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The objective of this program, located on the North Campus, is to provide the student with a broad range of skills and knowledge necessary for technician positions in the automotive field. The students receive training through theory lectures and lab experience. The program consists of 6 courses: Auto 101: Automotive Safety, Tools, and Preventative Maintenance (offered Fall, A.M.), Auto 102: Science of the Internal Combustion Engine (offered Spring, A.M.), Auto 103: Automotive Electronics and Emissions (offered Fall, P.M.), Auto 104: Science of Automotive Ride and Brake Performance (offered Spring, P.M.), Auto 201: Electronics with Work-Based Learning (offered Fall, P.M./All Day), Auto 202: Work-Based Learning (offered Spring, P.M./All Day). All 100 level courses are 50% classroom and 50% lab based. Second year students who qualify may elect to do a cooperative work experience at a local business. The program may be taken ½ day or full day. Possible course flows:
Auto 101→Auto 102→Auto 103→Auto 104 – this is your typical flow through the Automotive Curriculum with 2hr AM courses year 1 and 2hr afternoon courses year 2. Credits Acquired (based on completion of all 4 courses): 1 Science, 5 Electives. Auto 101→Auto 102→Auto 201→Auto 202 – this is a variant on your typical flow through the Automotive Curriculum for students interested in Work Based Learning experience. Year 1 will be 2hr A.M. courses focusing on automotive basics and year 2 will begin with Electronics followed by work-based learning. This course sequence requires instructor approval going into year 2 and will demand students be self-motivated and have their own transportation. Credits Acquired (based on completion of 2 years): 1 Science, 5 Electives. Auto 101→Auto 102→Auto 103→Auto 202 – this is a variant on your typical flow through the Automotive Curriculum for students interested in Work-Based Learning experience. Year 1 will be 2hr A.M. courses focusing on automotive basics and year 2 will begin with Electronics and Emissions, followed by a Semester 2 work-based learning experience. This course sequence requires instructor approval for the final semester in Auto 202 and will demand students be self-motivated and have their own transportation for that final semester.
Credits Acquired (based on completion of 2 years): 1 Science, 5 Electives. Auto 101→Auto 202 – This is a 1-year option for adult students or transfer students from another technical field who are interested in getting acquainted with the auto field and would like Work-Based experience second semester. Credits Acquired: 1 Science, 2 Electives. The student organization Skills USA is open to interested students.
Prerequisites: 10 credits on transcript. Must complete Auto 101 with a grade of 75% or better prior to advancing to any other automotive course. Qualifying students can earn 3 college credits from Vermont Technical College in Vehicle Electronics (GTS 1120).
Recommended Preparation: Algebra I and Geometry, or related math, Intro to Innovation of STEM, Mechanical Science.
Desirable Qualifications: A desire to advance professionally in the field, ability to read and comprehend technical textbooks, good manual dexterity.
Professional skill building: Wheel alignment, engine mechanical, engine performance, electronics, brakes, biodiesel processing, computer-based diagnostics, Vermont State Inspection, general service, lube, oil and filter, tires, welding and cutting, steering, suspension, drivetrain.
Related Careers: automotive mechanic/technician; garage owner/operator; parts clerk; automotive salesperson.
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