Automotive Technology

Associate in Applied Science Degree


The Automotive Technology (ATT) program provides a technical education at the Associate in Applied Science level (60 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 (30 credit hours), as well as several shorter course 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.

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Auto Tech Associate in Applied Science Degree: Course Sequence - 60 Semester Hours

Program Map

Certificate Program: Course Sequence - 30 credit hours

Program Map



Skill Sets in Automotive Technology: Course Sequence

General Skill Set Outcomes:

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

Skill Sets

  • Automatic Transmissions & Transaxles 
  • Automotive Electricity/Electronics
  • Automotive Heating & Air Conditioning 
  • >Braking Systems 
  • Engine Performance
  • Engine Repair
  • Manual Drive Train & Transaxle 
  • Suspension & Steering

Current Course Catalog

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Learning their parts: Two students consult their computers while working through a parts-and-service problem for their Braking Systems class. Learning their parts: Two students consult their computers for a parts-and-service problem. Click to enlarge.

In conference: Three students consult with Instructor Doug Swick about a 1955 Ford Thunderbird’s engine problem in the Auto Tech program. In conference: Students consult with Instructor Doug Swick about an engine problem. Click to enlarge.
Tools of the Trade: Three students organize the tool supply section in Eastern’s Auto Tech Lab Tools of the Trade: Three students organize the tool supply section in Eastern’s Auto Tech Lab. Click to enlarge.