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Automotive Technology

This is the automotive department's project car. This car was built from the ground up by the SCC Automotive Association, a student club, as an extracurricular activity. The club members come from the automotive technology program, automotive collision and refinishing technician program, and the automotive machinist program.

The automotive technology program at SCC is one of the leaders in the industry in training students for a rewarding career in the automotive field. To find out more about our program and what it has to offer you, explore this site.


Program Description

Average Length of Program: 16-117 credits, 1-6 quarters
Completion Award: A.A.S. degree, certificate
Enrollment: Fall, winter, spring

The Automotive Technology program prepares the student for employment in many areas of the automotive field including dealerships, independent garages, fleet shops, service stations and specialty shops, which cover areas such as tune-ups and brakes. Students may enter the program in any of the first five quarters. The one-year certificate requires completion of any three quarters of the Automotive Technology program and the four related classes identified in footnote 1. This flexible schedule also enables students to receive short-term certificates while pursuing their degree.

Brakes and Suspension Certificate: This short-term certificate provides students with both theory and practical lab applications in automotive brake, suspension and hydraulic systems. Students gain experience in the diagnosis and repair of the following systems and components: master cylinder and hydraulic systems, drum and disc brakes, parking brakes, machining of brake drums and rotors, power brake units, and anti-lock brake systems.

Engine repair certificate: This short-term engine repair certificate program provides students with theory and operation fundamentals of engine diagnosis. Students gain practical shop experience in engine repair, inspection of cylinder heads, valve trains, engine blocks, and lubrication and cooling systems.

Electronics/Electrical Certificate: This short-term certificate program introduces students to basic electrical concepts including Ohm's law, magnetism, analog and digital meters, and test equipment. Students gain practical shop experience in the testing of such equipment as test lamps, voltmeters and ammeters. Hookup and testing of electronics and electrical components and circuits also are included.

Engine Performance/Air conditioning Certificate:This two-quarter certificate program emphasizes both engine performance and air conditioning systems and components. Content areas include ignition systems, fuel and exhaust/emissions systems, theory of carburetion and ignition systems. Students are introduced to heating and air conditioning systems and gain practical shop experience in their diagnosis and repair procedures.

Automotive Transmissions/Transaxles Certificate:This short-term certificate program introduces students to the theory and operation of both manual and automatic transmissions/transaxles, differential, drive line, and constant velocity joints, late model transmissions, and transaxles components.

Toyota T-TEN: Students interested in receiving special training in Toyota T-TEN (Technical Education Network) may substitute specialized courses specifically catering to Toyota T-TEN option.

Hybrid Cars: Spokane Community College is starting a Hybrid class in the automotive program. This is a 16-credit course. It will start winter quarter 2008 and can be taken after the completion of an A.A.S. degree or equivalent.

High Performance Cars: Spokane Community College has started a high performance class in the automotive program. This is a 16-credit course. It will be offered during summer quarter and can be taken after the completion of an A.A.S. degree or equivalent.

Program Goals

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  1. understand basic shop operation
  2. diagnose mechanical malfunctions and performance problems and make necessary repairs
  3. operate precision automotive diagnostic and repair equipment
  4. interpret repair manuals and computer-based programs dealing with specifications and repair procedures
  5. understand the importance of good public relations with customers, employer and fellow employees
  6. work with minimum supervision for or with a journeyman technician
  7. skillfully use tools and equipment

Career Opportunities: Most automotive technicians are employed by automobile dealers, independent automobile repair shops, specialty shops and fleets. Employment is expected to increase because of the expansion of the driving-age population, consumer purchasing power and multi-car ownership. All current automobiles are equipped with sophisticated computer controlled devices including ignition and braking systems, air bag, etc. which require highly technical skills.

POTENTIAL POSITIONS INCLUDE: Automatic transmission specialist, salesperson, automotive technician, front end alignment technician, heating and air conditioning specialist, engine performance technician and electrical/electronics specialist.

Words from Graduates:

Darrell Farris
Mechanix North
"We do all kinds of automotive and light truck repair. I like the challenge, the problem solving. There's nothing hum-drum about being a technician. The SCC program covers such a broad spectrum of the industry that you can pick an area to specialize in-or decide, like I did, to become an all-around technician. It's a real strong program. As a technician, you have to be willing to put out a lot of money in tools, but if you enjoy the challenge and are willing to buy the equipment, it's a great field."

Karen Shelley
Delivery Driver
Barton Jeep/Eagle
"My grand father used to own a service station and I would pump gas and do oil changes in the summer while I was still in high school. At first I wasn't sure I wanted to try college, but I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed the way the SCC automotive program was set up and how the teachers were so willing to help. It's a good program. All the new technology makes this a very interesting field. At SCC they are very up -to-date, and learning the new stuff is very interesting."

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For more information:

Jeff Coffey
SCC Counseling Center, MS 2151
1810 N. Greene St.
Spokane, WA 99217-5399
Counseling: (509) 533-7026 or 1-800-248-5644 ext. 7026
Department: (509) 533-8066
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