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Automotive Technology

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Technology in the automotive field is ever-changing.  The “shade tree mechanic” has become a part of history.  The technician of today needs to understand principles of diagnosing problems before attempting repair.  The Kanakakee Area Career Center (KACC) utilizes an interrogator that not only diagnoses, but takes the technician mechanic step-by-step through the process; giving verbal instructions and original equipment documents. 

The course begins at the basics of auto mechanic repair and maintenance of automotive equipment.  The principle of automotive mechanics is preventive maintenance of automotive equipment through diagnosis of failure, necessary adjustment, and repair/replacement of required parts.  Most technicians are responsible to work on the total vehicle, but some choose to specialize in such areas as transmission maintenance, brakes, front-end alignment, exhaust systems, drivability, etc. 

KACC's Automotive Technology students will learn how to verify customer concerns, diagnose problems and properly repair vehicles.  Students will encounter the simple skills like oil changes and tire repairs, to the more complicated areas of electronic diagnosis and drivability.

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KACC Auto Tech students are able to take what is learned in the classroom setting right into our full-service Automotive Shop (open to the public), learning the day-to-day responsibilities of a technician.  Students learn about computer-based shop manuals, critical thinking as well as traditional mechanical skills.

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Young men working on a car repair

KACC's Automotive Technology program is designed to prepare the student to enter the field of auto service. Emphasis is placed on learning to work as much as possible as a technician, meeting new and different problems with each vehicle encountered.  All of the various components and systems of the automobile are covered, including the engine and drive train, fuel systems, brake systems, and electrical systems, etc. The basic principals of hybrid and electrical vehicle operations are all covered.

Dual Credit Opportunities: Following successful completion of Automotive Technology, students will earn 3 Semester Hours for Kankakee Community College Course: AUTO 2243: Alignment, steering and suspension; and 3 semester shours for AUTO 1064: Internal Combustion Engines.  Students from Will County also have an opportunity to earn dual credit. Successful completion of the two years, earns AUTO101 Basic Automobile Service & Systems at Prairie State College


Career Opportunities

Auto repair Specialists Shop Manager
Automotive Parts Person Brake Repairers
Transmission Mechanics Tune-up Mechanics
Front End Mechanics Service Station Attendants

Personal Qualities

Ability to Follow Directions Ability to Work Independently
Problem Solving Ability Ability to use Tools and Equipment of the Trade
Ability to make quick and accurate diagnosis Average Eye-hand Coordination
Medium physical activity Ability to stoop, kneel crouch and crawl

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Math Science
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PO Box 570Bourbonnais, IL 60914

815-939-4971Fax: 815-939-7598

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