Automotive Technology Program

Automotive Technology Program


I got into this field I think because it
was in my blood. It’s part of my DNA. I
like teaching. I love wrenching, and so
therefore this is a great way in order
to keep on doing both. There’s two things that separate SUNY Canton automotive
from all the other automotive courses or
curriculums that are out there. One is
that we’re a Snap-On certification
Center, the only one in the state of New
York. The other thing is that we’re a
very small program. We keep our size very
small so that the student to teacher
ratio, when it comes to the lab is only
eight to one.>>JEFF STINSON: When you come in to SUNY Canton, Mr. Tuper, Mr. Baldwin and I
are going to give you 30 to 40 years
a piece of all the experiences that we
know. You’re getting 100 plus years of
knowledge here in this lab. Every tool
that you could find in the most
professional lab setting – we have here
Our goal and emphasis here is to have
the student come out of SUNY Canton as
an employable product. We try to
recognize students on a one-on-one basis
We get to learn them. We actually learn
your weaknesses, so we build up on that.
We don’t let you slide through the
cracks, so to speak.>>DANNY: There’s a phenomenal
amount of knowledge you can get from
this program. Basically any specialty
tool that you could ever possibly need,
you have it at your disposal. This school
is very good with the electrical part of
that. That’s what can get you through on
the bigger jobs. That’s a really heavy
important part of the automotive world
now is just the electrical part of it.
>>LEAMON: When you start out you start out with
the small stuff – tire changes, oil changes.
Then as you progress and the teachers
begin to trust you more, you get into
motor diagnostics and suspension
steering, brakes. You tear apart an engine.
You rebuild it. You can do automatic
transmissions, manual transmissions. It’s
all hands-on. Coming out of this program
you have a good opportunity of jobs. You can go anywhere from technician,
to parts, or parts guys, to service writers
there’s a lot of opportunities coming
out of here.>>STINSON: In this lab when a student walks in here, the
first thing he notices is that the shop is very bright and professionally lit up. The
walls are painted really well. There’s good reflection. You can really see very
well what you’re doing. We have nine
working bays, six professional car
lifts as well as two hundred alignment racks here.>>BALDWIN: We have an all-wheel drive
dynamometer. Of course with all-wheel
drive that means we can dynamometer our
dyno Subarus or anything that has
all-wheel drive. So, the benefit to that
is that we can actually diagnose
drivability concerns, too. We find that the
the lab space itself tends to be a
little bit of a community area. Students
eat lunch together. We see them around campus as a group.
Everybody knows everybody else. Once you graduate from SUNY Canton,
you become part of the SUNY Canton family.


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