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Automotive Technician

Program Description

The ASE Certified Master Automotive Technician Program is a course of study designed to accommodate both full and part-time students, culminating in an Associate of Science degree. Service of today’s complex automobiles requires highly trained technicians who have mastered a wide range of talents and skills. Naugatuck Valley Community College, in cooperation with the National Automotive Dealership Association, the U.S. Department of Labor, local, and national dealership associations, and the major automotive manufacturers, developed the Automotive Technician Program to meet the longstanding need for skilled automotive service technicians.

Students wishing to enroll in the Automotive Technician Program must demonstrate basic mathematics, written English, reading, and mechanical competency as determined by the College Placement Tests. Individuals interested in the Automotive Technician Program should contact the Program Coordinator or the Admissions Office. Students may be admitted to the College prior to admission to the program. The instruction, course of study, facilities, and equipment of Naugatuck Valley Community College, has been evaluated by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and has met the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) standards of quality for the training of automotive technicians as a Master Automotive Technician Training Certification Program. These organizations can be contacted as follows: NATEF, 13505 Dulles Technology Dr., Suite 2 • Hemdon, VA 20171-3413, ASE, 13505 Dulles Technology Dr., Suite 2 • Hemdon, VA 20171-3413.

General Education Core course listings and definitions appear on pages 54-57. Placement testing will determine the sequencing of courses. Additional courses may be required.

Program Requirements

Competency or Program Requirement Course Number and Title Required Credits
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications Exempt 0
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics CSA*H105 Introduction to Software Applications or CSC*H101 Introduction to Computers 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge BBG*H231 Business Law I 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication course listed 3
Quantitative Reasoning◊ MAT*H121 Applications for Business and other Careers, MAT*H135 Topics in Contemporary Mathematics, MAT*H167 Principles of Statistics 3
Scientific Knowledge◊◊ PHY*H110 Introduction to Physics 4
Scientific Reasoning◊◊ Waived 0
Social Phenomena ECN*H101 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
Written Communication Choose any Written Communication course listed 3
Program Requirements ATP*H100 Integrated Automotive 3
ATP*H110 Automotive Electrical Systems 3
ATP*H120 Engine Repair 3
ATP*H130 Brake Systems 3
ATP*H140: Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning 3
ATP*H150 Suspension and Steering Systems 3
ATP*H185 Automotive Service & Parts Management 2
ATP*H190 Metallurgy/Welding or ATP Course Approved by Coordinator 2
ATP*H210 Engine Performance 3
ATP*H220 Automotive Emissions 2
ATP*H261 Manual Drivetrain and Axles 3
ATP*H262 Automatic Transmission and Transaxles 2
ATP*H290 Co-op Work Experience I 3
ATP*H291 Co-op Work Experience II 3

Total Credits: 63

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

◊MAT*H137 and courses numbered lower than MAT*H137 will not transfer to Connecticut State Universities as Quantitative Reasoning courses.

◊◊At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.


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

  1. Apply Language Arts and Communications skills related to the occupation, including but not limited to: reading, writing, and oral communication.
  2. Perform Mathematics related to the occupation, including but not limited to: algebraic expressions, arithmetic, decimals and graphs.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Apply knowledge of theory and safety to accomplish certain tasks related to the occupation.
  6. Identify and use appropriate tools, testing and measurement equipment to accomplish certain tasks related to the occupation.
  7. Use current reference and training materials from accepted industry publications and standards to accomplish certain tasks related to the occupation.
  8. 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.
  9. Apply knowledge of general transmission and transaxle maintenance, adjustment, diagnosis and repair.
  10. Apply knowledge of suspension and steering systems (including wheel and tire), diagnosis, service, adjustments, alignment and repair.
  11. Apply knowledge of general disc and/or drum brake system hydraulics, power assist, and ABS (antilock brakes), maintenance, adjustment diagnosis and repair.
  12. Apply knowledge of general electrical/electronic systems, including but not limited to: starting, charging, lighting, wiring, accessories, diagnosis and repair.
  13. Apply knowledge of general heating and air conditioning systems and their components, maintenance, adjustment, diagnosis and repair.
  14. Apply knowledge of general engine performance, including but not limited to: computer controls, ignition, fuel, exhaust, and emission systems, and their maintenance, diagnosis, adjustments and repair.
  15. Apply knowledge of computer applications including word processing, spreadsheets, graphs and other software related to the occupation.

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