On March 28, CBC held a ribbon-cutting for the recently renovated automotive technology lab featuring new equipment purchased through Perkins funds.
Automotive Assistant Professor, Armando Ramirez, has been with CBC for two years and in that time, the program has had 100% job placement following graduation.
With the new equipment purchases, CBC’s automotive lab now has the lastest, computerized equipment that many shops only dream of, including a $20,000 brake lathe that cuts the rotors without even taking them off the car, a $10,000 tire balancer with another wheel mounting machine, and an alignment machine.
Coastal Bend College automotive technology students work on school vehicles, student vehicles, and general public vehicles. In the classroom, students now have tablets at all their workstations.
The automotive technology program started when Bee County College started in 1965. The lowest paid graduate now makes $18 an hour while the highest is at $35 an hour. With some
upcoming plans for the automotive technology program, graduates will be making even more.
The automotive program offers hands-on experiences with new equipment where students have opportunities to diagnose and repair real cars while also completing their coursework. The program lasts from one to two years with small class sizes allowing for a better faculty-to-student ratio. The automotive industry is expected to grow by 6 from now through 2022. Level I and Level II Certificates and an Associates of Applied Science Degree are awards available in this program.
Students are trained in various phases of automotive technology including engines, electrical, autotronics, suspension systems, power trains, air-conditioning, and tune-up.