Automotive Service Technology

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This program is designed to meet the demand for trained automotive technicians. The student participates in hands-on experiences in testing, troubleshooting and repairing automobiles.

This program is offered in the evening on a part-time basis only.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Evaluate, diagnose, and repair various automotive systems.
  • Identify specifications related to the inspection, repair, and adjustment of
    automotive systems.
  • Use various test equipment to diagnose and repair defects.
  • Identify the basic electrical circuits and diagnose automotive electrical systems.
  • Apply basic electrical theory using wiring diagrams and schematics to diagnose and
    repair automotive electrical circuits.

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Courses for this program

This is a recommended program course sequence for students who wish to complete their certificate in two years. Part-time students and students starting in the spring or summer semesters can meet with an Advisor to customize their own plan.

Code Course Name Credits
Fall - First Year
ENGL101 English Composition I 3
AOTE101 Automotive Fundamentals 3
AOTE110 Automotive Electrical Systems 3
Total Semester Credits
Spring - First Year
AOTE120 Automotive Brake Systems 3
AOTE208 Advanced Automotive Electronics 3
COMS110 Computer Concepts & Applications 3
Total Semester Credits
Fall - Second Year
AOTE130 Steering & Suspension Systems 3
AOTE203 Engine Construction, Operation & Service 3
AOTE204 Manual Transmissions & Driveline 3
AOTE206 Automatic Transmissions & Transaxles 3
Total Semester Credits
Spring - Second Year
AOTE118 Automotive Heating & Air Conditioning 3
AOTE215 Automotive Engine Performance 3
Total Semester Credits

Students may choose to first take some developmental courses that are designed to prepare students for the college level coursework in their academic plan. This may add to the students’ completion time.

The number of credits students take each semester will determine when the student will complete his/her program of study.