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Automotive Technology


The Automotive Technology program leads to an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree. As the automotive industry has undergone a parts and service revolution, the increased complexity of the modern automobile has created a demand for highly skilled, technologically advanced automotive professionals.

The Automotive Technology program prepares students to work as mechanics, safety inspectors and shop supervisors. The skills courses provide experience with the most modern diagnostic and repair equipment. The general education courses are transferable to some baccalaureate degree programs in engineering and vocational education. Graduates are also prepared to take the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence Certification examinations. This program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Apply a basic foundation in theory, maintenance, diagnosis and repair of automotive systems.
  • Integrate and analyze online service data, written repair material and technical service bulletins to repair and service a vehicle.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of specialized automotive service tools, electronic diagnostic equipment and basic hand tools.
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior, professionalism and the ability to work as a team.

Entry Requirements:

Students interested in automotive fields may enroll in this curriculum. New students are normally required to take the College’s placement test at their time of entry. Students who are identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as part of the certificate.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

To qualify for the A.A.S. degree in Automotive Technology, a student must complete a minimum of 62 credits as prescribed and attain a grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average).

Automotive Technology Course Sequence

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.

First Semester

AT 100 - Introduction to Automotive Technology   3  
ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3 ENGL 101
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology   3 Tech Comp
AT 121 - Automotive Electricity and Electronics AT 100, which may be taken concurrently 3  
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology   3

Social Science

Interpretive Studies

American/Global Diversity

Writing Intensive

Second Semester

AT 181 - Automotive Engine Mechanical Repair AT 100, which may be taken concurrently 4  
AT 131 - Automotive Manual Transmissions AT 100, which may be taken concurrently 4  
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra   3 Mathematics
AT 150 - Automotive Braking Systems AT 100, which may be taken concurrently 2  
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 ENGL 102, Info Lit

Summer Session

AT 221 - Advanced Automotive Electrical Systems AT 121, FNMT 118 or higher MATH, which may be taken concurrently 4  

Third Semester

AT 261 - Engine Performance and Diagnosis AT 221 4  
AT 271 - Air Conditioning and Heating Systems AT 121 3  

Science Elective (choose one):

  • CHEM 101 - General Chemistry 
  • PHYS 105 - Survey of Physics
  • STS 101 - Intro to Science Technology and Society
  • EASC - Environmental Conservation
  • ASET 110 - Safety, Health and the Environment


For PHYS 105 and STS 101: FNMT 118 (or higher placement) or a passing grade in FNMT 017 (or higher) are required.

3/4 Natural Science
AT 250 - Advance Braking Systems and Controls AT 121, AT 150 2  

Fourth Semester

AT 241 - Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles AT 221, AT 131 4  
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 ENGL 102, Info Lit

Humanities course (choose one):

  • HIST 101 - United States History: Colonial America through the Revolutionary Era
  • HIST 102 - United States History: The 19th  Century
  • HIST 103 - United States History: The 20th Century
  • ADC 176 - Philadelphia History: Architecture and Planning
  3 Humanities
AT 111 - Automotive Steering and Suspension AT 100, which may be taken concurrently 4  

Summer Session

AT 281 - Advanced Engine Performance and Diagnosis AT 221, AT 261 4  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 62

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must consult with an advisor or counselor before registering. View the courses that fulfill all degree requirements and receive a more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements to help in your selection.

* AT 210 and AT 289 are highly recommended but not required for graduation.