Additional information available on the Automotive Technology Department website at www.ppcc.edu/degreescertificates/automotive-technology.
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The Automotive and Diesel Technology programs lead to an interesting and challenging career in the repair, service, sales, and supply fields. Two degrees are offered in this program: Automotive Technology and Automotive Technology with a Diesel emphasis. The Automotive Technology Degree has a specific focus on automotive service and repair. The Automotive Technology/Diesel emphasis focus is on light duty diesel powered vehicles. i.e.; automotive diesel and light trucks. Students also have the option to pursue a variety of automotive and diesel certificates.
Students entering this program should exhibit the following qualities: mechanical aptitude, ability to read and follow detailed instructions, enjoy precision work and problem solving.
Students are required to provide appropriate work clothing, safety glasses, and a basic set of hand tools. (See automotive program advisors for specifics).
Learning outcomes: Upon completion of the Automotive Technology program, students should be able to:
- Diagnose and repair manual drive train systems including vibrations, shifting problems, and noises
- Diagnose and repair general engine concerns, including rough running engines, noises, lack of power and exhaust smoke
- Diagnose and repair starting and charging systems including no cranking, dead battery, alternator faults
- Diagnose and repair braking systems including: Traction control, Anti-lock, Active braking systems