Advanced Automotive Technology

Mr. Adam Frazar, Chairperson

256.352.8151

adam.frazar@wallacestate.edu

Associate in Applied Science Degree (4 semesters)

Certificates (4 semesters)

Short-Term Certificates  (2 semesters)

At a Glance

Students will learn to use effective diagnostic strategies and modern test equipment to monitor and evaluate vehicle system data for correct function and operation.

Program Description

Advanced Automotive Technology (auto mechanics) offers two short-term certificates, one being the Undercar/Chassis Specialist which takes one complete semester offered in the fall and two courses in the following spring semester. Completion requires 24 credit hours. The second short-term certificate is the Underhood/Drivability Specialist which begins in the spring semester and includes three courses and continues through summer semester and concludes the following fall semester. Completion requires 27 credit hours with no academic course requirements. The courses offered in these two short-term certificates are stackable and count toward the requirements for both the Certificate and the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree in General Technology.

The Certificate is a four (4)-semester program and is structured so a student may begin at any semester and accomplish the requirements for the Certificate in four consecutive semesters. It includes four academic courses and ORI 110 Freshman Seminar. The academic requirements for the Certificate are tailored to graduates who are planning on immediate employment in the automotive service industry and these courses will not meet requirements for the A.A.S. Degree in General Technology, nor will they provide transfer credit at any other college.

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree in General Technology is a full two-year track (six semesters) which includes the entire automotive curriculum and all the academic course requirements for an A.A.S. Degree. These academics are higher-level academics and are completely transferable to any college or university. 

The automotive curriculum focuses on all systems of the vehicle and is structured to allow students to be successful working in automotive repair facilities where vehicle technology is ten years old and newer. Our program is partnered with Snap-on Tools to offer each student in the program industry certification in the latest electrical and electronic testing and diagnostic equipment. These certifications are obtained from Snap-on Tools and are in addition to all college awards. The certifications are highly recognized by vehicle repair facilities all across the country.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet all the general admission requirements of WSCC for the level of award being sought.

Program Expectations

Students are exposed to the industry requirements for today’s automotive service technicians. This means, in addition to the curriculum requirements, students will develop professional skills and processes used by today’s highly successful technicians. Students must be prepared to invest time and effort into their education and training. The program focuses on producing confident, qualified graduates for employment in fast paced, late model technology, vehicle repair facilities.

Career Path

Graduates will seek employment with quick service shops, independent full repair facilities (all makes and models), self-employed entrepreneur opportunities, new vehicle franchise dealerships, governmental and utility fleet repair shops, and used vehicle restoration shops (like CarMax).

Individuals completing formal training and educational programs are highly sought after by employers. Shop and dealership owners have difficulties finding highly skilled and qualified technicians. They are seeking persons with good diagnostic and problem solving abilities with training in electronics and computer controlled systems with a prerequisite of mechanical and base system repairs. Automotive service technician careers offer an excellent opportunity for good pay and the satisfaction of highly skilled work with vehicles incorporating the latest technology.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in May 2016 that the median annual wage of automotive service technicians was $38,470. Technicians with higher levels of training and education can earn higher wages.

NOTE: The Advanced Automotive Technology Department will limit acceptance of automobiles for repair under the following terms: 1) vehicles must be within the last ten model years; 2) vehicles must be owned by currently enrolled students, faculty, staff or employees; 3) repairs to the vehicle must relate to the courses being taught during the semester; 4) ALL COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE VEHICLE REPAIR MUST BE PAID IN FULL BEFORE REGAINING POSSESSION OF THE VEHICLE.

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

AUM 112 : Electrical Fundamentals

This course introduces the principles and laws of electricity. Emphasis is placed on wiring diagrams, test equipment, and identifying series, parallel and series-parallel circuits. Upon completion, students should be able to calculate, build, and measure circuits. CORE

Credits

3

Prerequisites

As determined by college

AUM 121 : Braking Systems

This course provides instruction in automotive technology or auto mechanics. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of brakes. CORE

Credits

3

Prerequisites

As determined by college

AUM 122 : Steering and Suspension

This course provides instruction in automotive technology or auto mechanics. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of steering and suspension. CORE

Credits

3

Prerequisites

As determined by college

AUM 124 : Automotive Engines

This course provides instruction on the operation, design, and superficial repair of automotive engines. Emphasis is placed on understanding the four stroke cycle, intake and exhaust manifolds and related parts, engine mechanical timing components, engine cooling and lubrication system principles and repairs, and basic fuel and ignition operation. CORE

Credits

3

Prerequisites

As required by college

AUM 130 : Drive Train and Axles

This course provides basic instruction in automotive drive trains and axles. Emphasis is placed on the understanding and application of basic internal and external operation relating to proper operation and drive ability. CORE

Credits

3

Prerequisites

As determined by college

AUM 133 : Motor Vehicle Air Conditioning

This course provides basic instruction in theory, operation, and repair of automotive heating and air conditioning systems. Emphasis is placed on the understanding and repair of vehicle air conditioning and heating systems, including but not limited to air management, electrical and vacuum controls, refrigerant recovery, and component replacement.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

As determined by college

AUM 162 : Electrical and Electronic Systems

This is an intermediate course in automotive electrical and electronic systems. Emphasis is placed on troubleshooting and repair of battery, starting, charging, and lighting systems, subsystems, and components. CORE

Credits

3

AUM 212 : Advanced Electrical and Electronic Systems

This course provides instruction in advanced automotive electrical and electronic systems. Emphasis is placed on troubleshooting and repair of advanced electrical and electronic systems, subsystems, and components.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

As required by college

AUM 220 : Advanced Automotive Engines

This course provides in depth instruction concerning internal engine diagnosis, overhaul and repair, including but not necessarily limited to the replacement of timing chains, belts, and gears, as well as the replacement of reconditioning of valve train components as well as replacement of pistons, connecting rods, piston rings, bearings, lubrication system components, gaskets, and oil seals.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

As required by college

AUM 224 : Man Transmission and Transaxle

This course covers basic instruction in manual transmissions and transaxles. Emphasis is placed on the understanding and application of basic internal and external operation relating to proper operation and drive ability.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

As required by college

AUM 230 : Automatic Transmission and Transaxle

This course provides basic instruction in automatic transmissions and transaxles. Emphasis is placed on the comprehension of principles and power flow of automatic transmissions and repairing or replacing internal and external components. CORE.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

As required by college

AUM 239 : Engine Performance

This course provides basic instruction in engine performance with emphasis on fuel and ignition systems relating to engine operation. CORE.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

As determined by college

AUM 244 : Engine Performance and Diagnostics

This course provides advanced instruction in engine performance. Emphasis is placed on engine management and computer controls of ignition, fuel, and emissions systems relating to engine performance and drive ability. CORE.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

As required by college

AUM 246 : Automotive Emissions

This is an introductory course in automotive emissions systems. Emphasis is placed on troubleshooting and repair of systems, subsystems, and components.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

As required by college

AUM 250 : Hybrid & Electric Vehicle

This course is designed to measure a technician's knowledge of the skills needed to diagnose both high and low voltage electrical/electronic problems, as well as other supporting system problems on hybrid/electric vehicles. This course prepares students fo the ASE Light Duty Hybrid/Electric Vehicle Specialist (L3) certification.

Credits

3

AUM 291 : Co-op

These courses constitute a series wherein the student works on a part-time basis in a job directly related to automotive mechanics. In these courses the employer evaluates the student’s productivity and the student submits a descriptive report of his work experiences. Upon completion, the student will demonstrate skills learned in an employment setting.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

As determined by college