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Automotive Service Technology Degree

Automotive Service Technology is a 4 1/2 semester Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree program. The program is ASE/NATEF Master Certified. All eight instructional areas meet industry and educational standards as identified by Automotive Service Excellence and Automotive Students & Instructorevaluated by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation:

  • Engine Repair
  • Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
  • Manual Drive Train and Axles
  • Suspension and Steering
  • Brakes
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Engine Performance

Entrance Advising

Due to the highly technical nature of the Automotive programs and NIACC’s commitment to giving students the best possible opportunity for success, students will be scheduled for advisement sessions with counselors and program personnel. In these sessions, the student’s career plans, previous background, transcriptions, test scores, life experiences, and motivation will aid in designing a positive educational experience.

Automotive Program Goal 

Prepare individuals for employment in the automotive service industry by:

    • Maintaining an environment that is conducive to learning
    • Offering curriculum that reflects current industry requirements
    • Delivering classroom instruction that encourages analytical thinking
    • Providing laboratory experience that utilizes technical and problem solving skills
    • Promoting workmanship that meets or exceeds industry standards

Career Opportunities

Technicians are employed at automotive dealerships and independent service/repair facilities as general (line) technicians or as specialty technicians.

Gainful Employment

Freshman Tool List | Sophomore Tool List

Students must achieve a minimum grade point average of 2.00 (C) in the core automotive courses in order to continue to the second year of the program. Upon successful completion of the Automotive Service Technology curriculum with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or higher, the student is awarded an Associate in Applied Science Degree.

Costs

Tuition is based on the number of credit hours and legal residence and is subject to change or modification. To see the current cost per semester hour click here.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Financial assistance is available in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment (work study). Students apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information on Financial Aid click here.

First Year - First Term

AUT-105 Introduction to Automotive Technology 4 s.h.
AUT-113 Transportation Fundamentals 3 s.h.
AUT-115 Automotive Shop Safety 1 s.h.
AUT-627 Automotive Electrical Systems* 7 s.h.
15 s.h.
Second Term
AUT-405 Automotive Suspension and Steering** 5 s.h.
AUT-505 Automotive Brake Systems** 5 s.h.
ENG-701 Communications I 3 s.h.
MAT-801 Applied Math A*** 1 s.h.
MAT-802 Applied Math B**** 1 s.h.
MAT-803 Applied Math C***** 1 s.h.
16 s.h.
Third Term
AUT-305 Automotive Manual Drive Train & Axles** 4 s.h.
AUT-704 Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning** 4 s.h.
8 s.h.
Second Year - Fourth Term
AUT-164 Automotive Engine Repair** 4 s.h.
AUT-204 Automotive Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles** 4 s.h.
AUT-843 Automotive Computerized Controls+ 5 s.h.
BUS-162 Workplace Professionalism 3 s.h.
BUS-130 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
OR Other General Education elective course
3 s.h.
(3 s.h.)
19 s.h.
Fifth Term
AUT-832 Automotive Fuel Delivery Systems++ 3 s.h.
AUT-859 Advanced Automotive Engine Performance++ 6 s.h.
AUT-866 Automotive Engine Performance Testing++ 6 s.h.
ENG-702 Communications II+++ 3 s.h.
18 s.h.
Total Program Hours 76 s.h.

*Corequisites: AUT-105 Introduction to Automotive Technology and AUT-115 Automotive Shop Safety or permission by the instructor.

**Prerequisites: AUT-105 Introduction to Automotive Technology and AUT-115 Automotive Shop Safety or permission by the instructor.

***Prerequisite: COMPASS Pre-Algebra score of at least 49, or ACT math score of at least 16, or MAT-063 Pre-Algebra with a grade of C or higher, or Accuplacer Arithmetic score of at least 59, or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra score of at least 50, or Accuplacer College Math score of at least 21.

****Prerequisite: COMPASS Pre-Algebra score of at least 49, or ACT math score of at least 16, or MAT-063 Pre-Algebra with a grade of C or higher, or Accuplacer Arithmetic score of at least 59, or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra score of at least 50, or Accuplacer College Math score of at least 21.

*****Prerequisite: MAT-801 Applied Math A and MAT-802 Applied Math B with a grade of C or higher, or Accuplacer Arithmetic score of at least 59, or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra score of at least 50, or Accuplacer College Math score of at least 21.

+Prerequisites: AUT-105 Introduction to Automotive Technology, AUT-115 Automotive Shop Safety, and AUT-627 Automotive Electrical Systems or permission by the instructor.

++Prerequisite: AUT-105 Introduction to Automotive Technology, AUT-115 Automotive Shop Safety, and AUT-843 Automotive Computerized Controls or permission by the instructor.

+++Prerequisite: ENG-701 Communications I.