Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology Degrees from Oklahoma City Community College

If you have drive and determination, then automotive technology is the program for you.

  • Overview

    Automotive TechnologyIf you’re ready to start your career in automotive technology, Oklahoma City Community College has five academic programs for you to choose from that will fit your needs and lifestyle.

    You could earn:

    It’s time to shift gears. Just fill out this OCCC online admissions application today.

    Visit the Automotive Website to find out more information about the different programs.

  • Overview

    Automotive TechnologyIf you’re ready to start your career in automotive technology, Oklahoma City Community College has five academic programs for you to choose from that will fit your needs and lifestyle.

    You could earn:

    It’s time to shift gears. Just fill out this OCCC online admissions application today.

    Visit the Automotive Website to find out more information about the different programs.

  • Highlights

    Automotive TechnologyIn OCCC’s Automotive Technology Degree Programs, you’ll learn:

    • A.S.E. engine performance, engine repair, suspension and steering and brakes.
    • GM engine repair, electrical systems, engine performance, brakes and new products.
    • GM, Honda, Nissan and Subaru engine repair, electrical systems, engine performance, brakes and new products
    • Electrical theory and automotive heat and air conditioning theory
    • Brake system repair and diagnosis, anti-lock brake system diagnosis, alignment procedures and theory and suspension diagnosis
    • And, much, much more!

    The automotive technology degree programs offer traditional classes as well as individual-paced (IP) courses to fit with your needs and lifestyle.

  • Degree Options

    Automotive TechnologyAutomotive Technology Degrees at Oklahoma City Community College

    At OCCC, you could earn:

    • The Honda PACT (Professional Automotive Career Training) program offers state-of-the-art automotive technician training that will enable students to become Honda & Acura certified technicians. By becoming a Honda & Acura certified technician, graduates will be qualified to work at Honda & Acura dealerships around the country and earn a very competitive salary!
      While in the Honda PACT program, you will be required to complete an internship at a Honda or Acura dealership within your surrounding area. This invaluable experience will give you the opportunity to apply what you learned in the Honda PACT program to real life scenarios all while earning extra money.
    • Subaru University - In OCCC’s Automotive Technology Degree Programs, you’ll learn: •A.S.E. engine performance, engine repair, suspension and steering and brakes and new products. •Electrical theory and automotive heat and air conditioning theory •Brake system repair and diagnosis, anti-lock brake system diagnosis, alignment procedures and theory and suspension diagnosis as they relate to Subaru vehicles. The automotive technology degree programs offer traditional classes as well as individual-paced (IP) courses to fit with your needs and lifestyle.
    • Nissan/Infiniti Technician Training Academy (NTTA/ITTA) - In OCCC’s Automotive Technology Degree Programs, you’ll learn: •A.S.E. engine performance, engine repair, suspension and steering and brakes and new products. •Electrical theory and automotive heat and air conditioning theory •Brake system repair and diagnosis, anti-lock brake system diagnosis, alignment procedures and theory and suspension diagnosis as they relate to Nissan/Infiniti vehicles. The automotive technology degree programs offer traditional classes as well as individual-paced (IP) courses to fit with your needs and lifestyle.
    • An Associate in Applied Science in automotive technology with an internship program emphasis, which includes courses on current automotive technology and diagnostic and trouble-shooting techniques.
    • Another option is the associate degree in automotive technology through the GM Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP), which gives you expertise in the latest technological advances in GM automotive engineering. It also offers guaranteed employment with a GM dealer after graduation.
    • But, if you’re looking for an even faster track to your automotive career with no prerequisites, a certificate of mastery in automotive maintenance and light vehicle repair requires only 21 credit hours. It offers core courses in ASE Electrical Systems, ASE Brake Systems, ASE Suspension and Steering Systems, ASE Heating and Air Conditioning Systems and a minimum of 384 clock hours of industry experience.
    • The certificate of mastery in vehicle service advisor give you the skills to become an entry-level vehicle service advisor at automotive dealership service centers as well as automotive repair shops.
    • Finally, OCCC offers an associate degree in applied science in the vehicle service management option. You can focus on learning the communication skills needed for a management position while still getting hands-on training in vehicle service.
  • Courses

    Automotive TechnologyAutomotive Technology Classes at Oklahoma City Community College

    If you pursue any of the associate degrees in automotive technology or the certificate of mastery program, you will take classes in:

    • Engine Performance
    • Engine Repair
    • Suspension and Steering
    • Brakes
    • Manual Drive Trains
    • Automatic Transmissions/Transaxles
    • Electrical Systems
    • Heating and Conditioning Systems
    • Certification

     

    Visit OCCC’s online college course catalog for full details on your automotive technology degree options.

  • Faculty
    Russell McLaughlin

    Russell McLaughlin


    Professor of Automotive Technology

    I have been a professor at OCCC since 2016. Before that, I was at Hudiburg Chevrolet for 5 years. I was an active duty member of the United States Air Force for 30 years.

     
    Matthew Wickham

    Matthew Wickham


    Professor of Automotive Technology

    A.A.S., Automotive Technology-OCCCB.S., Ministerial Leadership-Cincinnati Christian UniversityI was born and raised in Mooresville, Indiana where I grew up with a passion in automobiles & church. After graduating high school in 2002, I attended Cincinnati Christian University. I married my wife in 2007 and we moved to Wheelersburg, Ohio where I served as a youth minister. In 2011, my wife and I moved to her hometown of Yukon. After earning my associates degree in Automotive Technology from OCCC, I worked as an Automotive Technician for 4 years. Now I have the privilege of teaching students here at OCCC about the automotive world. I love working here at OCCC.

     
    Bradley Walker

    Bradley Walker


    Department Chair/Professor of Automotive Technology

    B.S., University of Central Oklahoma; I graduated from the GM ASEP program here at OCCC.I am an ASE certified Master Automobile Technician.I have been in the automotive industry for 25 years.Before coming to OCCC I was at Bob Moore Saturn for 13 years where I was the shop foreman.

     
  • After OCCC

    Automotive TechnologyJobs for Automotive Technology Degree Graduates

    The automotive industry is one of the largest industries in the United States. In fact, for every worker directly employed by an automaker, nearly seven spin-off jobs are created including those in dealerships and service centers.

     

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, with more consumers buying cars, more automotive technology jobs will be created for workers who can perform basic car maintenance and repair. More entry-level workers will be needed to do oil changes and replace worn brakes.

     

    In addition, since the average lifespan of vehicles is increasing, this will increase the demand for repair services, especially post-warranty work. The increased use of advanced technology in automobiles will also lead to new opportunities for repair technicians, especially those with specialized skills or certifications.

     

    Workers with expertise in certain makes or models of cars, or with an advanced understanding of certain systems, such as hybrid-fuel technology, will also be in high demand.

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