The Automotive Technology program's mission is to serve the community as a learning-centered, open door program that provides technical training to meet the demands of the automotive industry and the needs of the individual. An open-exit option allows the students to identify their career objectives and participate in program exploration.
The Automotive Technology (AMT) program at Honolulu CC is a comprehensive five-semester program master certified by the National Automotive Technology Education Foundation (NATEF) that prepares students for employment as automotive technicians. Students completing the program may earn a Certificate of Achievement after one semester or an Associate in Applied Science degree upon program completion. The program has maintained its NATEF certification since 1993, undergoing a review every five years. It is certified in all eight ASE areas: engine repair, automotive transmission and transaxle, manual drive train and axles, suspension and steering, brakes, electrical/electronics systems, heating and air conditioning, and engine performance.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the AMT program, students will be able to:
- Gain employment in the automotive industry in any of the eight NATEF areas: engine repair, automatic transmission/transaxle, manual drive train and axles, suspension and steering, brakes, electrical/electronics systems, heating and air conditioning, and engine performance.
- Increase their marketability through learning time management and team work skills.
- Gain personal knowledge and experience in vehicle repair.
- Valid driver's license
- ENG 19 and/or ENG 21, OR ESL 13 & 14, OR Placement in ENG 22/60 or ESL 23
- "C" or higher in MATH 25 or in 50 or in 53, OR Placement in higher MATH
- Recommended High School Preparation: Pre-Algebra, Electronics, Chemistry or Physics, Industrial Arts.
Degrees That Can Be Earned
- Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
- Certificate of Achievement (CA)
The competencies that students are expected to achieve in the program are based on the tasks described by NATEF. Students who successfully complete the program will be prepared with the skills and competencies necessary for a successful career in the automotive industry with emphasis on marketability by receiving training in all eight areas described by NATEF: engine repair, automatic transmission/transaxle, manual drive train and axles, suspension and steering, brakes, electrical/electronics systems, heating and air conditioning, and engine performance. The program is also structured for individuals exploring automotive as a potential career path, and allows individuals the opportunity to acquire knowledge in theory of operation and experience in vehicle repair for personal gain.
The physical requirements of the program include the eye-hand coordination necessary to make precision repairs and to avoid unnecessary material losses and personal injury.
Cost of Textbooks/Supplies
The cost of tools and supplies for the five-semester program is approximately $3500.
Faculty & Staff
- Noel Alarcon, Instructor, CC, Email, 842-9872
- Henry Maile, Educational Specialist, 842-9872
- David Medeiros Jr., Educational Specialist, Email, 842-9872
- Ivan Nitta, Professor, Email, 842-9872
- Craig Ohta, Professor, CC, Email, 842-9872
- Bert Shimabukuro, Professor, CC, Email, 842-9872
- Warren Takata, Instructor, Email, 842-9872
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