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Automotive Technician - Technical Diploma

Program Code: 324042

Turn your passion for cars into a stimulating career. As an automotive service technician, you'll diagnose vehicle malfunctions, perform appropriate repairs, and recommend/conduct regular vehicle maintenance. Additional career opportunities for Automotive Technician program graduates include automotive electronics specialist; brake specialist; steering, suspension, and alignment specialist; transmission and drive train specialist; engine performance specialist; heating and air conditioning specialist; and engine repair specialist. This two-year program is ASE Certified to National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation Standards.

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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

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Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent .( For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted)
• 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.

Program Availability

FULL TIMEFall 2016Spring 2017Summer 2017
Green Bay
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Application Checklist

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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
10-602-104 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) Course Typically Offered: Varies by NWTC campus
10-602-107
Auto Service Fundamentals
2
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) Course Typically Offered: Varies by NWTC campus
10-602-124
Steering & Suspension Systems
3
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) Course Typically Offered: Varies by NWTC campus
10-602-125
Electrical&Electronic Systems1
2
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/Technician program or Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology/Technician program; Corequisite: 10-602-107, Automotive Service Fundamentals or 10-405-100, Introduction to Collision Repair) Course Typically Offered: Varies by NWTC campus
10-602-199
Alternative Fuels Technology
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) Course Typically Offered: Varies by NWTC campus
10-804-107
College Mathematics
3
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=65 or ACT-Math =15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 or Intro to College Writing with "B" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-890-101
College 101
1
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
31-801-385
Communicating-Writing
1
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 or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) 1 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
SECOND SEMESTER
10-602-103
Engine Repair 1
2
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) Course Typically Offered: Varies by NWTC campus
10-602-127
Electrical&Electronic Systems2
3
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) Course Typically Offered: Varies by NWTC campus
10-602-195
Advanced Chassis Systems
2
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) Course Typically Offered: Varies by NWTC campus
10-602-197
Engine Performance 1
3
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) Course Typically Offered: Varies by NWTC campus
10-602-198
Engine Performance 2
4
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) Course Typically Offered: Varies by NWTC campus
31-442-350
Welding-Machine Trades
2
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. Course Typically Offered: Varies by NWTC campus
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
THIRD SEMESTER
10-602-123
Engine Repair 2
3
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-602-128
Electrical&Electronic Systems3
3
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-602-196
Climate Control Systems
3
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-602-200
Diesel Fuel Technology
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-602-201
Vehicle Computer Controlled Sy
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-809-197
Contemporary Amer Society
3
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 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
SEMESTER TOTAL
14
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-602-109
Auto Transmission/Transaxle
4
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-602-149
Manual Drive Train and Axles
4
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-602-150
Automotive Certification Prep
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-602-202
Advanced Vehicle Man Tech
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-602-203
Vehicle Body Mechanical Svc
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
31-801-386
Communicating Effectively
1
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 or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
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, but must be passed with a C or better.

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

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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)

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.

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