Car

Automotive Technology

Associate of Applied Science

PROGRAMS OFFERED: General Automotive and GM ASEP

PURPOSE: This curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for employment in the automotive repair industry or to serve the continuing education needs of the automotive technician working in the field.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Automotive Dealership Technician, Safety Inspector, Service Manager, Parts Specialist, Service Writer, and Independent Automotive Technician

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: Students are required to meet with the Automotive Technology program head before registering for the first semester of study.

Students in the Automotive AAS degree may pursue one of two program options: the general program or GM ASEP. Following are brief descriptions of each option:

  • The general program provides education regarding the general theory and operation of current automotive products. The program of instruction is not manufacturer-specific.
  • The General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program (GM ASEP) provides education focused exclusively on current GM products. The GM ASEP program allows students to alternate between going to college and working at a GM dealership for approximately two years, leading to the AAS degree. Students will receive both college credit and GM certification for each AUT course successfully completed in the AAS degree.  Students enrolled in the GM ASEP option are required to enroll in the AAS degree and be employed at a GM dealership or AC Delco shop to meet the manufacturer's requirements for certification.  Students are encouraged to meet with a GM ASEP instructor prior to enrolling in the program to discuss requirements and employment assistance, and to receive specific course codes required to enroll in the GM ASEP program.

The two options of the Automotive Technology AAS degree described above are certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (ASE/NATEF), ensuring that training meets or exceeds industry standards. The Reynolds Automotive Technology AAS degree with its two options is designed to prepare students for the ASE certification.

Automotive course credit may be granted through credit by ABLE for some courses.  Students should see the Automotive Technology program head for an approved list of course substitutions for successful completion of ASE certifications.

COMPUTER COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT: Students in this program will meet the college’s computer competency requirement by successfully completing ITE 115. Students can also meet this requirement by passing the college’s computer competency exam, administered in the testing centers on each campus, in which case they will receive college credit for ITE 115. Students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam only once.

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

AUT 101

Introduction to Automotive Systems

2

2

3

AUT 241

Automotive Electricity I

2

3

3

AUT 265

Automotive Braking Systems

2

3

3

MTH 103

Applied Technical Mathematics

3

0

3

WEL 120

Fundamentals of Welding

1

3

2

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

0

1

TOTAL

11

11

15

AUT 111

Automotive Engines

3

3

4

AUT 242

Automotive Electricity II

2

3

3

AUT 266

Automotive Alignment, Suspension, and Steering

1

6

3

ITE 115

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts

3

0

3

ENG 111 
or 
ENG 137

College Composition I or Communication Processes I

3

0

3

AUT 1972
or
AUT 136

Cooperative Education in Automotive
or
Automotive Vehicle Inspection

0



1

10



2

2



2

TOTAL

12-13

14-22

18

AUT 126

Auto Fuel and Ignition Systems

4

3

5

AUT 178

Automotive Final Drive and Manual Transmission Systems

3

3

4

AUT 1972

Cooperative Education in Automotive

0

10

2

AUT 236

Automotive Climate Control

3

3

4

___ ___1

Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3

0

3

TOTAL

13

19

18

AUT 251

Automatic Transmissions

3

3

4

AUT 165

Auto Diagnosis and Tune-Up

1

3

2

AUT 245

Automotive Electronics

3

3

4

AUT 2972

Cooperative Education in Automotive

0

10

2

___ ___1

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

3

0

3

___ ___1

Personal Wellness Elective

0-1

0-2

1

TOTAL

10-11

19-21

16

Total Minimum Credits for AAS Degree in  Automotive Technology 67

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1 A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design.

2 In situations where a student is already employed, following is a list of approved courses that can be substituted for AUT 197 and AUT 297:

AUT 136 -- Automotive Vehicle Inspection (2 cr.)

AUT 193 -- Studies in Automotive:  Automotive Electronic Safety Control Systems (3 cr.)

AUT 230 -- Introduction to Alternative Fuels and Hybrid Vehicles (3 cr.)

AUT 243 -- Automotive Control Electronics (4 cr.)

AUT 253 -- Electric Vehicles (4 cr.)

AUT 254 -- Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles (4 cr.)

AUT 256 -- Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (4 cr.)

AUT 293 -- Studies in Automotive:  Automotive Electronic Guidance Control Systems (3 cr.)

DLS 126 -- Diesel Engine Reconditioning (6 cr.)

DSL 131 -- Diesel Fuel Systems and Tune-up (4 cr.)

DSL 143 -- Diesel Truck Electrical Systems (4 cr.)

DSL 150 -- Mobile Hydraulics and Pneumatics (3 cr.)

DSL 152 -- Diesel Power Trains, Chassis, and Suspension (4 cr.)

DSL 160 -- Air Brake Systems (3 cr.)

DSL 176 -- Transportation Air Conditioning (2 cr.)

WEL 130 -- Inert Gas Welding (3 cr.)

WEL 160 -- Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG and FCAW) (3 cr.)

BUS 100 -- Introduction to Business (3 cr.)

BUS 200 -- Principles of Management (3 cr.)

BUS 201 -- Organizational Behavior (3 cr.)

CST 110 -- Introduction to Speech Communication (3 cr.)

AUTOMOTIVE

AUT 101 Introduction to Automotive Systems 3 cr.

Introduces fundamental systems of automobile, the engine fuel, exhaust, electric, ignition, lubrication, cooling, transmission, steering, brake, and suspension systems. Teaches theory and function of each system. Demonstrates operation.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 2 hours.Total 4 hours per week.

AUT 111 Automotive Engines I 4 cr.

Presents analysis of power, cylinder condition, valves, and bearings in the automotive engine to establish the present condition, repairs, or adjustments.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 6 hours per week.

AUT 126 Auto Fuel and Ignition Systems 5 cr.

Studies automobile ignition and fuel systems and their functions in operation of the engine. Includes carburetors, fuel pumps, ignition systems, troubleshooting, engine testing and adjustment, and tune-up. Prerequisite AUT 242.Lecture 4 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 7 hours per week.

AUT 129 Automotive Electronic Safety Control Systems 3 cr.

Introduces advanced automotive electronic safety control systems, including driver alert, unintended lane departure, blind spot detection, active headlights, and electronic control of braking systems. Addresses diagnostic procedures and maintenance of electronic safety control systems, and the theory, function, and operation of each system.Lecture 3 hours per week.

AUT 136 Automotive Vehicle Inspection 2 cr.

Presents information on methods for performing automotive vehicle safety inspection.Lecture 1 hour.Laboratory 2 hours.Total 3 hours per week.

AUT 156 Small Gasoline Engines 2 cr.

Studies small gasoline engine operating principles, construction, design, variety, and their many purposes. Gives instruction on two-cycle and four-cycle small gas engines, their construction, design, fuel system, ignition system, and lubricating systems. Demonstrates disassembly, reconditioning, overhaul, and reassembly in the lab.Lecture 1 hour.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 4 hours per week.

AUT 165 Auto Diagnosis and Tune-Up 2 cr.

Presents the techniques for diagnosis of malfunctions in systems of the automobile. Uses dynamometers, oscilloscopes, and other specialized diagnostic and testing equipment. Demonstrates tune-up of conventional and rotary engines.Prerequisite: AUT 126.Lecture 1 hour.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 4 hours per week.

AUT 178 Automotive Final Drive and Manual Transmission Systems 4 cr.

Presents the operation, design, construction, and repair of manual transmissions and final drive systems for both front and rear drive vehicles. Includes clutches, synchronizers, and torque multiplication/gear reduction, along with differentials, transmission/transaxles, drive axles, U-joints, CV joints, 4-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive systems.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 6 hours per week.

AUT 197 Cooperative Education in Automotive 2 cr.

Provides on-the-job training for automotive technology students.Laboratory 10 hours per week

AUT 229 Applied Automotive Electronic Guidance and Safety Control Systems 3 cr.

Covers advanced automotive electronic systems, including GPS navigation, communication, and guidance control systems. Addresses the theory, function, operation, diagnostic procedures, and maintenance of each system. Emphasizes safety.Prerequisite: AUT 129.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 5 hours per week.

AUT 230 Introduction to Alternative Fuels and Hybrid Vehicles 3 cr.

Introduces current trends in alternative fueled vehicles, including current alternative fueled vehicles and the implication and safety precautions necessary for working on hybrid vehicle systems.Lecture 3 hours per week.

AUT 236 Automotive Climate Control 4 cr.

Introduces principles of refrigeration, air-conditioning controls, and adjustment and general servicing of automotive air-conditioning systems.Prerequisite: AUT 241.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 6 hours per week.

AUT 241 Automotive Electricity I 3 cr.

Introduces electricity, magnetism, symbols, and circuitry as applied to the alternators, regulators, starters, lighting systems, instruments and gauges, and accessories. Part I of II.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 5 hours per week.

AUT 242 Automotive Electricity II 3 cr.

Introduces electricity, magnetism, symbols, and circuitry as applied to alternators, regulators, starters, lighting systems, instruments and gauges, and accessories. Part II of II.Prerequisite: AUT 241.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 5 hours per week.

AUT 243 Automotive Control Electronics 4 cr.

Covers the electronic control systems found in hybrid electric vehicle systems, battery electric vehicle systems, and fuel cell electric vehicle systems. Teaches theory, function, and operation of each electronic control system and provides students an opportunity to perform diagnostic procedures and maintenance for these systems. Focuses on safety.Prerequisites: Experience in the automotive repair field, AUT 241, AUT 242, AUT 245, and AUT 230 or approval of the program head.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 6 hours per week.

AUT 245 Automotive Electronics 4 cr.

Introduces the field of electronics as it applies to the modern automobile. Emphasizes basic circuit operation and diagnosis and repair of digital indicator and warning systems.Prerequisites: AUT 241 and AUT 242.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 6 hours per week.

AUT 251 Automatic Transmissions 4 cr.

Studies several types of automatic transmissions, torque converters, and their principles of operation. Includes adjustment, maintenance, and rebuilding.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 6 hours per week.

AUT 253 Electric Vehicles 4 cr.

Covers electric vehicle systems and advanced automotive electronics. Provides students an opportunity to perform diagnostic procedures and maintenance for electric vehicle systems. Teaches theory, function, and operation of electric vehicle systems. Focuses on safety.Prerequisites: Experience in the automotive repair field, AUT 241, AUT 242, AUT 245, and AUT 230 or approval of the program head.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 6 hours per week.

AUT 254 Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles 4 cr.

Covers plug-in hybrid electric vehicle systems, extended-range electric vehicle systems, and advanced automotive electronics. Teaches theory, function, and operation of each plug-in hybrid vehicle system and provides students an opportunity to perform diagnostic procedures and maintenance for these vehicles. Focuses on safety.Prerequisites: Experience in the automotive repair field, AUT 241, AUT 242, AUT 245, and AUT 230 or approval of the program head.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 6 hours per week.

AUT 256 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles 4 cr.

Covers hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle systems and advanced automotive electronics. Teaches theory, function, and operation of fuel cell electric vehicles and provides students an opportunity to perform diagnostic procedures and maintenance for fuel cell electric vehicle systems. Focuses on safety.Prerequisites: Experience in the automotive repair field, AUT 241, AUT 242, AUT 245, and AUT 230 or approval of the program head.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 6 hours per week.

AUT 265 Automotive Braking Systems 3 cr.

Presents operation, design, construction, repair, and servicing of braking systems, including Anti-Lock Brake Systems (ABS). Explains uses of tools and test equipment, evaluation of test results, and estimation of repair cost for power, standard, and disc brakes.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 5 hours per week.

AUT 266 Auto Alignment, Suspension, and Steering 3 cr.

Introduces use of alignment equipment in diagnosing, adjusting, and repairing front and rear suspensions. Deals with repair and servicing of power and standard steering systems.Lecture 1 hour.Laboratory 6 hours.Total 7 hours per week.

AUT 297 Cooperative Education in Automotive 2 cr.

Provides supervised on-the-job training for automotive technology students.Laboratory 10 hours per week

Name Program Email Phone
Lorenza Dickerson Automotive Technology AAS ldickerson@reynolds.edu 523-5445
William Jenkins Automotive Technology AAS wjenkins@reynolds.edu 523-5947
Lou Luchsinger  Automotive Technology AAS LLuchsinger@reynolds.edu 523- 5454
Michael Olson Automotive Technology AAS molson@reynolds.edu 523-5961
Lawrence Schwendeman Automotive Technology AAS lschwendeman@reynolds.edu 523-5938
Michael Trapani Automotive Technology AAS mtrapani@reynolds.edu 523-5940
Leslie Tyler Automotive Technology AAS ltyler@reynolds.edu 523-5433

Common Job Titles1: A/C Technician (Air Conditioning Technician); Auto Technician; Automobile Mechanic (Auto Mechanic); Automobile Technician; Automotive Service Technician; Automotive Technician; Automotive Technician (Auto Technician); Certified ASE Master Automotive Technician (Certified Automotive Service Excellence Master Automotive Technician); Drivability Technician; Heavy Line Technician; Lube Technician; Master Automotive Technician; Master Technician; Mechanic; Oil Bay Technician; Quick Service Technician; Service Technician; Shop Foreman; Truck Technician


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected number of jobs by 2026: 3,770

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $28,200 - $53,000


Bright Outlook Bright Outlook occupations are expected to have rapid growth over the next 10-years (employment increase of 14% or more over the period of 2016-2026), are expected to have a high demand (projected to have 500 or more job openings in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2016-2026), or are new and emerging occupations in high growth industries.

Green Occupation "Green occupations will likely change as a result of the green economy. Green economy activities and technologies are increasing the demand for occupations, shaping the work and worker requirements needed for occupational performance, or generating new and emerging occupations." -- O*NET

1 This program may prepare you for one or more of the listed jobs; however, graduates may not be qualified for all of the jobs listed in this section.

Reynolds Community College makes every attempt to provide students with the best, most accuarate information possible. The data was sourced from external agencies (O*NET and JobsEQ) on February 08, 2017.