Overview

There are over 253 million vehicles on U.S. roads today with an average age of over 11 years old.  All of them require service periodically.  Close to 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 accredited by ASE Education Foundation. 

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 counter person, 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.

Students will be required to spend an additional $1300-2800 for tools and uniforms.

Program available in Berlin.

First Year

Fall SemesterLecLabCr
ACAD105WAcademic Readiness101
AUTO101WIntroduction to Automotive Service233
AUTO112WAutomotive Electricity I334
AUTO115WAutomotive Engines and Related Systems233
 Mathematics404
 Semester Total12915
 
Spring SemesterLecLabCr
AUTO113WAutomotive Power Trains466
AUTO114WAutomotive Electricity II334
ENGL120WCollege Composition404
PHYS113WElectricity and Electronics324
  404
 Semester Total141118
 First Year Total  33

Second Year

Fall SemesterLecLabCr
AUTO211WAutomotive Electronics233
AUTO212WChassis Service and Alignment Procedures285
AUTO213WAutomotive Welding122
 English303
 Social Science303
 Semester Total111316
 
Spring SemesterLecLabCr
AUTO214WComputerized Diagnostic Service & Air Conditioning386
AUTO215WAutomotive Suspension and Brakes334
 Humanities303
 Liberal Arts303
 Semester Total121116
 Second Year Total  32
 
 Total for A.A.S. Degree  65

 

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be prepared to:
1. Diagnose, repair and overhaul each of the following systems on domestic/import, new/used cars and light trucks:

  • Engine
  • Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
  • Manual Drivetrain and Axles
  • Suspension and Steering
  • Brakes
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Engine Performance

2. Demonstrate an understanding of safe work habits.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of employment attainment skills.
4. Develop an understanding of information resources available.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of professionalism within the service organization.
6. Be aware of legal and ethical responsibilities in service industry.
7. Understand the potential for personal and professional growth in the industry.
8. Achieve professional certification.
9. Understand the communications process within the service organization.
10. Demonstrate an understanding of the automotive business environment.

65 Credits Required

81%

of students qualify for financial aid