Department Resources, Strengths and Limiting Factors

Personnel: The Automotive Department has two faculty members. These two individuals both hold Bachelor of Science Degrees (Melvin Jensen, Assistant Professor – A.A.S. in Automotive technology and B.S. in Education and in Corporate Training; William Schouten, Assistant Professor – B.S. in Automotive Technology). Mr. Jensen is within two courses of completing an online Master’s degree program in educational administration. The department has used three adjuncts to teach our basic classes. The adjuncts hold an AAS degree in Automotive Technology and two of them have secondary certification credentials in the automotive area. Adjunct faculty used in the shop area must be ASE certified in at least two different NATEF areas and have 5 years experience in order to supervise students. A person in the advising office has the specific assignment for advising students in the automotive area and ensuring reasonable progress toward a certificate or degree.

Facilities and Equipment: The faculty members have individual offices and the program has been assigned a classroom with storage space in the back of the classroom. A shared secretary and the administrative assistant to the Dean handle the paperwork and other duties of the department. The Library and Technical materials are adequate and maintained up-to-date. The shop area has ample space to house equipment, tools, computers, etc. for the students’ work. There are fourteen bays for working on vehicles. The equipment is modern and is maintained to NATEF standards in all areas. Safety procedures are emphasized and tools are checked in and out by shop personnel.

Strengths and Limitations: The strength of any program lies in its faculty and equipment. The automotive area has quality faculty and a shop area that is equipped to handle the needs of our students in a manner that qualifies them to be job ready upon graduation. It would be helpful to have a larger variety of automobiles to work on in the shop area, especially some of the newer and more highly equipped automobiles and light trucks. Staying abreast of new equipment and fuels is always a problem for the shop area.