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Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology

Degree Type: Associate of Applied Science Degree, AAS

Pathway: Applied Technology

More Options: Classroom Based

Program Length: 4 semesters

Location: Centennial

Transferability: Non-transferable

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Why choose Automotive Technology at PPSC?

The Automotive program at PPSC will provide hands-on learning about the inner workings of a variety of vehicles. When you finish, you'll be ready for careers in the repair, service, sales, and supply fields.

What kind of Salary Can You Expect?

Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

2020 data from Department of Labor & Statistics for Colorado

Automotive Body and Related Repairers

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Automotive Engineering Technicians

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Job Growth

+8%

Careers in Automotive Service Technology are expected to increase 8% in Colorado between 2018-2028.

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Career Options

With a certificate or degree from PPSC in Automotive Technology, you are prepared for gainful employment as automotive service professionals. Automotive Technology studies lead to interesting careers in repair, service, sales and supply like:

  • Master Mechanic
  • Vocational and Education Teacher
  • Business Consultant
  • Automotive Engineering Technician
  • Automotive Specialty Technician
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Classes You Might Take

As a PPSC Automotive Technology student, you will receive hands on instruction from industry leaders. You will learn how to:

  • Diagnose problems
  • Replace various components in engines
  • Service Transmissions
  • Service Fuel systems and electrical systems

Automotive Technology also will cover other automotive systems like emissions, ignitions, brakes, air conditioning systems and suspensions.

class 1

Introduces vehicle electricity and includes basic electrical theory, circuit designs, and wiring methods. It also focuses on multimeter usage and wiring diagrams.

class 2

Focuses on lecture and laboratory experiences in the service of cylinder head, valve-train components and components of the cooling system. Course also includes engine removal and re-installation and re-mounting systems.

class 3

Focuses on lecture and laboratory experiences in the diagnosis and repair of automotive fuel emission control systems, filter systems and spark plugs. Course also includes maintenance to diesel (DEF) systems.

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Holly Eickstedt

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PPSC highly prepared me for a four-year school, better than I could have imagined.

Holly Eickstedt
PPSC Graduate | UCCS Transfer Student

Learning Outcomes

  • 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, and alternator faults

  • Diagnose and repair braking systems including: Traction control, Anti-lock, and Active braking systems

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Program plan

math & english requirements

Program plan

math & english requirements

Contact Automotive Technology

Faculty Contact

Rick Mercado
719-502-3068
Rick.Mercado@pikespeak.edu

Advising Team

CHTSAdvising@pikespeak.edu                

719-502-3232