Automotive Service Technology - A.A.S. Degree

Turn your passion for repair and cars into a career!

Learn by doing as you take on the maintenance and repair of automobiles. At Sussex, you can earn credit toward professional certifications, gain industry-related experience and prepare yourself for an in-demand career.

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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. Learning is reinforced by a work-site cooperative employment experience at a local automotive company.

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.
  • Apply basic electrical theory using wiring diagrams and schematics to diagnose and
    repair automotive electrical circuits.
  • Explain the operation of, and perform service on, automatic and manual transmissions and transaxles and differentials.
  • Analyze defects of automotive air conditioning and climate control systems and identify necessary preventative maintenance or corrective repairs.
  • Discuss the theory of alignment, braking, suspension and steering systems, problem
    diagnosis and correction of braking, suspension, steering, and alignment problems.

Thank you for choosing Sussex County Community College as the place to begin your education. We pride ourselves on giving you the individualized attention you need to be successful.

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Courses for this program

This is a recommended program course sequence for students who wish to complete their associate degree 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
COLL101 Foundations for Success 3
ENGL101 English Composition I 3
COMS110 Computer Concepts & Applications 3
AOTE101 Automotive Fundamentals 3
AOTE110 Automotive Electrical Systems 3
Total Semester Credits
Spring - First Year
ENGL201 Effective Speaking 3
MATH105 Technical Mathematics 3
AOTE120 Automotive Brake Systems 3
AOTE118 Automotive Heating & Air Conditioning 3
AOTE000 Program Elective* 3
Total Semester Credits
Fall - Second Year
AOTE130 Steering & Suspension Systems 3
AOTE203 Engine Construction, Operation & Service 3
AOTE204 Manual Transmissions & Drivelines 3
AOTE206 Automatic Transmissions & Transaxles 3
GHMN000 Humanities Gen Ed Requirement* 3
Total Semester Credits
Spring - Second Year
AOTE208 Advanced Automotive Electronics 3
AOTE215 Automotive Engine Performance 3
AOTE262 Service Center Internship 3
GSOC000 Social Science Gen Ed Requirement 3
GHMN000 Humanities Gen Ed Requirement 3
Total Semester Credits

*General Education & Elective courses: Choose from the list of approved courses in the College Catalog.

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.