Automotive Technology

CERT - Occupational Certificate

Successful completion of the required courses for this certificate signifies to potential or current employers that the student has completed the steps necessary in obtaining an entry level position as a general or specialized technician. Student will be able to apply for and take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification examinations.

Program Purpose

Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in automotive technology that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the entry level skill sets for testing and certification through ASE (Automotive Service Excellence).
  • Demonstrate an understanding and be able to address automotive engine, transmission and electrical system issues with the use of advanced technological simulators and live vehicles.
  • Demonstrate effective written communication.
  • Analyze automotive applications and determine the needed materials and equipment necessary to perform tasks related to automotive engines, manual transmissions, and electrical systems.
  • Perform entry-level diagnosis and repair of automobiles as it pertains to courses related to this certificate.
  • Maintain and present the required NATEF (National Automotive Technician Education Foundation) competency task list indicating completion of the required labs as it relates to automotive engines, manual transmissions, and electrical systems.

Program Map

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.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Program

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  Rev. 10/2022

First Semester: Fall

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

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  

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  

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
Open the program map above to view the recommended classes to complete the program. You can also print the program map using the button above.