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Automotive Systems Technology

Curriculum Description

The Automotive Systems Technology curriculum prepares individuals for employment as automotive service technicians. It provides an introduction to automotive careers and increases student awareness of the challenges associated with this fast and ever-changing field.

Classroom and lab experiences integrate technical and academic coursework. Emphasis is placed on theory, servicing and operation of brakes, electrical/electronic systems, engine performance, steering/ suspension, automatic transmission/transaxles, engine repair, climate control, and manual drive trains.

Upon completion of this curriculum, students should be prepared to take the ASE exam and be ready for full-time employment in dealerships and repair shops in the automotive service industry.

The following represents one way in which the program of study can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow this plan should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.
(CTE-Y D60160P1)

Diploma

D60160
NC CIP: 47.0604
Evening
POS Approved: Fall 2012

Course Course Title HOURS PER WEEK
Class Lab/ Shop Clinical/ Co-op Credit
Fall Semester
AUT 110 Intro to Auto Technology 2 2 0 3
AUT 161 Basic Auto Electricity 4 3 0 5
AUT 163 Adv Auto Electricity 2 3 0 3
   
    8 8 0 11

Spring Semester
AUT 141 Suspension & Steering Sys 2 3 0 3
AUT 141A Suspension & Steering Lab 0 3 0 1
AUT 151 Brake Systems 2 3 0 3
AUT 151A Brakes Systems Lab 0 3 0 1
   
    4 12 0 8

Summer Term
AUT 171 Auto Climate Control 2 4 0 4
AUT 181 Engine Performance I 2 3 0 3
AUT 181A Engine Performance 1 Lab 0 3 0 1
   
    4 10 0 8

Fall Semester
AUT 116 Engine Repair 2 3 0 3
AUT 116A Engine Repair Lab 0 3 0 1
Select one:
Applied Communications I (3) (0) (0) (3)
  OR        
Expository Writing 3 0 0 3
   
    5 6 0 7

Spring Semester
AUT 183 Engine Performance 2 2 6 0 4
AUT 285 Intro to Alternative Fuels 2 2 0 3
PHY 122 Applied Physics II 3 2 0 4
   
    7 10 0 11

Total Credit Hours: 45

Legend

  • : Comprehensive Articulation Agreement - This course is recommended for students transferring to a four-year university.
  • : Local Requirement
  • : Instructional Service Agreement
  • : Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC)

Additional Information

 

Cooperative education work experience courses may be available for this program.

The Automotive Systems Technology program at Forsyth Technical Community College is certified by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF). Per NATEF recommendations, students are required to purchase his/her own tool set to take this program of study.

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