Automotive Technology

21st Century Technology for Today’s Technicians

Our Automotive Technology – Automotive Service Technology option program prepares you to become an automotive technician and get people’s vehicles back on the road. You will learn industry-standard computer software training; practical, hands-on automotive skills; and team building skills. Along the way, you will work towards earning an associate degree plus professional manufacturer automotive certifications; receive instruction from experienced, industry-certified instructors; hone techniques in a state-of-the-art facility; have access to the most modern diagnostic and repair equipment; and have opportunities for internships and work experience. This program is accredited by the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Education Foundation. The College also offers Automotive Service proficiency certificates.

Additionally, the Automotive Technology programs have manufacturer partnerships with Nissan of North America and Ford Motor Company through the Nissan Technician Training Academy and Ford Technical Career Entry Program - Maintenance & Light Repair (MLR). Students enrolled in the Automotive Technology AAS program, or the Automotive Service Proficiency Certificate I or Proficiency Certificate II programs are able to participate in these manufacturer programs. These programs can lead to Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification and other specialty training certifications to further prepare students for the workforce.

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Automotive Master Mechanics – est. salary $35,678
Automotive Specialty Technician – est. salary $35,678
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers – est. salary $73,801*
Maintenance and Repair Worker – est. salary $45,510

 
**EMSI Data, 2018; Philadelphia County, PA; a percentage of people in these jobs may have a bachelor's degree or higher.

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Courses and Completion Sequence

The following courses and sequence of courses is designed for the optimal success and completion of the Automotive Technology degree/certificate. Any alterations should be discussed with your academic advisor.

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
AT 100 - Introduction to Automotive Technology 3 credits AT 100 is corequisite/prerequisite for all 100-level AT major courses Major Course
ENGL 101 - English Composition I 3 credits   Writing, Research, Info Lit 1
CIS 103 - Computer Applications & Concepts 3 credits   Technilogical Competency
AT 121 - Principles of Automotive Electricity and Electronics 3 credits AT 121 Is a key course for progressing to many other AT classes Major Course
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology or
HIST 101 - United States History: Colonial America through the Revolutionary Era or
HIST 102 - United States History: The Civil War and the 19th Century or
HIST 103 - United States History: The 20th Century and Beyond or
HIST 176/ADC 176 - Philadelphia History: Architecture and Planning
3 credits   Cultural Analysis & Interpretation

You must earn a grade of "C" or better grade in all courses and earn at least a 2.0 GPA

  • This program is designed to provide students with the option of entering the workforce or transferring to a bachelor's degree program after earning their associate's degree
  • Follow this course schedule each semester and you'll earn your associate’s degree in two years
  • Make sure you discuss your first semester schedule and your educational plan with an advisor or counselor when you register.

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
AT 181 - Auto Engine Mechanical Repair 4 credits AT181 is prerequisite for AT 261 Major Course
AT 131 - Automotive Manual Transmissions and Drivelines 4 credits AT 131 is prerequisite for AT 241 Major Course
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra 3 credits FMNT 118 is corequisite/prerequisite for AT 131 and AT 221 Quantitative Reasoning
AT 150 - Automotive Braking Systems 2 credits AT 150 is prerequisite for AT 250 Major Course

You must earn a grade of "C" or better grade in all courses and earn at least a 2.0 GPA

Summer 1

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
AT 221 - Advanced Automotive Electrical Systems 4 credits AT 121 and FNMT 118 are prerequisites.
FNMT 118 may be taken concurrently.
AT 221 is prerequisite for AT 241 and AT 261.
Major Course

You must earn a grade of "C" or better grade in all courses and earn at least a 2.0 GPA

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
AT 261 - Engine Performance & Diagnosis 4 credits AT 221 and FNMT 118 are prerequisites; both may be taken concurrently.
AT 261 is prerequisite for AT 281
Major Course
AT 271 - Air Conditioning and Heating Systems 3 credits AT 121 is prerequisite Major Course
CHEM 101 - Fundamentals of Chemistry I (Lab Based) or
PHYS 105 - Survey of Physics or
STS 101 - Introduction to Science, Technology and Society or
EASC 111 - Environmental Conservation 
3 or 4 credits   Scientific Reasoning
AT 250 - Advanced Braking Systems & Controls 2 credits AT 121 and AT 150 are prerequisites Major Course

You must earn a grade of "C" or better grade in all courses and earn at least a 2.0 GPA

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
AT 241 - Auto Transmissions and Transaxles 4 credits AT 121 and AT 131 are prerequisites Major Course
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper 3 credits   Writing, Research, Info Lit 2
ENGL 115 - Public Speaking or
ENGL 117 - Group and Team Communication or
ENGL 118 - Intercultural Communication or
ART 111 - Three-Dimensional Design I
3 credits   Oral Communication/Creative Expression
AT 111 - Automotive Suspension and Steering Systems 4 credits    

You must earn a grade of "C" or better grade in all courses and earn at least a 2.0 GPA

  • Congratulations, this is your final semester! Don’t forget to complete your graduation application.
  • Meet with an advisor when registering for your classes
  • Finalize your transfer plans:
  • Take advantage of our scholarship opportunities for transferring students and apply for a scholarship
  • Visit Career Connections to learn about internships and your future career possibilities

Semester 5

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
AT 281 - Advanced Automotive Engine Performance 4 credits AT 221 and AT 261 are prerequisites Major Course

You must earn a grade of "C" or better grade in all courses and earn at least a 2.0 GPA

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 complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.

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