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Automotive Fundamentals Certificate

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The Automotive Fundamentals certificate provides a fundamental understanding of diagnosis and repair service for the engine, automatic transmission, brake, heating and air conditioning, suspension and steering and electrical systems.

The certificate will provide the first step towards the completion of an Associate in Applied Science with a major in Automotive Technology. The courses will be assessed using applicable NATEF metrics.

Program Location: Greenwood

Contact Information: David Kibler

 

Required Courses

Additional Program Information

 

Evening Program

FIRST SEMESTER Credit Hours
AUT 101 Engine Fundamentals 3.0
AUT 112 Brakes 4.0
AUT 122 Suspension and Alignment 4.0
AUT 133 Electrical Systems 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 Transmission 4.0
ENG 165 Professional Communications 3.0
  or ENG 101 English Composition I  
   
Total Credit Hours: 32.0
 

Updated 4/11/2012

 

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement - The purpose of the Automotive Fundamentals Certificate is to provide a fundamental understanding of diagnosis and repair service for the engine, automatic transmission, brake, heating and air conditioning, suspension and steering and electrical systems. The certificate will provide the first step towards the completion of an Associate in Applied Science with a Major in Automotive Technology. The courses will be assessed using applicable NATEF metrics.

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.

  7. Diagnose and repair vehicle electrical and electronic systems. Assess using NATEF Task list for Electrical/electronic metrics. Student must achieve at least 3 out of 5 to show competency completion.

  8. Follow automotive shop safety practices applicable to industry standards. Assess using Safety Quizzes and Exams. Student must achieve an 80 or better on Safety Exam. 

 

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Advisement Information

  • All courses count toward the AUT3 associate degree.

  • 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 students purchase are an investment in their future and necessary to be employable.

Advisement information verified 4/16/2014.