Automotive Technology

Description:

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. This program is certified by the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Education Foundation.

Program 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.

Program 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 their degree program.

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).

Course Sequence:

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
AT 100 - Introduction to Automotive Technology   3 credits  
ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3 credits Writing, Research, Info Lit 1
CIS 103 - Computer Applications & Concepts   3 credits Technological Competency
AT 121 - Principles of Automotive Electricity and Electronics AT 100, which may be taken concurrently 3 credits  
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

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
AT 181 - Auto Engine Mechanical Repair AT 100, which may be taken concurrently 4 credits  
AT 131 - Automotive Manual Transmissions and Drivelines AT 100, which may be taken concurrently 4 credits  
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra FNMT 017 or FNMT 019 completed or FNMT 118 (or higher) placement 3 credits Quantitative Reasoning
AT 150 - Automotive Braking Systems AT 100, which may be taken concurrently 2 credits  

Summer 1

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
AT 221 - Advanced Automotive Electrical Systems AT 121FNMT 118 or higher MATH, which may be taken concurrently 4 credits  

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
AT 261 - Engine Performance & Diagnosis AT 221, which may be taken concurrently 4 credits  
AT 271 - Air Conditioning and Heating Systems AT 221 3 credits  
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 

For PHYS 105 and STS 101: FNMT 017 or placement in FNMT 118 or higher

3 or 4 credits Scientific Reasoning
AT 250 - Advanced Braking Systems & Controls AT 121AT 150 2 credits  

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
AT 241 - Auto Transmissions and Transaxles AT 221,AT 131 4 credits  
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 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
ENGL 101, which may be taken concurrently 3 credits Oral Communication/Creative Expression
AT 111 - Automotive Suspension and Steering Systems AT 100, which may be taken concurrently 4 credits  

Summer 1

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
AT 281 - Advanced Automotive Engine Performance AT 221AT 261 4 credits  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:

62

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

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.

For More Information, Contact:

The Division of Business and Technology, Room P2-13, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 496-6126; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.