Automotive Technology

General Automotive Technology

The Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology prepares students to understand theory, diagnose and repair engines, transmissions, transaxles, suspension, steering, brake systems, electrical/electronic systems, heating, and air conditioning systems, as well as fuel and ignition systems of modern vehicles.

These programs are modeled after a variety of very successful corporate training programs. Each program is four semesters long. The programs incorporate a prearranged, supervised, evaluated practicum in each of the first three semesters, with the possibility of an additional practicum during the last semester. Many students also choose to complete a summer practicum while enrolled in the program.

Students experience training on a wide variety of modern domestic and imported vehicles, light trucks, and vans. Laboratory and shop objectives are met on training vehicles, components and live shop projects. Automotive technology graduates have been placed in dealerships, independent shops, service stations, mass merchandisers, aviation ground support and fleet repair facilities.

Employers require a current vehicle operator’s license and a good driving record. The student should have physical capabilities required of the trade which typically include standing long hours; lifting heavy objects; contacting hazardous materials; operating machinery; exposure to noise, heat, cold, vapors, and other workplace hazards; manipulating tools; and working with small parts in confined and awkward positions.

Technicians must be able to distinguish colors in minimal light, transcribe numbers up to 17 digits, and work up to 10 hours a day, six days per week. Equal opportunities are available for men and women.

The program is offered with two options:

  • General Automotive
  • General Motors ASEP

Each option has different admissions requirements based on the policies of the program sponsors.

Students admitted to the program in any option complete the same courses with the exception of their final semester. Students in the general automotive option may complete either ADT A260 or ADT A295. Students in the General Motors ASEP option must complete both ADT A260 and ADT A295.

Accreditation: The Automotive Technology AAS degree and undergraduate certificate are accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation.

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