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Program Purpose Statement & Goals

The department of technology commits itself to developing whole persons through experiential problem solving and the systematic study of automotive restoration technology.

The department achieves this purpose when its students:

  • Demonstrate awareness of how automotive and industrial technology changes and interacts with society.
  • Are prepared for a professional orientation for employment or advanced programs within the automotive field.
  • Acquired technical skills and craftsmanship through systematic study, experiences with technological artifacts, and the solving of technical problems.

Program Core Outcomes

Within the core classes of the Automotive Restoration Program, the department achieves its purposes when graduates:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the major technological systems of the automobile.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of authentic antique automobile restoration materials, methods and techniques.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of the materials and tools necessary to complete historically authentic automobile restoration work.

Technology Major

McPherson College offers a unique degree program of authentic auto restoration technology emphasizing hands-on skills and historical research. This program results in a unique departmental blend of contemporary technology and traditional craftsmanship. The Bachelor of Science in Technology major has five different emphases from which to choose:

Historic Automotive Technology Emphasis

The goal of the Historic Automotive Technology emphasis is to develop graduates who are prepared for professional pursuits in the area of automotive history and/or graduate study.

Emphasis Outcomes

This program achieves its purposes when graduates:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of historical automotive research material sources, methods and techniques necessary to complete historically accurate automotive restorations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the historical role of the automobile in society.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the role of the automobile in the history of transportation, technology and science.

Requirements

Auto Restoration Technology Core Courses

TE 100  Intro to Restoration (2 hours)
TE 141  Engine Rebuilding (4 hours)
TE 145  Drivetrain Restoration (3 hours)
TE 152  Sheet Metal Restoration (4 hours)
TE 162  Woodworking Fundamentals (OR)
TE 262  Machining Technology (3 hours)
TE 202  Research & Documentation (2 hours)
TE 271  Chassis Restoration (4 hours)
TE 275  Automotive Paint Restoration (4 hours)
TE 281  Automotive Trim (4 hours)
TE 385  Restoration Assembly Processes (4 hours)
34 hours of core courses

History Core Courses

G-HI130  Introd. Mthds. For Hist. Analysis (3 hours)
G-HI 205  Social History of the Automobile (3 hours)
*G-HI/TE 333  Technology & Society (3 hours)
*HI 410  Colloquium in Historiography (3 hours)
*HI 475  Senior Thesis (3 hours)
15 hours

History Electives

At least 6 credit hours drawn from the following list:
AR/HI 245  The History of Automotive Design (3 hours)
G-HI 150  American History since 1877 (3 hours)
G-HI 220  Modern Europe (3 hours)
G-HI 236  Topics in Social History (3 hours)
G-HI 237  Topics in Political History (3 hours)
HI 301 Advanced Topics in History (3 hours)
6 hours minimum

55 hours in major

Automotive Restoration Management Emphasis

The goal of the Automotive Restoration Management emphasis is to develop graduates who are prepared for professional pursuits and/or graduate study.

Emphasis Outcomes

This emphasis achieves its purposes when its graduates:

  • Demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and application of the principles, concepts, and tools taught within the Management emphasis.
  • Perform research, analysis, and critical thinking necessary to integrate key content from various business disciplines.
  • Perform effectively in groups.
  • Persuasively communicate business-related ideas of a variety of media and settings.

Requirements

Automotive Restoration Technology Core Courses

G-HI 205  Social History of the Automobile (3 hours)
TE 100  Intro to Restoration (2 hours)
TE 162  Woodworking Fundamentals (OR)
TE 262  Machining Technology (3 hours)
TE 141  Engine Rebuilding (4 hours)
TE 145  Drivetrain Restoration (3 hours)
TE 152  Sheet Metal Restoration (4 hours)
TE 202  Research & Documentation (2 hours)
TE 271  Chassis Restoration (4 hours)
TE 275  Automotive Paint Restoration (4 hours)
TE 281  Automotive Trim (4 hours)
TE 385  Restoration Assembly Processes (4 hours)
37 hours

Business Management Courses

G-BA 130 Principles of Business Management (3 hours)
EC 202  Survey of Economics (3 hours)
AC 202  Survey of Accounting (3 hours)
BA 221  Marketing (3 hours)
BA 235  Small Business Management (3 hours)
BA 315  Business Law (3 hours)
BA 325  Financial Management I (3 hours)
BA 339  Human Resources Management (3 hours)
*BA 475  Business Strategy and Policy (3 hours)
27 hours

64 hours in major

Automotive Communication Emphasis

The goal of the Automotive Communication emphasis is to develop graduates who have the skills and technical knowledge to communicate effectively in a variety of media to an audience focused on automotive issues.

Emphasis Outcomes

This emphasis achieves its purposes when its graduates:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of methods and techniques necessary to complete and document historically accurate automotive restorations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the historical role of the automobile in society and of historical automotive research material sources.
  • Demonstrate visual, oral and written communication skills necessary to pursue a career in automotive communication, publishing or other media.
  • Understand the media of communication, including mass media and computer technologies.

Requirements

Automotive Restoration Technology Core Courses

G-HI 205  Social History of the Automobile (3 hours)
TE 100  Intro to Restoration (2 hours)
TE 162  Woodworking Fundamentals (OR)
TE 262  Machining Technology (3 hours)
TE 141  Engine Rebuilding (4 hours)
TE 145  Drivetrain Restoration (3 hours)
TE 152  Sheet Metal Restoration (4 hours)
TE 202  Research & Documentation (2 hours)
TE 271  Chassis Restoration (4 hours)
TE 275  Automotive Paint Restoration (4 hours)
TE 281  Automotive Trim (4 hours)
TE 385  Restoration Assembly Processes (4 hours)
37 hours

Communication Core Courses

Students must complete the listed courses from the core communication curriculum and the listed courses from the multimedia communication emphasis.

Communication Core

G-CM 120  Intro to Human Communication (3 hours)
CM 135  Media Writing (3 hours)
G-CM 140  Public Speaking (3 hours)
CM 210  Multimedia Storytelling (3 hours)
*G-CM 221  Intercultural Communication (3 hours)
CM 305  Editing, OR
CM 310  Public Relations and Social Media Campaigns (3 hours)
CM 315  Communication Practica (3 hours)
CM 375  Junior Seminar (1 hour)
CM 388  Career Conn. in Communication (OR)
TE 388  Career Conn. In Technology (3 hours)
*CM 475A  Seminar in Communication Research (2 hours)
*CM 475B Senior Project in Communication (1 hour)
*EN 313  Expository Writing (OR)
EN 420  Creative Writing (3 hours)
31 hours

68 hours in major

Automotive Restoration Design Technology Emphasis

The Automotive Restoration Design Technology emphasis is for the student who wishes to pursue a career in automotive art. This option will develop majors who possess the technical knowledge and artistic abilities necessary to execute a variety of art skills sensitively and intelligently, analyze and critique art, and relate the creative process to life in personally meaningful ways.

This degree option within the technology and art departments is oriented to meet the needs of students who (1) wish to develop and refine their aesthetic values (2) plan for careers as automotive artists (3) plan to further their art education in graduate school.

Emphasis Outcomes

This emphasis achieves its purposes when its graduates:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the historical role of art in auto design.
  • Demonstrate the attitudes, knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a career in automotive art using a variety of media.
  • Demonstrate performance in a variety of art media.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of design principles and elements.
  • Demonstrate meaningful connections of art to life through the development of keen perceptual abilities.

Requirements

Automotive Restoration Technology Core Courses

G-HI 205  Social History of the Automobile (3 hours)
TE 100  Intro to Restoration (2 hours)
TE 110  Technical Drawing/CAD (3 hours)
TE 141  Engine Rebuilding (4 hours)
TE 145  Drivetrain Restoration (3 hours)
TE 152  Sheet Metal Restoration (4 hours)
TE 162  Woodworking Fundamentals (OR)
TE 262  Machining Technology (3 hours)
TE 202  Research & Documentation (2 hours)
TE 271  Chassis Restoration (4 hours)
TE 275  Automotive Paint Restoration (4 hours)
TE 281  Automotive Trim (4 hours)
TE 385  Restoration Assembly Processes (4 hours)
37 hours

Art Core Courses

G-AR 101  Drawing I (2 hours)
G-AR 102  Painting I – Acrylics (2 hours)
AR 103  Elementary Design (3 hours)
G-AR 202  Painting II – Advanced Explorations in 2D (Fall) or Water color (Spring) (2 hours)
AR 203  Photography I (2 hours)
G-AR 220  Graphic Design for Non-Art Majors (3 hours)
AR/HI 245  The History of Automotive Design (3 hours)
G-AR 311  Art History II (4 hours)
AR 312 Contemporary Themes in Art (3 hours)
AR 335  Moving Image Software (3 hours)
AR 475A  Senior Concentration (4 hours)
31 hours

68 hours in major

Automotive Restoration Design Major Internship/Field experience (recommended):

TE 295/495  Field Experience (work experience in automotive Art/Design) (OR) (1 – 4 hours)
TE 388  Career Connections (Internship in automotive Art/Design) (1 – 10 hours)
1-12 hours total

Automotive Restoration Technology Emphasis

The Automotive Restoration Technology emphasis is for the student who intends to pursue the authentic restoration of vintage and classic vehicles and develop values of craftsmanship, with attention to detail and an emphasis on authenticity. Graduates will be able to reference a wide variety of processes, methods and will have research capabilities. Graduates will be able to understand the automobile as a technological system and understand its development and role in society.

Emphasis Outcomes

This emphasis achieves its purposes when its graduates:

  • Possess knowledge of historical automotive research material sources, methods and techniques necessary to complete and document historically accurate automotive restorations.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of the materials and tools necessary to complete authentic automobile restoration work.
  • Demonstrate the attitudes, knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a business career in antique automobile restoration.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the historical role of the automobile in society.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of related and supporting scientific fields.

Requirements

Automotive Restoration Technology Core Courses

G-HI 205  Social History of the Automobile (3 hours)
TE 100  Intro to Restoration (2 hours)
TE 141  Engine Rebuilding (4 hours)
TE 145  Drive Train Restoration (3 hours)
TE 152  Sheet Metal Restoration (4 hours)
TE 162  Woodworking Fundamentals (3 hours)
TE 202  Research & Documentation (2 hours)
TE 262  Machining Technology (3 hours)
TE 271  Chassis Restoration (4 hours)
TE 275  Automotive Paint Restoration (4 hours)
TE 281  Automotive Trim (4 hours)
TE 301  Materials and Processes (3 hours)
TE 360  Electrical & Electronic Systems (4 hours)
TE 375  Junior Seminar (1 hour)
TE 385  Restoration Assembly Processes (4 hours)
TE 475  Technology Senior Project (4 hours)
52 hours

6 credit hours from the following upper-level courses:

TE 341  Advanced Engine Rebuilding (3 hours)
TE 414 Advanced Topics in Electrical and Electronic Systems (4 hours)
TE 452  Advanced Sheet Metal Restoration (3 hours)
TE 462 Advance Machining (Independent Study – On Demand) (3 hours)
TE 480  Advanced Automotive Paint Restoration (3 hours)
TE 481  Advanced Automotive Trim (3 hours)

3 credit hours from the following courses:

TE 252  Vintage Panel Restoration (3 hours)
TE 242  Re-Babbitting (spring – on demand) (3 hours)
TE 353  Finishing Touches (3 hours)
TE 380  Applied Diagnostics (3 hours)
TE 388  Internship (3 hours)

61 hours in major

Recommended Supporting Courses:

AR/HI 245  The History of Automotive Design (3 hours)
G-CH 101  Principles of General Chemistry (4 hours)
G-PH 215  General Physics (4 hours)
TE 110  Engineering Drawing/CAD (3 hours)

Special Course Options:

295/495 Field Experience (1-4 hours)
297 Study Abroad (12-16 hours)
299/499 Independent Study (1-4 hours)
388 Career Connections (3-10 hours)
445 Readings and Research (1-4 hours)