The Automotive Technology Alignment was approved by the Kansas Board of Regents on April 14, 2010. Colleges are granted one year from the approval date to implement the alignment.
State Business and Industry Committee Recommendation:
The eight modules included in NATEF were discussed, but the group felt that one year would be insufficient to teach all those modules; however the four basic modules – Suspension and Steering; Brakes; Electric/Electronic Systems; Engine Performance – could probably be taught in one year, with a more advanced program (two year degree) covering all eight modules. More specialized training could be added on to completion of a course consisting of either the four or all eight modules. The group did agree that all colleges should be NATEF certified.
For KS, a one year, entry level technical college program would consist of the four modules: Suspension and Steering; Brakes; Electric/Electronic Systems and Engine Performance. The NATEF EOP tests for those areas would provide an end of program assessment. A two year (or year and half) program would likely consist of all eight modules.