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Established in 1969, JCCC is dedicated to transforming lives and strengthening communities through learning. Located in Overland Park, Ks., a suburb of Kansas City, Mo, JCCC has enjoyed a national reputation for educational excellence and student success for more than 50 years. That's five decades dedicated to smaller class sizes, more resources and a thriving campus culture – not to mention our competitive tuition rates and extracurricular experiences that transcend the norm.

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Under The Hood

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

At Johnson County Community College, our Automotive Technology program offers courses in the eight core areas of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification. ASE is the industry-backed national organization that certifies automobile technicians. Eight core areas: Brakes Steering and suspension Electrical Engine performance Automatic transmissions Manual transmissions Heating and air conditioning Engine repair

Is this a full or part time program?

Students can attend part time or full time. You can choose from three education paths in our Automotive Technology program: Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology: Accredited by the National Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Education Foundation, this path allows you to learn about all major areas of automotive technology. After completing over 60 credit hours of courses, you will earn an associate degree and be prepared for a successful career as an automotive technician. Automotive Technology Maintenance and Light Repair Certificate: Automobile technicians who perform maintenance and light repair services can receive specialized training through this certificate program. In 26 hours of course training, you will increase your technical knowledge of maintenance and minor repairs. Automotive Technology Repair Certificate: This two-year certificate program is for automotive technicians who perform basic diagnostic and repair services. You will gain further training in automotive technology through hands-on courses and on-the-job experience.

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

Most classes are a combination of lecture and hands on lab.

What does the program cost?

https://www.jccc.edu/admissions/tuition/ The cost of going to college can drastically impact your ability to succeed. At Johnson County Community College, we want our students to be able to afford a program that they love. That’s why we’re constantly working to make tuition more affordable for you. Here’s what JCCC has to offer: Lower tuition Cav Guarantee Scholarship (for Johnson County high school graduates) Metro Rate(for Missouri residents in ZIP codes 640- and 641-) Kansas Promise Scholarship for Kansas residents Easy scholarship application Financial aid experts and Free FAFSA advice Textbook and other supply costs vary depending on your courses.

What types of financial assistance or scholarships are available?

Information on Financial Aid can be found at https://www.jccc.edu/admissions/financial-aid/ Cav Guarantee Scholarship (for Johnson County high school graduates) Metro Rate(for Missouri residents in ZIP codes 640- and 641-) Kansas Promise Scholarship for Kansas residents Easy scholarship application Financial aid experts and Free FAFSA advice

Describe the application process and eligibility.

Prospective students may apply at www.jccc.edu/admissions

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

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

JCCC Completer Information (2017-2018 Academic Year) 89% Employed in related field. Median Hourly Wage $17.00

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

Median Hourly Wage for Automotive Service Technicians (2019) Greater Kansas City Area $20.61 State of Kansas $18.45 National $19.67

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

There are many benefits to pursuing a degree or certificate in JCCC’s Automotive Technology program. You will learn on the same top-of-the-line equipment and mobile technology that technicians use in the field. Small class sizes, affordable tuition, and hands-on training on more than 30 different vehicles make JCCC a top choice for your Automotive Technology certification or degree. Automotive Technology Transfer Agreement Make use of our transfer agreement with the University of Central Missouri, where all your courses apply toward an Automotive Technology Management degree. With transferable credits from either your certificate or associate degree, you will be well on your way to earning a Bachelor of Science in Automotive Technology Management. Automotive Technology Advisory Board Our Automotive Technology advisory board is made up of industry experts who can provide you with advice and guidance throughout your time at JCCC and beyond. Automotive Technology Program Accreditation JCCC’s Automotive Technology program is accredited by the ASE Education Foundation at the Master Automotive Service Technician level. Upon graduating, you will have the background to take and pass the A1-A8 and G1 ASE exams. College Now program for Automotive Technology If you are still in high school in Olathe or Lawrence, get college credit through the College Now program. If you are a student at the Olathe Advanced Technical Center, up to nine of your courses will count toward your certification or degree at JCCC.

What general and specialty tools does the school provide?

Students will learn on the same top-of-the-line equipment and mobile technology that technicians use in the field.

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

Students are not required to provide tools for attendance. All tools are provided. Students are responsible for providing their own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

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

Class sizes typically range from 14-18 students. Instructors make every effort to provide 1 on 1 contact whenever possible. Typically students work in groups of 2-4.

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

See class descriptions for more information.

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

Johnson County Community College follows all applicable local, state, federal and industry standards. Faculty and laboratory assistants monitor laboratory spaces and provide any necessary reminders and oversee instruction.

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

Students are responsible for cleaning their work area. Bench tops and floors will be clean and void of any parts at the end of class. Parts left on bench tops or floors will be discarded. Clean up will take place during the last 15 minutes of scheduled lab time.

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

Ford MOPAR (Stelantis) Toyota Subaru

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

AllData Mitchell Pro Demand

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

We have more than 30 different vehicles for use in hands on training.

AUTO 121 Small Engine Service (3 Credit Hours)

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to compare and contrast operating principles of two-stroke and four-stroke cycle engines. The student should be able to describe lubricating, cooling, fuel and governor systems; troubleshoot engine problems; inspect engine components; and service the fuel, cooling and exhaust systems. The student will be required to provide ANSI Z87 safety glasses and may be expected to provide other basic hand tools and/or equipment. 2 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab/wk.

AUTO 114 Introduction to Automotive Practices (4 Credit Hours)

This course is an introductory course required for all students in the Automotive Technology program. Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to develop shop safety habits, tool usage, information management and become proficient in general vehicle service and minor electrical diagnosis, while maintaining good work habits and ethics. Emphasis will be placed on learning basic skills needed to enter advanced automotive classes.

AUTO 237 Diesel and Hybrid Vehicles Maintenance and Light Repair* (3 Credit Hours)

Prerequisites : AUTO 131 and (AUTO 162 or AUTO 166) or department approval. This course is designed to teach an understanding of hybrid electric, diesel powerplants and related vehicle systems as it pertains to light maintenance and repair.

AUTO 129 Brakes I* (3 Credit Hours)

Corequisites: AUTO 131. Prerequisites or corequisites: AUTO 114 or AUTO 125. Students will perform system pressure and travel calculations utilizing Pascal's Law, complete service work orders, determine appropriate system pressure tests utilizing service specifications, determine brake system concerns and necessary actions, diagnose poor stopping, pulling or dragging concerns caused by malfunctions in the hydraulic system, determine how to inspect, fabricate and/or replace brake lines and hoses, determine the service specifications pertaining to the removal, cleaning and refinishing procedures on brake drums, apply drum brake repair and replacement procedures, diagnose poor stopping, noise, vibration, pulling, grabbing, dragging or pedal pulsation concerns on disc-brake vehicles, determine disc brake repair and replacement procedures, determine how to accomplish caliper piston retractions, diagnose wheel bearing noise, wheel shimmy and vibration concerns, and determine how to remove, inspect and replace bearing and hub assemblies through a variety of classroom and lab/shop learning and assessment activities.

AUTO 131 Brakes II* (1 Credit Hour)

Corequisites: AUTO 129. Prerequisites or corequisites: AUTO 114 or AUTO 125. Students will determine necessary brake system correction, conduct system pressure tests utilizing service specifications, perform diagnosis and correction for poor stopping, pulling or dragging concerns caused by malfunctions in the hydraulic system, conduct inspection, fabrication and/or replacement of brake lines and hoses, diagnose poor stopping noise vibration, pulling, grabbing, dragging or pedal pulsation concerns, perform service specifications pertaining to the removal, cleaning and refinishing procedures on brake drums, perform drum brake repair and replacement procedures, diagnose poor stopping noise vibration, pulling, grabbing, dragging or pedal pulsation concerns, perform disc brake repair and replacement procedures, machine rotor according to service specifications, perform caliper piston retraction where applicable, inspect and test power assist systems, determine necessary action on wheel bearing noise, wheel shimmy and vibration concern diagnoses, and perform the removal, inspection and replacement of bearing and hub assemblies.

AUTO 156 Electrical I* (3 Credit Hours)

Prerequisites or corequisites: AUTO 114 or AUTO 125. Students will complete service work orders; describe the relationship between voltage, ohms and amperage; perform basic electrical circuit repairs; identify electrical system faults; identify basic wiring diagram symbols, components, and legend information; perform basic electrical circuit measurements using a DVOM; describe basic circuit characteristics of series, parallel and series parallel circuits through a variety of classroom and shop learning and assessment activities.

AUTO 162 Electrical II* (3 Credit Hours)

This course is designed to teach starting system diagnosis and repair, charging system diagnosis and repair, and lighting systems diagnosis and repair.

AUTO 150 Steering and Suspension I* (3 Credit Hours)

Corequisites: AUTO 151. Prerequisites or corequisites: AUTO 114 or AUTO 125. In this course students will document fundamental suspension systems concerns, perform fundamental diagnostics of steering systems, perform fundamental repairs of suspension systems, determine the need for wheel alignment, perform a four wheel alignment, and perform fundamental diagnostics and repair of wheel and tire systems.

AUTO 151 Alignment Practicum* (1 Credit Hour)

Corequisites: AUTO 150. Prerequisites or corequisites: AUTO 114 or AUTO 125. This course will enhance the skills of diagnosing the need for wheel alignment and performing alignment of the steering and suspension systems.

AUTO 155 Automotive Engine Repair* (3 Credit Hours)

Prerequisites or corequisites: AUTO 114 or AUTO 125 or department approval. This course is designed to teach an understanding of the four-stroke cycle internal combustion engine. Students should be able to diagnose and repair cylinder heads and cylinder block assemblies to include lubrication and cooling systems. The student will be required to provide ANSI Z87 safety glasses.

AUTO 161 Engine Performance I* (3 Credit Hours)

In this learning plan students will: complete work order and check history; identify engine mechanical integrity; explore the fundamentals of fuel system theory; identify fuel system concerns; explore the fundamentals of ignition theory; identify ignition system concerns; identify induction system concerns; identify exhaust system concerns; identify engine mechanical integrity through a variety of learning and assessment activities.

AUTO 205 Engine Performance II* (3 Credit Hours)

Prerequisites : AUTO 161. Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to describe the operation of engine management systems to include: general engine diagnosis, computerized engine controls diagnosis and repair, fuel, air induction, and exhaust diagnosis and repair, and emissions control systems diagnosis and repair. The student will be required to provide ANSI Z87 safety glasses and will be expected to provide other basic hand tools and/or equipment.

AUTO 215 Engine Performance III* (3 Credit Hours)

Prerequisites : AUTO 205. Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to service and repair fuels systems, ignition systems, and exhaust systems. The student will be required to provide ANSI Z87 safety glasses and will be expected to provide other basic hand tools and/or equipment.

AUTO 214 Electrical III* (4 Credit Hours)

Prerequisites : AUTO 162 or AUTO 166. This course is designed to teach advanced electrical/electronic systems. Students will perform general electrical system diagnosis; gauges, warning devices, and driver information systems diagnosis and repair; and body electrical systems diagnosis and repair.

AUTO 207 Manual Drivetrains and Axles* (3 Credit Hours)

Prerequisites : (AUTO 114 or AUTO 125) and AUTO 156. This course covers the theory of operation and service procedures for drivelines, constant velocity joints, manual transmissions and transaxles, differentials, clutches, and driveline phasing including noise, harness, and vibration analysis, and four wheel drive/all wheel drive systems.

AUTO 252 Automatic Transmissions* (3 Credit Hours)

Prerequisites : AUTO 162 or AUTO 166. This course is designed to teach diagnoses, service and repair of various automatic transmissions and automatic transaxles, both on vehicle and off vehicle, including computer-controlled systems.

AUTO 211 Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning* (3 Credit Hours)

Prerequisites : AUTO 156. This course is designed to teach the operation, service, diagnoses and repair of automotive heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. The theory and operation of these systems, major components, testing, recycling and other service procedures will be covered.

AUTO 265 Comprehensive Vehicle Diagnosis* (3 Credit Hours)

Prerequisites : AUTO 161 and (AUTO 162 or AUTO 166). This course is designed as a comprehensive technical course for learners in the Automotive Technology major. The course is primarily a lab-based course, with most of the course work consisting of diagnosing and repairing various problems on cars that the student may not have encountered in previous classes. Labs will test the learner on their ability to diagnose failures on a complete vehicle scale that include all electrical and mechanical systems and how they function relative to each other. As a portion of the course, reviewed material will follow the eight ASE 2017 standard areas of study, and will expand upon these areas via diagnostic and industry standard technical material and testing methods. Usage of the proper diagnostic processes is required for success in this course. Proper use of lab scopes, DVOM’s, scan tools, and other high level diagnostic equipment are crucial to success in the course.

AUTO 201 ASE Certification Review* (1 Credit Hour)

This course will prepare students to take any of the eight (8) basic National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) automotive student certification tests.

AUTO 271 Automotive Technology Internship* (3 Credit Hours)

Prerequisites : (AUTO 162 or AUTO 166) or Department approval. Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to apply classroom knowledge to an actual work situation. The internship will provide advanced students on-the-job experience under the supervision of professionals in the industry. The work will be developed cooperatively with area employers, college staff and each student to provide a variety of actual job experiences directly related to the student's career goals.

AUTO 291 Independent Study* (1-7 Hour)

Prerequisites : 2.0 GPA minimum and department approval. Independent study is a directed, structured learning experience offered as an extension of the regular curriculum. It is intended to allow individual students to broaden their comprehension of the principles of and competencies associated with the discipline or program. Its purpose is to supplement existing courses with individualized, in-depth learning experiences. Such learning experiences may be undertaken independent of the traditional classroom setting, but will be appropriately directed and supervised by regular instructional staff. Total contact hours vary based on the learning experience.

Britton Hill

Associate Professor Automotive Technology Hello, my name is Britton Hill. I would like to extend you a very warm welcome to Johnson County Community College. I’d like to take a moment and introduce myself. I am an ASE master certified technician with 15 year of experience as a BMW group technician. From a young age I have had a curiosity about how things work. I was always taking things apart and building things. My dad and I often performed maintenance on our family vehicles. I would say my dad was a big influence on my love for automobiles as he is a big auto enthusiast himself. I would also say that I did not grow up with aspirations to be an automotive technician. I did go to work for an auto dealer as a porter after graduating high school while I was attending college to become a middle school teacher, but the shop that I worked in was not climate controlled and was not very clean or organized. It did not seem like an appealing career at the time. My journey to becoming a technician really started many years and jobs later and with a purchase of a used BMW. During some research about the car I was considering purchasing, I visited a BMW dealership. Their shop was beautiful with tile floors, organized bays, and climate control. I also found out about the BMW Service Technician Education Program, a nine-month full time program that would allow a technician to enter the field with master level knowledge. It was definitely something I could see myself doing. I enrolled in a one year technician program at Universal Technical Institute and was accepted into the BMW STEP program. For the last five years I have been adjunct teaching for JCCC in the Automotive Technology Department and now am a full time Professor.

Jack Ireland

Professor Automotive Technology Department Chair

Mark Jones

Associate Professor Automotive Technology

JC James

Profesor Automotive Technology

Shop Talk

Britton Hill gives a shoutout to Conrad Knipp at Burnett Automotive and talks about what he wishes more shop owners/managers would do to help the next generation of technicians!

Johnson County Community College Automotive Technology program. Learn how to service and repair vehicles through courses in the eight core areas of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification.