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Morton College

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For over forty-five years, the Morton College Automotive Technology Program has fulfilled the needs of the community by training a large variety of students seeking careers in the automotive repair industry. Our students and graduates can be found throughout the Chicagoland area in dealerships, independent repair shops, fleets, and parts stores. Through a partnership with the Ford Motor Company, Morton College offers a sixteen credit hour Maintenance and Light Repair career certificate, aligned with Ford’s MLR program. MLR core courses are available year round, offering students the opportunity to begin or complete the program during the spring, summer, or fall semesters.


Under The Hood

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

The Morton College Automotive Technology Program has a long-standing reputation for providing quality automotive education and training for students preparing to enter the workplace. The program began in the early 1970s, and was originally offered in the evening hours, holding classes in vehicle dealerships along Ogden Avenue in Berwyn. When the Morton College campus was built in 1975, the program moved into its current facilities. Students can select from a variety of certificates along with a degree. Options include: A Maintenance and Light Repair Certificate (16 credits), an Automotive Service Certificate (19 credits), an Automotive Technology Career Certificate (50 credits), and an Automotive Technology Associate in Applied Science degree (64 credits). The jobs available to students vary greatly. Depending on their interests, students can be matched with an employer that will place them into a suitable position. Opportunities include working as a Lube Tech at a dealership, and entry-level jobs at independent repair shops, tire shops, and parts stores. Students can also transfer to a 4-year university to continue their education.” Morton College Automotive Technology instructors and staff work closely with students to help them succeed. Potential employers come in and meet with students on a regular basis. Once each semester, management and technicians from local Ford dealerships visit the Program to discuss employment opportunities and to conduct interviews. Students are often offered entry-level positions in the field within their first semester. Class sizes are small, so students benefit from individualized attention. Courses are offered in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings year-round to accommodate students’ schedules. Industry partnerships include Ford, Subaru, and Snap-On/NC3, allowing the Automotive Technology Department to provide the most up-to date training for students.

Is this a full or part time program?

Students are able to complete the Program at their desired pace, and can attend on either a part-time or full-time basis.

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

Classes are held on the Morton College campus, with dedicated facilities, and consist of forty percent classroom instruction and sixty percent hands-on practical learning.

What does the program cost?

The Program is affordable and offers great value and opportunities Tuition costs can be found by visiting the Morton College website.

What types of financial assistance or scholarships are available?

Financial Aid and scholarships are available for students that qualify.

Describe the application process and eligibility.

Applying to Morton College is easy, and can be done online through the Morton College website.

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

Work-based learning opportunities are made available to students through partnerships with local automotive industry employers.

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

Many Morton College Automotive students have found employment through Program partners and contacts. Career opportunities are always available, and the Automotive Technology Department works with students to prepare them for the hiring process.

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

Starting salaries for students can vary with experience, and can lead to advancement in pay and p[osition.

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

Morton College students and graduates are employed at repair shops, dealerships, and fleets throughout Chicagoland. Students learn from instructors that bring real-life experience to the classroom. Students complete the program with a number of third party industry recognized credentials that give them the advantages needed to secure employment in the automotive industry.

What general and specialty tools does the school provide?

The Morton College Automotive Technology Program provides o variety of specialty tools, shop equipment, and diagnostic equipment as used in repair shops and dealerships.

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

Students provide their own set of hand tools and PPE.

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

With classes capped at 16 seats, students are able to seek guidance and assistance from instructors.

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

Moat classes are 40% classroom instruction, and 60% hands-on practical lab activities.

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

Students complete safety training and receive certification upon completion. Safety practices are followed in all lab activities

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

The lab is kept clean and orderly to provide a safe comfortable environment.

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

Students have access to common service information, along with online information from Ford and Subaru.

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

Morton College provides online access to the AllData and Motologic Information Systems.

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

The Morton College Automotive Technology lab replicates a functional, up-to- date repair facility, providing students hands-on experience with industry standard tools and equipment.

Maintenance and Light Repair Certificate

The Maintenance and Light Repair Certificate prepares students for entry-level employment as automotive technicians for service departments of automobile companies. Upon successful completion, students will earn Ford Training Credentials in the following areas: Brakes, Electrical, Air Conditioning, and Steering and Suspension.

Automotive Technology Automotive Service Career Certificate

The Automotive Technology Automotive Service Career Certificate prepares students for entry-level employment in automotive service

Automotive Technology Career Certificate

The Automotive Technology Career Certificate prepares students for employment as automotive technicians. Students learn about design, function, diagnosis and proper repair procedures for all major systems related to the automobile and prepares students for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams.

Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Technology

The Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Technology degree prepares students for employment as automotive technicians. Classroom study of automotive principles combined with hands on experience, students learn about design, function, diagnosis and proper repair procedures for all major systems related to the automobile.

Duane Smith

Adjunct Faculty member Duane Smith has over forty years of experience as a General Motors Automobile Service Technician. A transmission diagnosis and repair specialist, Duane is an ASE certified Master Automobile Technician and has earned recognition as a General Motors Master Automotive and Transmission Technician.

Don Sykora

Automotive Technology Instructor/Program Chair Don Sykora has over forty years of automotive experience. He is an ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician and also holds certifications in the areas of Advanced Level Engine Performance and Automobile Service Consultant and as a Mobile Electronics Certified Professional (MECP) Installer. Don is a member of the North American Council of Automotive Teachers, and has served two terms on the Board of Directors. He undergoes ongoing vehicle update training and holds a M.Ed. in Professional Technical Education, a B.S. in Automotive Technology Management, and an A.A.S. in Automotive Technology.

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