Automotive Systems Technology

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 course work. 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.

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Automotive Systems Technology (A60160)

Degree Awarded

The Associate in Applied Science Degree - Automotive Systems Technology is awarded by the College upon completion of this program.

Admissions

  • A high school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Many courses have prerequisites or co-requisites. Check the Courses section for details.

Program Accreditation

The BMW-ADP and GM-ASEP programs are Master Certified by the National Automotive Technician Foundation (NATEF) Automotive Service Excellence (A.S.E.).

      

Program Manufacturer Partners

General Motors’ Automotive Service Excellence Program (ASEP), and BMW (ADP) are options for this associate degree program. In addition, CPCC currently offers a Honda Professional Automotive Career Training (PACT) program certificate as an Express Service Technician. Contact the Transport Systems Division Cooperative Education Coordinator at 704.330.4157 or the Transport Systems Technology Division at 704.330.4122 for manufacturer program information.

Note: Students must furnish required hand tools and protective clothing, as well as textbooks. A list of these items can be obtained from an instructor or by contacting the Program Chair at 704.330.4183.

Contact Information

The Automotive Systems Technology program is in the Transport Systems Technologies Division, which can be reached at 704.330.4122.

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General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
Take 3 credits from the following:3.0
Writing and Research in the Disciplines
Literature-Based Research
Professional Research & Reporting
COM 110Introduction to Communication3.0
or COM 231 Public Speaking
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Mathematical Measurement and Literacy
Quantitative Literacy
Statistical Methods I
Precalculus Algebra
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Art Appreciation
Art History Survey I
Art History Survey II
Cultural Studies
Myth in Human Culture
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Jazz
Philosophical Issues
Introduction to Ethics
World Religions
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
World Civilizations I
World Civilizations II
American History I
American History II
American Government
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Major Requirements
TRN 110Introduction to Transport Technology2.0
TRN 120Basic Transportation Electricity5.0
TRN 140Transportation Climate Control2.0
TRN 145Advanced Transportation Electronics3.0
AUT 141Suspension & Steering Systems3.0
AUT 151Brake Systems3.0
AUT 181Engine Performance 13.0
AUT 183Engine Performance 24.0
TRN 140ATransportation Climate Control Lab2.0
TRN 170Pc Skills for Transportation2.0
AUT 116Engine Repair3.0
AUT 151ABrakes Systems Lab1.0
AUT 163Advanced Automotive Electricity3.0
AUT 221Automatic Transmissions/Transaxles3.0
AUT 231Manual Transmissions/Transaxles/Drive Trains3.0
Technical Electives
Select 9 credits of the following:9.0
Basic Transportation Electrical Lab
Automotive Servicing I
Safety and Emissions
Safety and Emissions Lab
Engine Repair Lab
Suspension & Steering Lab
Automotive Servicing 2
Automatic Transmissions/Transaxles Lab
Manual Transmissions/Transaxles/Drive Trains Lab
Introduction to Racing
Race Car Metal Inert Gas Welding
Racing Chassis Fabrication
Racing Sheet Metal Fabrication
Work-Based Learning I
Work-Based Learning I
Work-Based Learning II
Work-Based Learning III
Auto Shop Management
Total Credits69

Automotive Systems Technology Diploma (D60160)

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 course work. 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.

This diploma is also available for students enrolled in Career & College Promise.

Diploma Awarded

A diploma in Automotive Systems Technology is awarded by the College upon completion of this program.

Admissions

  • Completion of a high school diploma or equivalent is required as the foundation of a career in this area.
  • Many courses have prerequisites or co-requisites; check the Courses section for details.

Program Accreditation

This program is Master Certified by the National Automotive Technician Foundation (NATEF) Automotive Service Excellence (A.S.E.).

Note: Students must furnish required hand tools and protective clothing, as well as textbooks. A list of these items can be obtained from an instructor or program chair by contacting the program chair at 704.330.4183.

Contact Information

The Automotive Systems Technology program is in the Transport Systems Technologies Division. For more information, call the program office at 704.330.4121 or the program chair at 704.330.4183.

Choose 42 hours from Major and Related Course Requirements listed below:

General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
MAT 110Mathematical Measurement and Literacy3.0
Major Requirements
TRN 110Introduction to Transport Technology2.0
TRN 120Basic Transportation Electricity5.0
TRN 140Transportation Climate Control2.0
AUT 141Suspension & Steering Systems3.0
AUT 151Brake Systems3.0
AUT 181Engine Performance 13.0
TRN 140ATransportation Climate Control Lab2.0
TRN 170Pc Skills for Transportation2.0
AUT 116Engine Repair3.0
AUT 116AEngine Repair Lab1.0
AUT 151ABrakes Systems Lab1.0
AUT 183Engine Performance 24.0
AUT 221Automatic Transmissions/Transaxles3.0
AUT 231Manual Transmissions/Transaxles/Drive Trains3.0
Technical Electives
Select 1 credit of the following:1.0
Automotive Servicing I
Work-Based Learning I
Work-Based Learning II
Automotive Servicing 2
Suspension & Steering Lab
Basic Transportation Electrical Lab
Total Credits44

Automotive Systems Technology Certificate Specialization in Vehicle Maintenance (C60160-C6)

Major Requirements
TRN 110Introduction to Transport Technology2.0
AUT 141Suspension & Steering Systems3.0
AUT 151Brake Systems3.0
AUT 116Engine Repair3.0
AUT 114Safety and Emissions2.0
AUT 141ASuspension & Steering Lab1.0
AUT 151ABrakes Systems Lab1.0
AUT 116AEngine Repair Lab1.0
Total Credits16

Automotive Systems Technology Certificate Specialization in Basic Engine and Electrical (C60160-C7)

Major Requirements
TRN 110Introduction to Transport Technology2.0
TRN 120Basic Transportation Electricity5.0
TRN 140Transportation Climate Control2.0
TRN 170Pc Skills for Transportation2.0
AUT 116Engine Repair3.0
TRN 120ABasic Transportation Electrical Lab1.0
TRN 140ATransportation Climate Control Lab2.0
AUT 116AEngine Repair Lab1.0
Total Credits18

Automotive Systems Technology Certificate Specialization in Advanced Duel and Electronic Systems (C60160-C8)

Major Requirements
TRN 110Introduction to Transport Technology2.0
TRN 120Basic Transportation Electricity5.0
AUT 181Engine Performance 13.0
AUT 163Advanced Automotive Electricity3.0
TRN 120ABasic Transportation Electrical Lab1.0
Total Credits14

Automotive Systems Technology Certificate Specialization in Advanced Engine Performance Including Chassie Electronics (C60160-C9)

Major Requirements
TRN 110Introduction to Transport Technology2.0
TRN 145Advanced Transportation Electronics3.0
AUT 181Engine Performance 13.0
AUT 183Engine Performance 24.0
AUT 163Advanced Automotive Electricity3.0
Total Credits15

Automotive Systems Technology Certificate Specialization in Vehicle Line Dry Systems (C60160-10)

Major Requirements
TRN 110Introduction to Transport Technology2.0
AUT 116Engine Repair3.0
AUT 221Automatic Transmissions/Transaxles3.0
AUT 221AAutomatic Transmissions/Transaxles Lab1.0
AUT 231Manual Transmissions/Transaxles/Drive Trains3.0
Total Credits12

Automotive Systems Technology Certificate Specialization in Brake and Alignment (C60160-11)

Major Requirements
TRN 110Introduction to Transport Technology2.0
TRN 120Basic Transportation Electricity5.0
AUT 141Suspension & Steering Systems3.0
AUT 151Brake Systems3.0
AUT 114Safety and Emissions2.0
AUT 141ASuspension & Steering Lab1.0
AUT 151ABrakes Systems Lab1.0
Total Credits17

Courses

AUT 113. Automotive Servicing I. 2.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course is a lab used as an alternative to co-op placement. Emphasis is placed on shop operations, troubleshooting, testing, adjusting, repairing, and replacing components using appropriate test equipment and service information. Upon completion, students should be able to perform a variety of automotive repairs using proper service procedures and to operate appropriate equipment.

Prerequisites: Take All: AUT 141 and AUT 151 with a minimum grade of C

AUT 114. Safety and Emissions. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the laws, procedures, and specifications needed to perform a North Carolina State Safety and Emissions inspection. Topics include brake, steering and suspension, lighting, horn, windshield wiper, tire, mirrors, and emission control devices inspection. Upon completion, students should be able to perform complete and thorough North Carolina State Safety and Emissions inspections.

AUT 114A. Safety and Emissions Lab. 1.0 Credit. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course is an optional lab that allows students to enhance their understanding of North Carolina State Emissions Inspection failures. Topics include evaporative, positive crankcase ventilation, exhaust gas recirculation and exhaust emissions systems operation, including catalytic converter failure diagnosis. Upon completion, students should be able to employ diagnostic strategies to repair vehicle emissions failures resulting from North Carolina State Emissions inspection.

Corequisites: Take AUT 114

AUT 116. Engine Repair. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the theory, construction, inspection, diagnosis, and repair of internal combustion engines and related systems. Topics include fundamental operating principles of engines and diagnosis, inspection, adjustment, and repair of automotive engines using appropriate service information. Upon completion, students should be able to perform basic diagnosis, measurement and repair of automotive engines using appropriate tools, equipment, procedures, and service information.

AUT 116A. Engine Repair Lab. 1.0 Credit. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course is an optional lab to be used as an alternative to co-op placement in meeting the NATEF standards for total hours. Topics include diagnosis, inspection, adjustment, and repair of automotive engines using appropriate service information. Upon completion, students should be able to perform basic diagnosis, measurement and repair of automotive engines using appropriate tools, equipment, procedures, and service information.

Corequisites: Take AUT 116

AUT 141. Suspension & Steering Systems. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course covers principles of operation, types, and diagnosis/repair of suspension and steering systems to include steering geometry. Topics include manual and power steering systems and standard and electronically controlled suspension and steering systems. Upon completion, students should be able to service and repair steering and suspension components, check and adjust alignment angles, repair tires, and balance wheels.

AUT 141A. Suspension & Steering Lab. 1.0 Credit. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course is an optional lab to be used as an alternative to co-op placement in meeting the NATEF standards for total hours. Topics include manual and power steering systems and standard and electronically controlled suspension and steering systems. Upon completion, students should be able to service and repair steering and suspension components, check and adjust alignment angles, repair tires, and balance wheels.

Corequisites: Take AUT 141

AUT 151. Brake Systems. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course covers principles of operation and types, diagnosis, service, and repair of brake systems. Topics include drum and disc brakes involving hydraulic, vacuum boost, hydra-boost, electrically powered boost, and anti-lock and parking brake systems. Upon completion, students should be able to diagnose, service, and repair various automotive braking systems.

AUT 151A. Brakes Systems Lab. 1.0 Credit. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course is an optional lab to be used as an alternative to co-op placement in meeting the NATEF standards for total hours. Topics include drum and disc brakes involving hydraulic, vacuum-boost, hydra-boost, electrically powered boost, and anti-lock, parking brake systems and emerging brake systems technologies. Upon completion, students should be able to diagnose, service, and repair various automotive braking systems.

Corequisites: Take AUT 151

AUT 163. Advanced Automotive Electricity. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course covers electronic theory, wiring diagrams, test equipment, and diagnosis, repair, and replacement of electronics, lighting, gauges, horn, wiper, accessories, and body modules. Topics include networking and module communication, circuit construction, wiring diagrams, circuit testing, and troubleshooting. Upon completion, students should be able to properly use wiring diagrams, diagnose, test, and repair wiring, lighting, gauges, accessories, modules, and electronic concerns.

Prerequisites: Take TRN 120

AUT 181. Engine Performance 1. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the introduction, theory of operation, and basic diagnostic procedures required to restore engine performance to vehicles equipped with complex engine control systems. Topics include an overview of engine operation, ignition components and systems, fuel delivery, injection components and systems and emission control devices. Upon completion, students should be able to describe operation and diagnose/repair basic ignition, fuel and emission related driveability problems using appropriate test equipment/service information.

AUT 183. Engine Performance 2. 4.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course covers study of the electronic engine control systems, the diagnostic process used to locate engine performance concerns, and procedures used to restore normal operation. Topics will include currently used fuels and fuel systems, exhaust gas analysis, emission control components and systems, OBD II (on-board diagnostics) and inter-related electrical/electronic systems. Upon completion, students should be able to diagnose and repair complex engine performance concerns using appropriate test equipment and service information.

Prerequisites: Take AUT 181 Minimum grade C

AUT 212. Auto Shop Management. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the principles of management essential to decision-making, communication, authority, and leadership. Topics include shop supervision, shop organization, customer relations, cost effectiveness and work place ethics. Upon completion, students should be able to describe basic automotive shop operation from a management standpoint.

AUT 213. Automotive Servicing 2. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course is a lab used as an alternative to co-op placement. Emphasis is placed on shop operations, troubleshooting, testing, adjusting, repairing, and replacing components using appropriate test equipment and service information. Upon completion, students should be able to perform a variety of automotive repairs using proper service procedures and to operate appropriate equipment.

Prerequisites: Take All: AUT 141, AUT 151, AUT 181, and AUT 163 with a minimum grade of C

AUT 221. Automatic Transmissions/Transaxles. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course covers operation, diagnosis, service, and repair of automatic transmissions/transaxles. Topics include hydraulic, pneumatic, mechanical, and electrical/electronic operation of automatic drive trains and the use of appropriate service tools and equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to explain operational theory, diagnose and repair automatic drive trains.

AUT 221A. Automatic Transmissions/Transaxles Lab. 1.0 Credit. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course is an optional lab to be used as an alternative to co-op placement in meeting the NATEF standards for total hours. Topics include hydraulic, pneumatic, mechanical, and electrical/electronic operation of automatic drive trains and the use of appropriate service tools and equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to diagnose and repair automatic drive trains.

Corequisites: Take AUT 221

AUT 231A. Manual Transmissions/Transaxles/Drive Trains Lab. 1.0 Credit. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course is an optional lab for the program that needs to meet NATEF hour standards but does not have a co-op component in the program. Topics include manual drive train diagnosis, service and repair using appropriate service information, tools, and equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to diagnose and repair manual drive trains.

Corequisites: Take AUT 231

AUT 231. Manual Transmissions/Transaxles/Drive Trains. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the operation, diagnosis, and repair of manual transmissions/transaxles, clutches, driveshafts, axles, and final drives. Topics include theory of torque, power flow, and manual drive train servicing and repair using appropriate service information, tools, and equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to explain operational theory, diagnose and repair manual drive trains.