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Automotive

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Associate Degree Program

Do you enjoy learning how things work? Do you like to tinker with mechanical objects? Do you have a knack for taking things apart and putting them back together again? If the answer to these questions is “yes”, then consider enrolling in the Automotive program at Delaware Tech. This program prepares you for the highly technical field of automotive repair and maintenance of brakes, electrical systems, steering & suspension, heating and a/c,  engines, and automatic and manual transmissions/transaxles. You’ll learn preventive maintenance and emergency repairs to automobiles and light trucks, and you’ll be able to successfully navigate electronic service information systems using tools and instruments to diagnose difficult problems in today's automobiles. This program will provide you with a practical hands-on approach to the automotive repair industry through systematic classroom instruction, completion of required labs, and an internship with a local business.

Academically ready students can apply to the program following the guidelines of each location's wait-list process. Interested applicants should review the information provided here and contact their program advisor for program requirements.

This program is offered at the Georgetown and Stanton campuses.

What You Can Do

In this program, you will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare you for positions such as:

  • ASE Master technician
  • Business owner
  • Salesman/sales manager
  • Shop foreman or service manager
  • Parts technician/parts manager
  • Dispatcher
What You Will Earn

Competitive starting salaries range from $28,000 - $47,000.

What You Will Learn

Program Graduate Competencies

The Program Graduate Competencies listed below identify the major learning goals related to your specific program of study and identify the knowledge and skills you will have when you graduate to be successful in your chosen field.

  1. Use appropriate automotive diagnostic and service equipment, hand tools, and precision measuring devices to determine and perform the proper repair as necessary.
  2. Interpret automotive electronic service information, service manuals, and diagnostic charts.
  3. Document service repair procedures that accurately reference the 3Cs. 1. Customer complaint verification 2. Correct the problem 3. Complete the repair.
  4. Employ proper automotive industry service facility safety practices.
  5. Practice professional conduct as required in the automotive industry.
Core Curriculum Competencies

The Core Curriculum Competencies listed below identify what you, as an associate degree graduate, will be able to do upon completion of your degree, regardless of your major. You will acquire these core competencies through your general education courses (i.e. English, math, etc.) and your program of study courses.

  1. Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.
  2. Demonstrate effective problem solving and reasoning skills.
  3. Work effectively in groups of people from diverse backgrounds.
  4. Demonstrate ethical and professional understanding and conduct.
  5. Apply appropriate information literacy skills to locate, evaluate and use information effectively.
  6. Use computer technology appropriate to the field.
  7. Use scientific and mathematical reasoning appropriate to the technology.


Campus-Specific Automotive Information
This program is offered at the Georgetown and Stanton campuses.
Georgetown
CONTACT

Huey West
Department Chair, Instructor,
and Program Advisor
hwest@dtcc.edu
(302) 259-6451

Students applying to enter the Automotive Technology program at the Owens Campus are placed in a “pool”. Students must satisfy program prerequisites required by scores on Accuplacer, SAT or ACT prior to program admission. Once prerequisites are met students, are placed on a waiting list for the next available program based on a first come, first served basis.

The instruction, course of study, facilities, and equipment of this institution have been evaluated by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation and meet the standards of quality for the training of automotive technicians in the following areas:

  • Automatic Transmission & Transaxle
  • Brakes
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • Engine Performance
  • Engine Repair
  • Suspension & Steering
  • Heating & Air Conditioning
  • Manual Drive Train & Axles
Stanton
CONTACT

John Hoopes
Department Chair, Instructor,
and Program Advisor
jhoopes@dtcc.edu
(302) 453-3016

Students must satisfy program prerequisites required by scores on Accuplacer, SAT or ACT prior to program admission. After prerequisites are met, students may then register for the first semester of the automotive diploma or degree classes based on a first come, first served basis.

The instruction, course of study, facilities, and equipment of the automotive technology program have been evaluated by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and meet the standards of quality for the training of automotive technicians in the following areas:

  • Automatic Transmission & Trans-axle
  • Brakes
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • Engine Performance
  • Engine Repair
  • Suspension & Steering
  • Heating & Air Conditioning
  • Manual Drive Train & Axles
This program is offered at the Georgetown and Stanton campuses.