UCC's Automotive Program provides the basic skills and technical knowledge for an entry-level position as an automotive technician. Courses may be transferred to other community colleges and four-year schools.
Automotive courses are offered in four to six-week modules. Check the class schedule to determine the sequence of courses and the order in which they will be taught each year.
Students in the Automotive Program may be required to enroll in other classes or participate in supplementary activities to increase their success.
Students must be in the Automotive Program to enroll in any of the Automotive Program courses, or have special permission from the Automotive Department.
The UCC Automotive Program is accredited by the National Automotive Technical Education Foundation.
UCC partners with Toyota to provide a Toyota Option for students who want to become Toyota Certified while earning the Automotive Technology Degree.
NOTE: Students may be able to attend different courses (tracks) through FIRST YEAR automotive classes — see your automotive instructors/advisers for track advising.
Automotive Technologist (Mechanic)
This occupation is one in which required skill levels are constantly being upgraded. Increased sophistication of automotive systems and the need for computerized diagnostic tools compels schools to constantly update curriculum to meet industry demands.
According to the Oregon Labor Market Information System (OLMIS), this career field can be expected to grow over 15 percent statewide in the next 10 years.
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Occupational Skills Training
This program is available in an Occupational Skills Training format that is designed to mix school classes and on-the-job training with a potential employer. It’s great for hands-on learners! Individualized training plans are developed in consultation with the student, UCC faculty, UCC advisor, and the work site trainer.
Find out more.
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Program Admission Process
The Automotive AAS and T-Ten programs have limited enrollment. To start in the fall term, it is best to turn in applications before September.
Applicants must successfully complete the admission application form and meet the program requirements. Admission to the program will be based on accepted application to the program and then on a first-come, first-served basis as space allows.
A basic tool set is required of all entering students. A list of required tools is available from the automotive instructors. UCC offers Automotive Certificates and AAS options.
Minimum GPA in automotive classes shall be 2.00. For current program requirements, you are strongly urged to consult with a member of the automotive staff or an adviser.
Please see the link below to apply to the Automotive Program. This application must be printed out and cannot be completed or processed online.
View / Download the Automotive Program Application
The Toyota T-Ten program has additional requirements and responsibilities.
The Automotive Program courses, policies, and graduation requirements are under constant review and subject to change. (Contact the department for details.)
At UCC, you can earn a variety of certificates and degrees that can enhance your current career or place you in the workforce sooner. Plus, UCC offers:
• Expert faculty dedicated to teaching
• Personal attention and small class sizes
• Online classes
Prospective students should visit Advising and Career Services to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.
John Blakely - Contact
Coordinator, Associate Professor, Automotive
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