Automotive Technology

Learn the skills to drive your career

Automotive Technology

Put your career in drive

Automotive Technology

Put your career in drive

SVC’s Automotive Technology program holds a master certification from the National Automotive Technician’s Education Foundation (NATEF). Our program has been a first place winner of the “Award for Excellence” and received recognition as the best college independent automotive program in the nation.

Our Automotive Technology program is designed to prepare you for a rewarding career in the automotive industry. Our program’s NATEF accreditation means that you will be learning from instructors and in a facility that meet national standards. These standards help our graduates in acquiring excellent job placement in the automotive career of their choice. Rapid advancement of new technology has created a need for highly skilled automotive technicians. Excellent employment opportunities exist in new car dealerships, independent repair shops, specialty shops, and fleet agencies.

Program Options

SVC’s Automotive Technology program combines theory and practical experience during six quarters of instruction. You will have an opportunity to develop diagnostic and repair skills on late model vehicles in our well-equipped shop. Topics include brake and suspension systems, electrical/electronic systems, automatic and manual transmissions, heating and air conditioning, engines, drivability, light-duty diesel, engine machining, and hybrid-electric/electric vehicles.

Degree Paths

Automotive Technology, AAS
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Certificate Options

Automotive Electronics and Diagnostics Specialist Certificate
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Automotive Parts & Service Specialist Certificate
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Automotive Technology Individual Technical Certificate
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Automotive Undercar Specialist Certificate
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Engine Machinist I Micro-Certificate
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Transmission Specialist Certificate
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Program Courses

Courses List
AT 100 - Automotive Fundamentals

AT 100 - Automotive Fundamentals

(3)
Introduction to automotive vehicle systems, maintenance, tool usage, and safety practices. Exploration of career opportunities and industry certifications included. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment required in CSS 103.

AT 104 – Automotive Service Writer

AT 104 – Automotive Service Writer

(2)
Customer relations and marketing techniques for those currently employed as service advisors/writers or for those who want to become service advisors/writers. Topics include repair orders, phone and communications skills, and handling customer complaints. Warranties and the lemon law will be discussed. Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment: AT 100 or 107.

AT 107 – Light Maintenance I

AT 107 – Light Maintenance I

(8)
Introduction to basic automotive maintenance on engines, batteries, charging systems, electrical systems, tires, lube/oil change and general service. Includes terminology, safety in the workplace, tools, repair information and customer service. None

AT 121 – Automotive Electrical I

AT 121 – Automotive Electrical I

(7)
Fundamentals of electricity: Series, parallel and series-parallel circuit theory; measurement of voltage, amperage, and resistance; diagnosis and repair of automotive charging, battery and starting systems. Introduction to scan tool operation. Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment: AT 100 or 107, AT 133, CSS 103 and ENGL 99 with a grade of C or better, or test into college level English.

AT 122 – Computer Basics

AT 122 – Computer Basics

(1)
Introduction to computer basics including input, process, and output. Includes system and component operation, component service, and Scan Tool operation. Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment: AT 100 or 107; AT 121, 124, CSS 103 and ENGL 99 with a C or better, or test into college level English.

AT 124 – Brake Systems

AT 124 – Brake Systems

(8)
Disc and drum brake operation, diagnosis and repair. Covers hydraulic system theory and service and anti-lock brake operation and computer controls. Students perform diagnosis and repair on a number of brake systems and a variety of vehicles. Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment: AT 100 or 107, AT 121, 131 and ENGL& 101.

AT 131 – Suspension, Steering and Alignment

AT 131 – Suspension, Steering and Alignment

(7)
Operation, diagnosis and repair of suspension and steering systems including wheel balance and alignment. Scope of course will cover a variety of front and rear suspension types. Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment: AT 100 or 107, AT 121, 124, and ENGL& 101.

AT 133 – Chassis Electrical II

AT 133 – Chassis Electrical II

(8)
Operation, diagnosis and repair of automotive electrical systems including lighting, power controlled systems, sensors, actuators, modules, and vehicle networking. Use of scan tools, lab scopes, power probes and other electrical diagnostic equipment. Navigation of wiring diagrams and troubleshooting techniques will be discussed. Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment: AT 100 or 107, AT 121, CSS 103 and ENGL 99 with a grade of C or better, or test into college-level English.

AT 141 – Transmissions & Drivetrains

AT 141 – Transmissions & Drivetrains

(12)
Automatic transmission/transaxle operation, diagnosis and service. Includes principles of planetary gear power flow, valve body, torque converter, and computer controls. Manual transmission/transaxle operation, diagnosis and service. Diagnosis, service and repair of clutch systems and differentials. Students perform a number of tasks and diagnostic tests on a variety of vehicle makes. Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment: AT 100 or 107; AT 133, WT 133 and WMATH 100.

AT 181 – Small Gas Engines

AT 181 – Small Gas Engines

(3)
Basic engine theory, maintenance, overhaul, and tune-up of small gas engines. None

AT 199 – Cooperative Education Experience

AT 199 – Cooperative Education Experience

(1-15)
Supervised work experience in the field. Includes a weekly seminar. Prerequisite: Must complete 3 quarters of automotive core. Instructor permission required.

AT 201 – Automotive Parts & Service Specialist

AT 201 – Automotive Parts & Service Specialist

(3)
Training in skills necessary to gain employment in the automotive parts & sales industry, and as a service writer in all types of repair facilities. Learn a variety of techniques and software applications. Emphasis on oral and written communication, organizational skills, vehicle knowledge, parts cataloging, customer service, and other necessary skills for employment. Prerequisite: AT 100 or 107 or concurrent enrollment & OBT 099 or completion of a Keyboarding Proficiency Test.

AT 205 – Engines

AT 205 – Engines

(8)
Introduction to automotive engines, discussion of internal components, diagnosis of engine related problems and repair procedures. Engine rebuilding techniques and performance modifications will be discussed. Shop safety, use, and care of precision tools and equipment included. Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment: AT 100 or 107; AT 133, 207 and WT 231.

AT 206 – Automotive Air Conditioning

AT 206 – Automotive Air Conditioning

(4)
Operation, diagnosis and repair of automotive air condition systems, including climate control and related electrical circuits. Includes factory repair, retrofitting, and safe handling of refrigerants and related chemicals. MACS Section 609 Certification included. Designed for industry professionals and non-degree seeking students. Instructor permission required.

AT 207 – Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning

AT 207 – Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning

(7)
Operation, diagnosis and repair of automotive air conditioning and heating systems including climate control systems and related electrical circuits. Includes proper service and maintenance of heating, cooling and refrigeration systems, and use of specialty equipment. Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment: AT 100 or 107; AT 133, and 205 and WT 231.

AT 210 – Drivability I

AT 210 – Drivability I

(7)
Diagnosis and repair of automotive fuel delivery systems including throttle body, port, and direct injection. Emission control systems, computer controls, and operation of diagnostic equipment included. Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment: AT 100 or 107; AT 133, 205, and 212.

AT 212 – Drivability II

AT 212 – Drivability II

(8)
Basic principles of electronic and engine computer control systems with emphasis on electronic ignition (DIS) and spark advance, fuel injection systems, diagnosis, repair, and tune-up. Use of scanners, scopes, and other test equipment included. Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment: AT 100 or 107. AT 133, 205, and 210.

AT 215 – Alternative Fuels and Power Technologies

AT 215 – Alternative Fuels and Power Technologies

(6)
Operation, diagnosis and service of hybrid-electric vehicles, including technician and responder safety. Operation, diagnosis and service of light-duty diesel vehicles. Discussion of ethanol, propane, compressed natural gas (CNG), fuel cells and other alternative fuels. Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment: AT 100 or 107. AT 131, 205, 210 and 212.

AT 220 – Professional Lab Techniques

AT 220 – Professional Lab Techniques

(6)
Develop professionalism and productivity in a work place environment. Troubleshoot, analyze, and perform diagnosis and repair on a variety of automotive systems and vehicles. Emphasis will be placed on industry standards, communication, flat-rate production, and customer satisfaction. Prerequisites or concurrent enrollment: AT 199, 210, 212, and 215.

AT 225 – Engine Machining I

AT 225 – Engine Machining I

(6)
Engine machining operations and building procedures of gasoline and diesel engines. Includes a variety of procedures focusing primarily on cylinder heads including teardown and diagnosis, machining of parts, assembly and testing, and custom machining for performance applications. Emphasis will be placed on safe practices while using specialty equipment, and attention to detail in measuring, machining and assembly practices. Prerequisites or concurrent enrollment: AT 199, 215, and 205 with a B- grade or better.

AT 226 – Cylinder Head Rebuilding

AT 226 – Cylinder Head Rebuilding

(6)
Rebuilding & machining operations of gasoline and diesel cylinder heads. Learn and practice a variety of procedures including tear-down and diagnosis, machining of parts, assembly and testing. Emphasizes understanding the internal combustion engine and attention to detail in measuring, machining, assembly and safe practices. Designed for industry professionals and non-degree seeking students. Instructor permission required.

AT 299 – Learning into Action

AT 299 – Learning into Action

(1-15)
Student develops and completes curriculum-related independent project which demonstrates skills and abilities and explores career options. May include, but is not limited to, service learning, original research, and travel abroad. Faculty sponsor approval required. Students with 45 transferable college credits are eligible to begin Learning into Action. None

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Outcomes

Graduates of the Automotive Technology program will be able to:

  • Develop the skills and knowledge to work safely in the lab/shop environment.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, technical and information skills.
  • Demonstrate professional conduct as an individual and as a member of a group in a workplace environment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to correctly diagnose and perform quality repairs on each of the vehicle’s mechanical and electrical systems.
  • Develop entry-level skills and knowledge for employment in the automotive industry.
  • Develop the knowledge and skills necessary to earn ASE certification in the eight specialty areas of Automobile Technician.

Learn how to diagnose, test, and repair customer vehicles, while gaining high demand skills that employers expect

Highly skilled automotive workers are in demand

Develop your skills in the classroom and in our shop with real-life projects and repairs

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