Automotive Technology

Policies and Fees

If you are interested in the automotive program at LBCC, be sure to review the following program policies and fees.

Clean Driving Record

If you can be identified as a “High Risk Driver,” you may find it impossible to find employment in the automotive service and repair field. For this reason, it is strongly recommended that each student enrolling in the Automotive Technology program have a clean driving record. LBCC students who do not have a good driving record are strongly encouraged to enroll in an educational program that will not require the operation of vehicles.

A valid driver’s license and proof of insurance for any vehicles you may drive to LBCC will also be needed.

For your reference, here is a typical set of hiring standards:

Candidates may not be hired if they are identified as a High Risk Driver. Candidates are High Risk if the Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) check indicates that the driver has one or more of the following violations within the last 5 years:

  • Conviction for an alcohol and/or drug related driving offense;
  • Refusal to submit to alcohol/drug testing;
  • Conviction of speeding in excess of 20 MPH;
  • Criminal conviction e.g. felony, negligent homicide, manslaughter, hit and run, etc.

Other violations incurred in the last 3 years:

  • Any combination of three or more: moving violations, At-Fault Accidents, Preventable Accidents;
  • Driving with a suspension, revocation, or administrative restriction;
  • Leaving the scene of an accident as defined by state laws;
  • Reckless driving.

Other violations incurred in the last 12 months:

  • Any combination of two or more: moving violations, At-Fault Accidents, Preventable Accidents.

What you will need

Any person hired must submit the following materials before a conditional offer of employment is made:

  • A copy of a current driver’s license;
  • A copy of a current five-year MVR from the DMV;
  • A copy of proof of automobile insurance and current registration

The above regulations are for example only. Specific definitions of a “High Risk” driver depend upon the Liability Insurance Policy for any potential employer. This information is provided to prevent you from investing your educational budget towards a career that you will be unable to pursue.

Tool Fees

Students will use Snap-on tools supplied by LBCC at the Advanced Transportation Technology Center.

All students entering the program will be assessed a $1275 tool fee per quarter during the first year (three terms) of the program. Upon successful completion of all requirements for the One Year Certificate in Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair, you will earn the following Snap-on tools.

  • SEPPRECOMB Snap-on tool set
  • KRB2006FPQR Blue Point six-drawer red tool box
  • 525F Digital multimeter
  • The retail value of this tool set is $7,905

Visit the Snap-on website to learn more.

LBCC automotive students may also purchase additional Snap-on tools with a student discount through the following contact. Note, while impact sockets and air tools are highly recommended, they are not included in the tools listed above.

Mike Brooks, Snap-on Industrial Tools
(541) 514-5482
patrick.brooks@snapon.com

Students who fail or drop out of the program will be awarded a partial tool voucher in an amount of $936 for each tool course fee that has been collected by Linn-Benton Community College. To qualify for a partial tool voucher, the student must make arrangements within one term of their last automotive class:

RJ Ehlers
(541) 917-4682
ehlersr@linnbenton.edu

Important note on MLR Certificate

Students are advised not to apply for the MLR certificate until you comple your studies at LBCC. This is because students who are awarded the MLR certificate may be considered “graduates” of the program and will not qualify for additional financial aid.