National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)

Automotive Technology (AU)

(Effective Fall 2011)

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.

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:

  • 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 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 
MTH124Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
MTH180College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
Second SemesterCredits
AMT109Automotive Electrical Fundamentals 3 
AMT121Automotive Fuel and Emission Control Systems 2 
AMT122Engine Principles 3 
AMT126Engine Electrical Systems 4 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
Third SemesterCredits
AMT104Hybrid Electric Vehicle 1 
AMT236Engine Performance 4 
AMT266Engine Repair 4 
AMT264Powertrain Electronics 3 
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
AAEApplied Arts Elective 3 
IFEInternational Field Experience Elective 3 
Fourth SemesterCredits
AMT243Automotive Chassis and Wheel Service 6 
AMT274Automotive Air Conditioning Systems and Service 3 
AMT276Electrical/Electronic Accessory Service 4 
PHS103Physics Survey 3 
PHS114Physics with Technological Applications 4 


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