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

The Automotive Technology program is located at the Career and Advanced Technology Center (CATC).

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. Students are required to satisfy placement at the time of admission. 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 NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
AT 100 - Introduction to Automotive Technology 3 credits 
ENGL 101 - English Composition I or
ENGL 101H - English Composition I (Honors)
 3 creditsWriting, Research, Info Lit 1
CIS 103 - Introduction to Information Technology 3 creditsTechnological Competency
AT 121 - Principles of Automotive Electricity and ElectronicsAT 100, which may be taken concurrently3 credits 
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology or
SOC 101H - Introduction to Sociology (Honors) 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 103H - United States and Pennsylvania History: The 20th Century (Honors)  or
HIST 176/ADC 176 - Philadelphia History: Architecture and Planning
 3 credits

Cultural Analysis & Interpretation

Semester 2

Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
AT 181 - Auto Engine Mechanical RepairAT 100, which may be taken concurrently4 credits 
AT 131 - Automotive Manual Transmissions and DrivelinesAT 100, which may be taken concurrently4 credits 
FNMT 118 - Intermediate AlgebraFNMT 017 or FNMT 019 completed or FNMT 118 (or higher) placement3 creditsQuantitative Reasoning
AT 150 - Automotive Braking SystemsAT 100, which may be taken concurrently2 credits 

Summer 1

Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
AT 221 - Advanced Automotive Electrical SystemsAT 121FNMT 118 or higher MATH, which may be taken concurrently4 credits 

Semester 3

Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
AT 261 - Engine Performance & DiagnosisAT 221, which may be taken concurrently4 credits 
AT 271 - Air Conditioning and Heating SystemsAT 2213 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 or
EASC 111H - Environmental Conservation (Honors)

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

3 or 4 creditsScientific Reasoning
AT 250 - Advanced Braking Systems & ControlsAT 121AT 1502 credits 

Semester 4

Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
AT 241 - Auto Transmissions and TransaxlesAT 221,AT 1314 credits 
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper or
ENGL 102H - The Research Paper (Honors)
ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better3 creditsWriting/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 concurrently3 creditsOral Communication/Creative Expression
AT 111 - Automotive Suspension and Steering SystemsAT 100, which may be taken concurrently4 credits 

Summer 1

Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
AT 281 - Advanced Automotive Engine PerformanceAT 221AT 2614 credits 

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:


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.