2013-14 Unit Plan
Automotive Technology

Mission Statement

Provide an approved training program to industry standards for students seeking a career in the automotive field.

Program Description

The Butte College Automotive Technology Program has one corporation-level partnership, American Honda PACT Program, and a Comprehensive (Core) Automotive Program. The Automotive Program has been impacted for the past eight years and students must wait one to two semesters to enter the program. 
Our program delivers a graduate to the automotive industry that can perform their job description at or above entry level technician. By compleation of our program the student will complete the entire National Automotive Technician Education Foundation training task list.

Future Development Strategy

Strategy 1

Maintain our current industry-level partnership with American Honda PACT Program.

Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
     

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Resolving health, life, and safety issues
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 2

     

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
     

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Resolving health, life, and safety issues
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 3

     

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
     

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Resolving health, life, and safety issues
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 4

     

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
     

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Resolving health, life, and safety issues
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 5

    Increase the Program Annual Operations Budget

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
     

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Resolving health, life, and safety issues
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 6

    One Full-Time Instructional Staff

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
     

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Resolving health, life, and safety issues
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 7

    Future Partnership Strategy for the Skyway Center

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
    Butte’s Automotive program would like to start negotiations to create another partnership within the automotive industry. After multiple discovery visits to other community college automotive programs, we have found other successful partnerships with aftermarket automotive equipment venders supplying equipment for onsite use. These training programs are beneficial to the students in the program and the local business community while generating funds for the district. Companies, i.e. Snap-on, Hunter Alignment Equipment install their latest automotive service equipment in the training facility so the students can train on the most up to date and advanced equipment available.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Required Resources

    • #1 Breakdowns for one industry instructor training expenses for 40 hours are as follows:

     

                    Five nights motel                                 $450.00

                    Five days meals                                  $190.00

                    Personal travel re-imbursement         $180.00

                    Total                                                    $820.00

                    Partnership Travel                              $1300.00

                      Training for department instructors    $4580.00

     

     

     

     

    • #2 Skyway Automotive Area Completion

     

    1)    Seal Lab Floor: Floor sealer will alleviate a slip hazard problem that will occur when oil and water mix on the floor surface. $39,000 - $49,000

    2)    Install Security Cameras covering the North parking lot and auto infrastructure:  Obvious safety and loss of property situation in the North parking lot. $3,500

     

    3)    Install passive cooling grates on door and ceiling of our scanner room: The outer wall of this room is south facing and in the sun most of the day. The solar heat and the heat load from laptop and scanner chargers will make this room very hot on warm days. The concern is shortened life of our expensive laptops and scanners.  $500.00

     

    4)     Finish plumbing infrastructure for waste oil evacuation and air lines. $500.00

     

    5)    Install light switch for the drive space between the two auto classrooms: The cassis electrical instructor needs to have the ability to turn off these lights off so students can practice headlamp aiming in this area. $500.00

     

    6)     Wall-in student break room to contain ventilation: This is being addressed through the ventilation issues with the architect and may not be necessary per the architect. 

     

    7)    Electric door openers for exterior bay doors: With the two exterior doors opening and closing constantly during lab in the cold weather it is time consuming for the students. These units were value engineered out of the original plans.  To add this back it would need to be re-engineered for structural loads to hold the openers and an electrical engineer would need to be brought in on where the power would come from.  Dollar amount unknown.

     

    8)    More paper towel dispensers at the lab wash basins: The single units run out frequently.  N/C

     

    9)    Install lighting under Utilities Cover on North Side of the building. Safety issue for student’s access to parts washer after nightfall.  $1000.00

     

     

     

     

    • #3 NATEF Accreditation

     

    Accreditation Team Cost      $ 3500.00       

     

     

    • #4 One Instructional Aid for PACT Electrical Class

     

    Instructional Aid per year                  $1170.00

     

    • #5 Increase the Program Annual Operations Budget

     

    Operation Augmentation                   $7000.00

     

    • #6 One Additional Full-Time Instructional Staff

     

    Entry level full time instructor           $65000.00

     

    • # 7 Future Partnerships

     

    Should generate equipment dollars for district

    Current Revenue Stream

    Augmentation Requests

    Original Priority Funded Program, Unit, Area Resource Type Description Account Number Object Code One-Time Augment Ongoing Augment Supporting Rationale
    1 Yes Auto Operating Expenses Industry Partnership 110005161094800 55200 $0.00 $4,580.00 Maintain our current industry-level partnership: American Honda PACT at a cost of $5,000 per year in instructor training, certification and regional conference meetings. The return is vehicle and instructional equipment valued at $50,000 to $60,000 per year. Breakdowns for one instructor training expenses for 40 hours are as follows: Five nights motel $450.00 Five days meals $190.00 Personal travel re-imbursement $180.00 Total $820.00 Instructors complete a minimum of 40 hours up to 120 hours each summer. One instructor per corporation partnership (American Honda) is required to travel to out of area or state to national meeting once per year. These expenses vary depending on location but average about $1,300 including air fare, motel and car rental for one person. This school year, American Honda will require Butte College Automotive to create and deliver an “Express Service Class.” This class will be a 1.5 Unit section that will be offered as an evening class to perspective Honda PACT students. Students will be able to gain a Service Express certificate on completion of this course.
    2 Yes Automotive Facilities • #2 Skyway Automotive Area Completion 110005161094800 56220 $45,000.00 $0.00 The Automotive Program has now delivered instruction at the Skyway Center for one semester and now would like to request the following items to finish the facility to the following standards. NATEF Standards American Honda PACT Standards Butte and Glenn County R.O.P. Partnership Advisory Committee recommendations The facility must meet or improve all aspects of the day-to-day instructional requirements and standards of the current Automotive Program’s staff and partnerships. The following prioritized list outlines a three-phase approach to a fully functional laboratory learning environment. This list outlines minimum instructional equipment requirements needed for operation of the Skyway Center and future expansion. Because of the “Value Engineering” that has gone into the Skyway Center project, there are critical elements for everyday operations that will not allow the department to function effectively. In some cases, there are facilities issues that are safety sensitive will need to be addressed. These equipment/facilities items are prioritized in the Required Resources section
    3 Yes Automotive Operating Expenses NATEF Accreditation 110005161094800 55100 $3,500.00 $0.00 The 2013/2014 school year the automotive department will need to recertify our NATEF (National Automotive Technician Education Foundation) Certified programs. NATEF is the national standard that most quality post-secondary automotive programs are measured. We have individual certifications for our Core and Honda PACT Programs. It is contractual with our current and future industry partners that we maintain this level of automotive education. The accreditation process includes a self study that will be competed to NATF standards including a three day site visit by a NATEF team. This team will consist of a team leader from NATEF and three auto service personnel from out local area. This group of professionals reviews all aspects of our program and suggests or denies our certificate of accreditation.
    4 Yes Automotive Personnel Instructional Aid 110005161094800 52410 $0.00 $2,500.00 This semester we have located a technician, (and past graduate) to volunteer to help in our PACT basic electrical class. The instructional staff of this class needs assistance in vehicle set-up, testing station set-up and directing students to those stations when needed. This class is structured after the processes that American Honda implement using verbal quizzes after each learning module is completed. This process is time consuming and is a time sink for the instructor. Because of the continuing popularity and need for this class we would like to request that a permanent Instructional Aid position be created. Our Honda PACT program continues to grow in popularity. Because of this growth, the first class in the PACT program is AUT41 and second AUT42. The IST model used by American Honda has made the need for an assistant or second instructor quite necessary as the student to instructor ratio for Honda is 10:1. While the current instructor has used BlackBoard technology to help streamline the class, the number of students makes it hard for one instructor to give the students the needed guidance. This is evident in the FA2012 SLO where students were asked if the newly implemented BlackBoard component helped. Over 85% answered yes but not to the extent they wanted/needed. This semester we have located a technician, (and past graduate) to volunteer in both our AUT41 and AUT42 classes. While the assistant is volunteering his time, we feel it will soon become apparent that a fulltime Instructional Aid for the AUT41 class is warranted.
    5 Yes Automotive Operating Expenses Increase Program Annual Operations Budget 110005161094800 54300 $0.00 $8,000.00 In order to improve and meet all new EPA and California Standards and operate a fifty percent larger automotive facility, an increase in the program’s annual operating expenses budget is needed by $8,000 yearly. There has been no increase in the last seven years and operating expenses continue to go up. Price quotes from companies that provide EPA and Hazardous waste handling services that will bring the new facility up to current requirements have been received to validate this request. We will be able to keep our California Green Station status intact and maintain a facility that is a sustainable, environmentally sound showcase for our students.
    6 Yes Automotive Personnel Full Time Instructor 110005161094800 51110 $0.00 $96,676.00 Butte’s Automotive program continues to maintain a waiting list of perspective students. We have had a waiting list for the past eight years, and now the list extends out for two semesters. We have perspective students waiting a full school year before they can enroll into our “Gateway Electrical Class” AUT 41. To alleviate this problem we would like one more full-time instructor to co-teach in the lab setting and increase our class student count to 30 students per section. This instructor would also allow us to start the development of an alternative fuels section within our program. This will allow us to address the ever changing demographic of the truck and auto fleet that are being built for our highways today and in the near future.
    Total(s) $48,500.00 $111,756.00