Recognizing that a successful career in automotive technology involves much more than the mechanical ability to replace parts, the Automotive Technology program and certificates are designed for individuals who have the ability and aptitude to become a skilled automotive technician. Students gain competencies in a variety of automotive systems which enables them to diagnose and perform corrective procedures accurately. In addition, students receive advanced technical education procedures on many vehicle components to keep them abreast of current changes in the automotive industry. This program is certified through the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). When completing the automotive training the student will be able to apply for and take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification examinations. 

Graduates of the automotive program and certificates will:

  • Analyze automotive applications and determine the needed materials and equipment necessary to perform tasks related to all automotive disciplines listed in the degree.
  • Perform entry-level diagnosis and repair of automobiles 
  • Be able to overhaul suspension systems, align vehicles, understand automotive brake systems and related electrical system applications using advanced technological simulators and live vehicles.
  • Participate in on-car brake lathe certification through Pro-Cut rotor matching systems.
  • Describe the interaction of automotive computers with various systems of operation on the vehicle with the use of advanced technological simulators and live vehicles.
  • Be able to address automotive electrical, automotive computer network systems, and air conditioning issues with the use of advanced technological simulators and live vehicles.
  • Be able to address automotive engine, transmission and electrical system issues with the use of advanced technological simulators and live vehicles.

Programs

AAS in Automotive Technology

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
AUT 101 Theory of Engine Operation 4 Major Requirement
AUT 200 Automotive Electrical Systems 6 Major Requirement

ENG 100

or

ENG 101 or ENG 107

Introduction to Composition

or

Freshman Composition 1/GE

GE- Composition
CIS 120 Introduction to Computer Information Systems/GE (recommended) GE- Additional Courses
    16  

Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
AUT 125 Automotive Brakes 4 Major Requirement
AUT 209 Auto Engine Performance and Diagnosis 5 Major Requirement
AUT 215 Automotive Computer Testing 3 Major Requirement
ENG 101 or ENG 107 Freshman Composition 1/GE 3 GE- Composition
or      
ENG 102 Freshman Composition 2/GE    
MAT 105 Mathematics for Applied Sciences or higher level approved math 3 GE- Mathematics
    18  

Third Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
AUT 133 Automotive Power Trains 3 Major Requirement
AUT 220 Automotive Hybrid Fundamentals 2 Major Requirement
AUT 252 Automotive Air Conditioning Systems 4 Major Requirement
WLD 106 Techniques in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (recommended) 3 Departmental Requirement
ENG 110 Technical Writing  3 Major Requirement
    15  

Fourth Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
AUT 120 Automotive Suspension 6 Major Requirement
ENV 101 Environmental Science/GE (recommended) 4 GE- Physical and Biological Science
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology/GE (recommended) 3 GE- Social and Behavioral Science
PHI 105 Ethics/GE 3 GE- Humanities
    16  

Auto. Computer Fund., Engine Per., & Diagnost Certificate

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
AUT 200 Automotive Electrical Systems 6 Major Requirement
    6  

Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
AUT 209 Auto Engine Performance and Diagnosis 5 Major Requirement
AUT 215 Automotive Computer Testing 3 Major Requirement
    8  

Automotive Brakes & Suspension Certificate

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
AUT 200 Automotive Electrical Systems 6 Major Requirement
    6  

Second Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
AUT 120 Automotive Suspension 6 Major Requirement
AUT 125 Automotive Brakes 4 Major Requirement
    10  

Automotive Electrical & Air Conditioning Syst Certificate

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
AUT 200 Automotive Electrical Systems 6 Major Requirement
AUT 252 Automotive Air Conditioning Systems 4 Major Requirement
    10  

Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
AUT 215 Automotive Computer Testing 3 Major Requirement
    3  

Automotive Power Trains Certificate

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title   Area
AUT 101 Theory of Engine Operation 4 Major Requirement
AUT 133 Automotive Power Trains 3 Major Requirement
    7  

Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
AUT 200 Automotive Electrical Systems 6 Major Requirement
    6  

Automotive Technology Certificate

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title   Area
AUT 101 Theory of Engine Operation 4 Major Requirement
AUT 200 Automotive Electrical Systems 6 Major Requirement
    10  

Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
AUT 125 Automotive Brakes 4 Major Requirement
AUT 209 Auto Engine Performance and Diagnosis 5 Major Requirement
AUT 215 Automotive Computer Testing 3  
    12  

Third Semester: Fall 

Course Course Title Credits Area
AUT 133 Automotive Power Trains 3 Major Requirement
AUT 252 Automotive Air Conditioning Systems 4 Major Requirement
AUT 220 Automotive Hybrid Fundamentals 2  
    9  

Fourth Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
AUT 120 Automotive Suspension 6 Major Requirement
TEC 165 Employee and Occupational Safety (recommended) 3 Departmental Requirement
    9  

Explore the Program & Lab

The automotive program’s nationally accredited lab utilizes modern technology from Atech, Dynojet, and major automotive car brand trainers.

Career Overview & Job Outlook

Successful completion of Electrical Apprenticeship certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations and annual median wages*.

Automotive Technicians and Repairers
Automotive service technicians and mechanics inspect, maintain, and repair cars and light trucks.
$45,150
Automotive Body and Related Repairers
Repair and refinish automotive vehicle bodies and straighten vehicle frames.
$47,390
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul automotive vehicles.
$44,890
Bus and Truck Mechanics
Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul buses and trucks, or maintain and repair any type of diesel engines. Includes mechanics working primarily with automobile or marine diesel engines.
$50,360

Contact Information

Michael Murphy
Professor of Automotive
(928) 344-7569

Kenia Lopez
Senior Secretary, Construction and Technology Programs
(928) 344-7752

Pasquale Lamaestra
Director of Construction and Technology Programs
(928) 317-6005

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