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Hillsborough Community College was founded in 1968 as a part of the 28-member Florida College System, Hillsborough Community College is dedicated to creating an engaging learning environment. HCC educates more than 47,000 students each year, and our more than 190 academic options are supported by more than 2,200 dedicated faculty and staff members wholly-focused on student success. HCC's Ybor City Training Center is located at 5610 E Columbus Drive in Tampa. This facility is dedicated to "short-term" (less than 2 year) programs that allow students to get right to work with the proper credentials. Learn more by going to our website at: https://www.hccfl.edu/campus-life/ybor-city-campus/ybor-city-campus-training-center Current programs offered in Transportation Sector: * Automotive Service Technician * Automotive Collision Technology Technician * Diesel Service Technician * Heavy Equipment Service Technician Our main programs are instructed in cohorts, which allow students to learn as a unit, as well as develop working relationships that support completion. After certain sections, students are encouraged to find work in the field so they can apply what they are learning. As part of their program fees, all books, tools, and uniforms are included in the course cost. Students also receive a tool kit applicable for entry level employment and filled with industry-recommended tools as part of their fees. Although exact number will vary by program, students also have the opportunity to sit for industry certification tests, such as ASE, iCar, OSHA, and others - with first-round testing and registration fees paid by the program. All programs follow the structure of the Florida Department of Education's Career and Technical Education curriculum. Embedded in the coursework are sections on Basic Education in Language Arts, Reading, and Mathematics, as well as Employability Skills. As a whole, the intent is to ensure a well-rounded student and one who is ready for a long-term career with an employer. All of our programs meet eligibility for Financial Aid assistance. This also includes a combination of Federal and State financial aid (grants & loans), private scholarships, sponsorships, HCC internal scholarships, GI Bill or other Veterans Administration financial support, among many others. We have our own on-site staff, including Enrollment, Advising, Financial Aid, Student Success, and Career Planning & Placement. Student Success will also provide tutoring in subjects, as well as personal support for students who may need it at any point during their tenure. Career Planning & Placement will also assist students who are looking for part-time work during school and upon graduation. Upon completion of their program, students can also convert the time into up to 30 credit hours toward HCC's Associate of Science in Industrial Management. Upon completion of that program, they can also matriculate to the University of South Florida and apply credits toward a Bachelor of Science in Applied Sciences. NOTE: Students are not required to have a completed high school diploma or general education diploma to enroll or complete a program. However, if they do not possess an exemption authorized by the FLDOE, they must score at a certain level on the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) to qualify for graduation. Additionally, students must be at least 17 years of age and turn 18 by completion to qualify. HCC also offers Programs in Basic Welding, Advanced Welding, Law Enforcement, Fire Academy, short-term Security Training Programs, and Apprenticeships in Construction areas. For more information, contact Suzie Schneer, Enrollment Development Coordinator, at sschneer@hccfl.edu or 813.253.7826.

Photos

  • Automotive Service Students working in the shop
  • Automotive Service students diagnosing engines in the lab
  • Automotive Service lab
  • Automotive Collision Technology student painting a vehicle in the booth
  • Heavy Equipment Service outdoor lab
  • Heavy Equipment students operating and diagnosing an excavator
  • Heavy Equipment students diagnosing a front loader
  • Diesel Service students learning about tires
  • Diesel Service students using trainers to ensure their diagnostics have been performed correctly

Under The Hood

Provide a quick overview of the program (i.e., time to complete, credits, type of degree, etc.).

All of our programs are Post-Secondary Adult Vocational (PSAV) clock hour programs, following the curriculum frameworks outlined by the Florida Department of Education. All students completing the course requirements are provided a Career Certificate. Specifically: Automotive Services: 1800 hours - approximately 18 months to complete Automotive Collision: 1400 hours - approximately 14 months to complete Diesel Service Technician: 1800 hours - approximately 18 months to complete Heavy Equipment Service Technician: 1800 hours - approximately 18 months to complete

Is this a full or part time program?

All programs are full-time. Automotive Services: 5 hours per day (25 hours per week) Automotive Collision: 5.5 hours per day (27.5 hours per week) Diesel Service Technician: 6 hours per day (30 hours per week) Heavy Equipment Service Technician: 5 hours per day (25 hours per week)

Describe how classes are conducted (i.e, in-person, online, in the shop, etc.).

All classes are in-person with blend of in-classroom, in lab, and some online instructional tools. All cohorts also include basic education (reading, math, & language arts) and employability skills as part of the total clock hours.

What does the program cost?

All programs include books and online academic support, uniforms, an industry-recommended tool set for new technicians (retail value up to $4500), and testing fees for ASE, I-Car, and/or AED certifications for up to 2 tests (program specific). Automotive Services - In-State: $9,232.71 Out-of-State: $23,374.71 Automotive Collision - In-State: $7,859.21 Out-of-State: $18,856.97 Diesel Service Technician - In-State: $11,983.56 Out-of-State: $26,074.56 Heavy Equipment Service Technician - In-State: $11,121.62 Out-of-State: $25,263.62 * Students do have to prove residency at time of application. Residency is typically providing proof that you have lived in the State of Florida for the 12 months prior to application or have Veteran's Exemption. More information can be made available upon inquiry.

What types of financial assistance or scholarships are available?

Programs are FAFSA eligible for grants, scholarships, and loans. Veteran Benefits can also be used (GI Bill), as well as private scholarships, employer sponsorships, or other sponsorships such as Job Corp, CareerSource, and other agency support. HCC's Foundation also provides opportunities for students to apply for additional financial support throughout the academic year.

Describe the application process and eligibility.

First thing to do would be to contact our Enrollment Development Coordinator, Suzie Schneer at sschneer@hccfl.edu or 813.253.7826. Suzie will provide a tour and talk the potential student through the application process and requirements - including application to the College, providing transcripts from prior HS or other institutions, completing online orientation, and will make referral to Financial Aid if a student would like to seek it. After completion, students will meet with our Advising Generalist to complete required paperwork and pay $75 for drug and Florida Department of Law Enforcement background check. * Drug screen will take place after orientation, approximately 2 weeks prior to course start. * Background check does not cover juvenile record, but must show 5 years post-conviction on felony adjudication on any adult charges and no active probation. Some charges, such as sexual, violent, or drug trafficking charges may require appeal to the Associate Vice President of Workforce Program. * Our requirements are in line with current hiring practices and guidelines with our industry partners and Advisory Councils, made up of current and potential employers in the community.

What types of work-based learning opportunities do you offer?

The Automotive Collision program includes a 350 hour internship at the end of the program, where students are encouraged to seek a paid internship, then must complete task sheets with their employer to ensure they have learned curriculum and are prepared to work in the field. In all other programs, after their first term of 450 hours (approximately 15 weeks), all students should have the basics to work on a line. Instructors will encourage students to seek part-time employment where they can see how what they are learning in the classroom makes sense in the real world.

Describe your annual placements (i.e., number of students, percent who find a job in the industry, etc.).

Availability for cohorts are: Automotive Services - 60 (30 for 7:30am-1:30pm & 30 for 1:30pm-6:30pm) Automotive Collision - 30 (8:00am-1:30pm) Diesel Service Technician - 20 (8:00am-2:00pm) Heavy Equipment Service Technician - 20 (7:00am-12:00pm) Our current placement rates - not reflective of most recent cohort of graduates yet: * Automotive Service Technician: 87% (18/19) * Automotive Collision: 73% (19/20) * Diesel Service Technician: 67% (18/19) * Heavy Equipment Service Technician: New Program started January 2021

What types of salaries can students expect after graduating and as they advance in their career?

According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity in 2020, immediate graduates can expect to earn: Automotive Services - $18.03 per hour median Automotive Collision - $18.22 per hour median Diesel Service Technician - $23.91 per hour median Heavy Equipment Service Technician - $24.80 per hour median * Recognizing many companies also offer overtime pay and incentives. The outlook as they advance is determined by many factors, such as: * Completion of industry certifications (such as ASE Master Technician series) * If the employee earns the opportunity to move from hourly to "flat rate" in Auto or Collision * If Collision employee excels in paint, in particular * If Diesel or Heavy Equipment employee is employed as a mobile technician These opportunities can heavily influence longer-term salaries and opportunities.

Is there anything unique about your program that you’d like to mention?

Applicants do not have to possess a high school diploma or GED to qualify. However, all students without those credentials, who do not have an exemption (such as military), must achieve a minimum score on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) by the end of their program to meet the expectations of the Florida Department of Education. All students will take the TABE at the beginning of their program so we know where they are academically and those who need to meet a minimum score will work with our Student Success Coordinator. We have on-site Student Services, including Career Planning & Placement, Academic Support, Personal Support, Food Pantry, Financial Aid, and Tutoring Center. Depending on the depth of issues, we may have to refer to the main campus, but we can provide all basic support for students on-site at our Ybor City Campus Training Center. Upon completion of our programs, students with a minimum of high school diploma or GED can articulate 30 credit hours toward an Associate of Science degree in Industrial Management at HCC, within 3 years of graduation. This is an excellent opportunity to continue their education and use the credits they have already earned! Additionally, HCC's Associate of Science in Industrial Management also matriculates to the University of South Florida's Bachelor of Science in Applied Sciences program.

What general and specialty tools does the school provide?

This varies by program. It is best to ask this question of the faculty specifically when visiting for a tour.

What tools, if any, is a student responsible for providing?

Students are not expected to bring or provide any tools. All tools are provided for day-to-day work.

When in the lab, how much one-on-one time does an instructor get with each student?

Our programs are established on a ratio of 15 students to 1 instructor. Instructors roam and provide assistance as needed for students. If some need additional 1-1 instruction, all they need to do is ask.

What is the split between time spent in the classroom versus hands-on learning?

Students spend approximately 1/3 of the time in classroom with 2/3 time in the lab. However, this is a guiding principle. There are some courses that demand more time in the academic portion.

What does the school do to ensure students stay safe while in the lab?

The first course for all programs includes safety procedures and expectations. PPE is provided as part of the course, as well. Some programs require anti-slip shoes, while others require steel-toed, at student cost. If students do not follow expected precautions, they will be counseled and/or sent home.

What types of processes does the lab have to ensure a clean working environment?

Students are expected to end the day with cleaning their environment and prepare for the next day of class. The necessary cleaning agents and supplies are made available.

Does the school have access to factory software? If so, please explain.

Yes. This varies by program and agreements with manufacturers, but there are many options to learn specific OEM software.

What types of service and parts software are available for the students to access?

Depending on program, students may have access to software for alignment, estimating, and service. There are a range of opportunities to learn software and use technical tools.

Is there anything else you’d like to mention about the lab environment?

Our lab environments are constantly changing due to the development of technology. We do our best to provide up-to-date technology and trainers that will allow students to use state-of-the-art and/or exposure to new technologies.

Heavy Equipment Service Technician

Next course start: January 2023 Hours: 7:00am to 12:00pm, Monday through Friday (5 hours per day) 1800 clock hours, approximately 18 months Completion: July 2024 Courses may look similar to those from Diesel Systems Technician, but learning and labs are all conducted on heavy equipment for construction and specific services vs on-road trucks and buses. Heavy focuses on larger scope and size, as well as more hydraulics than Diesel Systems Program. Courses include: DIM 0101 - Diesel Engine Mechanic/Technician Helper (150 hours) DIM 0102 - Diesel Electrical and Electronics Technician (300 hours) DIM 0103 - Diesel Engine Preventative Maintenance Technician (150 hours) DIM 0104 - Diesel Engine Technician (300 hours) DIM 0106 - Diesel Heating & Air Conditioning Technician (150 hours) DIM 0130 - Diesel Brakes & Fluid Technician (300 hours) DIM 0107 - Diesel Steering & Suspension Technician (150 hours) DIM 0108 - Diesel Drivetrain Technician (150 hours) DIM 0110 - Diesel Powertrain Technician (150 hours) Total Program Cost: In-State Students - $11,121.62 Out-of-State Students - $25,263.62 * Program is fully eligible for Federal Financial Aid (Title IV grants & loans), GI Bill, waivers, and additional sources of scholarships. * 3rd party sponsorships can also be arranged for employers wishing to sponsor an employee through the program For more information: https://www.hccfl.edu/academics/subjects/transportation/heavy-equipment-service-technician-psav Contact: Suzie Schneer, Enrollment Development Coordinator 813.253.7826 or sschneer@hccfl.edu

Diesel Systems Technician (Heavy/Medium Trucks)

Next course start: August 2023 Hours: 8:00am to 2:00pm, Monday through Friday (6 hours per day) 1800 clock hours, approximately 16 months Completion: December 2024 Courses may look similar to those from Heavy Equipment Service Technician, but learning and labs are all conducted on trucks and buses vs heavy equipment. Diesel focuses on on-road vehicles vs specialized construction/service equipment. Courses include: DIM 0101 - Diesel Engine Mechanic/Technician Helper (150 hours) DIM 0102 - Diesel Electrical and Electronics Technician (300 hours) DIM 0103 - Diesel Engine Preventative Maintenance Technician (150 hours) DIM 0104 - Diesel Engine Technician (300 hours) DIM 0105 - Diesel Brakes Technician (300 hours) DIM 0107 - Diesel Steering and Suspension Technician (150 hours) DIM 0106 - Diesel Heating and Air Conditioning Technician (150 hours) DIM 0109 - Diesel Hydraulics Technician (150 hours) DIM 0108 - Diesel Drivetrain Technician (150 hours) Total Program Cost: In-State Students - $11,983.56 Out-of-State Students - $26,074.56 * Program is fully eligible for Federal Financial Aid (Title IV grants & loans), GI Bill, waivers, and additional sources of scholarships. * 3rd party sponsorships can also be arranged for employers wishing to sponsor an employee through the program For more information: https://www.hccfl.edu/academics/subjects/diesel-systems-technician-psav Contact: Suzie Schneer, Enrollment Development Coordinator 813.253.7826 or sschneer@hccfl.edu

Automotive Service Technician - Afternoon Class (1:30pm-6:30pm)

Next course start: August 2023 Hours: 1:30pm to 6:30pm, Monday through Friday (5 hours per day) 1800 clock hours, approximately 18 months Completion: February 2025 Maximum Enrollment: 30 Courses include: AER 0014 - Automotive Service Assistor (300 hours) AER 0418 - Automotive Brake Systems Technician (150 hours) AER 0110 - Engine Repair Technician (150 hours) AER 0360 - Automotive Electrical/Electronic System Technician (300 hours) AER 0172 - Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning Technician (150 hours) AER 0503 - Automotive Engine Performance Technician (300 hours) AER 0453 - Automotive Suspension and Steering Technician (150 hours) AER 0257 - Automotive Transmission and Transaxel Technician (150 hours) AER 0274 - Manual Drivetrain and Axel Technician (150 hours) Total Program Cost: In-State Students - $9,232.71 Out-of-State Students - $23,374.71 * Program is fully eligible for Federal Financial Aid (Title IV grants & loans), GI Bill, waivers, and additional sources of scholarships. * 3rd party sponsorships can also be arranged for employers wishing to sponsor an employee through the program For more detail: https://www.hccfl.edu/academics/subjects/transportation/automotive-service-technology-psav Contact: Suzie Schneer, Enrollment Development Coordinator 813.253.7826 or sschneer@hccfl.edu

Automotive Service Technician - Day Class (7:30am to 1:30pm)

Next course start: August 2023 Hours: 7:30am to 1:30pm, Monday through Friday (5 hours per day) 1800 clock hours, approximately 18 months Completion: February 2025 Maximum Enrollment: 30 Courses include: AER 0014 - Automotive Service Assistor (300 hours) AER 0418 - Automotive Brake Systems Technician (150 hours) AER 0110 - Engine Repair Technician (150 hours) AER 0360 - Automotive Electrical/Electronic System Technician (300 hours) AER 0172 - Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning Technician (150 hours) AER 0503 - Automotive Engine Performance Technician (300 hours) AER 0453 - Automotive Suspension and Steering Technician (150 hours) AER 0257 - Automotive Transmission and Transaxel Technician (150 hours) AER 0274 - Manual Drivetrain and Axel Technician (150 hours) Total Program Cost: In-State Students - $9,232.71 Out-of-State Students - $23,374.71 * Program is fully eligible for Federal Financial Aid (Title IV grants & loans), GI Bill, waivers, and additional sources of scholarships. * 3rd party sponsorships can also be arranged for employers wishing to sponsor an employee through the program For more detail: https://www.hccfl.edu/academics/subjects/transportation/automotive-service-technology-psav Contact: Suzie Schneer, Enrollment Development Coordinator 813.253.7826 or sschneer@hccfl.edu

Automotive Collision Technology Technician

Next course start: August 2023 Hours: 8:00am to 1:30pm, Monday through Friday (5.5 hours per day) 1400 clock hours, approximately 14 months Completion: September 2024 Maximum Enrollment: 30 Courses include: ARR 1040 - Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Helper (150 hours) ARR 0312 - Non-Structural Damage Repair Technician (150 hours) ARR 0141 - Automotive Collision Refinishing Technician (450 hours) ARR 0022 - Damage Analysis & Estimating (75 hours) ARR 0112 - Automotive Collision Welding, Cutting & Joining (75 hours) ARR 0295 - Structural Damage Repair Technician Internship (350 hours) Total Program Cost: In-State Students - $7,859.21 Out-of-State Students - $18,856.97 * Program is fully eligible for Federal Financial Aid (Title IV grants & loans), GI Bill, waivers, and additional sources of scholarships. * 3rd party sponsorships can also be arranged for employers wishing to sponsor an employee through the program For more detail: https://www.hccfl.edu/academics/subjects/transportation/automotive-collision-technology-technician-psav Contact: Suzie Schneer, Enrollment Development Coordinator 813.253.7826 or sschneer@hccfl.edu

Lawrence Colantonio

Instructor, Heavy Equipment Service Technician

Jeffrey Christian

Instructor, Diesel Service Technician (Heavy & Medium Trucks)

Christian Ross

Program Manager & Instructor, Diesel Service Technician (Heavy & Medium Trucks)

Isaias Velazquez

Adjunct Instructor, Automotive Service Technology

Andrew Lattanzi

Instructor, Automotive Service Technology

Ralph Proemm

Program Manager & Instructor, Automotive Collision Technology

Anthony Huyck

Instructor, Automotive Service Technology

Eric Miller

Instructor, Automotive Service Technology

Jack Dighera

Instructor, Automotive Service Technology

Mario Mirabal

Program Manager & Instructor, Automotive Service Technology

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