Although the focus of their automotive classes isn't on fabrication, two public schools in Wyoming have classes that introduce students to the fundamentals of chassis and related systems. The courses are part of the curricula for auto technology, auto repair, or auto body certificate and associate's degree programs. Degree programs include general education classes; certificate programs concentrate on the trade of automotive repair. Students enrolled in such programs learn by hands-on training in addition to classroom lectures. Keep reading to explore the programs at these two schools.
Located on the south side of Casper, this two-year public institution of higher learning is attended by approximately 4,200 people. Casper College currently offers certificates and associate's degrees in either automotive technology or auto body repair technology; both are offered by the School of Business and Industry.
The automotive technology concentration features courses such as suspension and steering, power train fundamentals and advanced engine rebuilding. The auto body repair technology degree is tailored towards students seeking a career in collision repair; the program teaches students about collision damage, unibody straightening, welding, and frame and chassis repair. Both associate's degree programs require 64 credits for completion, which includes 17 general education credits and 15 credits of electives. The certificates for auto body repair technology or automotive technology consist of the same automotive course requirements as the degree, but without the general education or elective credit requirements.
Laramie County Community College
Cheyenne's Laramie County Community College is a two-year public school with more than 5,100 students currently attending. The school offers an associate's degree and a nine-month certificate in automotive body repair; both programs prepare students for careers in automotive repair fields. Training includes welding skills and the use of hydraulic tools. The Associate of Applied Science degree program requires 64-67 credit hours for completion; the first year of the program heavily emphasizes automotive courses, while courses taken in the second year focus more on general education requirements. For the nine-month certificate program, students take virtually the same classes as in the first year of the associate's program and must earn 33 credit hours to complete the certificate.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Chassis Fabrication Degree Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Casper College||2-year, public; small city|| Certificate in Automotive Technology,
Certificate in Auto Body Repair Technology,
Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology,
Associate of Applied Science in Auto Body Repair Technology
| $3,072 (in-state)
|Laramie County Community College||2-year, public; rural|| Certificate in Automotive Body Repair,
Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Body Repair
| $3,426 (in-state)
Source: *NCES College Navigator