Automotive Technology Program
The Automotive Technician program at Technical College of the Rockies college provides students with the needed skills and knowledge for successful entry into an automotive servicing career. In today’s constantly changing world of automotive technology, there is a continual need for trained, qualified men and women who are capable of diagnosing and repairing the variety of systems that are part of every model car and truck.
At TCR, we prepare students to obtain an entry level position in the auto repair industry by teaching automotive theory and operation as well as hands on training in our shop. Students will get to observe live repairs by our ASE Master Certified instructors, work on project vehicles, have opportunities to repair his/her own vehicles as it applies to the curriculum, and also perform some live repairs from start to finish including ordering parts, completing repair invoices, and communicating with actual customers. We not only teach you how to diagnose and repair cars and light trucks, but our instructors with over 35 years of combined experience will guild you how be professional and successful for a great career working in an industry you love.
The shop has all of the automotive equipment that you will be using on the job, and our courses provide experience in the following areas as well as preparing the graduates for ASE testing and certification:
- Automatic Transmissions
- Manual Transmissions
- Electrical/Electronic Systems
- Engine Performance
- Engine Repair
- Heating and Air Conditioning
- Brief Introduction to Diesel Engines (1 ton and under)
The majority of our graduates have gone on to work in dealerships, independent repair shops, fleet service facilities, and service stations. Other have taken their experience and opened up their own businesses.
A successful career in automotive technologies requires good communication skills, analytical ability, mechanical aptitude, knowledge of how automobiles work, and training in electronics. Good reading, math, and computer skills are also important so technicians can read and understand technical manuals. Individuals must also be willing to read about new technology and learn new service and repair procedures and specifications to keep up with the rapidly increasing sophistication of today’s automobiles.