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Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology

In this age of computer-enhanced, fuel-injected automobiles, the modern automotive technician must be knowledgeable in many areas to be successful. These changes in auto technology have expanded the need for automotive technicians.

The objective of the Automotive Technology curriculum is to prepare graduates for the challenges of the auto industry. Either on a full-time or part-time basis during the day or evening, students in this program develop the automotive expertise to work within this changing industry. The curriculum provides both theoretical and practical knowledge. In automotive courses, students learn about electrical systems, transmissions, transaxles, engine performance, fuel and emissions, alignment and suspension, air conditioning and heating, as well as mastering computer-assisted mechanisms and New York State inspection requirements. Coursework is complemented with laboratory experiences in a fully equipped, up-to-date facility.

Graduates of the Automotive Technology Program are eligible for positions as technicians, lead technicians, assistant foremen, shop foremen, parts managers, service managers, or salespersons.

General automotive technology students work on live vehicles and components as supplied by the students themselves for employer-recommended real life experiences.

Program Competencies

Upon graduating with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology, the graduate will be able to:

  • demonstrate appropriate methods of estimating and developing repair order/invoices;
  • demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills;
  • utilize current technical communication systems in diagnosing and servicing vehicles;
  • demonstrate proper use of tools;
  • demonstrate proper use of test equipment; and
  • interpret manufacturer's specifications and perform prescribed procedures from manuals for diagnosis and repair of charging, starting, electrical and accessory systems; drivelines, differentials, clutches, manual and automatic transmissions and transaxles; struts, torsion bars, leaf and coil suspension systems; fuel and emissions systems, computerized engine control systems, air conditioning and heating systems and fuel metering systems (including throttle body injection, port fuel injection and turbo charging). 

Department Notes

  • Registration and admission to the Automotive Technology Program is processed through the South Campus Admissions Office.
  • All automotive students registered in labs will be required to display essential hand tools the first week of lab. The necessary tools will cost the student approximately $2,200-$3,000, depending upon the source of purchase and quality of the tools. A list of the essential tools will be made available upon request.
  • Graduates can become New York State-certified vehicle safety inspectors.
  • The Automotive Technology department administers the Ford Motor Company ASSET Program and Chrysler CAP Program. These training programs have special admissions requirements. For more information, contact the Automotive Technology Department. 

Curriculum

Total Degree Credits: 67.0

First Year, Fall Semester
AU 150 - Introduction to Automotive Technology Credit Hours: 2
AU 160 - Automotive Electrical Credit Hours: 2
AU 161 - Lab for Automotive Electrical Credit Hours: 2
AU 162 - Automotive Engines Credit Hours: 2
AU 163 - Lab for Automotive Engines Credit Hours: 2
EN 110 - College Composition Credit Hours: 3
MT 121 - Technical Mathematics I Credit Hours: 4

First Year, Spring Semester
AU 170 - Automotive Brakes Credit Hours: 2
AU 171 - Lab for Automotive Brakes Credit Hours: 2
AU 174 - Manual Transmissions and Transaxles Credit Hours: 2
AU 175 - Lab for Manual Transmissions and Transaxles Credit Hours: 2  
EN 111 - Composition and Interpretation of Literature Credit Hours: 3
PH 190 - Basic Physics Credit Hours: 4 and
PH 191 - Lab for PH 190 Credit Hours: Included in the 4.0 credit hours for PH 190
Liberal Arts Elective Credit Hours: 3

Second Year, Fall Semester
AU 260 - Alignment and Suspension Credit Hours: 2
AU 261 - Lab for Alignment and Suspension Credit Hours: 2
AU 262 - Automotive Fuel and Emissions Credit Hours: 2*
AU 263 - Lab for Automotive Fuel and Emissions Credit Hours: 2*
AU 264 - Automotive Engine Performance Credit Hours: 2*
AU 265 - Lab for Automotive Engine Performance Credit Hours: 2*
AU 266 - Service and Parts Management Credit Hours: 3 or
AU 267 - Automotive Technology Internship Credit Hours: 3

Second Year, Spring Semester
AU 172 - Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles Credit Hours: 2
AU 173 - Lab for Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles Credit Hours: 2
AU 268 - New York State Inspection Credit Hours: 1***
AU 269 - Lab for Automotive New York State Inspection Credit Hours: 1***
AU 270 - Air Conditioning and Heating Credit Hours: 2
AU 271 - Lab for Automotive Air Conditioning and Heating Credit Hours: 2
AU 272 - Computer Assisted Mechanisms Credit Hours: 2**
AU 273 - Lab for Computer Assisted Mechanisms Credit Hours: 2**
Liberal Arts Elective Credit Hours: 3

* Prerequisites: AU 162, AU 163, AU 160 and AU 161
** Prerequisites: AU 262, AU 263, AU 264 and AU 265
*** New York State inspection license requires one year of related experience or one year toward completion of the A.A.S. in Automotive Technology. Consult your adviser before registering for AU 268.

Note: This is a recommended sequence. Student should consult his/her academic adviser prior to registering.

Available At:

South Campus

Pre-Admission Recommendations:

Math I
1 year Science (Chemistry or Physics)

Career Opportunities/Further Education:

Auto Dealerships
Repair Shops
Garages

Hegis Code:

5306

Curriculum Code:

0525.AUT

Division:

Engineering & Technologies
Automotive Technology

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Automotive Technology

Joseph Uhrich
South VTTC
Room VTTC19
5885 Big Tree Road
Orchard Park, NY 14127
P: (716) 270-2630