2023-2024 Catalog 
    Jun 13, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Automotive Service Technology, A.A.S.

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JJC Program Code: TE030

ICCB Program Code: TECH 0011

The Automotive Service Technology program at JJC is recognized as one of the premier automotive training programs in the Midwest. Serving both the degree-seeking student as well as the professional technician seeking to upgrade their skills, our NATEF certified program offers an A.A.S. degree as well as several certificates to prepare the student for success in a wide variety of industry careers. The curriculum is reviewed and updated based on input from our advisory committee comprised of experts from education and industry. All courses are taught by ASE certified instructors with years of practical experience. Our instructors constantly attend classes to stay current with changes in automotive technology. The students learn about every aspect of automotive service and repair in our state-of-the-art facility using the latest equipment and technology*. The core of the program is the live shop operation where the students will put what they have learned in the classroom and lab into practice repairing actual customer vehicles. The shop is run just as a working repair shop in industry would be where the students, using school-owned tools, will spend over 500 hours during the two-year program gaining the valuable work experience employers find desirable**.

According to the United States Department of Labor, most employers regard the successful completion of a vocational training program in automotive service technology as the best preparation for trainee positions. High school programs, while an asset, vary greatly in scope. Graduates of these programs may need further training to become qualified. Job opportunities are expected to be very good for those who complete postsecondary automotive training programs and who earn ASE certification. Those without formal automotive training are likely to face competition for entry-level jobs.

The US Department of Labor also states that for trainee automotive service technician jobs, employers look for people with strong communication and analytical skills. Technicians need good reading, mathematics, and computer skills to study technical manuals. They must also read to keep up with new technology and learn new service and repair procedures and specifications.

JJC has transfer agreements with a number of four-year institutions for students that wish to pursue a baccalaureate degree.

For further information from the US Department of Labor, go to: www.bls.gov/oco/ocos181.htm and www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes493023.htm

*See course descriptions in the catalog

**Students use school-owned tools

Completion Guide

For advisor information and a sample schedule by semester, view our completion guide. 

General Education Requirements: 15 Semester Hours

Select courses from the following groups:

Group I: Communications  - Must take either ENG 101 or ENG 130. (3 credit hours) Students may substitute ENG 102 or ENG 230 for either of the above courses.

Group II: Social and Behavioral Sciences  - 3 credit hours required in this category

Group III: Humanities and Fine Arts  - No specific minimum credit hours required. Students are encouraged to select a Humanities or Fine Arts course as part of their General Education coursework.

Group IV: Math/Sciences  - 3 credit hours required in this category

Group V: Career Enhancement  - No specific minimum credit hours required. This category is optional for AAS degrees.


Total Required Hours: 67 Semester Hours

Includes Online Courses

This program includes the option for distance education courses (online and/or hybrid).

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