The goal of the NATEF-accredited Automotive Technology Program is to prepare students for employment in the automotive services industry. Graduates are employed in sales, parts,and technician positions.
This program combines the study of college-level general education courses and extensive course work in automotive theory and lab classes designed to prepare graduates for entry level careers as technicians, service advisors, parts specialists, and managers.
Earn a certificate and get to work within a year. Continue your passion in our Associate degree coursework and tackle more complex diagnostics and repairs. Ready for management? Earn a Bachelor's degree from Missouri Baptist University at Jefferson College! Check out the complete pathway and hit the road toward an exciting career in automotive technology!
April 9, 2018
Sadie Hefflinger from Northwest High School was selected as a 2018 winner in a non-traditional career field. Sadie received a scholarship from the award to be used towards continued education in her field from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). We would like to congratulate Sadie for being chosen from a field of 86 candidates. Great job Sadie!
February 16, 2018
Students from the Jefferson College Automotive Technology program recently competed in the East Central District SkillsUSA competition. Chris Trusty received a Gold medal and William Antommaria received a Silver medal in their Automotive Service Technology competition. Chris Trusty will go to state level competition in April at State Technical College to represent Jefferson College. We wish him well!
November 10, 2017
Jefferson College students from the Automotive Technology program recently participated in the Oil Changes for Veterans event at Meineke Car Care Center. The college and high school students performed over 80 oil changes for free as a service learning project. Jefferson College students worked all day servicing veterans cars in five out of six bays getting real world automotive shop experience alongside automotive students from Ranken Technical College. Automotive instructors Gerard Uhls and John Scanga were working with the students to keep the work flow moving and to double check the work performed.
November 8, 2017
Automotive Technology Professor, Gerard Uhls, was featured on Episode #22 of the Technician.Academy podcast series. Mr. Uhls discussed the importance of trained technicians, explained the shortage of skilled automotive workers, and highlighted the Jefferson College Automotive Technology program. Check out Episode #22 here!
September 22, 2017
Jefferson College hosted Technician's Academy this year on September 22. Richard Young lead the class for Fuel Pump Diagnostics in the morning and taught an afternoon class on Digital Storage Oscilloscopes (DSO). In the afternoon class, students had a "hands on" scope experience thanks to AES WAVE loaning a training lab so each student could participate in scope set up, triggering and interpretation of the results. After each session some students received door prizes and two lucky students received Go Tech's courtesy of the manufacturer.
August 18, 2017
Start your engines…to celebrate the completion of a $300,000 renovation project designed to improve student learning in the Jefferson College Automotive Technology program, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Friday, August 18, at 9 a.m. in the Automotive Shop located in the Career and Technical Education Building on the Hillsboro campus.
Approved in connection with the College’s annual Strategic Planning Capital Project process, the renovation provides better utilization of shop instructional space and emulates a modern automotive environment. Improvements include double the amount of lifted working spaces for increased hands-on learning, updated workbenches and cabinetry, installation of energy-efficient high-powered LED lighting, increased storage capacity, refinished floors, and painted walls.
“We want to be the leading choice for anyone in our region who has the desire to train for a successful career as an automotive technician,” said Jefferson College President Dr. Raymond Cummiskey. “The College is at the epicenter of educating tomorrow's workforce. With the auto industry thriving, our program and renovated facilities give students hands-on experience in one of the most state-of- the-art learning centers in the region.”