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A.A.S. Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology

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The program course requirements are presented insequence. Part-time students and others who cannot follow this sequence should check course descriptions in the catalog to determine prerequisites and should consult their academic advisor regarding the order in which they take classes.

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  • Associate of
    Applied Science
    Automotive Technology

    The Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology will provide students with the skills necessary to open his or her own automotive repair business or for employment in the field of auto mechanics. Repair, service, maintenance, and retail/wholesale parts businesses comprise the automotive industry, which has a projected higher than average growth market in Montana. This program has an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified instructor who prepares students to become ASE certified. The test is offered each spring on the college campus at the conclusion of the program. ASE certification is often a requirement for new hires in major auto dealerships.
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    Required Core - 69 Total Credits

    First Year - Fall Semester     (18) Credits
    Automotive Braking Systems/Lab  (2)
    Basic Automotive Electrical, Battery, Wiring & Lighting/Lab  (4)
    Charging & Starting Sysems/Lab  (2)
    Ignition Systems/Lab  (2)
    Fuel Systems/Lab  (4)
    Elementary Technical Writing  (2)
    Introduction to Technical Mathematics  (2)
    First Year - Spring Semester     (21) Credits
    Automotive Emissions/Lab  (2)
    Engine Tune-Up/Lab  (2)
    Automotive Manual Drive Train and Axles/Lab  (3)
    Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles/Lab  (4)
    Driveline & Rear Axle/Lab  (2)
    Foundations of Automotive Suspension & Steering Systems/Lab  (2)
    Wheel Alignment & Balance/Lab  (2)
    Automotive Air Conditioning/Lab  (2)
    Communicating in a Dynamic Workplace  (2)
    Second Year - Fall Semester     (15) Credits
    Special Auto Topics  (3)
    Automotive Engine Repair/Lab  (6)
    Automotive Diagnostic Equipment I  (3)
    Intro to Computers  (3)
    Second Year - Spring Semester     (15) Credits
    Automotive Internship  (3)
    Electric Arc Welding  (2)
    ASE Exam Prep: Section One  (2)
    Automotive Diagnostic Equipment II  (3)
    High Performance Engine Modifications  (2)
    Accounting Procedures I  (3)
    Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

    • Test parts and systems to ensure that they are working properly;

    • Identify mechanical problems, often by using computerized diagnostic equipment;

    • Follow checklists to ensure that all critical parts are examined;

    • Test and lubricate the vehicle’s engine and other major components;

    • Perform basic care and maintenance, including oil changes, tune-ups, and tire rotations;

    • Disassemble and reassemble parts;

    • Repair or replace worn parts, such as brake pads and wheel bearings;

    • Use testing equipment to ensure that repairs and maintenance are effective;

    • Explain to clients their automotive problems and the repairs done on their vehicles;

    • Rebuild an engine in its entirety;

    • Demonstrate basic welding skills;

    • Modify high-performance engines;

    • Complete the ASE Certification examinations.