Automotive Technology Program
About the Program
The Automotive Technology degree program will provide students with basic to advanced automotive skills. Students completing the degree can find employment as an auto mechanic, automotive service technician, shop foreman, etc. Jobs can be found in automotive dealerships, auto repair and maintenance shops, retailers and wholesalers of automotive parts, home and auto supply stores, and automotive small business owners.
2-Year Automotive Technology Degree
AUM C523 Auto Light Repair Tech
AUM C524 Service Maintenance
AUM C525 Engine Performance Specialist
AUM C526 Automotive Service Specialist
AUM D522 Automotive Technology
All certificates are NATEF certified.
Courses Transfer to University
Upon degree completion, the student may transfer to selected senior institutions to complete a baccalaureate degree.
The automotive program is a NATEF MASTER level program and is taught by ASE certified instructors. The lead instructor is Master ASE certified and has the L1 advanced performance certification. NATEF is National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation.
Frontier Community College, 2 Frontier Drive, Fairfield, IL 62837 (618) 842-3711 or toll-free at 1-877-464-3687
Ben Morgan is a 2013 graduate and achieved that ASE Master Technician Certification. To be ASE Master Technician Certified, the technician must pass all eight sections: Engine Performance, Automatic Transmissions and Trans Axels, Manual Drive Trains, Suspension and Steering, Brakes, Electronics System, Air Conditioning, and Engine Repair. “The automotive program has prepared me to excel in the automotive field,” stated Morgan. “The courses were related to my field and included automotive math and science classes along with the regular mechanics classes. The instruction definitely helped me achieve the ASE Master Certification.” Morgan began working part-time at Fry’s Garage in Fairfield in the spring prior to his graduation. In May following his graduation, he began working full-time.
Brandon Desper is a 2014 and is pictured at his workstation at White County Ford in Carmi. He was hired in January 2014 on a part-time basis and is now working full-time. He credits FCC’s Automotive Faculty Rodney Maxey for a strong program and feels the knowledge he received in the classroom and lab prepared him for his current job. Desper is ASE Certified in three areas: A1 Engine Repair, A4 Suspension and Steering, and G1 Auto Maintenance and Light Repair. During his second year at FCC, Desper served as a Lab Assistant for the level 1 students and in the high school dual credit classes in 2013-2014.