Automotive Technology Degree


Automotive Technology Degree

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Automotive Technology Program Outcomes
Automotive Technology Degree Cost Estimates

There are over 254 million vehicles on U.S. roads today. All of them require service periodically. More than one million men and women work at servicing these vehicles. Each year thousands of jobs become available for automotive technicians, trained to diagnose and repair the complex electronic and computer systems in today's vehicles. 

Automotive repair professionals need to have up-to-date technical information at their command.  The Associate Degree program in Automotive Technology combines in-depth theory with extensive practical training in a well-equipped lab.  The program is NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) certified.  

Graduates of the program possess extensive knowledge of state-of-the-art mechanical, electrical/electronic and computer systems used in today's automobiles.  They have expertise in using micrometers, calipers, multimeters, engine analyzers, scan tools, torches and welders, computerized alignment systems, brake lathes and emissions analyzers.  Students also learn to utilize the ALLDATA and the Mitchell On-Demand Computerized Automotive Service Information systems.

Students may also opt to enroll in the Certificate option, designed to teach specific skills and competencies. Students may enter any course with permission of instructor.

Upon graduation, students will be prepared to apply for positions in service, sales, parts and management. Job titles may include line mechanic, entry-level technician, service writer, parts stock clerk, assistant service manager or service manager.

As part of program requirements, both degree and certificate students must take at least two Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) national certification exams each spring, usually administered in May. The cost of each exam is $108.

Students will be required to spend an additional $1300-2500 for tools and uniforms.

Automotive Technology Degree

First Year
Fall Semester Lec Lab Cr
AUTO101W Introduction to Automotive Service 2 3 3
AUTO112W Automotive Electricity I 3 3 4
AUTO115W Automotive Engines and Related Systems 2 3 3
ENGL120W College Composition 4 0 4
  Mathematics 4 0 4
  Semester Total 15 9 18
Spring Semester Lec Lab Cr
AUTO113W Automotive Power Trains 4 6 6
AUTO114W Automotive Electricity II 3 3 4
PHYS113W Electricity and Electronics 3 2 4
MGMT218W Small Business Management 3 0 3      
  Semester Total 13 11 17
  First Year Total     35
Second Year
Fall Semester Lec Lab Cr
AUTO211W Automotive Electronics 2 3 3
AUTO212W Chassis Service and Alignment Procedures 2 8 5
AUTO213W Automotive Welding 1 2 2
  English 3 0 3
  Social Science 3 0 3
  Semester Total 11 13 16
Spring Semester Lec Lab Cr
AUTO214W Computerized Diagnostic Service & Air Conditioning 3 8 6
AUTO215W Automotive Suspension and Brakes 3 3 4
  Humanities 3 0 3
  Liberal Arts 3 0 3
  Semester Total 12 11 16
  Second Year Total     32
  Total for A.A.S. Degree     67


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