Automotive Technician

Certificate in General Automotive Service

The General Automotive Service program is designed to accommodate individuals desiring an understanding of engine operation and repair, along with knowledge of automotive electrical, brake, steering and suspension systems.

The program provides:

  • an understanding of automobile engine operation and repair
  • an understanding of automotive electrical theory and its application
  • in-depth theory of brake, steering, and suspension systems
  • an understanding of the relationship between scientific principles and their application in the automobile.

The program benefits:

  • individuals seeking entry-level employment opportunities in the automotive service field
  • individuals seeking to upgrade their technical skills
  • individuals preparing for career advancement opportunities in the automotive service field.
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To ensure appropriate placement, placement test results and course prerequisites should be reviewed with the Program Coordinator and/or advisor.

Course No. Title Credits
ATP*H100 Integrated Automotive Systems 3
ATP*H110 Automotive Electrical Systems 3
ATP*H120 Engine Repair 3
ATP*H130 Brakes 3
ATP*H150 Steering and Suspension 3
ATP*H290 Cooperative Work Experience I 3
  Total Credit Hours 18

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Perform mathematics related to the occupation, including but not limited to: algebraic expressions, arithmetic, decimals and graphs.
  • Use scientific methods and critical thinking to solve problems in science related to the occupation, including but not limited to: electricity, chemical reactions, heat, motion, and hydraulics.
  • Demonstrate workplace skills related to the occupation, including but not limited to: preparing a resume, seeking employment, maintaining a safe and healthy workplace environment, demonstrating workplace ethics and teamwork.
  • Apply knowledge of theory and safety to accomplish certain tasks related to the occupation.
  • Identify and use appropriate tools, testing and measurement equipment to accomplish certain tasks related to the occupation.
  • Use current reference and training materials from accepted industry publications and standards to accomplish certain tasks related to the occupation.
  • Apply knowledge of general engine diagnosis and repair, including but not limited to the engine's: cylinder heads, valve train, block, lubrication, and cooling system.
  • Apply knowledge of suspension and steering systems (including wheel and tire), diagnosis, service, adjustments, alignment and repair.
  • Apply knowledge of general disc and/or drum brake system, hydraulics, power assist, and ABS (antilock brakes), maintenance, adjustment, diagnosis, and repair.
  • Apply knowledge of general electrical/electronic systems, including but not limited to, starting, charging, lighting, wiring, accessories, diagnosis and repair.

Program Coordinator
Mark A Schnubel
203-596-8796 (p)
Room: T525
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