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Automotive Technology Associate Degree

The Automotive Technology program prepares students for successful careers as service technicians in the rapidly growing automotive repair industry. By providing students with exposure and hands-on experience on a variety of domestic and import vehicles, this broad-based curriculum prepares graduates for a wide range of job opportunities in new car dealerships, independent repair shops, or fleet repair facilities.

Classes are designed for beginners or those with some experience. Students may earn an associate's degree, complete a number of certificates, or take individual courses to meet their educational and career goals. The Associate Degree program in Automotive Technology provides instruction in all aspects of the automobile, including the latest electronic systems. Students master the skills needed to diagnose and repair automobiles while working in the college’s well-equipped auto lab. The experienced faculty work closely with students to prepare them for a career and to become certified A.S.E. (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) Master Automotive Technicians.

The program is accredited through NATEF. To receive this certification, the program is evaluated against industry standards of quality every five years by a team of external evaluators. The certification process ensures that the curriculum includes all of the appropriate competencies needed to properly prepare entry-level technicians and is delivered by A.S.E. certified faculty on current technology equipment and vehicles. All automotive faculty are A.S.E. Master Certified technicians with extensive industry repair experience. For more information, students can refer to the Automotive Technology Department website (www.cscc.edu/autotech)

Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Automotive Technology, the graduate will be able to:

  • Identify the major systems of the automobile and correctly assess a system for proper operation
  • Synthesize a customer’s symptom into a set of possible system malfunctions and then into a subset of possible system component malfunctions
  • Select the correct type and source of automotive information and then employ that information to devise a repair strategy
  • Evaluate components and identify the failed component and the root cause of failure
  • Present the prescribed solution and justify the cost of the solution to address a repair concern including presenting alternatives and explaining why the recommendation is the best choice
  • Determine the correct procedure for the repair and then correctly perform the procedure
  • Apply proper ethical consideration when recommending needed repairs and managing the employer’s resources when conducting such repairs
  • Employ self-teaching techniques mastered during the program in order to remain abreast of advancements in technology
  • Apply good customer relations skills in all interactions with service customers.

TechLINK: Cooperative Work Experience

The Automotive Technology Department firmly believes that the best way to learn to become a highly skilled automotive technician is through a combination of on-campus learning and real-life work. Columbus State works closely with students to help those interested in finding paid cooperative work experience placements in local shops. Those students who are actively working in cooperative work placements in area dealerships and independent repair shops follow the same curriculum as the general Automotive Technology program. However, since those students are working in the automotive repair industry as well as taking coursework on campus, the student’s class schedule and work schedule must be coordinated between the student and the employer. TechLINK is a selective program and students must qualify to participate. For more information, students can refer to the website (www.cscc.edu/autotech) and/or contact the department cooperative work experience advisor for further information on cooperative placement opportunities.

In addition to meeting all of the objectives of the general Automotive Technology program, participation in cooperative education is designed to:

  • Fill the local shortage of qualified, entry-level technicians needed by area automotive repair shops
  • Provide participating students with paid industry work experience to enhance the learning experience and to enable them to successfully transition from the classroom to the workplace
  • Provide a course of study that will enable successful graduates to have the knowledge and skills necessary to develop an upward career path in automotive repair.

NOTE: Students must have credit for DEV 0105 or placement into DEV 0115 or MATH 1000 or higher and DEV 0155 or placement into ENGL 0190 or higher before beginning with AUTO 1101 and AUTO 1106.

Automotive Technology Associate Degree

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
AUTO 1101 Basic Auto Systems  2
AUTO 1106 Auto Shop Orientation & Service  2
AUTO 1160 Electrical Systems: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1140 Suspension & Steering: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1150 Brake & Systems: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1170 Heating & Air Conditioning: Theory & Operation  2
CSCI 1101 Computer Concepts & Applications  3
ENGL 1100 Composition I  3
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar  1
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 19
Semester 2 . .
*AUTO 1240 or FORD 1240 Suspension & Steering: Diagnosis & Repair  2
*AUTO 1250 or FORD 1250 Brake Systems: Diagnosis & Repair  2
*AUTO 1260 or FORD 1260 Electrical Systems: Diagnosis & Repair  2
AUTO 1110 Engines: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1180 Engine Performance: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1210 Powertrain Systems Service  2
MATH 1010 Mathematics for Business Applications  4
XXXX xxxx Business Elective: BMGT 1101 or FMGT 1101  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 19
Semester 3 . .
AUTO 2220 Automatic Transmission: Diagnosis & Car Repair  2
AUTO 2270 Heating & Air Conditioning: Diagnosis & Repair  2
AUTO 2280 Engine Performance: Theory & Operation II  2
AUTO 2120 Automatic Transmissions: Theory & Operations  2
COMM xxxx 1105, 1110, 2200, or 2204  3
HUM xxxx Refer to approved GE - HUM list  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 14
Semester 4 . .
AUTO 2130 Manual Transmissions: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 2230 Manual Transmission: Diagnosis & Car Repair  2
AUTO XXXX Advanced Auto: AUTO 2360 or 2380  3
XXXX xxxx Technical Elective Refer to approved list  3
NAT xxxx Refer to approved GE - NAT list  3
SBS xxxx Refer to approved GE - SBS list  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 16
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS  . 68

*Students must choose either AUTO 1240, 1250 and 1260 or FORD 1240, 1250 and 1260 as a group.

Technical Electives
The following courses are approved for technical elective requirements:

AUTO 2360 Advanced Electrical System: Diagnosis & Repair  3
AUTO 2380 Advanced Engine Performance: Diagnosis & Repair  3
AUTO 2310 Engines: Diagnosis & In-Car Repair  2
AUTO 2460 Electronic Systems: Systems Service  2
AUTO 2190 Hybrid Vehicles: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 2480 Engine Performance: Systems Service  2
AUTO 2101 Auto Business Management  2
AUTO 2399 Maintenance & Light Repair Shop Experience  2
SKTR 1180 Welding: Introduction to Stick  2

Independent Studies:

AUTO 2193 Ind Studies in Automotive Technology  1
AUTO 2293 Ind Studies in Automotive Technology  2
AUTO 2393 Ind Studies in Automotive Technology  3

Special Topics:

AUTO 2194 SPT in Automotive Technology  1
AUTO 2294 SPT in Automotive Technology  2
AUTO 2394 SPT in Automotive Technology 3

Automotive Service Management Major

The Service Management Major prepares students for entry into management positions available in automotive repair facilities. Potential job titles for graduates include service advisor, dispatcher, customer relations specialist, service manager, or independent shop owner. The Service Management major shares the general education courses and first level of basic technical courses within the Automotive Technology program. During the second year of the program, it supplements the foundational technical knowledge with the fundamental management principles and practices students need to know to be successful in a management career.

Upon completion of the program, students earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Automotive Technology – Service Management Major. The program is designed to:

  • Provide students with fundamental knowledge of the theory and operation of all automotive systems
  • Provide students with a broad-based background in general business management principles and practices
  • Provide students with knowledge of a wide range of current automotive-specific management practices and principles
  • Prepare students for entry-level, management-track positions in the automotive repair industry.

Automotive Service Management Major

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
AUTO 1101 Basic Auto Systems  2
AUTO 1106 Auto Shop Orientation & Service  2
AUTO 1160 Electrical Systems: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1140 Suspension & Steering: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1150 Brake Systems: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1170 Heating & Air Conditioning: Theory & Operation  2
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar  1
CSCI 1101 Computer Concepts & Applications  3
ENGL 1100 Composition I  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 19
Semester 2 . .
*AUTO 1240 or FORD 1240 Suspension & Steering: Diagnosis & Repair  2
*AUTO 1250 or FORD 1250 Brake Systems: Diagnosis & Repair  2
*AUTO 1260 or FORD 1260 Electrical Systems: Diagnosis & Repair  2
AUTO 1110 Engines: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 2270 Heating & Air Conditioning: Diagnosis & Repair  2
AUTO 1180 Engine Performance: Theory & Operation  2
MATH 1010 Mathematics for Business Applications  4
XXXX xxxx Business Elective: BMGT 1101 or FMGT 1101  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 19
Semester 3 . .
AUTO 2101 Auto Business Management  2
AUTO 2201 Service Advising  2
COMM xxxx 1105, 1110, or 2200  3
COMM 2204 Technical Writing  3
HUM xxxx Refer to approved GE - HUM list  3
MKTG 1010 Retailing  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 16
Semester 4 . .
AUTO 2301 Auto Service Management  2
AUTO 2401 Auto Parts Management  2
XXXX xxxx Technical Elective  2
XXXX xxxx    Elective  2
NAT xxxx Refer to approved GE - NAT list  3
SBS xxxx Refer to approved GE - SBS list  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 14
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS  . 68

*Students must choose either AUTO 1240, 1250 and 1260 or FORD 1240, 1250 and 1260 as a group.

Technical Electives
The following courses are approved for technical elective requirements:

AUTO 1001 Auto Care  2
BMGT 2231 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship  3
MKTG 1020 Branding  3
MKTG 1230 Customer Service & Sales  3

Independent Studies:

AUTO 2193 Ind. Studies in Automotive Technology  1
AUTO 2293 Ind. Studies in Automotive Technology  2
AUTO 2393 Ind. Studies in Automotive Technology  3

Special Topics:

AUTO 2194 SPT in Automotive Technology  1
AUTO 2294 SPT in Automotive Technology  2
AUTO 2394 SPT in Automotive Technology 3

Ford ASSET

ASSET is a partnership between Ford Motor Company, Ford and Lincoln dealers and Columbus State Community College. The program provides students with an opportunity to become highly trained technicians employed by Ford and Lincoln dealerships. The program:

  • Trains students to diagnose, service, and maintain Ford vehicles using Ford recommended procedures, special tools, and service publications
  • Ensures that ASSET-trained technicians can easily become familiar with new systems and components as they are introduced
  • Provides paid work experience during the program to reinforce what is being taught in the classroom
  • Allows ASSET-trained students to earn an Associate Degree in Automotive Technology, ASE Certifications, and most importantly, Ford Certifications.

ASSET is an associate degree program divided into two parts:

1) The Maintenance and Light Repair Certificate program is completed first;
2) Then Ford-specific instruction begins with Ford Certification Classes and Cooperative Work Experience. The student must be employed by a Ford or Lincoln dealership by the first Cooperative Work Experience Class (1st Summer Semester). The student must be accepted into the program before registering for Ford ASSET classes.

For more information, students can refer to the Auto Technology website (www.cscc.edu/autotech).

Ford ASSET Program

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
AUTO 1101 Basic Auto Systems  2
AUTO 1106 Auto Shop Orientation & Service  2
AUTO 1160 Electrical Systems: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1140 Suspension & Steering: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1150 Brake Systems: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1170 Heating & Air Conditioning: Theory & Operation  2
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar  1
CSCI 1101 Computer Concepts & Applications  3
ENGL 1100 Composition I  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 19
Semester 2 . .
FORD 1240 Suspension & Steering: Diagnosis & Repair  2
FORD 1250 Brake Systems: Diagnosis & Repair  2
FORD 1260 Electrical Systems: Diagnosis & Repair  2
FORD 1270 Heating & Air Conditioning: Diagnosis & Repair  2
FORD 1360 Electronic Systems: Theory & Operation  3
MATH 1010 Mathematics for Business Applications  4
XXXX xxxx Business Elective: BMGT 1101 or FMGT 1101  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 18
Summer Semester . .
FORD 1110 Engines: Diagnosis & Repair  3
FORD 2951 Cooperative Work Experience/Seminar I  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 5
Semester 3 . .
FORD 2180 Engine Performance: Operation & Diagnosis  3
FORD 2130 Manual Transmissions/Driveline: Diagnosis & Repair  3
FORD 2952 Cooperative Work Experience/Seminar II  2
HUM xxxx Refer to approved GE - HUM list  3
COMM xxxx 1105, 1110, 2220, or 2204  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 14
Semester 4 . .
FORD 2120 Automatic Transmissions: Diagnosis & Repair  3
FORD 2280 Advanced Engine Performance: Diagnosis & Testing  2
FORD 2953 Cooperative Work Experience/Seminar I  2
NAT xxxx Refer to approved GE - NAT list  3
SBS xxxx Refer to approved GE - SBS list  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 13
Summer Semester . .
FORD 2380 Diesel Engine Performance: Diagnosis & Repair  2
FORD 2954 Cooperative Work Experience/Seminar IV  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 4
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS  . 73

Approved General Education (GE) List

NAT
GE-NATURAL/PHYSICAL SCIENCES REQUIREMENT (SELECT ONE)

ASTR 1141 Life in the Universe  3
ASTR 1161 The Solar System  3
ASTR 1162 Stars and Galaxies  3
BIO 1111 Introduction to Biology I  4
BIO 1112 Human Biology  4
BIO 1113 Biological Sciences I  4
BIO 1114 Biological Sciences II  4
BIO 1125 Plant Biology  4
BIO 1127 Environmental Science I  4
BIO 2215 Introduction to Microbiology  4
BIO 2232 Human Physiology  4
CHEM 1100 Chemistry and Society  5
CHEM 1111 Elementary Chemistry I  4
CHEM 1112 Elementary Chemistry II  4
CHEM 1171 General Chemistry I  5
CHEM 1172 General Chemistry II  5
GEOL 1101 Introduction to Earth Science  4
GEOL 1105 Geology and the National Parks  3
GEOL 1121 Physical Geology  4
GEOL1122 Historical Geology  4
GEOL 1151 Natural Disasters  3
PHYS 1103 World of Energy  3
PHYS 1106 Physics by Inquiry: Properties & Motion  5
PHYS 1200 Algebra-Based Physics I  5
PHYS 1201 Algebra-Based Physics II  5
PHYS 1250 Calculus-Based Physics I  5
PHYS 1251 Calculus-Based Physics II  5

SBS
GE-SOCIAL BEHAVORIAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT                           
(SELECT ONE)

ANTH 2202 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology  3
ECON 2200 Principles of Microeconomics  3
GEOG 2400 Economic and Social Geography  3
POLS 1100 American Government  3
SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology  3
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology  3

HUM
GE-ART/HUMANITIES REQUIREMENT                                                        
(SELECT ONE)

HART 1201 History of Art I  3
HART 1202 History of Art II  3
HIST 1111 European History to 1648  3
HIST 1112 European History since 1648  3
HIST 1151 American History to 1877  3
HIST 1152 American History since 1877  3
HIST 1181 World Civ. I: Non-Western/Non-Amer to 1500  3
HIST 1182 World Civ. II: Non-Western/Non-Amer since 1500  3
HIST 2223 African-American History I:  1451-1876  3
HIST 2224 African-American History II:  1877-Present  3
HUM 1100 Introduction to Humanities  3
HUM 1270 Comparative Religions  3
MUS 1251 Survey of Music History  3
PHIL 1101 Introduction to Philosophy  3
PHIL 1130 Ethics  3

Automotive Technology Certificates

The Automotive Department offers three levels of certificates which allow students to gain the technical training required to achieve A.S.E Master Technician Certification in steps. Each level of certificate provides the training and knowledge required to prepare for up to three areas of A.S.E. Certification. The Maintenance and Light Repair Certificate (MLR) can be completed in six to nine months and gives students the knowledge and skills necessary to enter the automotive repair industry quickly. The Automotive Service Technician Certificate (AST) allows the student who has completed the MLR Certificate to expand their training and prepare for additional A.S.E. Certifications. The Master Automotive Service Technician Certificate (MAST) provides an additional certificate for the student who has completed the AST Certificate and is seeking the training and knowledge necessary to prepare for the remaining A.S.E. certifications required for Master Certification status and Advanced Engine Performance Certification. Students may be able to begin the next level certificate as they are finishing the previous level. Since these certificates are part of the Automotive Technology Degree program, certificate completers can continue their education in the college degree program at any time.

Automotive Management Certificate

The Automotive Management Certificate can be completed in six to nine months giving students the knowledge and skills necessary to enter the automotive repair industry quickly. Upon completion of this certificate, graduates are employable at local auto repair companies as a service advisor. This certificate helps students also prepare for the A.S.E. certification exams – Parts Specialist and Service Consultant.  Since this certificate is part of the Automotive Technology program, certificate completers can continue their education in the college degree program at any time to expand their knowledge and skills and work toward the Automotive Service Management Degree.

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
ENGL 1100 Composition I  3
AUTO 1101 Basic Auto Systems  2
AUTO 1106 Auto Shop Orientation & Service  2
AUTO 1140 Suspension & Steering: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1150 Brake & Systems: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 2101 Auto Business Management  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 13
Semester 2 . .
AUTO xxxx Auto Service Management Elective (select from list) 2
AUTO xxxx Auto Service Management Elective (select from list) 2
XXXX xxxx Management Elective (select from list) 3
XXXX xxxx Management Elective (select from list)  3
BMGT 1102 Interpersonal Skills  2
MKTG 1230 Customer Service and Sales  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 15
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS  . 28

Auto Service Management Electives
The following courses are approved elective requirements:

AUTO 2201 Service Advising  2
AUTO 2301 Auto Service Management  2
AUTO 2401 Auto Parts Management  2

Management Electives
The following courses are approved elective requirements:

BMGT 2231 Entrepreneurship I  3
BMGT 2232 Entrepreneurship II  3
MKTG 1010 Retailing  3
MKTG 1020 Branding  3

Automotive Service Technician Certificate (AST)
(This certificate is intended for students who have already completed the Maintenance and Light Repair Certificate or the Ford Maintenance and Light Repair Certificate.  It is the second certificate in a series of three certificates)

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
AUTO 1110 Engines: Theory & Operations  2
AUTO 1210 Powertrain System Service  2
AUTO 2120 Automatic Transmission: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 2130 Manual Transmission: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 2270 Heating & Air Conditioning: Diagnosis & Repair  2
AUTO 2280 Engine Performance: Theory & Operation II  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 12
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS  . 12

FORD Maintenance and Light Repair Certificate (FORD-MLR)

(This certificate is completed as part of the requirements to qualify for FORD ASSET. After completing this certificate, the student also has the option of completing the AST Certificate or Associate Degree)

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
AUTO 1101 Basic Auto Systems  2
AUTO 1106 Auto Shop Orientation & Service  2
AUTO 1160 Electrical Systems: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1140 Suspension & Steering: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1150 Brake Systems: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1170 Heating & Air Conditioning Theory & Operation  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 12
Semester 2 . .
FORD 1240 Suspension & Steering: Diagnosis & Repair  2
FORD 1250 Brake Systems: Diagnosis & Repair  2
FORD 1260 Electrical Systems: Diagnosis & Repair  2
AUTO 2399 Maintenance & Light Repair Shop Experience  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 8
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS  . 20

Maintenance and Light Repair Certificate (MLR)

(This certificate serves as a starting point for all other certificates and/or degrees. It is the first certificate in a series of three certificates.)

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
AUTO 1101 Basic Auto Systems  2
AUTO 1106 Auto Shop Orientation & Service  2
AUTO 1160 Electrical Systems: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1140 Suspension & Steering: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1150 Brake & Systems: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1170 Heating & Air Conditioning: Theory & Operation  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 12
Semester 2 . .
AUTO 1180 Engine Performance: Theory & Operation I  2
AUTO 1240 Suspension & Steering: Diagnosis & Repair  2
AUTO 1250 Brake Systems: Diagnosis & Repair  2
AUTO 1260 Electrical Systems: Theory & Operation II  2
AUTO 2399 Maintenance & Light Repair Shop Experience  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 10
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS  . 22

Master Automotive Service Technician Certificate (MAST)

(This certificate is intended for students who have already completed the Auto Service Technician Certificate (AST) or the Auto Technology Associate's Degree.  It is the third certificate in a series of three certificates)

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
AUTO 2190 Hybrid Vehicles: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 2220 Auto Transmission: Diagnosis & Repair  2
AUTO 2230 Manual Transmission: Diagnosis & In-Car Repair  2
AUTO 2360 Advanced Electrical Systems: Diagnosis & Repair  3
AUTO 2380 Advanced Engine Performance: Diagnosis & Repair  3
XXX xxxx Technical Elective (select from list  1-3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 13-15
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS . 13-15

Technical Electives
The following courses are approved for technical elective requirements:

AUTO 2101 Auto Business Management  2
AUTO 2201 Service Advising  2
AUTO 2301 Auto Service Management  2
AUTO 2310 Engines: Diagnosis & In-Car Repair  2
AUTO 2401 Auto Parts Management  2

Independent Studies:

AUTO 2193 Ind Studies in Automotive Technology  1
AUTO 2293 Ind Studies in Automotive Technology  2
AUTO 2393 Ind Studies in Automotive Technology  3

Special Topics:

AUTO 2194 SPT in Automotive Technology  1
AUTO 2294 SPT in Automotive Technology  2
AUTO 2394 SPT in Automotive Technology 3