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Automotive Technology

Certificate

PURPOSE: The Automotive Certificate curriculum trains future technicians to help meet the community's transportation needs.  An automotive technician ensures that automobiles and trucks are safe to operate on roads and highways and is responsible for educating vehicle owners regarding the status of their vehicle.  The curriculum covers both theory and shop training with an emphasis on service and minor repair.  As a result of instruction, students should be able to describe the purpose and function of each vehicle system and identify the parts involved and how they work.  The program will provide students with experience and sufficient hands-on experience in the maintenance and repair of a wide variety of automobiles, as well as light to medium duty trucks.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES:  Automotive technicians are typically employed at automotive repair shops or dealerships where they collaborate to meet the needs of customers.  They may work in a wide variety of positions, such as quick lube technicians, maintenance technicians, diagnostic experts, parts department workers, service advisors, shop foremen, or service managers.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: Students are required to meet with the program head either before registering for their first semester or early in their first semester of study.

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 successfully 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.

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION: Please see www.reynolds.edu/curriculum/gainful-employment-html/ge_info_902.html to access gainful employment disclosure information for this program.

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

AUT 101

Introduction to Automotive Systems

2

2

3

WEL 155

Ornamental Welding

1

3

2

MTH 111

Basic Technical Mathematics

3

0

3

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

0

1

AUT 265

Automotive Braking Systems

2

3

3

AUT 241

Automotive Electricity I

2

3

3

TOTAL

11

11

15

AUT 111

Automotive Engines I

3

3

4

AUT 245

Automotive Electronics

3

3

4

AUT 275

Shop Management

2

0

2

ENG 111
or
ENG 137

College Composition I
or
Communication Processes I

3

0

3

ITE 115

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts

3

0

3

 

TOTAL

14

6

16

AUT 178

Automotive Final Drive and Manual Transmission Systems

3

3

4

AUT 266

Automotive Alignment, Suspension, and Steering

1

6

3

AUT 243

Automotive Control Electronics

3

3

4

______1

Humanities/Fine Arts or Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3

0

3

 

TOTAL

10

12

14

AUT 230

Introduction to Alternative Fueled and Hybrid Vehicles

3

0

3

AUT 251

Automatic Transmissions

2

3

3

AUT 155

Basic Automotive Engine Performance Diagnostics

2

6

5

AUT 1972

Cooperative Education

0

5

1

AUT 235

Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning

1

2

2

TOTAL

8

16

14

Total Minimum Credits for Certificate in Automotive Technology 59

06.20.18

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

2 With program head approval, in writing, the following is a list of AUT 197 substitutions that may be allowed:

AUT 136 -- Automotive Vehicle Inspection (2 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 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 155 Basic Automotive Engine Performance Diagnostics (5 cr.)

Introduces basic engine performance concepts, including theory and practical application. Covers vehicle communications, scan-tool diagnostics, basic engine mechanical tests, and diagnosing and repairing vehicle drivability issues. Provides preparation for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A8 Engine Performance Certification examination. Prerequisites: AUT 111 and AUT 245, or program head approval. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 6 hours. Total 8 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 including clutches, synchronizers, and torque multiplication/gear reduction, along with differentials, transmission/ transaxles, drive axles, U-joints, CV joints, four-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive systems. Prerequisite: Completion of AUT 101 - Introduction to Automotive Systems is preferred. Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.

AUT 197 Cooperative Education in Automotive (2 cr.)

Supervises on-the-job training for pay in approved business, industrial, and service firms, coordinated by the college's cooperative education office. Applies to all occupational-technical curricula at the discretion of the college. Provides on-the-job training for automotive technology students. Laboratory 10 hours per week.

AUT 199 Supervised Study - 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 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 235 Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning (2 cr.)

Studies separate and combined automotive heaters and air conditioning including direct and vacuum operated controls, basic principles of refrigeration, adjustment, general servicing, and charging of air conditioning systems. Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 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.)

Introduces advanced automotive technologies, and 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. Prerequisite: AUT 245 or program head approval. 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 (3 cr.)

Studies several types of automatic transmissions/transaxles, torque converters, and their principles of operation. Includes adjustment, maintenance, and rebuilding. Prerequisites: Completion of AUT 101 and AUT 241 is preferred. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.

AUT 251 Automatic Transmissions (4 cr.)

Studies several types of automatic transmissions/transaxles, torque converters, and their principles of operation. Includes adjustment, maintenance, and rebuilding. Prerequisites: Completion of AUT 101 - Introduction to Automotive Systems and AUT 241 - Electricity I is preferred. 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.)

Introduces advanced automotive technologies, and 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. Prerequisite: AUT 245 or program head approval. 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 275 Shop Management (2 cr.)

Studies shop layout, personnel management, cost analysis, record keeping and quality control. Discusses shop manager, service salesman, and service writer roles in customer relations. Lecture 2 hours per week.

AUT 297 Cooperative Education in Automotive (2 cr.)

Supervises on-the-job training for pay in approved business, industrial, and service firms, coordinated by the college's cooperative education office. Applies to all occupational-technical curricula at the discretion of the college. Provides on-the-job training for automotive technology students. Laboratory 10 hours per week.


Name Program Email Phone
Lorenza Dickerson Automotive Technology C LDickerson@reynolds.edu 804/523-5445
Louis Luchsinger Automotive Technology C LLuchsinger@reynolds.edu 804/523-5454
Lawrence Schwendeman Automotive Technology C LSchwendeman@reynolds.edu 804/523-5938
Michael Trapani Automotive Technology C MTrapani@reynolds.edu 804/523-5940

 

Common Job Titles1: A/C Technician (Air Conditioning Technician); ASE Master Mechanic (Automotive Service Excellence Master Mechanic); Auto Technician; Automobile Mechanic (Auto Mechanic); Automobile Technician; Automotive Drivability Technician; Automotive Mechanic (Auto Mechanic); Automotive Service 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; Transmission Rebuilder


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected Employment (2028): 3,761

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $29,400 - $57,300


Bright Outlook Bright Outlook occupations are expected to have rapid growth over the next 10-years (employment increase of 10% or more in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2018-2028) or are expected to have a high demand (projected to have 750 or more job openings in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2018-2028).

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 August 15, 2018.