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Automotive Technician Program Code 324042

Technical Diploma

Offered at the Green Bay and Marinette campuses. For information in Green Bay: (920) 498-5444. For information in Marinette: (715) 735-9361. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

Automotive Technician prepares students for work in an automotive service department. Students learn to repair and service all mechanical parts of the automobile under conditions similar to those in an actual repair facility.

Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

Automotive Service Technician: Diagnoses vehicle malfunctions, performs appropriate repairs, and recommends/conducts regular vehicle maintenance.

Automotive Electronics Specialist: Utilizes hi-tech equipment to troubleshoot complex electrical and computer malfunctions. Replaces and reprograms engine, body and transmission controllers.

Brake Specialist: Performs complete brake system safety inspections, diagnoses brake system concerns and makes necessary repairs.

Steering, Suspension & Alignment Specialist: Diagnoses and repairs steering and suspension system concerns, utilizes computerized equipment to perform suspension and steering system adjustments.

Transmission and Drive Train Specialist: Diagnoses and repairs concerns related to automatic and manual transmissions, drive trains and differentials.

Engine Performance Specialist: Utilizes hi-tech equipment to diagnose and repair engine drivability concerns relating to engine mechanical, ignition and fuel systems.

Heating & Air Conditioning Specialist: Diagnoses and repairs heating and air conditioning control systems.

Engine Repair Specialist: Diagnoses engine mechanical failure, disassembles, inspects, and measures engine components, recommends/ conducts component replacement.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

. Shop Supervisor
. Specialty Technician
. Fleet Dispatcher
. Specialty Repair Shop Owner
. Automotive Instructor

Accreditation

. All NWTC Automotive programs are ASE Certified to NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) Standards.
. All instructional staff in the NWTC Automotive Programs are, at a minimum, Master, ASE Certified Technicians.
. NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation)

Program Outcomes

. Automotive Technician graduates will demonstrate technical aptitude and proficiency by diagnosis and repair of the following ASE service areas:
. A1 Engine Repair
. A2 Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
. A3 Manual Drive Train & Axle
. A4 Suspension & Steering
. A5 Brakes
. A6 Electric/Electronic Systems
. A7 Heating & A/C
. A8 Engine Performance

Requirements for Program Entry

. Completed application.
. High school transcript or equivalent .( For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted)
. NWTC Academic Skills Assessment or equivalent (See Academic Skills Assessment section for details and equivalents).
. High school background in mathematics, science, and technology education.
. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are Arithmetic: 65, Reading Comprehension: 55; Sentence Skills: 60. Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. Upon completion of the plan, students will be eligible for all program courses. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact a counselor (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Curriculum

Students following the study plan below will complete the Automotive Technician technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.

FIRST SEMESTER

10-602-104 Brake Systems
3
10-602-107 Auto Service Fundamentals
2
10-602-124 Steering & Suspension Systems
3
10-602-125 Electrical&Electronic Systems1
2
10-602-199 Alternative Fuels Technology
1
10-804-107 College Mathematics
3
* 10-890-101 College 101
1
31-801-385 Communicating-Writing
1
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
SECOND SEMESTER

10-602-103 Engine Repair 1
2
10-602-127 Electrical&Electronic Systems2
3
10-602-195 Advanced Chassis Systems
2
10-602-197 Engine Performance 1
3
10-602-198 Engine Performance 2
4
31-442-350 Welding-Machine Trades
2
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
THIRD SEMESTER

10-602-123 Engine Repair 2
3
10-602-128 Electrical&Electronic Systems3
3
10-602-196 Climate Control Systems
3
10-602-200 Diesel Fuel Technology
1
10-602-201 Vehicle Computer Controlled Sy
1
10-809-197 Contemporary Amer Society
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
14
FOURTH SEMESTER

10-602-109 Auto Transmission/Transaxle
4
10-602-149 Manual Drive Train and Axles
4
10-602-150 Automotive Certification Prep
1
10-602-202 Advanced Vehicle Man Tech
3
10-602-203 Vehicle Body Mechanical Svc
1
31-801-386 Communicating Effectively
1
SEMESTER TOTAL
14

TOTAL CREDITS
60

Curriculum Note
*The credit for 10-890-101, College 101, is an institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-602-103 ENGINE REPAIR 1 ...develop the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair internal combustion engines. Emphasis is placed on in-vehicle repairs including engine cooling and lubrications. (Prerequisite: 10-602-107 Automotive
Service Fundamentals)

10-602-104 BRAKE SYSTEMS ...develop the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair vehicle braking systems with an introduction to ABS. (ABS diagnosis, service and repair will be addressed in the Advanced Chassis course.) (Corequisite: 10-602-107 Automotive Service Fundamentals)

10-602-107 AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE FUNDAMENTALS ...safety and the use of basic hand/power tools in accordance with industry standards. Introduced to the automotive service industry and learn to use both comprehensive and manufacturer's service information to perform basic under-hood and under-car services. (Prerequisite: Accepted into the Automotive Technology and/or Automotive Technician program)

10-602-109 AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION/TRANSAXLE ...develop the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair automatic transmission/transaxles including overhaul procedures. (Prerequisite:10-602-127 Electrical and Electronic Systems 2)

10-602-123 ENGINE REPAIR 2 ...develop the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair internal combustion engines. Emphasis is placed on out-of-vehicle engine repair including overhaul procedures. ( Prerequisite: 10-602-103 Engine Repair 1.)

10-602-124 STEERING AND SUSPENSION SYSTEMS ...developing the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair steering and suspension systems including wheel alignment procedures. (Corequisite: 10-602-107, Automotive Service Fundamentals or 10-405-100, Introduction to Collision Repair)

10-602-125 ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS 1...develop the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair electrical and electronic systems. Learners apply Ohm's Law to basic electrical circuit diagnosis. (Prerequisites: Accepted into the Automotive Technology or Auto Collision Refinishing & Repair Technology/Technician program; Corequisite: 10-602-107, Automotive Service Fundamentals or 10-405-100, Introduction to Collision Repair)

10-602-127 ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS 2 ...develop the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair electrical and electronic systems, including batteries, starting, charging, and lighting systems, and computer control systems. (Prerequisite: 10-602-125 Electrical and Electronic Systems 1)

10-602-128 ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS 3 ...develop the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair electrical and electronic systems including driver information, horn, wiper/washer, power accessories, cruise control, air bag, antitheft and radio systems (Prerequisite: 10-602-127, Electrical&Electronic Systems2)

10-602-149 MANUAL DRIVE TRAIN AND AXLES ...develop the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair clutches, manual transmissions/transaxle, differentials, four wheel drive/all wheel drive, and drive axles. (Prerequisite: 10-602-127 Electrical and Electronic Systems 2)

10-602-150 AUTOMOTIVE CERTIFICATION PREPARATION ...this course provides an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding required to successfully complete the Automotive Technician certification test. (Prerequisite: Accepted to the Automotive Technician or Automotive Technology program)

10-602-195 ADVANCED CHASSIS SYSTEMS ...develop the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair antilock brake, vehicle stability enhancement, and electronic steering and suspension system. (Prerequisites: 10-602-104 Brake Systems; 10-602-124 Steering and Suspension System; 10-602-125 Electrical and Electronic Syst)

10-602-196 CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEMS ...develop the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair climate control systems including heating, cooling, and air distribution. (Prerequisite: 10-602-127, Electrical and Electronic Systems 2)

10-602-197 ENGINE PERFORMANCE 1 ...develop the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair powertrain control and ignition systems. Emphasis on diagnostic procedures and the problem-solving techniques associated with automotive engine performance and drivability. (Prerequisite: 10-602-103 Engine Repair 1; Corequisite: 10-602-127 Electrical and Electronic Systems 2)

10-602-198 ENGINE PERFORMANCE 2 ...develop the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair fuel and emission control systems. Emphasis on diagnostic procedures, problem-solving techniques associated with automotive engine performance and drivability. (Corequisite: 10-602-197 Engine Performance 1)

10-602-199 ALTERNATIVE FUELS TECHNOLOGY ...develop the knowledge, skills, process, and understanding of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Systems, Automotive Hybrid Vehicles, Automotive Hybrid Safety and Emergency Response and Fuel Cells. (Prerequisite: Accepted to the Automotive Technician or Automotive Technology program)

10-602-200 DIESEL FUEL TECHNOLOGY ...develop the knowledge, skills, process, and understanding of automotive diesel fuels diesel fuel system components, diesel fuel system testing and diesel engine operation. (Prerequisite: 10-602-199 Alternative Fuels Technology)

10-602-201 VEHICLE COMPUTER CONTROLLED SYSTEMS ...develop the knowledge, skills, process, and understanding of related electronic module sensor/switch testing, input/output data interpretation and testing components with scanner/lab scope testers. (Corequisite: 10-602-128 Electrical and Electronic Systems 3)

10-602-202 ADVANCED VEHICLE MANUFACTURE TECHNOLOGY ...diagnose, service and repair intermittent drivability concerns, monitoring live PID data with scanner, graphing data with lab scope, fuel injection monitoring with scanner, graphing fuel injectors with lab scope, performing diagnostic snapshot/recordings of live vehicle data, and playing back the recorded data to isolate the concern. (Prerequisites: 10-602-198, Engine Performance 2; 10-602-128 Electrical and Electronic Systems 3)

10-602-203 VEHICLE BODY MECHANICAL SERVICE ...knowledge, skills, process, and understanding of internal door components/moveable glass, body opening adjustments, exterior body components, seat removal/repair, sunroof repair, wind noise diagnosis, water leak diagnosis, and interior trim. (Prerequisite: Accepted to the Automotive Technician or Automotive Technology program)

31-442-350 WELDING-MACHINE TRADES ...oxyacetylene welding, brazing, soldering; cutting, hardsurfacing, out-of-position welding, arc welding of machines/accessories, running beads, types of joints, welding thin gauge, arc cutting, and heating.

10-804-107 COLLEGE MATHEMATICS ...an introductory level course designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and statistics. Emphasis will be placed on computational skills and applications of rational numbers; problem solving skills with ratios, proportions, and percent; basic principles and application of algebra, geometry, graphing, and statistics; measurement skills in U.S. Customary and Metric Systems; and the use of calculators as a tool. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer-Arithmetic score=65 or ACT-Math score=15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer-Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr.

31-801-385 COMMUNICATING-WRITING ...writing techniques, memos, letters, descriptions, instructions, and the job-seeking process. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer-Reading=55 OR ACT-English=16 AND ACT Reading=15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with a "C" or better OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with a "C" or better OR equivalent) 1 cr.

10-809-197 CONTEMPORARY AMER SOCIETY...the major social institutions within the American society: government, family, education, religion, and economic system. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

31-801-386 COMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY ...interpersonal communication, including the function of interpersonal communication, listening techniques, perception, non-verbal communication, language, self-concept, conflict resolution and customer service. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer-Reading=55 OR ACT-English=16 AND ACT Reading=15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with a "C" or better OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with a "C" or better OR equivalent) 1 cr.

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