Automotive Technology (AU)

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.


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  
MTH124 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
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  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
Third Semester Credits
AMT104 Hybrid Electric Vehicle 1  
AMT236 Engine Performance 4  
AMT266 Engine Repair 4  
AMT264 Powertrain Electronics 3  
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
ART Art Elective 3  
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
IFE International Field Experience Elective 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  
PHS103 Physics Survey 3  
PHS114 Physics with Technological Applications 4  


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


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