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The Automotive Technology Program provides quality training relevant to current trends in automotive repair technology. The program enhances a student's employment potential and opportunities; provides knowledge and skills relevant to current trends in automotive repair; provides a solid foundation for continuing education in related fields; and provides a flexible, career-oriented path of training and education. Tech

Housed in the spacious shop facility of the Neil and Doris McMurry Career Studies Center, the automotive technology program is one of 30 career programs at Casper College designed to prepare students for the work force. Students can earn a one-year certificate or a two-year associate of applied science degree,
which includes general education coursework with automotive, machine tool and welding electives. We maintain high quality, up-to-date diagnostic equipment and training aids.

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Rachel Wright
Academic Assistant
307-268-2494
CS 116

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      Randy Waldron
Department Head
307-268-2386

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  • Randal Waldron
    • Phone: (307) 268-2386
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AUTO 1502 Automotive Survey I (2L,8LB,6CR):
For an entry level into automotive repair. For those students with little or no automotive background. Provides general theory and repair in the following automotive systems: electrical, engine performance, brakes, suspension and steering.

AUTO 1503 Automotive Survey II (2L,8LB,6CR):
A continuation of AUTO 1502 to provide third year high school students theory and exposure to the following automotive systems: engine repair and overhaul, heating and air conditioning, manual transmission, drive train and axles, and automatic transmission.

AUTO 1510 Engine System Fundamentals (2L,6LB,5CR):
This course will cover engine design and operation, engine sub-systems including ignition, fuel, cooling, oiling, intake and exhaust, and timing systems. Emphasis is placed on the proper usage of diagnostic tools and equipment, base engine diagnosis, engine performance, and tune-up procedures.

AUTO 1515 Basic Automotive Technology (1L,4LB,3CR):
This course will provide students with little or no automotive background a practical look at working in the automotive industry with general theory and repair in the areas of electrical systems, engine performance, brake systems, suspension systems, and steering systems.

AUTO 1670 4 X 4’s (1L,3LB,2.5CR):
This course is designed to provide the student with design characteristics, operating principles, service techniques and maintenance procedures on four wheel drive and all wheel drive systems. Prerequisite: AUTO 1690.

AUTO 1680 Chassis Fundamentals (2L,2LB,3CR):
An introduction to chassis systems, brakes, suspension and alignment. Emphasis will be on basic service and diagnostic procedures.

AUTO 1690 Manual Power Train Fundamentals (2L,4LB,4CR):
This course is designed to provide automotive students with the general theory, operation and component service involved in the transmission of mechanical power. The primary emphasis of the course deals with an introduction to drive shafts, drive axles, clutches, manual transmissions/ transaxles and four-wheel/all-wheel drive components.

AUTO 1740 Brake Systems (2L,4LB,4CR):
An introduction to braking systems, this course will cover basic theory and service of hydraulic systems, power brake systems, parking brakes, and antilock systems. Diagnostics, service and repair procedures are emphasized.

AUTO 1760 Heating and Air Conditioning (2L,4LB,4CR):
This course will cover heating and air conditioning theory, regulations, troubleshooting, component service, evacuation, recharging and retrofitting procedures. Prerequisite: AUTO 1510 and AUTO 1765 or permission of instructor.

AUTO 1765 Automotive Electrical (2L,6LB,5CR):
Introductory course designed to cover the theory, operation, testing and service of automotive electrical systems, battery, starting and charging systems.

AUTO 2500 Advanced Engine Rebuilding (1L,6LB,4CR):
Designed to provide students with the background and hands-on practice necessary to diagnose, repair and overhaul gasoline engines. Prerequisite: AUTO 1510.

AUTO 2555 Suspension and Steering (2L,4LB,4CR):
This course is an introduction to automotive alignment and suspension, and will cover chassis and steering system components, service procedures, alignment theory, and fourwheel alignments.

AUTO 2565 Advanced Automotive Electrical (2L,6LB,5CR):
A continuation of the vehicle electrical system operation and testing, covering lighting circuits, instrumentation, accessories, body computers, electronic chassis controls and passive restraint systems. Prerequisite: AUTO 1765.

AUTO 2580 Automotive Electronic Theory (2L,2CR):
Intended for advanced automotive students who have a desire to increase their knowledge of basic electronics. The course is intended to provide an introduction to electronics and on-board microprocessors as they are currently used on production vehicles. Prerequisite: AUTO 1765.

AUTO 2610 Computerized Fuel Systems (2L,6LB,5CR):
This course is intended for automotive students who have the need to increase their background on electronically controlled engine management systems. Students will begin with an overview of concepts that are applicable to understanding and diagnosing systems on all vehicles; then will move on to the study of individual systems. Prerequisite: AUTO 1510 and AUTO 1765.

AUTO 2800 Problems in Automotive Technology (1-3CR) (Max. 6):
Designed to provide the opportunity for advanced automotive students to pursue an independent problem in advanced areas of automotive repair. Students electing this course will develop, under supervision of an instructor, a problem, which is of specific interest to them. Prerequisite: advanced standing in the automotive program, and permission of the instructor.

AUTO 2810 Diagnosis and Tune-up Procedures (2L,4LB,4CR):
Provides students with the theory, diagnosis, adjustment and repair of the systems that affect engine performance. Includes basic engine condition, distributor ignition, carburetion, and emission control systems. Emphasis is placed on accurate use of diagnostic tools, equipment, proper tuning procedures, use of specifications, and interpretation of test results. Prerequisite: AUTO 1510 and 2610.

AUTO 2980 Cooperative Work Experience (Automotive) (1-6CR) (Max. 8)

AUTO 2995 Automotive Workshop: (Subtitle) (1-3CR):
Overview of basic automotive systems, light service work and used vehicle inspection.

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 Points of Pride

  • Additional opportunities to advance into higher education
  • All tools supplied
  • Auto club activities
  • Instructors are ASE master technicians with 20+ years experience in the industry
  • Large spacious shop
  • Lots of opportunity for hands-on experience
  • Majority of automotive classes 65-80+ percent hands-on
  • Newest diagnostic tools available
    Partnerships with businesses in automotive service industry, allowing students learning opportunities at work as well as in the classroom
  • Student opportunities to perform diagnostics/repairs on personal vehicles
  • Students engaged in special projects (most recently a tough truck build-up)
  • Two-person teams for lab work

Our cooperative work experience course encourages students to work in the local industry while earning college credits and a pay check. Preparing a student for the workforce includes combining excellent automotive skills with superior work ethics. Job opportunities in the field include dealer apprenticeship programs, independent automotive repair shops, parts supply stores, and other industry related activities-all of which can lead to a lifelong career in the field.

National statistics show that the automotive industry remains a strong career option and that there is an increasing demand for better entry-level ability. Changes over the past decade dictate that students must know more about electronics, computerized management systems, fuel injection, and front-wheel drive/all-wheel drive systems. Today's successful automotive technicians are very highly skilled and educated individuals.

Pop the hood on any late-model car today and it's easy to see that today's automotive systems have become increasingly complex. To become a successful automotive technician, you need to not only learn about cars but also receive comprehensive training on electronics, computers, specialized tools and software programs. It's the only way to stay on top of the industry's continuing technological advances.

Understanding technology is vital. But just as important to your success is maintaining a professional image and gaining the vital people skills that are so prized by employers. Most successful people start with their dreams, set goals, and then commit to their future. Obtaining an AAS degree is a step towards that goal.

Job opportunities in this occupation are expected to be very good for persons who complete automotive training programs in community colleges, as employers report difficulty in finding workers with the right skills. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there will be 35,000 automotive technician positions to fill each year through the end of the decade.

Also, according to industry statistics, the shortage of qualified technicians has resulted in higher starting salaries for people entering the automotive aftermarket. Median hourly earnings of automotive service technicians and mechanics, including commission, were $15.60 in May 2004. The highest 10 percent earned more than $26.22 per hour.

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The world of business and industry is a dynamic and changing environment. Our programs offer a wide range of study and career choices and our faculty members take the time to help students explore the options and choose the best career path possible. Our degree programs focus on the education and skills needed in modern business and industry.

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