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Automotive Technology Program Associate's Degree

Automotive Technology Program Fact Sheet

NORTH
Associate of Science (349.3)

This two-year program prepares students to service and repair today's high-tech automobiles. This program includes instruction in component identification, removal and reassembly of components, and fault diagnosis in automatic transmission and transaxles, brakes, electrical and electronic systems, engine performance, engine repair, heating and air conditioning, manual drive-trains and rear axles, suspension and steering.

Emerging green technologies such as hybrids, plug-in electrics and natural gas powered vehicles will also be introduced. Academic courses included in the associate's degree program provide students with the necessary background for effective communication and increased opportunities for career advancement.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will: 

  1. Identify each component and its purpose on all vehicle systems to include: automatic transmissions and transaxles, brakes, electrical and electronic systems, engine performance, engine repair, heating and air conditioning, manual drive-trains and rear axles, steering and suspension.
  2. Remove, dissemble and reassemble components and identify potential mechanical fault areas in vehicle control systems.
  3. Identify, diagnose and repair electrical faults within electronic vehicle control systems.
  4. Name all vehicle systems.
  5. Discuss the complaint, cause and correction process.
  6. Conduct effective communication with customers, suppliers and business associates in the automotive aftermarket repair industry.

CCAC's automotive curriculum prepares the student to take tests necessary to earn Pennsylvania Safety and Emission Inspection Licensing and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification. Some course sections may be manufacturer specific.

All CCAC instructors are ASE Certified Master Technicians with years of industry experience and manufacturer-trained automotive technology instructors.

The CCAC–North Campus Automotive program is available at the CCAC-West Hills Center. Credit for some courses may be awarded for work completed at an area career and technology center, trade school or in the military.

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 68-69

First Semester

Course #  

Course Name

Credits

ATE-103

Automotive Systems Minor Service    

3

ATE-106

Emission Inspector Certification

1

ATE-108

State Inspection Certification

1

ATE-126

Suspension & Steering

4

ATE-130

Automotive Brake Systems

3

 

Total

12

Second Semester

ATE-121 

Electrical Systems & Power Accessories

3

ATE-122

Electronic Systems

3

ATE-151

Automotive Climate Systems

3

ATE-160

Advanced Automotive Electricity/Electronics

3

MAT-108
MAT-191

Intermediate Algebra or
Mathematics for the Industries

4
3

 

  Total

 15–16

 Summer Semester 

ATE-131 

Major Engine Service

 4

ATE-401Automotive Co-Op

1

PHS-161

Physical Science for the Industries 

 3

 

 Total

 8

Third Semester  

ATE-207

Advanced Engine Performance

 4

ATE-230

Engine Performance 1

 3

ATE-245

Engine Performance 2

 4

ENG-101

English Composition 1

  3

SPH-101

Oral Communication 

  3

 

  Total

 17

Fourth Semester

ATE-234

Standard Transmission, Transaxle, Drivetrain   

 3

ATE-235

Automatic Transmissions/Transaxles

 5

ATE-401Automotive Co-Op

1

ENG-102
ENG-103

English Composition 2 or
Technical Communications

 3
3

PSY-101
PSY-116

Introduction to Psychology or
Organizational Psychology

 3
3

WLD-103

 Welding Safety & Applications

 1

 

 Total

16

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