Automotive Service Technology

AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE TECHNOLOGY


Award: Associate in Applied Science / 72 Credits
Location: Albert Lea  D2L/Web Enhanced  
Program Starts: Fall, Spring
Course Plan: Two Year

Course Schedules

How can you turn a love of cars into a rewarding career?

If the hum of a smooth running engine gets you revved up, read on. Imagine the feeling of accomplishment from being able to diagnose and repair automotive problems. Automotive Service Technology students will develop knowledge and skills in electronics, drive axle and drive train repair, engine and transmission diagnosis and repair, steering, suspension and brake systems, fuel systems, electronic engine control diagnosis and drivability. This hands-on program is designed to give students intensive training and experience in the diagnosis, repair and service of current, as well as, past vehicle models.

The ASE-master-certified teachers keep up with the latest technology changes and regularly receive advanced training from vehicle manufacturers and aftermarket suppliers. Small class sizes, plus an excellent shop, add to the ideal learning environment. This program is NATEF (National Automotive Technician Educational Foundation) Accredited and has strong ties to the industry and their advisory committee.

Employment Outlook

Graduates will discover an open road when it comes to career opportunities. There is high demand for well-trained technicians. Choices for entry-level jobs include: service technicians for auto dealerships, independent shops or franchise service shops, parts salesmen and service writers. There is plenty of room for advancement to shop owner, service manager to research and development and company service representatives. A program advisor will be happy to give you direction that will put you on track to achieve your goals.

Program Certifications

NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) Certification
http://www.natef.org/

Articulation Agreements

  • Minnesota State University - Moorhead | BS - Operations Management
  • Southwest Minnesota State University | BAS - Management
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato | BS Automotive Engineering Technology

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Automotive Service Technology Associate in Applied Science was last updated on 03/04/2011
Note: This is an unofficial document that should be used for planning purposes only. Course listings are provided only as a guideline and may be changed.



























Estimated Tuition
72 cr  x  $194.00 = $13,968.00 
Books: $1200(Some books for general education classes for technical programs may be in addition to book costs listed) 
Other Costs: $1500 (Tool costs vary depending on vendor) 

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Program Graduate Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the graduate will:
  • Pass one or more ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) tests.
  • Exhibit standards consistent with best industry practices in the area of professionalism as measured by college surveys.
  • Exhibit standards consistent with best industry practices in the area of interpersonal skills as measured by college surveys.
  • Exhibit standards consistent with best industry practices in the area of technical knowledge as measured by college surveys.
  • Exhibit standards consistent with best industry practices in the area of technical skill as measured by college surveys.
  • Enhance employment and career opportunities in their chosen field.

Automotive Service Technology Faculty & Advisors

1-800-247-5039 / Directory

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ALBERT LEA CAMPUS
2200 Riverland Dr.
Albert Lea, MN 56007
507-379-3300
AUSTIN CAMPUS
1900 8th Avenue NW
Austin, MN 55912
507-433-0600
OWATONNA COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY CENTER
965 Alexander Drive SW
Owatonna, MN 55060
507-455-5880
Program Notes

Requirements for Program Admission: Tool and Safety Kit – Different options available, price varies per supplier.

Students entering this program must meet the following minimum program entry requirements:
Reading: An Accuplacer score of 70 is recommended.

Assessment Results and Prerequisites: Students admitted into Riverland Community College program may need to complete additional courses based on assessment results and course prerequisite requirements. Certain MATH and ENGL courses have additional prerequisites.

Required Core Courses (20 Credits)
Course ## Name
Credits
Course Outline
AUTO1201
Introduction to Automotive
This course provides the entry-level knowledge and skills needed to work in an automotive repair facility. It covers procedures and safety in the automotive shop, the use of hand tools, power tools, hoist, jacks, and other equipment used by the automotive technician. This course also develops the ability to follow instructions, interpret specifications, and use the hand and power tools required to make various fastener and thread repairs. Minor automotive service and basic shop skills are emphasized. This course, along with other program courses, satisfies the task requirements set forth in Section I - VIII of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation. (2 Cr - 1 lect, 1 lab)
2.00 AUTO1201
AUTO1202
Automotive Professional Skills
This course provides the general knowledge and skills needed for the career of a professional automotive technician. It develops the ability to follow instructions and to interpret and convert measurements and specifications. Professional skills such as computer proficiency, functioning professionalism in work environments, and following diagnostic processes are covered. The writing of repair orders, parts requisitions, and the use of both paper and computer-based repair manuals are included. Correct procedures for general service of vehicles including precision measuring are emphasized. This course, along with other program courses, satisfies the task requirements set forth in Section I - VIII of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation. (2 Cr - 1 lect, 1 lab)
2.00 AUTO1202
AUTO1212
Engine Diagnosis
This course covers engine diagnosis using a compression gauge, oil pressure gauge, vacuum gauge, and other special tools. The focus of the course is to train students to diagnose internal and external problems of engines, such as low oil pressure, low compression, coolant leaks, oil leaks, and vacuum leaks. Engine noise diagnosis and internal part failure analysis is also covered. This course, along with other program courses, satisfies the task requirements set forth in Section VIII of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation . (2 Cr - 1 lect, 1 lab)
2.00 AUTO1212
AUTO1341
Fuel Systems I
This course covers the theory and principles of operation of the automotive fuel systems including fuel pumps, fuel tanks, filters, fuel injection, and emission control systems. Diagnosis, adjustments, and repair of components are stressed. This course, along with other program courses, satisfies the task requirements set forth in Section VIII of the National Automotive Technical Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00 AUTO1341
AUTO1431
Basic Electrical/Electronics
This course covers the fundamentals of electricity and electronics, sources of electricity, circuits, magnetism, resistance, coils, capacitance, instruments, diodes, and solid-state devices as they relate to the automotive industry. This course, along with other program courses, satisfies the task requirements set forth in Section VI of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation. (4 Cr - 2 lect, 2 lab)
4.00 AUTO1431
AUTO2446
Drivability Diagnosis
This course covers the theory, operation, and testing of the inputs and outputs of automotive computers as they relate to the diagnosis of drivability problems caused by the engine, transmission, or failed exhaust emissions. This course includes the diagnosis of computer-controlled systems that can cause drivability complaints. Various scan tools, a digital multi-meter, an exhaust gas analyzer and a Digital Storage Oscilloscope (DSO) are some of the tools used in diagnosis. Students access the information needed to diagnosis and repair the problem. This course, along with other program courses, satisfies the task requirements set forth in Section VIII of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation. Prerequisites: AUTO 1341, AUTO 1431, or instructor approval. (3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)
3.00 AUTO2446
AUTO2453
Automatic Transmission Theory
This course covers the hydraulic theory, planetary gear operation, and construction of the automatic transmission. Emphasis is placed on hydraulic diagnosis, planetary gear flow, and external transmission service. This course, along with other program courses, satisfies the task requirements set forth in Section II of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation. Prerequisites: AUTO 1201, AUTO 1202, and AUTO 1431. (4 Cr - 1 lect, 3 lab)
4.00 AUTO2453

MnTC General Education Courses (21 Credits)
Course # Name
Credits
Course Outline
ENGL1101
Freshman English
This is an introductory college writing course designed to help students develop effective writing skills for college level work. Students learn to generate ideas and organize them into unified, coherent essays. Methods of instruction vary, but most sections combine individual conferences and peer review with regular class meetings. Prerequisites: A grade of C or higher in ENGL 0960 or appropriate placement score. MnTC (Goals 1/CM and Goal 2/CT); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)
3.00  
ENGL1101
SPCH1100
Fundamentals of Speech OR
This course focuses on the theory and practice of public communication including individual and group presentations. This course emphasizes audience analysis, research and organization, speech construction, delivery techniques, and speaking ethics. Students will prepare and deliver a variety of both individual and group presentations. Students should expect to reduce speech apprehension and develop self-confidence in their ability to communicate in public. MnTC (Goals 1/CM and 9/EC); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)
3.00  
SPCH1100
SPCH1200
   »>  Interpersonal Communication OR
This course focuses on communicating more effectively in personal, social, and professional environments and examining the practical and theoretical aspects of human communication. The course also addresses such topics as self-esteem, listening, effective language, nonverbal communication, assertiveness, leadership, conflict, cultural communication, and computer-mediated communication. Human diversity issues and cultural/intercultural factors and how they affect human communication are examined. MnTC (Goals 1/CM 7/HD); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)
**  
SPCH1200
SPCH1310
   »>  Intercultural Communication
This course examines the interconnections between communication and culture. Students will assess the impact of cultural perceptions and how they affect communication behaviors in real contexts and analyze how culture and language impact these behaviors and perceptions. Students read, observe, discuss, listen, explore, interview, present and react to how culture impacts communication processes. There will be an emphasis on learning communication skills to better enable students to communicate with people from other cultures. MnTC (Goals 1/C and 7/HD); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)
**  
SPCH1310
*** Goal 3 - Natural Sciences
OR Goal 4 - Mathematical/Logical Reasoning
3.00  
N/A
*** Goal 5 - History and the Social & Behavioral Sciences
3.00  
N/A
*** Goal 6 - Humanities and Fine Arts
3.00  
N/A
*** MnTC/General Education
For completion of the AAS degree, any MnTC/General Education course chosen from;
  • History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences Category
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics/Logical Reasoning Category
  • Physical Education/Health Category
  • Humanities & Fine Arts Category.
5.00  
N/A
*** Physical Education/Health
1.00  
N/A
Electives (Core Electives 40 Credits, 31 are needed for the AAS)
Course ## Name
Credits
Course Outline
AUTO1311
Engine Theory and Repair
This course covers upper and lower engine disassembly and reassembly, parts identification, wear measurements and wear locations. The student will be taught the proper procedure for rebuilding cylinder heads and cylinder block assemblies. The student will learn the theory of operation of a four-cycle internal combustion engine. This course, along with other program courses, satisfies the task requirements set forth in Section I of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
Course Outline AUTO1311
3.00
AUTO1311
AUTO1321
Steering and Suspension
This course covers the theory, diagnosis, and repair of front and rear suspension systems, steering gears, pumps, electronic suspension, and steering controls. The student will also learn wheel balance theory and operation. This course, along with other program courses, satisfies the task requirements set forth in Section IV of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
Course Outline AUTO1321
3.00
AUTO1321
AUTO1322
Wheel Alignment
This course covers the theory of alignment and adjustments used in various front and rear suspension systems to perform a four-wheel alignment. Additionally, the students perform four-wheel alignments. This course, along with other program courses, satisfies the task requirements set forth in Section IV (D) of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation. (2 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
Course Outline AUTO1322
3.00
AUTO1322
AUTO1423
Brake Systems
This course includes basic principles of brakes, hydraulic systems, disc and drum brakes, parking brakes, and power assist units. Emphasis is placed on operation, diagnosis, and repair of various types of brake systems including anti-lock brake systems. This course, along with other program courses, satisfies the task requirements set forth in Section V of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation. (4 Cr - 2 lect, 2 lab)
Course Outline AUTO1423
4.00
AUTO1423
AUTO1451
Clutch and Manual Trans/Transaxle
This course covers standard automotive and light truck clutches, manual transmissions and transaxles. Design, adjustment, and overhaul are included. This course, along with other program courses, satisfies the task requirements set forth in Section III of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation. (4 Cr - 2 lect, 2 lab)
Course Outline AUTO1451
4.00
AUTO1451
AUTO2352
Rear Axle/Four Wheel Drive
This course covers the operation and proper repair procedures for final drive, differential, constant velocity (C/V) joint, universal joints, transfer case, front wheel drive hubs in rear wheel drive, front wheel drive, and four wheel drive vehicles. This course, along with other program courses, satisfies the task requirements set forth in Section III of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation. Prerequisites: AUTO 1201, AUTO 1202, AUTO 1451, or instructor approval. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
Course Outline AUTO2352
3.00
AUTO2352
AUTO2413
Ignition System Diagnosis
This course develops skills in diagnosing, testing, and correcting problems related to engine performance. Theory and operation of various ignition systems are included. The students examine an ignition analyzer, digital storage oscilloscopes, and exhaust gas analyzer to perform these functions. This course, along with other program courses, satisfies the task requirements set forth in Section VIII of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation. Prerequisites: AUTO 1201, AUTO 1202, and AUTO 1431 or instructor approval. (4 Cr - 1 lect, 3 lab)
Course Outline AUTO2413
4.00
AUTO2413
AUTO2432
Advanced Electrical/Electronics
This course covers reading and interpreting wiring diagrams and the operation and servicing techniques as they relate to the repair of exterior lighting, interior lighting, the instrument cluster, cruise control, power operated systems, keyless entry, driver memory settings, body computers, and supplemental restraint systems. Students diagnose computer-operated charging and starting systems. This course, along with other program courses, satisfies the task requirements set forth in Section III of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation. Prerequisites: AUTO 1431 or instructor approval. (3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)
Course Outline AUTO2432
3.00
AUTO2432
AUTO2445
Fuel Systems II
This course covers computer control of fuel injection systems and fuel pressure control. Fuel injector cleaning, testing, and diagnosis are taught in this class. The student is also instructed in turbocharger/supercharger theory and component diagnosis. The student will use a variety of scan tools and a Digital Storage Oscilloscope (DSO) to check various computer inputs and outputs. This course, along with other program courses, satisfies the task requirements set forth in Section VIII of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation. Prerequisites: AUTO 1341, AUTO 1431 or instructor approval. (4 Cr - 2 lect, 2 lab)
Course Outline AUTO2445
4.00
AUTO2445
AUTO2454
Automatic Transmission Electronics
This course covers removal/installation procedures and disassembly/ assembly procedures for automatic transmissions. This course also covers troubleshooting of minor and major components, hydraulic faults, mechanical faults, and electronic control diagnosis. Emphasis is placed on diagnosis of the transmission while it is still in the vehicle. This course, along with other program courses, satisfies the task requirements set forth in Section II of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation. Prerequisites: AUTO 1201, AUTO 1202, and AUTO 1431 or instructor approval. (4 Cr - 2 lect, 2 lab)
Course Outline AUTO2454
4.00
AUTO2454
AUTO2460
Heating & Air Conditioning
This course includes the use of equipment to reclaim and recharge current model vehicle air conditioning systems. It also covers the principles of air conditioning and heating systems, diagnosis of malfunctions, and testing and repairing of the systems. Theory and operation of automatic temperature control and vacuum controls are reviewed. This course, along with other program courses, satisfies the task requirements set forth in Section VII of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation. Prerequisites: AUTO 1431 or instructor approval. (4 Cr - 1 lect, 3 lab)
Course Outline AUTO2460
4.00
AUTO2460

Automotive Service Technology (AAS) Program Curriculum was last updated on 03/04/2011

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