National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)

(Effective Fall 2018)

This major 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. Business management and specialized service courses prepare students for advancement in the automotive field. Specific courses also prepare the student for transfer to four-year colleges. The major also 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

Dealership service specialist, assistant manager, skilled jobs in automotive manufacturing, service equipment representative, rebuilding shop assembler, repair shop operator, parts department manager.

Recommended High School Subjects

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

Special Equipment Needs

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

Remediation Strategies

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

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • understand the theory of the applied physical and scientific principles and technical knowledge necessary for successful employment in the field of automotive service and repair.
  • apply a technical skill level sufficient for entry-level employment and advancement in the field of automotive service and repair.
  • demonstrate adequate and appropriate workplace behaviors, and pursue on-going technical skill development, sufficient for continued employment in the field of automotive service and repair.
  • be successfully employed in the field of automotive service and repair or successfully graduate from a four-year degree program.

Curriculum

First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
AMT111 Manual Transmission and Transaxle Principles 3 1.50 4.50 M REQ
AMT112 Brake Systems 3 2 3 M REQ
AMT113 Steering and Suspension 3 2 3 M REQ
AMT119 Fundamentals of Automatic Transmissions 3 1.50 4.50 M REQ
MTH124 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
or
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
AMT109 Automotive Electrical Fundamentals 3 2 3 M REQ
AMT121 Automotive Fuel and Emission Control Systems 2 1.50 1.50 M REQ
AMT122 Engine Principles 3 2 3 M REQ
AMT126 Engine Electrical Systems 4 3 3 M REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
AMT104 Hybrid Electric Vehicle 1 1 M REQ
AMT236 Engine Performance 4 3 3 M REQ
AMT266 Engine Repair 4 1.50 7.50 M REQ
AMT264 Powertrain Electronics 3 2 3 M REQ
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
HUM Humanities Elective 3   S HUM
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3   S SSE
or
ART Art Elective 3   S ART
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3   S FOR
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3   S AAE
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3   S IFE
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
AMT242 Vehicle Safety Inspection 1 1 M REQ
AMT243 Automotive Chassis and Wheel Service 6 3 9 M REQ
AMT274 Automotive Air Conditioning Systems and Service 3 2 3 M REQ
AMT276 Electrical/Electronic Accessory Service 4 2 6 M REQ
PHS103 Physics Survey 3 3 S REQ
or
PHS114 Physics with Technological Applications 4 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 17

Accreditation

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