National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)

Automotive Service Technician (AM)

(Effective Fall 2011)

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.

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College (see ). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

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 SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
AMT111Manual Transmission and Transaxle Principles 3 
AMT112Brake Systems 3 
AMT113Steering and Suspension 3 
AMT119Fundamentals of Automatic Transmissions 3 
AMT242Vehicle Safety Inspection 1 
MTH011Career Mathematics 3 
Second SemesterCredits
AMT109Automotive Electrical Fundamentals 3 
AMT121Automotive Fuel and Emission Control Systems 2 
AMT122Engine Principles 3 
AMT126Engine Electrical Systems 4 
ENL010Communications 3 
Third SemesterCredits
AMT104Hybrid Electric Vehicle 1 
AMT236Engine Performance 4 
AMT266Engine Repair 4 
AMT264Powertrain Electronics 3 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
Fourth SemesterCredits
AMT243Automotive Chassis and Wheel Service 6 
AMT274Automotive Air Conditioning Systems and Service 3 
AMT276Electrical/Electronic Accessory Service 4 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3 


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