National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)

(Effective Fall 2012)

This major includes fundamental and 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 in relation to Ford/Lincoln vehicles and systems. Specialized service courses prepare students for advancement in Ford/Lincoln dealerships. The major also prepares students to take written certification examinations (e.g., the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence examinations), vehicle safety inspection, and Ford/Lincoln certifications. Specialized service courses prepare students for transfer to four-year majors, such as Automotive Technology Management.

Career Opportunities

Service technician, service equipment representative, rebuilding shop assembler, repair shop operator, parts and inventory control.

Recommended High School Subjects

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

Special Admissions Requirements

A prospective student will need dealer sponsorship prior to the Ford Dealership internship and acceptance into the major.

Remediation Strategies

Students may enter the major with one deficiency with program coordinator's concurrence. 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 as an automotive technician in a Ford/Lincoln dealership.
  • apply a technical skill level sufficient for entry-level employment and advancement as an automotive technician in a Ford/Lincoln dealership.
  • 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  
FMC110 Ford Auto Fundamentals 5  
FMC120 Ford Electrical Systems 5  
FMC160 Ford Dealership Internship I 2  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
Second Semester Credits
FMC130 Ford Electronic Systems 6  
FMC140 Ford Chassis Systems 4  
FMC161 Ford Dealership Internship II 2  
MTH124 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
Summer Session Credits
FMC145 Ford Climate Control 4  
FMC162 Ford Dealership Internship III 2  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
Third Semester Credits
FMC210 Ford Engine Diagnosis and Repair 4  
FMC220 Ford Engine Performance 6  
FMC163 Ford Dealership Internship IV 2  
PHS103 Physics Survey 3  
PHS114 Physics with Technological Applications 4  
Fourth Semester Credits
FMC164 Ford Dealership Internship V 2  
FMC230 Ford Manual Power Train and 4-Wheel Drive 4  
FMC240 Ford Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles 6  
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  


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