Course Catalog

Automotive Technology - AT14 Diploma


Campus Locations: Valdosta, Ben Hill Irwin
The Automotive Technology Diploma program is a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for careers in the automotive service and repair profession. Learning opportunities enable students to develop academic, technical and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of automotive mechanics theory and practical application necessary for successful employment by offering advanced level courses in engine repair, automatic transmissions/transaxles, and manual drive trains and axles, whereas the Automotive Fundamentals diploma program offers training in these skills areas at the entry level technician only. Program graduates receive an Auto Technology diploma that qualifies them as well rounded entry-level technicians.

Requirements:

  • Submit a completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or High School Equivalency transcript or college transcripts showing successful completion of 60+ semester credits or 72+ quarter credits
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable
  • Present acceptable ACCUPLACER, ACT, ASSET, COMPASS, PSAT, or SAT scores or GED score of 145 or higher or have one of the following: an associate degree or higher or have a HOPE GPA of 2.6 after the completion of 10th grade. Documentation on a college transcript of successful completion of appropriate courses from a regionally accredited college or university may be accepted in lieu of test scores.

Start Terms:

  • This program begins each Fall and Spring semester on the Valdosta and Ben Hill campuses.

Additional Information:

This program is a HOPE Career Grant eligible program for students who are HOPE Grant eligible. The Career Grant award is a fixed amount per semester based on the number of credit hours taken. Maximum award per term is $500.

The WGTC Automotive Technology programs are accredited at the MASTER level by the ASE Education Foundation (previously NATEF).

National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)
1503 Edwards Ferry Road NE, Suite 401
Leesburg, VA 20176

https://www.ase.com/Home.aspx

Gainful Employment Information
Curriculum Outline (59 hours)
General Core Courses 8
ENGL 1010

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): Diploma Level Reading and Writing Scores OR READ 0090 and/or ENGL 0090 w/ a “C” or better Co-requisite(s): None Emphasizes the development and improvement of written and oral communication abilities. Topics include analysis of writing, applied grammar and writing skills, editing and proofreading skills, research skills, and oral communication skills.

3
MATH 1012

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): Diploma Level Math Scores or MATH 0090 w/ a “C” or better Co-requisite(s): None Emphasizes the application of basic mathematical skills used in the solution of occupational and technical problems. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, measurement and conversion, geometric concepts, technical applications, and basic statistics.

3
EMPL 1000

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 2 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): None Co-requisite(s): None Emphasizes human relations and professional development in today's rapidly changing world that prepares students for living and working in a complex society. Topics include human relations skills, job acquisition skills and communication, job retention skills, job advancement skills, and professional image skills.

2
Occupational Courses 31
AUTT 1010

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 1 Lab 2 - 2 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-Requisites: None Co-Requisite: None Introduces basic concepts and practices necessary for safe and effective automotive shop operations. Topics include: safety procedures; legal/ethical responsibilities; general service; hand tools; shop organization, management, and work flow systems.

2
AUTT 1030

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 2 Lab 2 - 2 Lab 3 - 3 Pre-requisite(s): None Co-requisite(s): AUTT 1010 This course introduces brake systems theory and its application to automotive barking systems and anti-lock brake system (ABS). Topics include: hydraulic system diagnosis and repair; drum brake diagnosis and repair; disc brake diagnosis and repair; power assist units diagnosis and repair; related systems (wheel bearings, parking brakes, electrical, etc.) diagnosis and repair; and electronic brake control systems.

4
AUTT 1050

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 1 Lab 2 - 3.33333 Lab 3 - 4 Pre-requisite(s): None Co-requisite(s): AUTT 1010 Introduces students to principles of steering, suspension, wheel alignment, electronic steering, and electronic active suspension. Topics include: general suspension and steering systems diagnosis; steering systems diagnosis and repair; suspension systems diagnosis and repair; related suspension and steering service; wheel alignment diagnosis, adjustment and repair, wheel and tire diagnosis and repair.

4
AUTT 1060

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3.5 Lab 2 - 2 Lab 3 - 2 Pre-requisite(s): None Co-requisite(s): AUTT 1020 Introduces the theory and operation of automotive heating and air conditioning systems. Students attain proficiency in inspection, testing, service, and repair of heating and air conditioning systems and related components. Topics include: a/c system diagnosis and repair; refrigeration system component diagnosis and repair; heating, ventilation, and engine cooling systems diagnosis and repair; operating systems and related controls diagnosis and repair; refrigerant recovery, recycling, and handling.

5
AUTT 2020

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 2.12 Lab 2 - 2.08 Lab 3 - 2.53333 Pre-requisite(s): None Co-requisite(s): AUTT 1010 This course introduces the basics of rear-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, and four-wheel drive drive line operation, diagnosis, service, and related electronic controls. Topics include: general drive train diagnosis; clutch diagnosis and repair; manual transmission/transaxles diagnosis and repair; drive shaft and half shaft, universal and constant velocity (CV) joint diagnosis and repair; drive axle diagnosis and repair; and four-wheel drive/all wheel drive component diagnosis and repair.

4
AUTT 2030

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 2 Lab 2 - 4 Lab 3 - 3 Pre-requisite(s): AUTT 1020 Co-requisite(s): None Introduces students to basic automatic transmission/transaxle theory, operation, inspection, service, and repair procedures as well as electronic diagnosis and repair. Topics include: general automatic transmission and transaxle diagnosis; in vehicle and off vehicle transmission and transaxle maintenance, adjustment and repair.

5
Choose One of the Following (3 Hours) 3
COLL 1010

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 2 Lab 2 - 0.5 Lab 3 - 2.5 Pre-Requisites: None Co-Requisite: None This course is designed to assist the learner to acquire skills necessary to achieve academic, personal, and professional success and to improve student retention. Areas of importance include Getting off to a Good Start, Learning and Personality Styles, Time and Personal Financial Management, Stress Management and Wellness, Studying and Test Taking Skills, Communication Skills, Career Planning and Goal Setting, Computer Applications/Technology Skills and Employability/Professional Skills.

3
COMP 2000

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture-3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-Requisites: Program Admission Co-Requisite: None This course provides an introduction to computer applications for the development of analytical and problem-solving workplace skills. The course introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Topics include file management, word processing software, database software, spreadsheet software, and presentation software skill development. The course also introduces terminology related to computer hardware, computer networks, and social and ethical concepts.

3
Occupational Elective - Choose One of the Following (4 Hours) 4
AUTT 1070

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 0 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 12 Pre-requisite(s): AUTT 1010, AUTT 1020, AUTT 1030 Co-requisite(s): None This elective course will provide the student with an opportunity to relate what they have learned in the classroom and lab to a real world situation either at a place of business or at a technical college. Under the supervision of an experienced ASE certified automotive technician or their instructor, the student will obtain a greater admiration and appreciation of the material learned in the classroom and lab. The internship will also serve the function of bridging the lessons learned at school and applying that to real world situations. The suitability of the work setting will be determined by having a conference with the automotive instructor and the prospective employer. The student will have the option to take the internship program at an approved place of employment or at the college if he or she wishes and perform all the live work duties of the service writer, parts department personnel, and technician to include writing the repair order, ordering parts (if applicable) and repairing the vehicle. Student must work a minimum of 150 hours during the semester to receive credit for this course.

4
AUTT 2100

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3.5 Lab 2 - 1.33333 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): AUTT 1020 Co-requisite(s): None This course will give students the basic knowledge to understand Electric Drive Vehicles, Hybrid Electric Vehicles, and Alternative Fuel Vehicles. The course will cover components, operation, precautions, and diagnostics of BEV, HEV, Fuel Cell Vehicles, and other fuel vehicles. The student will become familiar with the unique hybrid systems and repair procedures on various hybrid vehicles. This course is a program elective which can be used as a substitute for AUTT 1070 (Internship).

4
AUTT 2110

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 2 Lab 2 - 4.66667 Lab 3 - 5 Pre-requisites: AUTT 2010 Co- requisites: None This course allows students in the auto service tech programs to learn about the basic systems and service procedures on modern light duty diesel vehicles. Topics covered include diesel engine operating principles and diagnostics; diesel fuel induction systems; diesel air induction systems; diesel exhaust and emissions systems; and basic preventive maintenance procedures followed for these types of vehicles in most service shops.

4
WELD 1000

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 3 Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission Co-requisite(s): None This course provides an introduction to welding technology with an emphasis on basic welding laboratory principles and operating procedures. Topics include: industrial safety and health practices, hand tool and power machine use, measurement, Oxyacetylene welding, and Welding career potentials.

4
BUSN 1300

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission Co-requisite(s): None Introduces organization and management concepts of the business world and in the office environment. Topics include business in a global economy, starting and organizing a business, enterprise management, marketing strategies and financial management.

3
MGMT 1100

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): Provisional Admission Co-requisite(s): None Develops skills and behaviors necessary for successful supervision of people and their job responsibilities. Emphasis will be placed on real life concepts, personal skill development, applied knowledge and managing human resources. Course content is intended to help managers and supervisors deal with a dramatically changing workplace being affected by technology changes, a more competitive and global market place, corporate restructuring and the changing nature of work and the workforce. Topics include: Understanding the Managers Job and Work Environment; Building an Effective Organizational Culture; Leading, Directing, and the Application of Authority; Planning, Decision-Making, and Problem-Solving; Human Resource Management, Administrative Management, Organizing, and Controlling.

3
MGMT 1120

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): None Co-requisite(s): None This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of the functions of business in the market system. The student will gain an understanding of the numerous decisions that must be made by managers and owners of businesses. Topics include: the market system, the role of supply and demand, financial management, legal issues in business, employee relations, ethics, and marketing.

3
MKTG 2210

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 6 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission Co-requisite(s): None This course provides an overview of the steps in establishing a business. A formal business will be created. Topics include planning, location analysis, financing, developing a business plan, and entrepreneurial ethics and social responsibility.

6
Auto Electrical Course Options - Choose One of the Following (7 Hours) 7
AUTT 1020

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 2 Lab 2 - 2 Lab 3 - 12 Pre-requisite(s): None Co-requisite(s): AUTT 1010 This course introduces automotive electrical systems emphasizing the basic operating principles, diagnosis, and service/repair of batteries, starting systems, charging systems, lighting systems, instrument cluster and driver information systems, and body electrical systems.

7
OR Complete Both of the Following (7 Hours) 7
AUTT 1021

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 1 Lab 2 - 1.13333 Lab 3 - 6.9 Pre-requisite(s): None Co-requisite(s): AUTT 1010 This course introduces automotive electrical systems emphasizing the basic principles, diagnosis, and service/repair of batteries, starting systems, starting system components, and basic lighting systems.

4
AUTT 1022

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 1 Lab 2 - 0.86667 Lab 3 - 5.1 Pre-requisite(s): None Co-requisite(s): AUTT 1021 This course emphasizes the basic principles, diagnosis, and service/repair of charging systems, advanced lighting systems, instrument cluster and driver information systems, and body electrical systems.

3
Auto Engine Performance Course Options - Choose One of the Following (7 Hours) 7
AUTT 1040

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 2 Lab 2 - 3.33333 Lab 3 - 10 Pre-requisite(s): AUTT 1020 Co-requisite(s): None Introduces basic engine performance systems which support and control four stroke gasoline engine operations and reduce emissions. Topics include: general engine diagnosis, computerized engine controls and diagnosis, ignition system diagnosis and repair, fuel and air induction, exhaust systems, emission control systems diagnosis and repair, and other related engine service.

7
OR Complete Both of the Following (7 Hours) 7
AUTT 1041

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 1 Lab 2 - 1.2 Lab 3 - 4.6 Pre-requisite(s): AUTT 1020 Co-requisite(s): None Introduces basic engine performance systems which support and control four stroke gasoline engine operations and reduce emissions. Topics include: general engine diagnosis, fuel and air induction, exhaust systems, PCV control system diagnosis and repair, and other related engine service.

3
AUTT 1042

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 1.5 Lab 2 - 2.13333 Lab 3 - 5.4 Pre-requisite(s): AUTT 1020, AUTT 1022 Co-requisite(s): None Continues basic engine performance systems which support and control four stroke gasoline engine operations and reduce emissions. Topics include: computerized engine controls and diagnosis, ignition system diagnosis and repair, and advanced emission control systems diagnosis and repair.

4
Auto Engine Repair Course Options - Choose One of the Following (6 Hours) 6
AUTT 2010

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 2 Lab 2 - 4.66667 Lab 3 - 5 Pre-requisite(s): None Co-requisite(s): AUTT 1010 This course introduces the student to automotive engine theory and repair, placing emphasis on inspection, testing, and diagnostic techniques for both 2 cycle and 4 cycle internal combustion engines. Topics include general engine diagnosis; removal and reinstallation; cylinder heads and valve trains diagnosis and repair; engine blocks assembly diagnosis and repair; lubrication and cooling systems diagnosis and repair.

6
OR Complete Both of the Following (6 Hours) 6
AUTT 2011

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 1 Lab 2 - 2 Lab 3 - 3 Pre-requisite(s): None Co-requisite(s): AUTT 1010 This course introduces the student to automotive engine theory and repair, placing emphasis on inspection, testing, and diagnostic techniques for both 2 cycle and 4 cycle internal combustion engines. Topics include general engine diagnosis; removal and reinstallation; basic cylinder heads and valve trains diagnosis and repair; and lubrication and cooling systems diagnosis and repair.

3
AUTT 2012

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 1 Lab 2 - 2.66667 Lab 3 - 2 Pre-requisite(s): None Co-requisite(s): AUTT 2011 This course continues automotive engine theory and repair, placing emphasis on inspection, testing, and diagnostic techniques for both 2 cycle and 4 cycle internal combustion engines. Topics include advanced cylinder heads and valve trains diagnosis and repair; and engine blocks assembly, diagnosis and repair.

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Automotive Repair Technology Instructor
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