Automotive Technology -
The automotive field has transformed into a high tech career in the last ten
years. This has created a necessity for skilled technicians that can understand
the vast array of computerized electronics and multiplexing systems involved
on newer vehicles. The Automotive Service Technology program at Cowley
College provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to accurately
diagnose, repair and service vehicles in today’s rapidly advancing automotive
According to the latest release of the National Occupational Outlook Handbook,
automotive service technicians that receive formal training have a great opportunity
for employment in the area of Automotive Service.
Individuals completing the certificate program are offered opportunities for
employment in the following areas: Master Automotive Technician, Manufacturer
Warranty Representative, Automotive Parts Specialist, Business Owner, Insurance
Claims Investigator, Automotive Engineer, and many other areas in the automotive
field. Students choosing to complete the AAS degree can expect greater
opportunities for advancement into a management position.
Cowley’s automotive program includes: classroom instruction and hands-on
laboratories. Specific subjects include
electrical and electronic systems, suspension and steering, engine performance,
manual transmissions and transaxles, heating and air conditioning, engine repair,
automatic transmissions, and brakes. Students
have the opportunity to work on high tech automobiles using the latest diagnostic
tools and equipment.
The Automotive Service Technology program is accredited by the National Automotive
Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) for both secondary and post-secondary
students and is an educational member with the Automotive Service Association
Students at Cowley are provided the opportunity of obtaining a technical certificate
or Associate of Applied Science degree. Upon receipt of an AAS degree,
individuals may choose to further their education at many four-year schools that
have articulation agreements.
In addition to the eight previously mentioned
areas, two related courses are also required for all students; these
include Applied Economics and Technical Mathematics. For AAS
degree-seeking students, only 15 specified general education courses
are needed to successfully complete their degree in Automotive Technology.
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The mission of the Automotive Service Technology Program at Cowley College
is to provide the quality education necessary for the technologically
advanced skills and knowledge required for an entry-level position
in the automotive field.
The vision of the Automotive Service Technology Program is to continue
to be the premier provider of automotive training in the South Central
region of Kansas by supporting business and industry partners with quality-trained
professionals in the automotive field, as well as the opportunity for
program completers to advance to a four-year college.