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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.

Diploma

D60160 REVISED
NC CIP: 47.0604
Evening
POS Approved: Fall 2012

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
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
Totals

Class Hours: 8
Lab/Shop Hours: 8
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 11

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
AUT 141 Suspension & Steering Sys NEW REQUISITES 2 3 0 3
AUT 141A Suspension & Steering Lab 0 3 0 1
AUT 151 Brake Systems NEW REQUISITES 2 3 0 3
AUT 151A Brakes Systems Lab NEW REQUISITES 0 3 0 1
Totals

Class Hours: 4
Lab/Shop Hours: 12
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 8

Summer Term

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
AUT 171 Auto Climate Control NEW REQUISITES 2 4 0 4
AUT 181 Engine Performance I NEW REQUISITES 2 3 0 3
AUT 181A Engine Performance 1 Lab 0 3 0 1
Totals

Class Hours: 4
Lab/Shop Hours: 10
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 8

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
AUT 116 Engine Repair 2 3 0 3
AUT 116A Engine Repair Lab 0 3 0 1
Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
ENG 101
OR
Applied Communications I (3) (0) (0) (3)
ENG 111 Expository Writing Comprehensive Articulation Agreement 3 0 0 3
Totals

Class Hours: 5
Lab/Shop Hours: 6
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 7

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
AUT 183 Engine Performance 2 2 6 0 4
AUT 285 Intro to Alternative Fuels NEW REQUISITES 2 2 0 3
PHY 122 Applied Physics II 3 2 0 4
Totals

Class Hours: 7
Lab/Shop Hours: 10
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 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)
  • : Global Distinction
  • : Requisite(s)

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.

General Education Courses 

Written Communication:

ENG 101, ENG 111

Sciences:

PHY 122

Technology:

AUT 181

D60160 REVISED