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Automotive Technology is a two-year Associate Degree program that is designed to combine automotive technical training and academic course work to provide the student with the skills and knowledge needed for an exciting and rewarding career in the automotive service industry. While enrolled in the program, students will study the theory of operation of the automotive systems including electrical, brakes, steering and suspension, automatic and manual transmissions, heating and cooling, engine performance and engine repair. Engine Repair is the capstone course for this degree program.

Each couse includes an automotive lab that allows the students to apply and build their knowledge and skills by performing work on vehicles with "real life" problems in a "real shop" atmosphere. This high tech training combined with the academic course work and "hands-on" experience not only prepares the student to be employed in the automotive field, but also prepares the student to take the ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) technician certification exams.

Graduates of the program will satisfy an industry need for well-educated and technically-trained people.

Features of the program include:

  • The Automotive Program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).
  • Highly trained ASE Master Certified Instructors
  • Modern facility with state of the art equipment

In addition to the general admission requirements, the Automotive Technology applicant should be aware of the following criteria:

  1. A minimum of one year of high school Algebra I is recommended.

  2. Basic skills in written English are required.

  3. A basic automotive tool kit and roll cabinet are required. A copy of the required tool list is available at the bottom of this page. The major tool manufacturers offer substantial discounts to enrolled students. The college hosts a "Tool Day" at the college in late August for students needing tools or tool kits. Depending on the tool manufacturer, approximate tool kit cost is between $1,600.00 and $3,500.00 (prices subject to change).

  4. Students are expected to posses a good work ethic and a strong desire to learn.

  5. A clean, valid drivers license is required for employment in the automotive service industry (see Program Coordinator for details).

AUTN106 Internal Combustion Engine 2 3 3
AUTN113 Automotive Electricity & Wiring 2 3 3
AUTN121 Automotive Service and Maintenance** 2 4 4
ENGN101 College Composition 4 0 4
AUTN114 Automotive Suspension and Steering 2 4 4
AUTN115 Advanced Automotive Electricity/Electronics 2 3 3
AUTN122 Automotive Brake Systems 2 4 4
General Education: Group A Elective  3 0 3
MTHN103 Topics in Applied College Mathematics - OR - 3 0 3
General Education: Group E Elective 4 0 4
General Education: Group A-F 3 0 3
AUTN210 Engine Performance I 2 3 3
AUTN226 Automotive Power Trains 2 4 4
AUTN227 Automatic Transmissions 2 4 4
SCIN150 Physical Science I 3 2 4
General Education: Group D Elective 3 0 3
AUTN215 Engine Performance II 2 3 3
AUTN221 Automotive Heating & Air Conditioning 2 3 3
AUTN228 Automotive Engine Repair:  A Capstone Experience 2 6 4
General Education: Group C Elective 3 0 3
General Education: Group F or G Elective 3 0 3
Total 68/69 Credits

**A student must earn a "C" or better to achieve a passing grade in this course.

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*This course may be waived by Accuplacer Test score or by Math Department placement exam. These credits do not count towards graduation.