Automotive and Diesel Technology

Auto & Diesel Technology Building (ADT), Room 207, (907) 786-1485
http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/transportation

State of Alaska and federal Departments of Labor projections show an above average increase in the need for qualified maintenance and repair technicians in the automotive and heavy duty transportation and equipment industries. Consumer demands for increased performance and fuel economy, coupled with government regulations on vehicle emissions, are driving rapid developments in technology. The Automotive and Diesel Department offers AAS degrees in Automotive Technology and in Heavy Duty Transportation and Equipment that are designed to equip students with knowledge and skills necessary to meet the needs of employers in the industry. Both the AAS degrees and undergraduate certificate programs are accredited by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

There are three options for the AAS Automotive Technology degree. The General Automotive Technology option for the AAS degree and undergraduate certificate are designed to prepare students for a career in the automotive maintenance and repair industry. Curriculum design is based on automotive task lists developed by the National Institute for Automotive Excellence. The Ford ASSET option for the AAS degree is designed to prepare students for a career in Ford and Lincoln-Mercury dealerships. Students train on current technology vehicles and components donated by Ford Motor Company. The General Motors ASEP option for the AAS degree is designed to prepare students for a career in General Motors dealerships. Students train on current technology vehicles and components donated by General Motors Corporation. Graduates from the two corporate-sponsored AAS degree options receive factory credentials upon graduation. These credentials are recognized by the respective dealerships across the country.

The AAS degree and Undergraduate Certificate in Heavy Duty Transportation and Equipment (HDTE) are designed to prepare students to work as repair and maintenance technicians in the HDTE industry. Much of the curriculum is based on medium and heavy duty maintenance and repair task lists developed by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. Students train on vehicles, equipment, and components provided by or procured from major manufacturers of medium and heavy duty trucks and equipment.

Automotive Technology

These programs are modeled after a variety of very successful corporate training programs. Each program is four semesters long. The programs incorporate a prearranged, supervised, evaluated practicum in each of the first three semesters, with the possibility of an additional practicum during the last semester. Many students also choose to complete a summer practicum while enrolled in the program.

Students experience training on a wide variety of modern domestic and imported vehicles, light trucks, and vans. Laboratory and shop objectives are met on training vehicles, components, and live shop projects. Automotive Technology graduates have been placed in dealerships, independent shops, service stations, mass merchandisers, aviation ground support, and fleet repair facilities. Employers require a current vehicle operator’s license and a good driving record. The student should have physical capabilities required of the trade which typically include standing long hours; lifting heavy objects; contacting hazardous materials; operating machinery; exposure to noise, heat, cold, vapors, and other workplace hazards; manipulating tools; and working with small parts in confined and awkward positions.

Technicians must be able to distinguish colors in minimal light, transcribe numbers up to 17+ digits, and work up to 10 hours a day, six days per week. Equal opportunities are available for men and women.

Faculty

Craig Defendorf, Term Instructor, cadefendorf@uaa.alaska.edu
Jeffrey Libby, Term Instructor, jllibby@uaa.alaska.edu
Darrin Marshall, Assistant Professor, dlmarshall2@uaa.alaska.edu
Dennis Massingham, Assistant Professor, dmmassingham@uaa.alaska.edu
Kelly Smith, Director, kjsmith@uaa.alaska.edu