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As automobiles become more complex, the people who service these vehicles must possess extensive knowledge of the sophisticated mechanical, electrical, and computer systems currently used. The Vermont Tech Automotive Technology program provides students with the technical education increasingly in demand by automotive manufacturers, dealerships, independent repair facilities, and equipment manufacturers. You will acquire knowledge through a broad exposure to mechanical and electronic automobile devices through classroom and laboratory experience. Significant study time is devoted to electronic control of mechanical systems, system design considerations, and the analysis and diagnosis of system failures as well as traditional hands-on skills. This Associate of Applied Science (AAS) program includes a 10-week summer cooperative education requirement that provides students with real- world experience and the opportunity to explore future employment.
Graduates of this program will have the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain, diagnose, and repair mechanical and electronic systems in any automobile or light/medium-duty truck. The comprehensive nature of the program ensures that graduates are prepared to solve problems on vehicles regardless of origin. The combination of technical knowledge, program philosophy, and emphasis on lifelong learning prepares the graduate with a solid foundation for success in all aspects of the automotive technology profession.
Throughout the curriculum, faculty and staff reinforce the principles of professional ethics, critical thinking, and problem solving as they are applied to the workplace. Students are also introduced to basic business management practices.
This program has been developed with the support and encouragement of the Vermont Automobile Dealer’s Association.
A student with an Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology will be able to:
- Understand the theory of operation, plus diagnostic service procedures, for gasoline engines light-duty hydraulic brake systems; passenger car and light truck suspension and steering systems; automotive electrical and electronic systems; passenger car and light truck drive train systems; automotive engine performance; advanced technology automotive vehicles; passenger car and light truck transmissions; and automotive heating and air-conditioning systems
- Communicate effectively with automotive customers and business relations
- Exhibit the principles of professional conduct in all aspects of customer relations
The student must possess a set of hand tools for use in the lab and for the summer internship program. A tool list is available from the department. The student should also have a dependable vehicle to travel to and from the lab facilities. Students are required to wear black work pants and steel-toed leather work or hiking boots in all lab sections. The college provides t-shirts.
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