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Automotive Technology - Associate Degree

Program Code: 106023

Highly skilled automotive technicians and specialists are needed to keep pace with the increasingly complex vehicles being manufactured for today's consumer. In the Automotive Technology program, you'll learn to diagnose and service automobiles under conditions similar to an actual repair facility. Plus, you'll develop repair facility management skills to increase your employment potential. Career opportunities for you include automotive service technician, shop foreman, parts manager, warranty claims person, repair facility owner/operator, plus all of the career opportunities offered by the Automotive Technician program. 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.

Shop Foreman: Works with the technician and customer to get vehicles repaired correctly.

Parts Manager: Organizes and oversees the parts department. Works with the technicians to get the correct parts to repair the vehicles.

Warranty Claims Person: Calculates the amount of time spent repairing a vehicle compared to what the manufacturer will allow.

Owner/Operator: Owns and operates his/her own repair facility, may have employees working for them.

The following certificates/technical diplomas may be applied toward this program:

906021, Service Writer Certificate

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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.)
• 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: 75. 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 at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982
• High school background in mathematics, science, and technology education.

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 Technology associate degree 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
10-801-136
English Composition 1
3
10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=75 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =18 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) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
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
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
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
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
17
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
10-801-197
Technical Reporting
3
10-801-197 TECHNICAL REPORTING ...principles of report writing and correspondence, proposals, feasibility reports, progress reports, investigation reports, evaluation reports, meeting reports, memos, and correspondence. (Prerequisite: 10-801-136, English Composition I OR 10-801-195, Written Communication with “C” or better) 3 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-809-172
Intro to Diversity Studies
3
10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (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
17
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
10-801-196
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMM...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (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)
10-809-199
Psychology Of Human Relations
3
10-809-199 PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS ...decision making, motivation, conflict resolution, learning strategies, growth and adjustment, diversity, psychological theories, relationships, psychological disorders, stress, career analysis, social psychology, and lifespan development. (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) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
19
TOTAL CREDITS
71
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.
. Students must earn a "C" or greater in English Composition 1 to enroll in Technical Reporting.

Program Outcomes

• Automotive Technology 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
• In addition, graduates will also be able to:
• Communicate positively and effectively with the customer
• Create and complete customer repair orders accurately
• Organize a daily work schedule for him/herself and for team members
• Tabulate a daily time sheet of technicians repair work

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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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