highest level of program accreditation recognized by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).  The automotive technology students work in a shop environment with state of the art equipment that they will find in the auto industry. The qualified faculty are ASE certified master technicians and are constantly learning the latest technology by interning in the auto industry both locally and nationally during the summers.

Students will have the opportunity to work in a live shop on campus completing work for customers, participate in car shows and several other networking activities. All these experiences prepare students to test to become ASE certified prior to graduation, enhancing the students' earning potential and career opportunities.

If you are interested in enrolling in any automotive class, contact Alan Ziegler (Pratt Location), alanz@prattcc.edu, Daniel Meng (Attica Location), danielm@prattcc.edu, or Tyler Wells (Kingman Location) tylerw@prattcc.edu.

You may also contact our Admissions office to get started.


Degree and Certificate Options

Associate of Applied Science, Automotive Technology
Certificate, Automotive Technology
 


Program Learning Outcomes for Automotive Technology

By the end of the Automotive Technology Program, Students are expected to complete the following.

I, ____________________, will comply with personal and environmental safety practices associated with clothing; eye protection; hand tools; power equipment; proper ventilation; and the handling, storage, and disposal of chemicals/materials in accordance with local, state, and federal safety and environmental regulations.

RATING SCALE:              N         No Exposure - No experience or knowledge in this area

L          Limited Skill - Requires instruction and close supervision

M        Moderately Skilled - Performs job completely with limited supervision

S          Skilled - Works independently

Personal Standards

NLMS

0000    Reports to work daily on time; able to take directions and motivated to accomplish the task at hand.

0000    Dresses appropriately and uses language and manners suitable for the workplace.

0000    Maintains personal hygiene appropriate for the workplace.

0000    Meets and maintains employment eligibility criteria, such as drug/alcohol-free status, clean driving record, etc.

0000    Demonstrates honesty, integrity, and reliability.

 

Work Habits/Ethic

NLMS

0000    Complies with workplace policies/laws.

0000    Contributes to the success of the team, assists others and requests help when needed.

0000    Works well with all customers and coworkers.

0000    Negotiates solutions to interpersonal and workplace conflicts.

0000    Contributes ideas and initiative.

0000    Follows directions.

0000    Communicates effectively, both in writing and verbally, with customers and coworkers.

0000    Reads and interprets workplace documents; writes clearly and concisely.

0000    Analyzes and resolves problems that arise in completing assigned tasks.

0000    Organizes and implements a productive plan of work.

0000    Uses scientific, technical, engineering and mathematics (STEM) principles and reasoning to accomplish assigned tasks.

0000    Identifies and addresses the needs of all customers, providing helpful, courteous, and knowledgeable service and advice as needed.

0000    Respectful of tools and property used in school and workplace environment.

0000    Contributes to an inclusive environment where every coworker and customer feels welcomed, heard, and valued.

 

Shop and Personal Safety

NLMS

0000    Identify general shop safety rules and procedures.

0000    Utilize safe procedures for handling of tools and equipment.

0000    Identify and use proper placement of floor jacks and jack stands.

0000    Identify and use proper procedures for safe lift operation.

0000    Utilize proper ventilation procedures for working within the lab/shop area.

0000    Identify marked safety areas.

0000    Identify the location and the types of fire extinguishers and other fire safety equipment; demonstrate knowledge of the procedures for using fire extinguishers and other fire safety equipment.

0000    Identify the location and use of eye wash stations.

0000    Identify the location of the posted evacuation routes.

0000    Comply with the required use of safety glasses, ear protection, gloves, and shoes during lab/shop activities.

0000    Identify and wear appropriate clothing for lab/shop activities.

0000    Secure hair and jewelry for lab/shop activities.

0000    Identify vehicle systems which pose a safety hazard during service such as: supplemental restraint systems (SRS), electronic brake control systems, stop/start systems, and remote start systems.

0000    Identify vehicle systems which pose a safety hazard during service due to high voltage such as: hybrid/electric drivetrain, lighting systems, ignition systems, A/C systems, injection systems, etc.

0000    Locate and demonstrate knowledge of safety data sheets (SDS).

 

Tools and Equipment

NLMS

0000    Identify tools and their usage in automotive applications.

0000    Identify standard and metric designation.

0000    Demonstrate safe handling and use of appropriate tools.

0000    Demonstrate proper cleaning, storage, and maintenance of tools and equipment.

0000    Demonstrate proper use of precision measuring tools (e.g., micrometer, dial-indicator, dial-caliper).

0000    Perform common fastener and thread repair, including removing broken bolts, restoring internal and external threads, and repairing internal threads with a thread insert.

 

Preparing for Vehicle Service

NLMS

0000    Identify information needed and the service requested on a repair order.

0000    Identify purpose and demonstrate proper use of vehicle protection such as: fender covers, mats, seat, and steering wheel covers.

0000    Perform a vehicle walk-around inspection; identify and document existing vehicle conditions such as body damage, paint damage, windshield damage.

0000    Perform a vehicle multi-point inspection and complete a vehicle inspection report.

0000    Demonstrate use of the three C’s (concern, cause, and correction).

0000    Create a plan of action for each specific service or diagnostic situation.

0000    Review vehicle service history.

0000    Complete work order to include customer information, vehicle identifying information, customer concern, related service history, cause, and correction.

 

Preparing Vehicle for Customer

NLMS

0000    Ensure vehicle is prepared to return to customer per school/company policy (floor mats, steering wheel cover, etc.)

 


Career Options

Automotive Master Mechanic
Automotive Engineering Technician
Automotive Body and Related Repairer
 


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Accreditation


The automotive training program at Pratt Community College has received ASE Training Program accreditation by the ASE Education Foundation.
 


More Information

Automotive Certifications
Professional Licensure Disclosure


Need more info on high school students earning college credit through PCC? See videos below and learn more about the Automotive pathway on our high school College Start-Career Technical Education (CTE) web page.

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