Catalog 2021-2022 
    Jun 21, 2024  
Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Automotive: Automotive Service Technology

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(An ASE Educational Foundation Certified Program) 


Windsor Campus, Automotive & Technology Center

Administrative Support:

Margaret Carleton, 970.339.6286

Program Director:

Fred Brown, 970.339.6640

Advisors and Faculty:

Larry Baker,, 970.339.6674

Dan Sisson,, 970.339.6623

Sarah Ener, 970.378.3676

Claire Kopp, 970.339.6609

AYES Coordinator:

Dan Sisson, 970.339.6623

Degrees/Certificates Offered:

Master Automobile Diesel (A.A.S. degree)

Master Automobile Service Technology (A.A.S. degree)

Advanced Brakes (certificate)

Advanced Electrical (certificate)

Automatic Transmission (certificate)

Automotive Service Technician (certificate)

AYES (certificate)

Brakes (certificate)

Diesel Automotive (certificate)

Electrical (certificate)

Engine Mechanical (certificate)

Engine Performance (certificate)

Heating & Air Conditioning (certificate)

Maintenance and Light Repair (certificate)

Manual Transmissions & Drive Trains (certificate)

Steering and Suspension (certificate)

Mission: The mission of the Aims Automotive Programs is to prepare students with the necessary professional and technical skills to succeed in the automotive industry upon completion of the program degree; or, in the case of certificate-seekers or special-interest students, that they have acquired the skill-set they came to obtain.


Program Length: Career and technical certificates, Master Automobile Service Technology Degree is 79 credit hours. The degree can usually be completed within 6 semesters following a full-time schedule of classes and no breaks in attendance. Preparatory classes, failure to pass classes, and other circumstances will require additional time. AYES (Automotive Youth Educational System) emphasis is 16 credit hours (3 semesters).


Potential Opportunities: Employment opportunities in the Automotive repair and service essential worker fields are very good for the individual who has a genuine interest and desire to work on today’s technical vehicles and those coming in the future. Both auto manufacturers and repair facilities, on a nationwide basis, report a 5-digit figure regarding the shortage of qualified technicians in the workforce. The major industrial shortage is for general line technicians and drive-ability experts with diagnostic and electronic skills. The automotive program can also provide quality training for individuals interested in other related vocations within the automotive industry as well.

The Master Automotive Service Technician option teaches the theory of operation and provides practical, hands-on experience on all of the 8 major ASE recognized systems of the automobile. This option follows course outlines, class hours and industrial competencies as mandated by the ASE Educational Foundation.

The Aims Automotive Programs Partner with a number of major manufactures who provide direct support with Technical Training, Certifications, Diagnostic and Specialty Tools, and Vehicles and Components for their specific brands for students to utilize.  Aims Automotive Programs are factory endorsed and recognized as a Mercedes-Benz Campus, Subaru University, Ford ACE School, and Volvo Car University among just some of the factory endorsed partnerships.  Students who choose these partnership tracks have the inside line to employment with the respective dealership lines.

Service Program Requirements: All students the automotive programs are required to take college interest survey and meet the standards placed in accordance with these tests. Advisors will determine what additional preparatory needs may be necessary. All students entering automotive service classes for the first time must successfully pass the Introduction to Auto Shop Orientation class. Safe clothing, shoes, and eye protection are mandatory in all automotive shop classes and are the student’s responsibility to provide. Additionally, students are required to furnish their own text books. Consult advisors for a list of required texts. Students must complete all ASE subject courses and at least 15 credit hours of general education courses. Dexterity testing is required in degree program.

Automotive Service Technology / AYES Advisory Committee 

Kim Albreicht, Precision Auto Body

Ivan Arvizo, Kill Switch Automotive

James Cline, Greeley

Michele Cline, CarQuest

Bruce Hobleman, Dellenbach Body Shop

Alan Johnson, CRC Carstar

Doug Kaltenberger, CRC Carstar

Steve Peif, Hi-Tech Auto Body

Todd Pereira, Auto Collision Specialists

Rob Rager, Truck City

Brian Smallwood, Career Development Center

Mike Thompson, Graduate

Brent Wells, Autotailor

Phil White, Phil’s Pro Auto Service

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