Automotive Technology

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Degree Plans and More

Program Overview

Welcome to Automotive Technology in the College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST) at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. The Automotive Technology Department at UAFS is part of an exciting and growing campus that is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association, Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), Inc. If your desire was to find a career in a fast-paced, growing field, you have chosen wisely. The average yearly starting salary in the Fort Smith area is $18,000-22,000.

Some of our strengths include highly qualified ASE certified instructors that have industry and multiple years teaching experience combined with a personal one-on-one instruction that is not seen in most universities. We have facilities that are well furnished and enhance the education experience, as well as excellent job placement centers that will either place you in an internship or help you find your first job after graduation.

Automotive Technology students learn theories and practical skills that prepare them for jobs in the automotive fields. The emphasis covers service and repair of automotive engines and complex vehicle computer systems.

Students may earn an AAS Automotive Technology, Technical Certificate and/or Certificates of Proficiency Automotive (Listed below).  Program credit hours may also be applied to the bachelor of applied science (BAS) degree at UAFS.

If you have any questions or want to further discuss your options or the automotive field in general, please feel free to contact us. Our phone number and email are linked to our names below and we would be more than happy to visit with you as you embark upon this educational journey.

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Program Learning Outcomes 

 

Upon successful completion of the AAS program, students will be able to:

  • Complete a detailed work order to include customer information, vehicle identifying information, customer concern, cause and correction;
  • Research applicable vehicle and service information;
  • Properly use a torque wrench and diagnostic equipment;
  • Obtain and interpret a wiring diagram;
  • Obtain and interpret micrometer and caliper readings;Automotive Technology 3
  • Properly and safely operate a vehicle lift;
  • Demonstrate safety guidelines when using automotive equipment and tools.

 

Upon successful completion of the Automotive Certificate program, students will be able to:

  • Properly identify vehicle information; 
  • Research applicable vehicle and service information;
  • Properly use a torque wrench and limited diagnostic equipment;
  • Obtain and interpret a wiring diagram;
  • Obtain and interpret micrometer and caliper readings;
  • Properly and safely operate a vehicle lift;
  • Demonstrate safety guidelines when using automotive equipment and tools.

 

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Faculty

 
Ken Butler

Ken Butler

Assistant Professor

Ken.Butler@uafs.edu

Office:  Baldor Technology Center, Room 157

Phone:  479-788-7703

 

Jody Grizzle

Jody Grizzle

Technical Instructor

Jody.Grizzle@uafs.edu

Office:  Baldor Technology Center, Room 159

Phone:  479-788-7704

Mark Lennon

Mark Lennon

Technical Instructor

Mark.Lennon@uafs.edu

Office:  Baldor Technology Center, Room 161

Phone:  479-788-7702

Zackary McClain

Zackary McClain

Visiting Instructor

Office: BD 148B

Phone: 479-788-7737