Automotive Repair Technology (AAS)

Program Description

The Automotive Repair Technology program provides a proper balance of theory and practical knowledge for students preparing for careers in the automotive service industry. Graduates of the program may become employed as automotive mechanic technicians, transmission specialists, service managers, or service writers in automotive dealerships and automotive repair businesses.

The curriculum emphasizes laboratory diagnostic procedures in both domestic and foreign engines, electrical systems, transmissions, drive trains, suspension systems, computerized control systems, and electronic fuel control systems. Students will be prepared to take and expected to pass Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification tests in order to qualify for the work experience internship. Students will be placed in automotive dealerships and automotive repair businesses during the last semester of the program in order to gain on-the-job experience.

The Automotive Repair Certificate program provides practical knowledge of the component parts and the fundamentals of operation of the automobile as well as diagnostic and repair procedures. Classroom and laboratory instruction is provided. Students completing the certificate may be employed as brake specialists, wheel alignment and suspension specialists, air conditioning specialists, transmission specialists, or automotive repair specialists in automotive repair businesses and automotive dealerships. The Automotive Repair Certificate differs from the Automotive Repair Technology degree in that it is comprised of only auto and mechanics courses and may be completed in one year.

Enrollment in this program is limited. Students are required to provide their own basic set of tools. Information on admission requirements and required tools may be secured from one of the contact persons or the Enrollment Services Office.

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Suggested Courses

Course (Credit Hours):

First Semester

AUTO 107 Engine Performance I (4)
MECH 102 Brake and Hydraulic Systems (4)
MECH 103 Electrical Systems I (4)
MECH 111 Engine Repair I (4)
MECH 290 Work Experience Inter. Seminar (1)

Second Semester

AUTO 115 Wheel Alignment & Suspension (4)
MECH 104 Electrical Systems II (3)
MECH 108 Hydraulic Transmissions (3)
MECH 211 Engine Repair II (4)
MECH Elective (3)

Summer Semester

AUTO 207 Engine Performance II (3)
AUTO 299 ASE Review (1)
MECH 105 Fuel Control Systems (4)
MECH 112 Air Conditioning (3)

Third Semester

CS 100 Intro to Computers (3)
COMM 100 Communication Skills (3)
MATH Elective (3)
Science Elective (3)
BUSN 110 Intro to Business (3)

Fourth Semester

AUTO 291 Work Experience Intern. (5)
MECH Electives (1)


Suggested electives: AUTO 100, 101; MECH 109, 215, 219, 291

Minimum total hours required for degree: 66