Students, faculty, and staff are able to get their cars repaired at the Miller Campus by the automotive repair students.
According to Jon Longo, Automotive Program department coordinator, the types of repairs available at a given time depend on what courses are being offered at that time.
The automotive classes are taught on the second floor of the MATC Building at Miller Campus. There are seven different classes that are taught in seven different shops at one time. There are 11 different classes altogether.
There are just over 100 students going through the automotive program this semester, which offers a two year AAS degree.
“I love the automotive program here. I realized that mechanics and cars are my love and passion,” said student Jeff Jenkins. “Jon is an excellent teacher. He makes it easy to understand.”
The program also has a collision repair and refinishing program of its own which offers either a certificate of completion or an AAS degree. There is also a motorcycle and small engine repair program that offers a certificate of completion.
The students in the lighting and maintenance class are taking a pre-requisite class that is required for all other automotive classes. In this pre-requisite class the students learn all different types of automotive maintenance, including tire balancing, mounting and dismounting.
“For somebody that doesn’t know auto repair it’s a good class,” said student Brent Hossner. “I’ve learned things in this class that I didn’t already know.”
Salt Lake Community College is also a Honda PACT training center. Through this program, students can gain some Honda certification. Students have to take a test in order to get into the program.
The shops currently have quite a few cars in them. Some of the are cars being repaired for students, faculty and staff while others have been donated by Honda and other organizations.