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AAS - Associate in Applied Science program (WT Course ID #: A60160)

The Automotive Systems Technology curriculum prepares individuals for employment as automotive service technicians. It provides an introduction to automotive careers and increases student awareness of the challenges associated with this fast and ever-changing field.

Classroom and lab experiences integrate technical and academic coursework. Emphasis is placed on theory, servicing and operation of brakes, electrical/electronic systems, engine performance, steering/suspension, automatic transmission/ transaxles, engine repair, climate control, and manual drive trains.

Upon completion of this curriculum, students should be prepared to take the ASE exam and be ready for full-time employment in dealerships and repair shops in the automotive service industry.

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AAS - Associate in Applied Science program (WT Course ID #: A60130)

Overview

The Collision Repair & Refinishing Technology program is designed to provide the knowledge and skills to complete structural and non-structural damage repairs, and paint and refinish on automotive equipment. Graduates should qualify for entry-level employment in businesses that perform these repairs. Entry and advancement levels depend on the training completed, knowledge and ability levels, work performance, and ethics.  

Courses include:

  • Painting and Refinishing including Special Finishes
  • Non-Structural Damage and Structural Damage Repair
  • Automotive Plastic & Adhesives Identification and Repair
  • Automotive Dealing, Body Shop Operations, and Autobody Estimating
  • Electrical Systems Repair
  • HVAC Systems Operation and Repair

Currently, classes are offered at the Vernon Malone High School.  Daytime classes are for High School students only.  There are two Certificate Programs with evening classes at Vernon Malone High School which are open to anyone interested.

If interested in this growing program, please contact Gerry Egan at [email protected].


Faculty

Gerry Egan, Associate Professor/Instructional Department Head
Office: AHT B103
Phone: 919-866-5254
Email: [email protected]
Steve Dumey, Instructor - Collision Repair & Refinishing Technology
Office: VMCCA
Phone: 919-866-6168
Email: [email protected]


Diploma program (WT Course ID #: D60130)

This program will provide the student with an all-inclusive understanding and the practical applications of structural damage analysis, repairs, and refinishing techniques. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze, repair, and refinish vehicle’s that received structural damage back to industry standards. Graduates of the program will have been exposed to the skills and knowledge required to obtain an entry level position in the collision repair industry.


Certificates program (WT Course ID #: C60160C)

This certificate is designed to prepare students for entry level employment in the area of automotive Brakes, Suspension, and Steering. This course covers principles of operation, types, and diagnosis/repair of automotive brakes, suspension, and steering systems. Topics include steering systems, suspension systems, wheel alignment, tire service, brake systems, ABS and other related topics. Upon completion students should be able to service and repair various steering and suspension components, check and adjust alignment angles, and service and repair various brake systems.


Certificates program (WT Course ID #: C60160D)

This certificate is designed to prepare the student for an entry level position as an automotive technician. This course covers basic electrical and electronic systems, braking systems, diagnosis, repair and service of vehicle powertrain and related systems. Topics include circuit construction and testing, operating principles of engines and transmissions and use of proper service procedures for safety and emissions inspection. Upon successful completion students will receive NC State inspection licensure and be prepared as an entry level automotive service technician.


Certificates program (WT Course ID #: C60160B)

This course covers the diagnosis, repair and service of the vehicle powertrain and related systems. Topics include fundamental operating principles of engines and transmissions. The use of proper service procedures for diagnosis, service procedures, and removal and replacement of major components. Upon completion, students should be able to perform basic services, repairs, and diagnosis of the powertrain and related systems.


Certificates program (WT Course ID #: C60130A)

The Collision Repair & Refinishing Technology program is designed to provide the knowledge and skills to complete structural and non-structural damage repairs, and paint and refinish on automotive equipment. Graduates should qualify for entry-level employment in businesses that perform these repairs. Entry and advancement levels depend on the training completed, knowledge and ability levels, work performance, and ethics.  


Certificates program (WT Course ID #: C60130B)

This certificate provides students with proper procedures and techniques required to repair and refinish vehicles that received light structural damage.  Topics include shop safety, damage analysis, repair techniques, surface preparation, masking, paint application, and other related topics. Students completing the certificate should be able to perform minor structural and nonstructural repairs with an emphasis on refinishing applications.


Certificates program (WT Course ID #: C60160A)

This certificate provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to troubleshoot and repair fuel injection, electrical, and electronic systems, in light duty diesel operated vehicles. Topics include theory of operations, electrical and electronic systems, test equipment, component functions, troubleshooting techniques, and repair procedures associated with light duty diesel engines. Upon completion, students should be able to diagnose and service various diesel fuel systems and related components.