Kaua'i Community College

Automotive Technology

Automotive Mechanics Technology

The goals of the program are to prepare the student with the skills and competencies necessary for a successful career as an automotive technician, to instill in the student the work habits and attitude necessary to work in a highly competitive field, and to provide the student with the basic skills necessary to become a lifelong learner in order to keep abreast of the latest technological changes in the automobile.

The Automotive Technology program courses are clustered into certificates. Each certificate provides a set of marketable workplace skills. This two-year degree program is primarily designed to begin every other fall.

This program is articulated with other UH Community College Automotive programs. Students should plan to enroll in all the Automotive Technology program courses offered each semester in order to earn the desired certificate or degree in the shortest time possible. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with an academic advisor to help them plan the best path for reaching their academic goals.

The cost of tools and supplies for the four semesters is approximately $2,500. This cost can vary considerably, depending on where the student chooses to buy tools and supplies.

Program Admission Requirements:

Applicants will be admitted into the Automotive Technology program on a “first applied, first qualified” basis. Students not meeting prerequisites may take non AMT designated courses required in the program and begin the cycle of automotive (AMT) courses once prerequisites are met. First-semester courses require placement into ENG 21 and MATH 50. Student must maintain a valid driver’s license throughout the course of study.

A GPA of 2.0 or higher for all courses applicable toward the degree or certificates is needed to meet graduation requirements.

Automotive Technology Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

  • Be technically proficient in entry-level skills for employment in the automotive service field or related areas.

  • Understand the theory behind automotive procedures and use critical thinking when performing service, maintenance, diagnostics, and repair of all major automotive systems.

  • Understand and comply with personal and environmental safety practices in accordance with applicable safety and environmental regulations.

  • Identify and use appropriate tools, testing and measuring equipment required to accomplish each task established by National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF).

  • Locate references, training information and manufacturer’s procedures from industry resources using the appropriate technology and will be able to perform tasks in accordance with their research.

  • Perform all diagnostic and repair tasks in accordance with manufacturer’s recommended procedures as published.

  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
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