- Why Choose Automotive
- NC3 Location
- Industry Affiliates
Why Should You Go into Automotive?
If you enjoy challenges, cars, and like to work with your hands, Automotive Technology can be a rewarding career for you. Automotive service technicians are employed by auto dealerships, repair shops, auto and home supply stores, and gas and service stations.
The programs prepare students to diagnose, repair and maintain modern automobiles and light trucks including powertrain systems, steering, suspension and braking systems, electrical systems and electronic controls, automatic transmissions, engine overhaul, air-conditioning service and engine performance. All classes prepare students to pass the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification tests. The programs are conducted in modern, well-equipped classrooms and laboratory/shops. The automotive technology shop contains equipment for rebuilding and testing components such as engines and transmissions; a four-wheel computerized alignment rack; tune-up and computer control diagnostic equipment; 21 vehicle hoists; a chassis dynamometer; engine analyzers and many specialized tools.
In our classes, you will inspect, remove and replace various bearings, shafts, hubs, and seals associated with manual drive trains and axles. You will diagnose, repair or replace clutches and verify proper operations. You will learn about suspension and braking systems. Classes will allow you to diagnose, repair and verify proper operation of engines, test cooling systems and components and heating and air conditioning systems. You will inspect and repair vehicle wiring, connectors and circuit protection devices, batteries, starting and charging systems.
Auto Training Puts Student a Notch Above the Rest; Gets Five Job Offers Before Finishing the Program
Nicholas Garber, 2015 Automotive Technology grad, always liked working on cars, a skill he learned from his dad. After finishing high school, he landed a job as a auto mechanic at a local shop, but soon noticed that mechanics with formal training were being paid a higher wage. The way to move up and make a better wage, he learned, was through certification.
After starting LBCC's automotive technician program, Nicholas had the opportunity to get into alternative fuels training, a specialty program that trains technicians in propane, compressed natural gas, and electrical automotive systems.
"When I first joined the automotive program, I was looking to get a degree to help me get a better paying job. Once here, I decided to apply for the alternative fuels training, specifically for training in propane fuels."
The alternative fuels training put Nicholas in a specialty field, a notch above traditional mechanics. It turned out to be a great choice, and Nicholas had five job offers before completing the program.
"At the time, I didn't realize where the training was going to lead me. Back in my dad's time, propane wasn't very efficient. Today, with new technology, propane fuels are much more efficient. Now, I have my pick from some great-paying jobs."
All career information and statistics listed below are based off of the State of Oregon. For more information go to our Career Coach page.
Information on associated occupations, cost of attendance, loan debt for completers, and on-time completion rates for certificates can be found under Gainful Employment.
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National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) training center
- Direct input to educational standards for current and future workforce
- Direct input in the development of transitional skill sets for portable credentials
- Direct input in providing industry guidance and expertise in staff development and facility utilization for educational institutions
- Access to professional development activities for incumbent workforce
- Access to emerging and transitioning workforce
- Knowledge transfer through structured mentorship activities
- Direct exposure to emerging educational trends
- Certification raises the level of excellence for all within the industry. Technicians are trained, assessed and certified to industry standards
- Boosting Productivity in Manufacturing
- Enabling research and development around emerging technologies
Learn to service, diagnose, and repair modern vehicles using the latest diagnostic and undercar equipment. In cooperation with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the National Coalition of Certification Centers, and Snap-on Corporation, training combines operational theory with hands-on activities for engine repair, automatic transmissions, manual transmission and drive train, suspension and steering, brakes, electrical and electronic systems, heating and air conditioning, and engine performance. Get ready to pass ASE certification tests and begin a career as an automotive service technician. Programs include a NATEF Certified Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Automotive Technology and a NATEF Certified One-Year
Why Do I Need a Clean Driving Record?
It is strongly recommended each student enrolling in the Automotive Technology program have:
- A clean driving record
- A valid driver's license
- Proof of insurance for any vehicles they may drive to LBCC
If you can be identified as a "High Risk Driver" it may be impossible to find employment in the automotive service and repair field. 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. Below 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 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.
Any person hired must submit the following materials before a conditional offer of employment is made:
- 1. A copy of a current driver's license;
- A copy of a current five-year (or lifetime) Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) From 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.
LBCC Automotive Department Tool Policy
Students will use Snap-on tools supplied by LBCC at the Advanced Transportation Technology Center.
All students entering the program will be assessed a $990.00 tool fee per quarter during the first year (3 terms) of the program. Upon successfully meeting all requirements for the One Year Certificate in Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair you will earn your choice of two Snap-on tool options.
9200AGSO U.S. set 2 Snap-on Tool set and the KRB2006FPQR Blue Point 6 drawer red tool box. The retail value of this set is over $6,100.00.
SEPPRECOMB (no tool box with this set) The retail value of this tool set is just under $6,200.00.
CAUTION! DO NOT apply for the MLR certificate until you have completed your studies at LBCC. Students who are awarded the MLR certificate may be considered "Graduates" of this program and not qualify for additional financial aid.
During your third term you must complete the Student Tools Form that will indicate which tool option you wish to receive. All students must also register at www1.snapon.com/SEP Click on "Your Account" - (top line) then click "Register Here" (Right Column)
Tools Vouchers can be redeemed by contacting Bill Overall - Snap-on Industrial Tools (503) 425-9630 Fax (503) 650-7405 email@example.com LBCC automotive students may purchase additional Snap-on tools with a student discount through Bill Overall. Impact sockets and air tools are highly recommended and not included in the tool options above.
Students who fail or drop out of the program will be awarded a partial tool voucher in an amount of $790.00 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 with RJ Ehlers (541) 917-4682 firstname.lastname@example.org within one term of their last automotive class.
In cases of EXTREME hardship, a partial tool refund can be considered through a petition process that can be initiated through admissions in Takena Hall.
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