Automotive Technician Program

Automotive Technician Program


Welcome. I am Gary Nugent.
I am the Automotive Department Chair here at Continuing Education’s
Automotive Department.
Today I’d like to give you a little background on how the program works.
The program is designed to set up for entry level students
so that they can go out and find a job
in the automotive service department. These students
when they finish their program will be able
to go out
earn money anywhere in the area from about $10 an hour
up to maybe $60,000 to $70,000 per year
depending on their experience.
It’s 625 hours long.
And that works out in the neighborhood of
about 25 weeks depending upon the holidays.
The first section is a brake and suspension section
and in this section you learn how to do brake jobs
including ABS systems.
The ABS systems as you know are on the newer cars
and are designed to keep the car from skidding
and doing damage in case of an accident.
Also in this section we are going to be doing front-end alignments.
That includes suspension repair and alignment of the vehicle.
You’ll see state-of-the-art equipment
equipment made by Hunter Corporation and is designed to do all 4
wheel alignments.
Along with that we do wheel balancing etc.
You’ll spend 300 hours in the section over here.
And during that 300 hours
you’ll even get a chance to do a little transmission work
Axles, rear axles, and transaxles.
The next section that you are going to be going to
is the section that involves engine repair,
electrical, and drivability.
The engine repair section
is designed to help you understand how the
engine operates
as well as give you basic understanding
of some maintenance.
When you get into electrical as most of you know
the new cars are just full of all kinds
of electrical components,
so electrical will take you from basic electricity
all the way through
into computer controls.
That little section there takes
about 300 hours also.
So between the 2 areas, brakes and suspension, and the
engine and control area
this is going to be a 600 hour program
the other 25 hours of the program
are basically used for safety.
S0 625 hours for the
whole program and when you get done
if you have at least a B average
and that can be used for an articulation
agreement that we have with Miramar College.
It’ll give you 9 units.
That’s 9 college units that you can transfer out to the college
into their automotive program.
We also have an evening class, a class running from 5:30 to 9:00 PM.
But remember things are subject to change
so always check with the office
to make sure everything is just as I said.
As a student here in the automotive department
your typical day would be coming in at 7:00
in the morning
and then taking and spending 2 hours in lecture time.
At the end of the lecture we have a small break
where the coffee truck shows up
and we can have breakfast.
at the end of that time we can then go out in the shop
and work in the shop.
There is a tool room here.
That tool room will actually take care of all of your tool needs.
So you don’t have to have any tools yourself
However, considering that you want to go to work in the trade
remember tools are a function of
the trade itself and you are going to be expected
to have to purchase them.
Also we have a computer lab.
The computer lab has
the latest of the software designed by Mitchel
Corporation and all data corporation
for service information
included in that is technical service bulletins.
We hope you found this presentation helpful for you
We’d love to have you come down and join us in our class.
Remember, the field is just screaming
just yelling for technicians out there.
At present, the department of labor says that over 60,000
technicians will be needed
by the year 2010.
So as you can see it’s not a problem getting
a job in the industry. It’s just your ability.
And we make that ability work and shine as well as
it possibly can.
OK. So come on down and see us down here at the Automotive Department.


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