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C.A.S. Automotive Technology

CAS 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.

Auto class
Certificate of
Applied Science
Automotive Technology

This program will provide students with the skills necessary for employment in the field of auto mechanics. At the conclusion of the one-year certificate, graduates may be employed as automotive service technicians or mechanics. They could also find employment in the retail/wholesale parts business. The median income for the field is $35,790 per the US Department of Labor.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 - 39 Total Credits

First Year - Fall Semester     (20) Credits
Automotive Brakes/Lab  (4)
Automotive ElectricalSystems/Lab  (4)
Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning/Lab  (3)
Automatic Steering And Suspension/Lab  (4)
Elementary Technical Writing  (2)
Technical Mathematics  (3)
First Year - Spring Semester     (19) Credits
Automotive Manual Drive Train and Axles/Lab  (3)
Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles/Lab  (4)
Automotive Engine Repair/Lab  (4)
Automotive Diagnostics and Tune Up/Lab  (5)
Interpersonal Communications  (3)
Intro to Public Speaking  (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;