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School ofTechnology Department

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Overview

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, drafting, 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.
  • 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.

Faculty

  • Dale WaltersDale WaltersAssociate Professor
  • John YoungbergJohn YoungbergAssociate Professor
  • Ray CarsonRay CarsonDepartment Chair, Professor

There’s a lot of
teamwork in this
department. They
spend a ton of time
answering our
questions and
explaining concepts. Rob Brito, ’15Technology major

Technology

Interesting Facts

Students in Action

  • Technology courses appeal to students who like hands-on learning and work, prefer vocational fields, want to be entrepreneurs, and have an interest in auto mechanics, construction, or architecture.
  • Students are eligible for a designated scholarship in addition to financial aid.
  • 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.
  • Architectural drafting majors enjoy a renovated lab with dozens of computer stations and up-to-date software.
  • 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.
  • Prior to graduation, engineering students looking for summer employment are finding doors open for engineering-related jobs because of their classroom drafting experience.
  • 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, 10 have full-time employment in a related occupation and two are involved in mission work. One graduate has started his own repair business.
  • Auto students from Southern's program have an 85 percent pass rate for the ASE certification.

Facilities

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 hand tools.

Drafting: Facilities include a 25-station computer lab with one HP plotter, a laser-jet printer, AutoCAD software for drafting, and 3D applications.

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 like routers, drills, hand planes, etc.

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
  • Boar repair shops
  • Automotive machine shops

There are excellent opportunities for entrepreneurial ventures in architectural drafting services. In most states, house plans are required for new homes and remodeling.

A federal push for more shop teachers indicates that qualified graduates are in demand.

Contact the Technology Department

Ray Carson, chair
technology@southern.edu
423.236.2860