Automotive Analysis & Repair

Award: Diploma

Students will learn the theory of repair & perform projects in the areas of automotive powertrain, including engines, transmissions, final drive systems, fuel & electrical systems, suspension repair & alignment, climate control systems, & computerized engine control diagnostics & repair. Students work in a well-equipped 10-bay shop with industry-standard equipment, including vehicle lifts, wheel alignment machines, powertrain hoists & jacks, parts & assembly cleaning equipment, electrical theory simulators & testing equipment, air conditioning refrigerant machines, computer controlled diagnostic testing & repair equipment for all types of electrical, safety & fuel control systems.

The program is accredited by the National Automotive Training Education Foundation (NATEF) at the Master Level. Admission Requirement s: Students should have an interest in automobiles and a good mechanical aptitude to be successful.

Applicants should also be aware of the following:

  • A basic automotive tool kit is required. Instructor will provide a tool list. Estimated cost: $300-600.
  • Books and online access cost an estimated $500.
  • A clean, valid driver’s license is normally required for careers in the automotive repair industry.
     

Program Information

Minimum credits: 72

Length: 5 semesters

Career opportunities:

  • Automotive Technician: $37,900- 40,000 Job growth: 5-8% from 2014-2024
  • Automotive Machinist: $43,600 Job growth: 10%
  • Farm Equipment Mechanic & Service Tech: $37,050 Job growth: 2.5%
  • Parts salesperson: $30,500 Job growth: 7%
  • *Median salaries & job growth nationwide as of 2015. BLS.gov

Division: Workforce Services

Contact: 434.797.6437

Program Outcomes

  1. Use an automotive scan tool and a multi-meter to retrieve information and diagnose a modern automobile.
  2. Work in teams to complete disassembly & reassembly of an automatic transmission.
  3. Use precision measurement tools such as an outside micrometer & a torque wrench.
  4. Complete a four-wheel brake job on a modern auto.
  5. Successfully complete a Shop Safety Course.

Course Sequence

  Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
First semester>strong>
AUT 111 Automotive Engines I 2 3 5 3
AUT 112 Automotive Engines II 2 3 5 3
AUT 127 Auto Lubrication & Cooling Systems 2 3 5 3
AUT 130 Intro to Auto Mechanics 2 3 5 3
ENG 131 Technical Report Writing I 3 0 3 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1 1
Total 12 12 24 16
Second semester>strong>
AUT 121 Automotive Fuel Systems 3 3 6 4
AUT 241 Automotive Electricity I 3 3 6 4
AUT 242 Automotive Electricity II 3 3 6 4
AUT 265 Automotive Braking Systems 2 3 5 3
Total 11 12 23 15
Third semester>strong>
AUT 230 Intro to Alternative Fuels 3 0 3 3
AUT 236 Auto Climate Control 3 3 6 4
AUT 266 Auto Alignment, Suspension & Steering 3 3 6 4
Total 9 6 15 11
Fourth semester>strong>
AUT 122 Auto Fuel Systems II 3 3 6 4
AUT 136 Auto Vehicle Inspection 1 2 3 2
AUT 211 Automotive Systems III 3 3 6 4
AUT 237 Automotive Accessories 2 0 2 2
HUM 165 Controversial Issues 3 0 3 3
Total 13 8 21 15
Fifth semester>strong>
AUT 178 Automotive Final Drive and Manual Transmission Systems 3 3 6 4
AUT 212 Automotive Systems IV 3 3 6 4
AUT 251 Automatic Transmissions I 2 6 8 4
ECO 100 Elementary Economics 3 0 3 3
Total 11 12 23 15

Note: SDV 100 - College Success Skills is required for graduation and should be taken during the first semester the student is enrolled in the curriculum.