Automotive Service Technician (AM)

National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)

(Effective Fall 2018)

This curriculum includes advanced operating theories of automotive systems and components. Students learn to apply automotive operating principles and to diagnose malfunctions in automotive systems. The course work emphasizes the development of skills in service, repair, and test procedures. Course work prepares students to take written certification exams (e.g., the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence exam and the Pennsylvania Vehicle Safety Inspection exams, written and practical) for certification as vehicle safety inspectors.

Career Opportunities

General auto technician in a dealership, independent garage, fleet operation, service station, self-employment.

Recommended High School Subjects

Three years of English, one year of algebra and one year of science.

Special Equipment Needs

See the required and optional Tool Lists on the Automotive Service Technician major web page.

Remediation Strategies

Students may enter the major with two deficiencies. If the student is deficient in MTH 004 and RDG 001, the student must remediate before entering any of the majors. The order of remediation will be math, reading, and English.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • possess an applied skill level sufficient for entry-level employment and advancement in the field of automotive service and repair.
  • demonstrate appropriate workplace behaviors and pursue ongoing technical skill development sufficient for employment in the field of automotive service and repair.
  • be successfully employed in the field of automotive service and repair.


First Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
AMT111 Manual Transmission and Transaxle Principles 3  
AMT112 Brake Systems 3  
AMT113 Steering and Suspension 3  
AMT119 Fundamentals of Automatic Transmissions 3  
MTH011 Career Mathematics 3  
Second Semester Credits
AMT109 Automotive Electrical Fundamentals 3  
AMT121 Automotive Fuel and Emission Control Systems 2  
AMT122 Engine Principles 3  
AMT126 Engine Electrical Systems 4  
ENL010 Communications 3  
Third Semester Credits
AMT104 Hybrid Electric Vehicle 1  
AMT236 Engine Performance 4  
AMT266 Engine Repair 4  
AMT264 Powertrain Electronics 3  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
Fourth Semester Credits
AMT242 Vehicle Safety Inspection 1  
AMT243 Automotive Chassis and Wheel Service 6  
AMT274 Automotive Air Conditioning Systems and Service 3  
AMT276 Electrical/Electronic Accessory Service 4  
OEA Open Elective 3  


Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).


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