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A.A.S., Major in Automotive Technology

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With concern for automotive efficiency, the cost of fuel, vehicle repairs and service growing yearly, the role of the automotive technician increases in importance.

The student is trained to perform quality maintenance, diagnosis and repair of complex modern vehicles. Classrooms and shop areas are equipped with the latest tools and equipment for automotive diagnosis and repair.

Students will train in eight areas of automotive service: engine repair, engine performance, electrical and electronic systems, manual drive train and axles, automatic transmission/transaxles, suspension and steering systems, brakes and heating and air conditioning. Maintenance and repair experience will duplicate those skills needed upon employment. Upon completion of 80 credit hours, a graduate will be awarded an Associate in Applied Science with a major in Automotive Technology. Automotive Technology is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation.

NOTE: New students must obtain all tools on the list of required tools. See the automotive department head or an instructor to obtain the tool list. Educational discounts are available from participating vendors.

Program Location: Greenwood

Contact Information: David Kibler

 

Required Courses

Additional Program Information

 

Day Program

FIRST SEMESTER Credit Hours
AUT 101 Engine Fundamentals 3.0
AUT 112 Brakes 4.0
AUT 122 Suspension and Steering 4.0
AUT 133 Electrical Fundamentals 3.0
MAT 170 Algebra, Geometry & Trigonometry I 3.0
   
SECOND SEMESTER Credit Hours
AUT 103 Engine Reconditioning 4.0
AUT 116 Manual Transmissions and Axles 4.0
AUT 152 Automatic Transmissions 4.0
ENG 165 Professional Communication 3.0
  or ENG 101 English Composition I  
   
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
AUT 131 Electrical Systems 3.0
AUT 141 Introduction to Heating & Air Conditioning 4.0
AUT 252 Advanced Automatic Transmission 4.0
MAT 171 Algebra, Geometry & Trigonometry II 3.0
   
THIRD SEMESTER Credit Hours
AUT 145 Engine Performance 3.0
AUT 231 Automotive Electronics 4.0
AUT 232 Automotive Accessories 2.0
AUT 247 Electronic Fuel Systems 4.0
  Elective Behavioral/Social Science 3.0
   
FOURTH SEMESTER Credit Hours
AUT 245 Advanced Engine Performance 5.0
AUT 156 Auto Diagnosis and Repair 4.0
AUT 275 Alternate Technology Vehicles 3.0
  Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3.0
Total Credit Hours: 77.0
 

Updated 4/11/2012

 

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement – The purpose of the Automotive Technology Program is to train students to perform quality maintenance, diagnosis and repair of complex modern vehicles.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Diagnose and repair vehicle engine and engine operating systems. Assess using NATEF Task list for Engine Repair metrics. Student must achieve at least 3 out of 5 to show competency completion.

  2. Diagnose and repair automatic and manual drive trains and operating systems. Assess using NATEF Task list for Automatic Transmission/transaxle and manual drive train and axle’s metrics. Student must achieve at least 3 out of 5 to show competency completion.

  3. Diagnose and repair vehicle HVAC and operating systems. Assess using NATEF Task list for Heating and Air Conditioning metrics. Student must achieve at least 3 out of 5 to show competency completion.

  4. Diagnose and repair steering and suspension systems. Perform a 4 wheel alignment on a vehicle. Assess using NATEF Task list for Suspension and Steering metrics. Student must achieve at least 3 out of 5 to show competency completion.

  5. Diagnose and repair vehicle brake systems. Perform a 4 wheel brake service. Assess using NATEF Task list for Brakes metrics. Student must achieve at least 3 out of 5 to show competency completion.

  6. Diagnose and repair engine performance and drivability concerns. Assess using NATEF Task list for Engine Performance metrics. Student must achieve at least 3 out of 5 to show competency completion. 

 

Advisement Information

  • Tools for the hands-on portion in the lab are mandatory for competency completion and will cost a minimum of $1200-$1800 with some students choosing to spend as much as $4000-$5000. Tools that the students purchase are an investment in their future and necessary to be employable. Click here for the list of required tools. Advise students to call or e-mail David Kibler if they have specific questions.

  • See the Math Placement Guide before enrolling a student in mathematics courses.  It is recommended that students enroll in the sequence of math courses required for this program, based on their math placement scores and their advisor's recommendation.

  • New students summer and spring terms should talk with David Kibler about experience level before enrolling in AUT courses. Taking developmental coursework if needed or general education courses is a good option before entering the program fully in the fall.

Advisement information verified 11/14/2014