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The Technology Department at Southern provides real-world experience in technical disciplines to prepare students for in-demand careers.
- Students balance a liberal arts education with hands-on experience in the areas of woods, metals, printing, auto service, and construction.
- Practical applications complement coursework, which is designed to develop both field skills and entrepreneurial skills.
- In partnership with the School of Business and Management, the department offers a bachelor’s degree that includes 80 hours of auto service course work.
- The new construction management bachelor's degree provides practical application through commercial summer internships.
- Courses prepare automotive technology students to pass the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams.
- The auto service program is tailored to the eight basic ASE certification disciplines.
Students in Action
- Day-to-day class work tackles real-life projects, such as repairing vehicles, creating house plans, and working on construction projects.
- Auto students work in a fully equipped shop that includes cutting-edge equipment.
- Construction management majors participate in all phases of construction to complete a home or apartment during the first year of coursework. They also learn from industry professionals who present on the legal nature of contracts, insurance needs, and bonding requirements, among other topics.
- Faculty introduce students to professionals who provide internships and employment opportunities.
Marks of Distinction
- Southern is the only Adventist institution to offer an associate's degree in construction management.
- All auto students who maintained a “B” average while at Southern have passed the ASE certification exams the first time.
- Students who complete the auto service degree gain one of the two years of experience required for ASE certification as they work alongside certified staff.
- A professional advisory board provides guidance to the Technology Department for program development and improvement.
Statistics to Note
- Out of 16 recent graduates of the auto service program, 11 have full-time employment in a related occupation and two are involved in mission work.
- Auto students from Southern's program have an 85 percent pass rate for the ASE certification.
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- John YoungbergAssociate Professor
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Labs and Classrooms
The Technology Department facilities provide a wide variety of tools and many opportunities for hands-on learning.
Automotive: The 10-bay shop with vehicle lifts in each bay is equipped to do anything from a tune-up to complete engine or transmission overhaul. A variety of major equipment items are available including computer diagnostic units and wheel alignment, wheel-balancing, and tire-changing machines. The shop is complete with valve-grinding equipment, a surface grinder, engine and part cleaners, and a full assortment of related smaller tools and equipment items. Each student is assigned a toolbox with a complete set of wrenches, sockets, screwdrivers, and other necessary items.
Construction Management: This labs features equipment used in remodeling projects. Students also recieve hands-on learning and real-world job experience through summer internships working on commercial construction projects.
Welding: The department owns 12 arc-welding stations along with eight stations for oxyacetylene welding and cutting. Equipment for tungsten insert gas (TIG) welding and plasma cutting also are available.
Woodworking: Students have access to three table saws, two lathes, two thickness planers, a thickness sander, two jointers, miter saws, a radial arm saw, a drill press, a mortising machine, a shaper, and all of the related hand tools such as routers, drills, hand planes, and more.
Graphics: Accommodating 12 students per class, this lab provides the same equipment used in the printing industry. The prepress area has 12 Mac G-5 computers with Leopard that are up to date with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. Other prepress equipment includes two HP laser printers (color plus black and white), an HP 3970 color scanner, and a Xante Platemaker 3 that produces computer to film or computer to plate. Press equipment includes silk screen printing, a Point 1k screen exposing unit, a M&R T-shirt dryer, a 20x25-inch process camera and darkroom, a flip-top platemaker for metal offset plates, an 11x17-inch Ryobi offset press, a 32-inch paper cutter, an 11x17-inch Buam paper folder, a power paper drill, and related hand tools.
Careers in Technology
Master mechanics with ASE certification are sought as employees in:
- Auto repair shops
- New car dealerships
- Boat repair shops
- Automotive machine shops
A federal push for more shop teachers indicates that qualified graduates are in demand.
Contact the Technology Department
Mark Hyder, chair