Automotive Technology

Automotive service technicians use their high-tech skills to inspect, maintain, and repair automobiles and light trucks that run on gasoline, ethanol and other alternative fuels, such as electricity. In-depth training from Cisco College prepares students for entry-level jobs and/or upgrades job skills. Graduates of the program can work in many settings, including automobile dealerships, automobile repair shops, service stations, automotive parts stores, automotive specialty shops and service repair centers.

The work of automotive service technicians and mechanics has evolved from mechanical repair to a high technology job. Today, integrated electronic systems and complex computers run vehicles and measure their performance while on the road. Technicians must have an increasingly broad base of knowledge about how vehicles’ complex components work and interact, as well as the ability to work with electronic diagnostic equipment and computer-based technical reference materials.

The Automotive Technology program at Cisco College offers several options for interested students: a two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree, a two-year certificate and two one-year certificates. Many classes are offered during the day as well as evening at both locations.

Curriculum
Program leading to a Level II certificate or Associate’s Degree may include the following courses:

Specialized Courses for Level II Certificate:
Introduction Automotive Technology
Automotive Electronics
Introduction to Automotive Technology
Automotive Brake System
Automotive Electrical Systems
Suspension and Steering
Auto Engine Removal and Installation
Automotive Engine Repair
Engine Performance and Analysis I & II
Automatic Transmission and Transaxle
Advanced Emission System Diagnostics
Auto Electrical Lighting and Accessories
Auto Heating and Air
Basic Refinishing (Cisco only)
Manual Drive Train and Axles
Automotive Service
Automotive Alternative Fuels

Courses for AAS*:
English
Business Computer Applications
Mathematics
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective
Psychology OR Government OR Principles of Sociology
*The AAS combines all Level II courses with the above mentioned academic courses.

Level I Automotive Performance Certificate:
Introduction to Automotive Technology
Automotive Electrical Systems
Auto Engine Removal and Installation
Automotive Electronics
Engine Performance and Analysis I & II
Auto Electrical Lighting and Accessories 
Manual Drive Train and Axles

Level I Automotive Driveability Certificate:
Automotive Brake System
Suspension and Steering
Automotive Engine Repair
Advanced Emission System Diagnostics
Auto Heating and Air
Automotive Service
Automatic Transmission and Transaxle
Automotive Alternative Fuels

Students must complete the Capstone exam. Completion of coursework prepares students to take the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence certification exam.

Application Procedure
To be considered for admission to the Automotive Technology program, interested persons should:

  1. Complete application to the college
  2. Contact Sott.Hetrick for more information on the Automotive Technology program in Cisco
  3. Contact Lee Davidson for more information on the Automotive Technology program in Abilene.

Applicants may also contact Rick Marks, division chair 

Admission Requirements
Applicants for admission to this program must fulfill the general requirements for admission to the College. The procedure for seeking admission to the College follows:

  1. Complete the Cisco College application
  2. Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  3. Talk to a counselor about testing 
  4. Attend CARGO

Prospective students should also remember that acceptance by Cisco College does not guarantee admission into specific occupational programs. Additional factors considered for admission may be a satisfactory record in high school or college, placement tests and other criteria.

National Statistics For This Career Field
(Jobs in the Big Country related to the oil and gas industry may pay significantly more than the National average)
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