Automotive Technology

Program Competencies for ATD

Upon graduation from this program, students shall have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Diagnose and repair steering and suspension systems.
  • Diagnose and repair wheel alignment, wheel, and tire.
  • Diagnose and repair hydraulic system.
  • Diagnose and repair brake drum and disc.
  • Diagnose and repair power assist units.
  • Diagnose and repair wheel bearings, parking brakes, and electrical.
  • Diagnose general electrical system.
  • Diagnose and service battery.
  • Diagnose and repair gauges, warning devices, and driver information systems.
  • Diagnose and repair horn, wiper washer, and accessories.
  • Perform general engine diagnosis and related service.
  • Diagnose and repair ignition and fuel/exhaust systems.
  • Diagnose and repair emission control systems.
  • Remove and reinstall engine.
  • Diagnose and repair cylinder head, valve train, engine block, lubrication, and cooling systems.
  • Diagnose and repair clutch, transmission, trans axle, drive shaft, universal joint, rear axle, and 4-wheel drive component.

Technical Standards1 for ATC and ATD

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For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see Technical Standards.

Students entering these programs must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Stand, stoop, and walk for a minimum of three hours.
  • Lift 25 pounds to waist high, shoulder high, and above the head.
  • Manipulate small objects without dropping or damaging them.
  • Determine by touch: hotness/coldness, wetness/dryness, or motion/non-motion.
  • Work indoors in the presence of loud, repetitious noise levels (not to exceed regulatory standards).
  • Function in a standard workplace environment that contains monitored hydrocarbons and vehicle emission vapors.

Automotive Technology Certificate (ATC)

This program will prepare you for a variety of positions in transportation-related industries. MWCC’s comprehensive program in computerized automotive service technology is not manufacturer specific; the combination of specialized and general training gives students maximum employment flexibility. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, opportunities are expected to be very good for those who complete formal automotive training. The Automotive Technology program has National ASE Certification in the areas of brakes, electrical/electronic systems, engine performance, and suspension and steering from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), in accordance with standards developed and recognized by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

Year 1
FallCredits
AUT 120Performance And Diagnosis I 5
AUT 122Brakes 4
AUT 123Electrical Systems I 4
AUT 125Engine Repair 5
Spring
AUT 121Performance And Diagnosis II 5
AUT 124Electrical Systems II 4
AUT 127Suspension And Steering 4
AUT 130Automatic And Manual Drivetrains 4
 Total Credits: 35

See the automotive technology general information for technical standards.

Campus/format

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Transfer options

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Special requirements

Students are required to purchase safety glasses, safety shoes, and a basic tool set which can cost approximately $2,500. Also, students will be required to enroll in late afternoon classes. Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options

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Earning potential

$11.96 to $21.56 per hour.

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 Automotive Technology Degree (ATD)

The Automotive Technology Degree prepares you for a variety of technical and managerial positions in transportation-related industries. MWCC’s comprehensive program in computerized automotive service technology is not manufacturer specific. The combination of specialized and general training gives students maximum employment flexibility. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, opportunities are expected to be very good for those who complete formal automotive training. The Automotive Technology program has National ASE Certification in the areas of brakes, electrical/electronic systems, engine performance, and suspension and steering from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), in accordance with standards developed and recognized by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

Year 1
FallCredits
AUT 120Performance And Diagnosis I 5
AUT 122Brakes 4
AUT 123Electrical Systems I 4
AUT 125Engine Repair 5
Spring
AUT 121Performance And Diagnosis II 5
AUT 124Electrical Systems II 4
AUT 127Suspension And Steering 4
AUT 130Automatic And Manual Drivetrains 4
Year 2
Fall
ENG 101English Composition I 3
MGT 110Small Business Management 3
CIS 127Computer Technologies 3
MAT 126Topics In Mathematics (or higher) 4
Health Elective (see list below)  2-4
Spring
ENG 102English Composition II 3
Humanities Elective 1 3
General Elective 2 3
Social Science Elective 3 3
Science Elective 4 3-4
 Total Credits: 65-68
1

Humanities Electives: ART, ASL, DAN, ENG, FRE, HUM, MUS, PHL, SPA, SPC, THE

2

General Electives: See General Electives exceptions.
Note: AUT 204 Heating And Air Conditioning recommended

3

Social Science Electives: ANT, ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, PSY, SOC, SSC

4

Science Electives: BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, PHY

Health Electives

Credits
BIO 101Introduction To Nutrition (formerly NUT101)3
BIO 103Human Health And Disease3
BIO 112Biology Of Cancer3
BIO 230Nutrition, Health, And Sustainability3
CHC 101Complementary Health Care3
CHC 102Foundations of Yoga3
CHC 108Transforming Stress3
CHC 220Mind-Body-Spirit Connection3
EXS 102Principles Of Anatomy And Kinesiology3
EXS 201Exercise Science And Nutrition4
PER 126Fitness And Wellness2
PER 127Weight Management through Walking and Resistance Training2
PER 130Health, Fitness, And Wellness3

See the automotive technology general information for program competencies and technical standards.

Campus/format

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Helpful hints

Students enrolled in the Automotive Technology Degree curriculum may gain work experience through cooperative education.

Transfer options

For transfer options, please click here. It is recommended that you also consult with your academic advisor.

Special requirements

Students are required to purchase safety glasses, safety shoes, and a basic tool set which can cost $2,500. Also, students will be required to enroll in late afternoon classes. Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options

For career options, please click here.

Earning potential

$11.96 to $21.56 per hour.

AUT Automotive Courses

AUT 120. Performance And Diagnosis I. 5 Credits.

Students will learn to use diagnostic test equipment for quick and efficient problem solving. Engine vacuum testing, compression testing, cylinder leak-down testing, and cylinder power balance testing will be required. Students will learn to use an infrared analyzer to understand the effects on pollution that an improperly running engine creates. Principles of doing a tune-up will be explored. Ignition systems including point type, electronic, and distributorless systems will be covered. Prerequisites: FYE 101, MAT 092 (or co-requisite), RDG 098, or placement. Fall.

AUT 121. Performance And Diagnosis II. 5 Credits.

This course is a continuation of AUT 120 Performance and Diagnosis I. Students will learn about the various fuels used today and the problems associated with them. Fuel delivery systems starting with the carburetor through todays fuel injection systems will be studied. Emission control systems such as PCV, EGR, EFE, AIR, and the catalytic converter will be examined along with the pollutants they reduce. Computerized engine controls along with their sensors will be tested and examined for proper performance. On Board Diagnostics II will be discussed and explored. Students will complete sample questions in preparation for the ASE Certification exams. Prerequisite: AUT 120 or permission of division dean. Spring.

AUT 122. Brakes. 4 Credits.

This course is designed to teach students various brake systems and repair. Students will study master cylinders, proportioning valves, metering, and disc brake repair and diagnosis. Students will learn about power assist units and wheel bearing diagnosis and repair. Anti-lock brake systems will be studied and tested as well as brake fluids and brake bleeding. Prerequisites: FYE 101, MAT 092 (or co-requisite), RDG 098, or placement. Fall.

AUT 123. Electrical Systems I. 4 Credits.

This course covers the fundamentals of electricity and magnetism, along with exploring the relationship of volts, ohms, and amps. The course will apply these two series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits. Semiconductor components such as diodes and transistors will be explored. Students will learn to use digital volt-ohm meters and oscilloscopes. Battery design and testing will be explored along with starting and charging systems. Prerequisites: FYE 101, MAT 092 (or co-requisite), RDG 098, or placement. Fall.

AUT 124. Electrical Systems II. 4 Credits.

This course is a continuation of AUT 123 Electrical Systems I. Using wiring diagrams, students will examine headlights, taillights, and parking lights for proper operation. Stoplights, turn signals, hazard lights, and back-up light circuits will be examined and repaired. The operation of the power door locks and power windows will be examined. Electrical circuits associated with dashboards, gauges, printed circuits, and digital instrument clusters will be studied along with various other electrical circuits. Prerequisite: AUT 123 or permission of division dean. Spring.

AUT 125. Engine Repair. 5 Credits.

The lecture and lab periods for this course cover designs, nomenclature, and theory of operation of internal combustion engines, including valves and operating mechanism, piston and connecting rod assembly, crankshaft and bearing, lubrication system, cooling system, crankcase ventilation, engines, fuels, and lubricants. This course also includes an introduction to the study of the Wankel, diesel, and other propulsion systems. Prerequisites: FYE 101, MAT 092 (or co-requiste), RDG 098, or placement. Fall.

AUT 127. Suspension And Steering. 4 Credits.

This course is designed to teach students the various suspension components and systems. Students will learn how to inspect and replace steering components. Rack and pinion steering gears, vehicle riding height, body sway, front and rear end alignment, and tire problems will be studied. Prerequisites: FYE 101, MAT 092 (or co-requisite), RDG 098, or placement. Spring.

AUT 130. Automatic And Manual Drivetrains. 4 Credits.

Students will participate in lecture and lab sessions on the various components used in present day automatic and manual transmissions used in front, rear, four wheel, and all wheel drive automobiles. Operating system principles pertaining to hydrodynamics, fluid couplings, clutch assemblies, and shift controls will be discussed. Diagnostic techniques, component and system testing, as well as maintenance procedures, will be accomplished in the lab sessions. Ancillary drivetrain components such as driveshafts, CV joints, differentials, and transfer cases will be explored. Prerequisites: FYE 101, MAT 092 (or co-requisite), RDG 098, or placement. Spring.

AUT 204. Heating And Air Conditioning. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to teach students about the theory and operation of heating and air conditioning systems. Students will learn about heat transfer, temperature pressure relationships, and control systems. The course will cover the theory and operation of air conditioning systems, air management delivery systems, and electronic climate control systems. The course will prepare students to take the ASE test A-7 Heating and Air Conditioning Systems. Prerequisites: FYE 101, MAT 092 (or corequisite), RDG 098, or placement. Offered occasionally.