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Automotive Technology

Certificate of Mastery

Minimum of 21 credit hours
This certificate will give you the skills you need to become an entry-level technician. You will take courses in brakes, steering and suspension, electrical electronics and engine performance. You will learn to diagnose and complete brake service and perform vehicle steering and suspension alignment. You will also take classes in electrical theory and electrical/electronic diagnostics and learn engine performance diagnostics and techniques for repair using a variety of diagnostic equipment. This career major includes course work on how to evacuate and recharge air-conditioning systems and basic diagnostics of the heat and A/C system. The classes you take in this major are ASE preparatory are NATEF certified.

  • Course Sequence
    Course ID Course name Credits Type Min Gd
    Suggested Freshman 1st Semester
    AT 1224 A.S.E. Suspension and Steering 4 Major  
    AT 1244 A.S.E. Brakes 4 Major  
    AT 2001 Career Experience 1 Support  
    AT 1153 Basic Automotive Fundamentals 3 Major  
    Suggested Freshman 2nd Semester
    AT 2001 Career Experience 1 Support  
    AT 2224 A.S.E. Electrical Systems 4 Major  
    AT 2234 A.S.E. Heating and Air Conditioning Systems 4 Major  
  • Course Grouping

    Major Courses: (19 credit hours) AT 1224; AT 1244; AT 2001 (2 credit hours); AT 2224; AT 2234; AT 1153

    General Education Courses: NONE

    Life Skills Courses: NONE

    Support Courses: (2 credit hours) Automotive Technology: AT 2001

  • Program Notes

    Notes: A Certificate of Mastery program is designed to meet the needs of an individual who wants to enter the job market following the completion of the certificate.

  • Course Descriptions

    Automotive Technology

    AT 1153 - Basic Automotive Fundamentals
    Prerequisites: None
    3CREDITS

    This course is an application of specific competencies in the operation and service repair of vehicles in the areas of: maintenance and minor vehicle service. Usage of service manuals, manufacturers procedures, tools, and safety are stressed. The student will discuss nomenclature and operating principles of basic automotive fundamentals. Also, the student will discuss and perform diagnostic and service procedures used to maintain these specific systems. The student will show competency in the areas of changing fluids, flush equipment, tire repair, tire balance, vehicle vibration diagnosis, and scan tool usage. This course satisfies the computer proficiency requirement.

    AT 1224 - A.S.E. Suspension and Steering
    Prerequisites: MATH 0103 or adequate math placement test score and ENGL 0203 or adequate math placement test score, or by meeting determined placement measures.
    4CREDITS

    This course is an application of basic competencies in steering systems, suspension systems and wheel alignment diagnosis, adjustment and repair. The student will further discuss and demonstrate an understanding of wheel and tire diagnosis and repair. This course satisfies the computer proficiency requirement.

    AT 1244 - A.S.E. Brakes
    Prerequisites: MATH 0103 or adequate math placement test score and ENGL 0203 or adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures.
    4CREDITS

    This course is an application of specific competencies in hydraulic system, drum brake system, disc brake system diagnosis and repair procedures. Also, the student will discuss and demonstrate competencies in power assist unit diagnosis and repair as well as wheel bearing, parking brake circuit and associated electrical circuit diagnosis and repair, which includes ABS systems. This course satisfies the computer proficiency requirement.

    AT 2001 - Career Experience
    Prerequisites: MATH 0103 or adequate math placement test score and ENGL 0203 or adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures.
    1 CREDIT

    The student will demonstrate the ability to work effectively as a full-time employee at a sponsoring dealership and will demonstrate specified competencies and develop service skills by working and performing service and repair operations in areas related to coursework completed the preceding term. Enrollment may be repeated with a change in work emphasis. This course satisfies the computer proficiency requirement.

    AT 2224 - A.S.E. Electrical Systems
    Prerequisites: MATH 0103 or adequate math placement test score and ENGL 0203 or adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures.
    4CREDITS

    The student will apply competencies in battery, starting, charging, lighting, driver information, horn, wiper/washer, and accessory systems. Additionally, the student will demonstrate principles of electricity, magnetism, voltage and current regulation and basic circuitry as applied in automotive electrical systems to aid in general diagnosis of automotive electrical problems. This course satisfies the computer proficiency requirement.

    AT 2234 - A.S.E. Heating and Air Conditioning Systems
    Prerequisites: MATH 0103 or adequate math placement test score and ENGL 0203 or adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures.
    4CREDITS

    The student will apply competencies in air conditioning system diagnosis and repair as well as diagnosis and repair of refrigeration system components, heating and engine cooling systems and control units. This course satisfies the computer proficiency requirement.

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