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Automotive Technology

 

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Associate in Applied Science Degree

Overview

The Automotive Technology (ATT) program provides a technical education at the Associate in Applied Science level (65 credit hours). Through instruction and practical application, students gain knowledge and skills required of the modern automotive technician.

Eastern also offers a College Certificate Program in Automotive Technology (31 credit hours), as well as several shorter copurse sequences of Skill Sets.

Successful completion of the Automotive Technology program will allow graduates to enter the workforce at the technician level, prepared to apply the knowledge and skills developed in lectures and laboratories to diagnose, troubleshoot and repair today's complex vehicles.

Students learn to comply with personal and environmental safety practices associated with:

  • clothing
  • eye protection
  • hand tools
  • power equipment
  • proper ventilation
  • handling, storing and disposing of chemicals/materials in accordance with local, state, and federal safety and environmental regulations

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The Automotive Technology curriculum prepares graduates to work in dealerships, independent repair facilities, automotive suppliers, distributorships and sales.

Program Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the Automotive Technology program the graduate will be able to:

  • Apply accepted safety and health practices in the workplace
  • Use proper tools and instrumentation to diagnose, troubleshoot and repair:
    • braking
    • automotive suspension and steering
    • automotive engines
    • automotive electrical and electronic systems and components
    • automotive heating systems
    • automotive air conditioning
    • manual drive trains and axles in automobiles
    • automobiles with automatic transmissions and transaxles
  • Develop scientific knowledge and mathematical analytical skills and techniques
  • Demonstrate an appreciation and awareness of human and cultural diversity in life as well as the workplace
  • Apply effective written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrate computer literacy

Special Certifications: Students successfully completing automotive classes will be prepared to take the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams.

Instructor: Doug Swick: 304-530-8000.

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Associate in Applied Science Degree: 65 Semester Hours
Recommended Course Sequence

First Year-Fall Semester First Year-Spring Semester
Dept. Course Title Semester Hours Dept. Course Title Semester Hours
CIS 108 Computer Fundamentals 3 ENL 101 English Compostion I 3
ATT 100 Introduction to Automotive Technology 1 ATT 124 Automotive Electricity/Electronics I 4
ATT 103 Engine Repair 4 ATT 205 Automotive Electricity/Electronics II 4
ATT 105 Braking Systems 4 ATT 128 Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning 4
ATT 107 Suspension and Steering 4  MTH  1XX  College Math Elective  3
 
Total Hours
16  
Total Hours
18
Second Year-Fall Semester Second Year-Spring Semester
Dept. Course Title Semester Hours Dept. Course Title Semester Hours
ENL 102 English Compostion II 3 ATT 224 Manual Drive Train & Axle 4
ATT 126 Engine Performance I 4 ATT 226 Automatic Transmissions & Tranaxles 4
ATT 207 Engine Performance II 4 SSC 147 Understanding Human Diversity 3
Elective Science Elective 3 ATT 276 Automotive Technology Capstone 3
 
Total Hours
14  
Total Hours
14

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Certificate Program: 31 credit hours
Recommended Course Sequence

First Year-Fall Semester First Year-Spring Semester
Dept. Course Title Semester Hours Dept. Course Title Semester Hours
CIS 108 Computer Fundamentals 3 ENL 101 English Composition I 3
ATT 100 Introduction to Automotive Technology 1 ATT 124 Automotive Electricity/Electronics I 4
ATT 103 Engine Repair 4 ATT 205 Automotive Electricity/Electronics II 4
ATT 105 Braking Systems 4 ATT 128 Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning 4
ATT 107 Suspension and Steering 4  MTH  1XX  College Math Elective  3
  Total Hours 16  
Total Hours
18

 

Skill Sets in Automotive Technology:

General Skill Set Outcomes:

  • Develop skills in maintaining and using computers through the use of windows.
  • Use internet, e-mail, and other software applications.

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Engine Repair

Braking Systems

Suspension & Steering

Automotive Heating & Air Conditioning

 

Engine Repair

Dept.

Course Title

Semester Hours

CIS

108

Computer Fundamentals

3

ATT

103

Engine Repair *

4

 

Total Hours

7

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Skill Set Outcomes

  • Disassemble engine block
  • Clean and prepare components for inspection and reassembly
  • Perform cooling system pressure tests
  • Evaluate coolant condition;
  • Examine and test radiator, pressure cap, coolant recovery tank, and hoses;
  • Determine necessary action

 

Braking Systems

Dept.

Course Title

Semester Hours

CIS

108

Computer Fundamentals

3

ATT

105

Braking Systems*

4

 

Total Hours 

7

 

Skill Set Outcomes

  • Remove, clean, and inspect brake shoes, springs, pins, clips, levers, adjusters/self-adjusters
  • Remove, clean, and inspect other related brake hardware
  • Remove, clean, and inspect backing support plates; lubricate and reassemble
  • Diagnose poor stopping, wheel lock-up, abnormal pedal feel or pulsation, and noise concerns caused by the antilock brake system (ABS)
  • Determine necessary action

 

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Suspension and Steering

Dept.

Course Title

Semester Hours

CIS

108

Computer Fundamentals

3

ATT

107

Suspension and Steering*

4

 

Total Hours 

 

Skill Set Outcomes

  • Diagnose power steering gear binding, uneven turning effort, looseness,
    hard steering, and fluid leakage concern
  • Determine necessary action
  • Diagnose suspension system noises, body sway, and uneven riding
    height concerns
  • Determine necessary action

Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning

Dept.

Course Title

Semester Hours

CIS

108

Computer Fundamentals

3

ATT

128

Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning*

4

 

Total Hours 

7

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 Skill Set Outcomes

  • Diagnose malfunctions in the vacuum, mechanical, and electrical components
    of the heating, ventilation, and A/C (HVAC) system
  • Diagnose malfunctions in the electrical controls
    of the heating, ventilation, and A/C (HVAC) system

Gainful Employment Information:

A.A.S. Progam (fulltime ['normal']/4 semesters):

  • Job Titles for which program prepares students: Automotive Technician, Automotive Mechanic, Automotive Srvice Technician, Auto Technician, Shjop Foreman, Certified ASE Master Automotive Technician (Certified Automotive Srvice Excellence Master Technician, Master Technician, Automobile Technician, Master Automotive Technician, Truck Technician
  • SOC Code: 49-3023.01 
  • 1 Occupational Information Network (O*NET) URLhttp://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/49-3023.02    
  • On-time completion rate: 0%
    • # students who completed program 2010-2011: 0
    • # students completed within ‘normal’ time: 0
  • 2 Placement Rate: N/A: New Program
  • Median Loan Amounts per Student: N/A: New Program
  • Program Costs per year (2 semesters):
  • Books and supplies   $1200
  • Personal                         1850
  • 3Room and board          3000
  • Tuition and fees             2184
  • Transportation                2500

1 The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is being developed under the sponsorship of the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration. It provides information relating to:

  • The nature of the work and the activities involved for these jobs
  • the kinds of tools and technology associated with the work
  • the skills, knowledge and abilities usually required for these jobs
  • the training and education usually required for these jobs
  • the values, work styles and interests that lend themselves to success in these jobs
  • the wage and employment trends in these fields on both the national and state levels

 *Please note: Completion rates are based solely on a small sample of Eastern students that includes only those who were enrolled as first-time full time freshman. The majority of Eastern students enroll as part-time students. Part-time students and those required to enroll in developmental studies, take longer to complete the programs as presented in the College Catalog.

 2Placement Rate calculated on total number of program graduates  working in a field related to degree or certificate completed.

3Eastern currently offers no dormitory or meal contracts, so these room and board expenses are average estimated area costs.

Certificate Progam (fulltime ['normal']/2 semesters):

  • Job Titles for which program prepares students: Automotive Technician, Automotive Mechanic, Automotive Srvice Technician, Auto Technician, Shjop Foreman, Certified ASE Master Automotive Technician (Certified Automotive Srvice Excellence Master Technician, Master Technician, Automobile Technician, Master Automotive Technician, Truck Technician
  • SOC Code: 49-3023.01 
  • 1 Occupational Information Network (O*NET) URLhttp://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/49-3023.02    
  • On-time completion rate: 0%
    • # students who completed program 2010-2011: 2
    • # students completed within ‘normal’ time: 0
  •  2 Placement Rate: 100% (based on 1 graduate, self-employed)
  • Median Loan Amounts per Student: $0.00 
  • Program Costs per year (2 semesters):
  • Books and supplies   $1200
  • Personal                         1850
  • 3Room and board          3000
  • Tuition and fees             2184
  • Transportation                2500

Current Course Catalog

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