Motor Vehicle Technology


 

 

 

 

Donald Davenport, Department Chair

City Park Campus

ddaven@dcc.edu

(504) 671-6191

 

 

Working on today's cars requires an understanding of the science and technology that goes into the modern, highly-sophisticated automobile. Our Motor Vehicle Technology program combines classroom lecture with intensive hands on training in our technologically advanced motor vehicle labs. Delgado offers both a Certificate of Technical Studies and an Associate’s degree in Motor Vehicle Technology. Students may choose one of the following concentrations:  Collision Repair or General Automotive.

 

The programs are accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc. (NATEF). Students also have the opportunity to study towards ASE certification which increases student opportunities in the work place.  In addition to the technical curriculum, in the associate's degree programs, courses in mathematics, humanities, English, natural science and social science provide students with the background necessary for effective communication of ideas and to enhance future opportunities for career advancement.

 

GENERAL AUTOMOTIVE

 

The general automotive concentration is designed to provide a foundation of general theory and operation for the tasks specified by NATEF and covers theory, repair and diagnostic procedures for all eight major automotive systems.

 

SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS

 

Through the continued support of industry manufacturers and local dealers, there are two cooperative degree programs in Motor Vehicle Technology: Automotive Student Service Education Training (ASSET) with Ford Motor Company and Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP) with General Motors (GM). Students entering either program must be sponsored by a participating Ford or GM dealer who provides supervised work experience for approximately eight weeks of each semester. The other half of the semester is spent in special classes at Delgado. Additional courses are required for both programs. You will work with a program advisor to meet these course requirements.

 

Working with the dealers ensures that students have the technical competency and professional level to analytically diagnose, service, and maintain the dealership products using recommended procedures, special tools and General Motors or Ford service publications. The students in Ford and GM classes will receive “factory training” through the manufacture’s online training site as well as additional hands –on training at Ford or GMs training center.

 

COLLISION REPAIR

 

This concentration focuses on collision repair and automotive painting. Students receive classroom and hands-on training in vehicle repair procedures and techniques through classroom discussions and applied lab and shop practices. You’ll learn to use specialized tools, materials and techniques for metal working and body panel installation and replacement.  You’ll also learn to perform the latest techniques and procedures for high technology finishes, painting and detailing, color matching and buffing, as well as spot repairs.

 

 

CAREERS

 

Motor Vehicle Technology graduates can be employed in a variety of positions including test technician, diagnostician, equipment sales and service, independent business administrator, dealership service manager, service writer, engine machinist, fuel injection, automatic transmission and engine management specialist, as well as general service technician. Further training and education can lead to careers in technical education, engineering, insurance appraisal, and accident investigation, and other specialties.

 

The average salary for an automotive technician in Louisiana is $16.11 per hour (LA Workforce Commission, Occupational Wage Data, 2011).

 

Collision Repair graduates can be employed for collision repair shops, insurance companies, automotive dealerships, refinish supply companies, collision equipment companies, rental fleet companies, automotive detail shops, truck collision repair shops or go into business for themselves.

 

The average salary for a collision repair [auto body] technician in Louisiana is $16.87 per hour (LA Workforce Commission, Occupational Wage Data, 2011).

 

CURRICULUM

 

Below are the curricula for the General Automotive and Collision Repair Associate Degrees.

 

General Automotive

Collision Repair

 

Below are the curricula for the General Automotive and Collision Repair Certificates of Technical Studies.

GENERAL AUTOMOTIVE, C.T.S. REQUIRED COURSES

 

 

 

COURSE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

 

 

 

SEMESTER 1

MOVH 101

INTRO TO MOTOR VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY

3

MOVH 130

FUNDAMENTALS OF ELECTRICITY

3

MOVH 154

BRAKE SYSTEMS

2

MOVH 156

BRAKE SYSTEMS LAB

1

MOVH 217

STEERING AND SUSPENSION SYSTEMS

2

MOVH 219

STEERING AND SUSPENSION SYSTEMS LAB

1

 

 

 

SEMESTER 2

MOVH 231

ADVANCED ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS

3

MOVH 233

ADVANCED ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS LAB

1

MOVH 211

ENGINE DIAGNOSIS AND REPAIR

3

MOVH 213

ENGINE DIAGNOSIS AND REPAIR LAB

1

MOVH 260

CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEMS

3

MOVH 262

CLIMATE CONTROL LAB

1

MOVH 240

MANUAL DRIVETRAIN AND AXLES

3

MOVH 242

MANUAL DRIVETRAIN AND AXLES LAB

1

MOVH 244

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS

3

MOVH 246

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS LAB

1

MOVH 232

ENGINE PERFORMANCE II: ADVANCED DRIVEABILITY

3

MOVH 234

ENGINE PERFORMANCE II LAB

1

COLLISION REPAIR, C.T.S. REQUIRED COURSES

 

 

 

COURSE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

 

 

 

SEMESTER 1

MOVH 101

INTRO TO MOTOR VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY

3

MOVH 175

AUTO PAINTING TECHNIQUES

3

MOVH 217

STEERING AND SUSPENSION SYSTEMS

2

MOVH 219

STEERING AND SUSPENSION SYSTEMS LAB

1

MOVH 224

COLLISION REPAIR I

3

 

 

 

SEMESTER 2

MOVH 109

AUTOMOTIVE GAS METAL ARC WELDING

4

MOVH 226

COLLISION REPAIR II

3

MOVH 130

FUNDAMENTALS OF ELECTRICITY

3

MOVH 176

AUTOMOTIVE PAINTING II

3