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Automotive Systems Technology

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Do you love cars? Are you interested in developing the knowledge and skill to repair, service and maintain all types of automobiles and using that expertise to build a career? Then consider the Automotive Systems Technology program.

This program will teach brake systems, electrical systems, engine performance, engine repair, suspension and steering, automatic and manual transmissions and drive trains, heating and air condition systems, and much more. You can also specialize your studies and focus on Automotive Light-Duty Diesel Technology, so you can diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul light-duty diesel vehicles under one-ton classification.

[A60160]

Courses for this A.A.S. degree program are offered day, evening, online and/or hybrid.

First Year: Fall Semester (17 Semester Hours Credit)

First Year: Spring Semester (17 Semester Hours Credit)

First Year: Summer Session (8 Semester Hours Credit)

  • TRN 140 - Transportation Climate Control
  • TRN 140A - Transportation Climate Control Lab
  • AUT 183 - Engine Performance II

Second Year: Fall Semester (16 Semester Hours Credit)

  • AUT 116 - Engine Repair
  • AUT 116A - Engine Repair Lab OR WBL 111F - Work-Based Learning I - AST
  • AUT 231 - Manual Trans/Axles/Drtrains
  • ENG 116 - Technical Report Writing
  • TRN 130 - Intro to Sustainable Transp
  • --- Humanities/Fine Arts Course

Second Year: Spring Semester (16 Semester Hours Credit)

  • ATT 140 - Emerging Transp Tech
  • AUM 111 - Managing Automotive Org
  • AUT 221 - Automatic Transm/Transaxles
  • AUT 221A - Automatic Transm/Transax Lab ORWBL 121F - Work-Based Learning II - AST
  • LDD 112 - Intro to Light Duty Diesel
  • --- Social/Behavioral Science

Total Semester Hours Credit: 74

Humanities/Fine Arts Electives (choose one)

Social/Behavioral Science Electives (choose one)

[A60160A]

Courses for this A.A.S. degree program are offered day, evening, online and/or hybrid.

Pre-Apprenticeship: Summer Semester (3 Semester Hours Credit)

  • AUT 141 - Suspension & Steering Sys

Apprenticeship First Year: Fall Semester (5 Semester Hours Credit)

First Year: Spring Semester (7 Semester Hours Credit)

  • TRN 120 - Basic Transportation Electricity
  • TRN 170 - PC Skills for Transp

First Year: Summer Session (3 Semester Hours Credit)

  • AUT 163 - Advanced Auto Electricity

Second Year: Fall Semester (7 Semester Hours Credit)

Second Year: Spring Semester (6 Semester Hours Credit)

Second Year: Summer Semester (4 Semester Hours Credit)

  • TRN 140 - Transportation Climate Control
  • TRN 140A - Transportation Climate Control Lab

Third Year: Fall Semester (6 Semester Hours Credit)

  • AUT 231 - Manual Trans/xles/Drtrains
  • TRN 145 - Adv Transp Electronics

Third Year: Spring Semester (7 Semester Hours Credit)

Third Year: Summer Semester (4 Semester Hours Credit)

Fourth Year: Fall Semester (7 Semester Hours Credit)

Fourth Year: Spring Semester (9 Semester Hours Credit)

  • AUT 221 - Automatic Transm. Transaxles
  • --- Humanities/Fine Arts
  • --- Social/Behavioral Science

Total Semester Hours Credit: 68

Humanities/Fine Arts Electives (choose one)

Social/Behavioral Science Electives (choose one)

[D60160]

Courses for this diploma program are offered day, evening, online and/or hybrid.

First Year: Fall Semester (17 Semester Hours Credit)

First Year: Spring Semester (17 Semester Hours Credit)

First Year: Summer Session (8 Semester Hours Credit)

  • TRN 140 - Transportation Climate Control
  • TRN 140A - Transportation Climate Control Lab
  • AUT 183 - Engine Performance II

Total Semester Hours Credit: 42

[C60160]

Courses for this certificate program are offered day and evening.

First Year: Fall Semester (9 Semester Hours Credit)

First Year: Spring Semester (8 Semester Hours Credit)

Total Semester Hours Credit: 17

[C60160U]

Courses for this certificate program are offered day and evening.

First Year: Fall Semester (11 Semester Hours Credit)

First Year: Spring Semester (7 Semester Hours Credit)

  • AUT 163 - Advanced Auto Electricity
  • AUT 141 - Suspension & Steering Systems
  • AUT 141A - Suspension & Steering Lab

Total Semester Hours Credit: 18

[D60430]

Courses for this diploma program are offered day, evening, online and/or hybrid.

First Year: Fall Semester (16 Semester Hours Credit)

First Year: Spring Semester (17 Semester Hours Credit)

First Year: Summer Session (4 Semester Hours Credit)

Total Semester Hours Credit: 37

[C60430]

Courses for this Certificate program are offered day and evening.

First Year: Fall Semester (7 Semester Hours Credit)

Second Year: Spring Semester (7 Semester Hours Credit)

Total Semester Hours Credit: 14

Upon successful completion of the Automotive Systems Technology program, the student should be able to:

  • Identify and determine cause of common malfunction indicators.
  • Perform undercar vehicle repair and maintenance.
  • Demonstrate the proper use of digital diagnostic equipment.

The Automotive Systems Technology program prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, service, and maintain all types of automobiles. Includes instruction in brake systems, electrical systems, engine performance, engine repair, suspension and steering, automatic and manual transmissions and drive trains, and heating and air condition systems. To effectively train Automotive Service professionals, the performance of these functions is incorporated throughout the program. Faculty and students are required to demonstrate proficiency of these functions in the auto repair shop. The essential functions include:

  1. Critical Thinking: critical thinking skills sufficient to identify complex problems and review related information, to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. For example, evaluating a vehicle in need of repairs and writing estimates.
  2. Interpersonal Skills: interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with co-workers under physically and mentally demanding environmental conditions. For example, working with other students and faculty.
  3. Communication Skills: communication skills sufficient to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. For example, communicating procedures for auto repair and amount of time for repair to customers.
  4. Mobility: mobility sufficient to perform physical activities that require considerable use of arms and legs and moving the whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. For example, making general automotive repairs.
  5. Motor Skills: motor skills sufficient to quickly move the hands, hand together with the arm, and two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects/automobiles. For example, making repairs and assembling parts.
  6. Visual: visual skills sufficient to see details at close range. For example, identify defects and make repairs.
  7. Weight-Bearing: weight-bearing skills sufficient to carry 50-100 pounds. For example, lifting and carrying wheels, engine parts, brake rotors, etc.
  8. Listening: listening skills sufficient to give full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. For example, listening to faculty and customers' assessment of problem.

EXAMPLES ARE NOT ALL INCLUSIVE.
Randolph Community College is an ADA compliant institution. The College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admissions process or in access to its programs, services and/or activities for qualified individuals who meet essential eligibility requirements. The College will provide reasonable accommodations for documented disabilities of individuals who are eligible to receive or participate in college programs, services and/or activities. Student Services provides a disability counselor to assist students in requesting disability related accommodations. If a student believes that he/she cannot meet one or more of the essential functions without accommodations, the student is encouraged to disclose the disability to the disability counselor as soon as possible. Students must certify the ability to meet essential functions of the curriculum by a signed statement when they begin the program.

Contact Us!

Have more questions about the Automotive Technology Program? We're here to help.

Don Ashley
Department Head, Automotive Systems Technology
jdashley@randolph.edu
336-633-0470