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Automotive Technology

Earn your two-year degree or certificates in automotive technology at Chemeketa.

Potential Salary$60,000

topics Trades

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CareersTechnology

Why choose program or class?

If you are ready for comprehensive training in automotive technology and car repair, Chemeketa is the place to start.

Chemeketa's program is competitive with special prerequisites and an enrollment limit. Class cohorts begin each fall. 

What will you learn?

Experienced and certified instructors will cover introductory and advanced automotive diagnosis and repair in the areas of –

  • Engine repair
  • Automatic transmission/transaxles
  • Manual drivetrain and axles
  • Suspension and steering
  • Brakes
  • Electrical/electronic systems
  • Engine performance
  • Heating and air conditioning

What will you do?

As a part of the automotive technology degree program, you will learn the technical skills you need to begin or advance your career through a combination of classroom and lab work and on-the-job experience. A cooperative work experience program allows you to earn college credit while earning money in the field. You will also learn written and oral communication skills that will help you communicate with co-workers and customers.

Upon completion, you will be qualified for a wide variety of jobs in the car repair and maintenance fields.

Chemeketa's instruction, course of study, facilities and equipment have been evaluated by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and meet the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Standards of Quality for the training of automotive technicians in all eight automotive specialty areas (Master Certification).

  • Automotive Technology Associate of Applied Science

    Students admitted to the program will be expected to complete general education courses as well as automotive courses in order to remain in the program.

    • Term 1
      • AUM151              Basic Automotive Engines
      • AUM157              Automotive Brake Systems
        • or AUM159           Automotive Chassis Systems
      • AUM184              Automotive Materials and Resources
    • Term 2
      • AUM152              Automotive Machine Shop
      • AUM158              Automotive Steering and Suspension
      • AUM168              Automotive Electrical Systems 1
    • Term 3

      • AUM161              Manual Drive Trains and Axles 1
      • AUM176              Automotive Electrical Systems 2
    • Term 4
      • AUM262              Manual Drive Trains and Axles 2
      • AUM263              Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles 1
      • AUM266              Engine Performance 1
      • AUM277              Electronic Vehicle Controls 1
    • Term 5
      • AUM267              Engine Performance 2
      • AUM282              Electronic Vehicle Controls 2
      • AUM286              Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning
    • Term 6
      • AUM253              Automotive Engines 2
      • or AUM280D        Cooperative Work Experience

      • AUM273              Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles 2

      • or AUM280D       Cooperative Work Experience

      • AUM281              Engine Performance 3
      • WLD197              Welding

    Estimated Program Cost

    It is estimated that for tuition, fees, and required tools/equipment, a student will spend a little more than $16,000 for the six terms (21 months) to earn the Associate of Applied Science degree.

    Required Tools

    Program students are also expected to have required tools and a laptop computer or tablet by the start of fall term classes.

    Tools

    1/4" Drive socket set

    General Service set
    Shallow socket and handle set 3/16”–9/16”
    Deep socket set 3/16”-9/16”
    Deep and shallow socket set, Metric, 5.5–13mm
    1/4” handle

    3/8" Drive socket set

    Shallow and deep socket and handle set 3/8”–3/4”
    Deep and shallow socket sets, Metric, 8–19mm
    Spark plug sockets—13/16” and 5/8”

    1/2" Drive socket set

    General service set including ratchet, breaker bar and extensions
    12–24mm sockets
    7/16”-1” sockets
    1/2”- 3/8” adapter

    TORX® Socket Set

    #10, #20, #25, #45, #50, #55 Torx socket bits
    E-5 through E-18 (Internal sockets)

    Wrench sets

    Combination 1/4”–1”
    Combination metric 6mm–19mm
    Allen wrench set (Standard and Metric)
    Flare nut (tubing) wrench set (1/4”–13/16”, 9mm-21mm)

    Screw drivers

    Miscellaneous: 3 Phillips and 3 Standard
    #1 and #2 Pozidriv bits
    Ratcheting screwdriver/ bit set

    Miscellaneous tools

    Combination pliers
    6” needle nose pliers
    Diagonal cutters
    Wire strippers
    Terminal crimping tool
    12v test light
    Adjustable joint pliers (Channellock® pliers)
    10” Vise grip pliers
    Gasket scraper
    24 oz. Ball peen hammer
    Dead blow hammer
    Rubber mallet
    Punch and chisel set
    Brass drift
    18” Pry bar
    Safety Glasses
    Tool box (no larger than 28” long x 20” x 20” high)
    Snap-On Digital Multi-meter #EEDM504D
    Battery post/terminal cleaner
    Spark plug (ignition) tester
    Spark plug gapping tool
    Brake return spring tool
    Brake hold down spring tool

    Feeler gauges (.0015”-.040”)
    10” mill file and handle
    Tape measure (6 ft.)
    6” steel rule
    Air blow gun (meeting OSHA requirements)
    Tire pressure gauge
    Tire air chuck
    Oil filter wrench (small)
    Oil filter wrench (large)
    Miscellaneous test leads and jumper wires (14-gauge jumper leads w/boots)
    Hacksaw
    Utility knife
    Inspection mirror
    Magnetic pickup tool
    Flashlight
    Padlock
    Fender cover
    Crowfoot wrench set (standard and metric for tubing)
    Hearing protectors (ear plugs)
    Leather shoes
    MIG Welding gloves
    Work shirts*

    *Work shirts to be purchased at the Chemeketa Community College Bookstore 

    NOTE: This is a basic tool list that will be adequate for lab work in classes on campus. It is highly recommended that quality brand name tools be obtained. Cooperative Work Experience sites may require and/or recommend additional tools that are more specific to Automotive Technology, Auto Body Repair, or Automotive Machine Shop.

  • AUTOMOTIVE BODY REPAIR CERTIFICATE

    Chemeketa's auto body repair certificate will qualify you to work in collision repair roles including –

    • Painting
    • Brakes
    • Electrical/electronic systems
    • Suspension and steering
    • Heating and air conditioning systems

    General Education requirements (13 credit hours):
    CIS101         Computing Concepts (or higher)
    MTH052        Intro to Algebra/Geometry (or higher)
    PSY101         Psychology of Human Relations (or higher)
    WR088          Introduction to Technical Writing 1
            or
    WR121           Academic Composition (or higher)

    Automotive Body Repair core requirements (21 credit hours)
    AUM168        Automotive Electrical Systems 1
    AUM184        Automotive Materials and Resources
    AUM280L      Cooperative Work Experience
    WLD197        Welding 2
            or
    WLD161        Basic Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG) 

    Automotive Body Repair electives (select a minimum of 15 credit hours):
    AUM151        Basic Automotive Engines
    AUM157        Automotive Brake Systems
    AUM158        Automotive Steering and Suspension
    AUM286        Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning

    Estimated Program Cost

    It is estimated that for tuition, fees, and required tools/equipment, a student will spend a little less than $9,000 for the three terms (9 months) to earn the Certificate of Completion.

    Required Tools

    Program students are also expected to have required tools and a laptop computer or tablet by the start of fall term classes.

    Tools

    1/4" Drive socket set

    General Service set
    Shallow socket and handle set 3/16”–9/16”
    Deep socket set 3/16”-9/16”
    Deep and shallow socket set, Metric, 5.5–13mm
    1/4” handle

    3/8" Drive socket set

    Shallow and deep socket and handle set 3/8”–3/4”
    Deep and shallow socket sets, Metric, 8–19mm
    Spark plug sockets—13/16” and 5/8”

    1/2" Drive socket set

    General service set including ratchet, breaker bar and extensions
    12–24mm sockets
    7/16”-1” sockets
    1/2”- 3/8” adapter

    TORX® Socket Set

    #10, #20, #25, #45, #50, #55 Torx socket bits
    E-5 through E-18 (Internal sockets)

    Wrench sets

    Combination 1/4”–1”
    Combination metric 6mm–19mm
    Allen wrench set (Standard and Metric)
    Flare nut (tubing) wrench set (1/4”–13/16”, 9mm-21mm)

    Screw drivers

    Miscellaneous: 3 Phillips and 3 Standard
    #1 and #2 Pozidriv bits
    Ratcheting screwdriver/ bit set

    Miscellaneous tools

    Combination pliers
    6” needle nose pliers
    Diagonal cutters
    Wire strippers
    Terminal crimping tool
    12v test light
    Adjustable joint pliers (Channellock® pliers)
    10” Vise grip pliers
    Gasket scraper
    24 oz. Ball peen hammer
    Dead blow hammer
    Rubber mallet
    Punch and chisel set
    Brass drift
    18” Pry bar
    Safety Glasses
    Tool box (no larger than 28” long x 20” x 20” high)
    Snap-On Digital Multi-meter #EEDM504D
    Battery post/terminal cleaner
    Spark plug (ignition) tester
    Spark plug gapping tool
    Brake return spring tool
    Brake hold down spring tool

    Feeler gauges (.0015”-.040”)
    10” mill file and handle
    Tape measure (6 ft.)
    6” steel rule
    Air blow gun (meeting OSHA requirements)
    Tire pressure gauge
    Tire air chuck
    Oil filter wrench (small)
    Oil filter wrench (large)
    Miscellaneous test leads and jumper wires (14-gauge jumper leads w/boots)
    Hacksaw
    Utility knife
    Inspection mirror
    Magnetic pickup tool
    Flashlight
    Padlock
    Fender cover
    Crowfoot wrench set (standard and metric for tubing)
    Hearing protectors (ear plugs)
    Leather shoes
    MIG Welding gloves
    Work shirts*

    *Work shirts to be purchased at the Chemeketa Community College Bookstore 

    NOTE: This is a basic tool list that will be adequate for lab work in classes on campus. It is highly recommended that quality brand name tools be obtained. Cooperative Work Experience sites may require and/or recommend additional tools that are more specific to Automotive Technology, Auto Body Repair, or Automotive Machine Shop.

  • AUTOMOTIVE ENTRY LEVEL TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATE

    If you're ready to do more than turn wrenches, Chemeketa's automotive entry level technician certificate is the place to start.

    The program is designed to allow students with full-time employment or other daytime commitments the ability to attend classes and obtain a certificate in a one-year period, and no prerequisites or special applications are required.

  • AUTOMOTIVE MACHINING CERTIFICATE

    This certificate emphasizes machining and rebuilding car engines. A significant portion of the training is done on the job and through special lab work on our Salem campus.

  • CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK & DRUG TESTING

    Although Chemeketa's program does not require background checks or drug testing. you might want to familiarize yourself with how future employers might use these procedures. Whether you are hired or promoted for a job may depend on the information revealed in a background check. Job applicants and existing employees as well as volunteers may be asked to submit to background checks. For some jobs, screening is required by federal or state law. The current emphasis on security and safety has dramatically increased the number of employment background checks conducted. For more information, visit privacyrights.org.