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Automotive Technology Program Certificate

Automotive Technology Program Fact Sheet

NORTH
Certificate (350.3)

This program prepares students to service and repair today's high-tech automobiles. Instruction includes component identification, removal and reassembly of components, 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.

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.

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

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

The 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.

Certificate Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 50

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

 

  Total

12

 Summer Semester 

ATE-131 

Major Engine Service

 4

ATE-401Automotive Co-Op

1

 

 Total

5

Third Semester  

ATE-207

Advanced Engine Performance

 4

ATE-230

Engine Performance 1

 3

ATE-245

Engine Performance 2

 4

ATE-401

Automotive Co-Op

1

 

  Total

 12

Fourth Semester

ATE-234

Standard Transmission, Transaxle, Drivetrain   

 3

ATE-235

Automatic Transmissions/Transaxles

 5

WLD-103

Welding Safety & Applications

 1

 

 Total

9

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