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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.

Follow Your Path

All credits from the following technical diploma(s) apply toward this associate degree:
• Automotive Technician, 324042
Some of the credits from the following technical diploma(s) apply toward this associate degree:
• Automotive Maintenance Technician, 314043
Some credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this associate degree:
• Service Writer, 906021

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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.

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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.)
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
• High school background in mathematics, science, and technology education.
• Additionally, admittance into the program will require an interview with the program Academic Advisor or Associate Dean.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESpring 2018Summer 2018Fall 2018
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
10-412-125 TRANSPORTATION SERVICE OPERATIONS ...introduces the auto and diesel shop environment, safety and the use of basic hand/power tools in accordance with industry standards, use of manufacturer's service information and literature, handling hazardous materials, and emphasizes general shop safety and general shop practices.
10-412-153 INTRO TO ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS ...focus on the theory of electricity. This will include studying Ohms, Kirchoff's, and Newton's Laws and how they apply to the circuits on various electrical systems on a vehicle. Students will apply these theories to troubleshoot simple circuits.
10-412-170 WELDING TRANSPORTATION 1 ...focuses on welding and cutting safety; develops skills in welding and cutting of metals used in the transportation trades. Methods of welding include gas metal arc welding (MIG) in the horizontal, vertical, and overhead positions. Methods of cutting include oxy-fuel and plasma arc cutting of metals. Students will learn to set up and maintain welding equipment and weld and cut a variety of types and thicknesses of materials commonly used in the transportation trades.
10-602-101 AUTO SERVICE OPERATIONS ...students will perform and understand oil change and multipoint vehicle inspections; writing a repair order; battery jump starting, charging, and safety; tire inspection, removing, replacement, and repair.
10-602-102 AUTO ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS 1 ...students will diagnose more complex circuits utilizing an electrical meter and test light. Students will build circuits and test existing circuits on a vehicle, including parallel circuits and relays. Testing will include volts, amps, Ohms- measured and calculated, and voltage drop.
10-602-104 BRAKE SYSTEMS ...this automotive course focuses on developing the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair vehicle braking systems including an introduction to ABS. Focus will be on replacing and machining disc and drum brakes, learning brake hydraulic principals, different types of brake fluids, parking brake operation, and flaring replacement brake lines. (Prerequisite: 10-602-101 Auto Service Operations)
10-602-124 STEERING AND SUSPENSION SYSTEMS ...this course focuses on developing the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair steering and suspension components such as ball joints, control arms, shocks, struts, inner and outer tie rod ends. Additionally, steering and suspension safety, tire types and ratings, wheel balance, and wheel alignment procedures. (Prerequisite: 10-602-101 Auto Service Operations)
10-804-134 MATHEMATICAL REASONING ...This course provides an alternative pathway to earning credit for a college level liberal arts mathematics course. All college students, regardless of their college major, need to be able to make reasonable decisions about fiscal, environmental, and health issues that require quantitative reasoning skills. An activity based approach is used to explore numerical relationships, graphs, proportional relationships, algebraic reasoning, and problem solving using linear, exponential and other mathematical models. Students will develop conceptual and procedural tools that support the use of key mathematical concepts in a variety of contexts. This course is not designed for Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) students and/or others who require calculus. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA above 2.6 or satisfactory reading and math assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR the appropriate Corequisite/s: 10-831-102, English Composition Prep; 10-834-102, Fundamentals of Math)
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...presents learners with exposure to the language of responsibility with an emphasis on two tracks-soft (employability) and learning skills to enhance lifelong learning in academic, career, and personal settings. Course curriculum provides application and reflection of On Course strategies and vocabulary emphasizing the value of a growth mindset. Students should take this course during the first semester of college.
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
SECOND SEMESTER
10-602-103 ENGINE REPAIR 1 ...this course will provide the opportunity for students to understand basic engine design and the 4 stroke cycle. The course will also provide an opportunity to develop the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair vehicle cooking systems and lubrication systems.
10-602-105 AUTO ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS 2 ...students will diagnose preliminary vehicle electrical systems that include the battery, starter, and alternator. Testing will include volts, Ohms-measured and calculated, amps, voltage drop, and parasitic draw.
10-602-106 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. (Corequisite: 10-602-103 Engine Repair 1; 10-602-105 Auto Electrical & Electronic Systems 2)
10-602-108 ENGINE PERFORMANCE 2 ...develop the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair fuel systems. Emphasis on diagnostic procedures, problem-solving techniques associated with automotive engine performance and drivability. (Corequisite: 10-602-106 Engine Performance 1)
10-602-113 ENGINE PERFORMANCE 3 ...develop the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair emissions control systems. Emphasis on diagnostic procedures, problem-solving techniques associated with automotive engine performance and drivability. (Corequisite: 10-602-108 Engine Performance 2)
10-602-116 AUTO CERTIFICATION PREPARATION 1 ...this course provides an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding required to successfully complete the Automotive Technician certification test in the areas of Brakes, Steering and Suspension, and Engine Performance. (Prerequisite: Accepted to the Automotive Technician or Automotive Technology program)
10-602-195 ADVANCED CHASSIS SYSTEMS ...this course will provide the opportunity to develop the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair the electrical side of the antilock brake system, vehicle stability enhancement system, and electronic steering and suspension system.
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: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Composition Prep OR Prerequisite: 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better)
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
THIRD SEMESTER
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)
10-602-128 AUTO ELECTRICAL & 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: 10-602-105, Auto Electrical & Electronic Systems 2)
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: 10-602-105, Auto Electrical & Electronics Systems 2)
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.
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 Auto Electrical & 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)
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...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: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Composition Prep OR Prerequisite: 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better)
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: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-602-120 AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION/TRANSAXLE 1 ...develop the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair automatic transmission/transaxles. Emphasis is placed on in-vehicle repairs. (Prerequisite: 10-602-105 Auto Electrical & Electronic Systems 2)
10-602-121 AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION/TRANSAXLE 2 ...develop the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair automatic transmission./transaxles. Emphasis is placed on out-of-vehicle repair including overhaul procedures. (Prerequisite: 10-602-120 Automatic Transmission/Transaxle 1)
10-602-122 DRIVELINE DIAGNOSTICS AND REPAIR ...develop the skills needed to diagnose, service, and repair driveshaft/axles, differentials, and four wheel drive/all-wheel drive systems. (Prerequisites: 10-602-105 Auto Electrical & Electronic Systems 2)
10-602-130 CLUTCH AND MANUAL TRANSMISSION DIAGNOSIS AND REPAIR ...develop the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair clutches and manual transmissions/transaxle. (Prerequisite: 10-602-105 Auto Electrical & Electronic Systems 2)
10-602-150 AUTOMOTIVE CERTIFICATION PREPARATION 2 ...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)
10-602-202 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: 10-602-113, Engine Performance 3; 10-602-128 Auto Electrical & Electronics Systems 3)
10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
TOTAL CREDITS
65
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 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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