Automotive technicians generally begin their careers in service departments or independent repair facilities continually expanding industrial and service career advancement opportunities. Technicians work with experienced professionals and have frequent contact with the public. This field requires good mechanical aptitude, manual dexterity in addition to written and verbal communication skills. 

The two-year associate of applied science degree, which is accredited by the ASE Education Foundation covers all major areas, including engine performance, brakes, steering and suspension, electrical/electronic systems, heating and air conditioning, automatic transmissions, engines, manual transmissions, and drivelines. Students work on developing the skills needed to advance in their field as an automotive technician.

(Major Code 2420; CIP Code 47.0604)

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Associate of Applied Science Degree

First Semester

AUTO 114Introduction to Automotive Practices4
AUTO 129Brakes I*3
AUTO 131Brakes II*1
AUTO 156Electrical I*3
COMS 155Workplace Skills1
Humanities Elective ^3
Total Hours15

Second Semester

AUTO 150Steering and Suspension I*3
AUTO 151Alignment Practicum*1
AUTO 155Automotive Engine Repair*3
AUTO 161Engine Performance I*3
AUTO 162Electrical II*3
Social Science or Economic Elective ^3
Total Hours16

Third Semester

AUTO 205Engine Performance II*3
AUTO 207Manual Drivetrains and Axles*3
AUTO 214Electrical III*4
ENGL 121Composition I*3
MATH 120Business Mathematics* (or higher)3
Note: Students transferring to 4-year programs should take MATH 171 College Algebra.
Total Hours16

Fourth Semester

Program Electives (see below)3
AUTO 201ASE Certification Review*1
AUTO 211Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning*3
AUTO 215Engine Performance III*3
AUTO 252Automatic Transmissions*3
ENGL 123Technical Writing I*3
Total Hours16
Total Program Hours: 63

Program Electives

AUTO 121Small Engine Service3
AUTO 237Diesel and Hybrid Vehicles Maintenance and Light Repair*3
AUTO 265Comprehensive Vehicle Diagnosis*3
AUTO 271Automotive Technology Internship*3
AUTO 291Independent Study*1-7

This course has registration requirements.


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