What are the features of Casper’s program?
Working with industry professionals, Casper College offers training necessary to achieve a one-year certificate or a two-year associate degree in auto body repair technology.
Although this is an A.A.S. degree, graduates from this program may apply this degree toward an online applied science degree at the University of Wyoming at Casper.
Cooperative work experience
At Casper College, the cooperative work experience course encourages you, as a student, to work in the local industry so you can earn a paycheck while earning college credits. Job opportunities include dealer apprenticeship programs, independent automotive repair shops, working in parts supply stores, and other industry-related activities — all of which can lead to a lifelong career in the field.
National statistics show that the automotive industry remains a strong career option and that there is an increasing demand for better entry-level ability. Changes over the past decade dictate that students must know more about electronics, computerized management systems, fuel injection, and front-wheel drive/all-wheel drive systems. Today’s successful automotive technicians are very highly skilled and educated individuals.
Pop the hood on any late-model car today and it’s easy to see that today’s automotive systems have become increasingly complex. To become a successful automotive technician, you need to not only learn about cars but also receive comprehensive training on electronics, computers, specialized tools and software programs. It’s the only way to stay on top of the industry’s continuing technological advances.
Understanding technology is vital. But just as important to your success is maintaining a professional image and gaining the vital people skills that are so prized by employers.
Points of pride
- Additional opportunities to continue on in higher education
- All tools supplied
- Auto club activities
- Instructors are ASE master technicians with 20+ years experience in the industry
- Large spacious shop
- Lots of opportunity for hands-on experience
- Majority of automotive classes are 65-80+ percent hands-on
- Newest diagnostic tools available
- Partnerships with businesses in automotive service industry, allowing students learning opportunities at work as well as in the classroom
- Student opportunities to perform diagnostics/repairs on personal vehicles
- Students engaged in special projects (most recently a tough truck build-up)
- Two-person teams for lab work