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Graduates of the Associate Degree program in Automotive Technology are qualified for entry-level positions as automotive service technicians, service advisors, and entry-level managers. Many persons already employed in the field use the program to progress to advanced technical or management positions, and to prepare for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification examinations.

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.

The Automotive Technology program at Columbus State offers courses designed for a variety of individuals ranging from the beginner to those with advanced skills and years of experience. Students may earn an associate degree, obtain ASE certification, or take individual courses to meet their educational 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.

Columbus State’s Automotive Technology program was the nation’s first college automotive program to be certified by A.S.E. to train Master Automotive Technicians. 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. The program was recently re-evaluated and granted accreditation until 2014.

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 scheduling of courses is arranged to coordinate with the students’ work schedules. Contact Bill Warner (614) 287-2675, 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 be able to place into DEV 031 math or higher and ENGL100 or higher before beginning any of the Automotive Technology technical courses.

Automotive Technology Associate Degree

Quarter 1

Course Name Credits
ENGL 101 Beginning Composition  3
MATH 101 Business Mathematics  5
AUTO 061 Basic Automotive Systems and Theories of Operation  4
AUTO 062 Auto Shop Orientation and Service  4
CIT 101 PC Applications 1  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 19

Quarter 2

Course Name Credits
AUTO 150 Brake Systems: Theory and Operation  4
AUTO 160 Electrical Systems: Theory and Operation  4
ENGL 102   and Research  3
HUM XXX Humanities 111, 112, 113, 151 (or) 224  5
BMGT XXX Business Management Elective  3 – 5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 19 – 21

Quarter 3

Course Name Credits
AUTO 170 Heating/Air Conditioning Systems: Theory and Operation  4
AUTO 120 Automatic Transmissions: Operation and Overhaul  4
AUTO 125 Automatic Transmissions: Diagnosis and In-Car Repair  3
AUTO 165  Electrical/Electronic: Diagnosis and Repair  3
NSCI 101 Science Elective  4 – 5
. or .
PHYS 100 Science Elective  4 – 5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 18 – 19

Quarter 4

Course Name Credits
AUTO 110  Engine Operation and Overhaul  4
AUTO 115 Engine Diagnosis and In-Car Repair  3
AUTO 140 Suspension and Steering: Theory and Operation  4
SSCI XXX Social Science 101, 102, SOC 239 (or) GEOG 240 5
AUTO 175 Heating/Air Conditioning Systems: Diagnosis and Repair  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 19

Quarter 5  

Course Name Credits
AUTO 130  Manual Transmissions/Driveline: Operation and Overhaul  4
AUTO 135 Manual Transmissions: Diagnosis and In-Car Repair  3
AUTO 180 Engine Performance: Theory and Operation  4
COMM 204  Technical Writing 3
AUTO 155 Brake Systems: Diagnosis and Repair  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 17

Quarter 6  

Course Name Credits
AUTO 185 Computerized Engine Performance  4
COMM 105  Speech 3
AUTO 145  Suspension and Steering: Diagnosis and Repair  3
XXXX XXX  Technical Elective 2
AUTO 300 Shop Experience  4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 16
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS .  108 – 111

Technical Electives

Course Name Credits
AUTO 210 Current Trends in Engine Repair  2
AUTO 220 Current Trends in Automatic Transmissions  2
AUTO 230 Current Trends in Manual Transmissions  2
AUTO 240 Current Trends in Suspension Steering  2
AUTO 250 Current Trends in Brake Systems  2
AUTO 260 Current Trends in Electrical Systems  2
AUTO 270 Current Trends in Heating and A/C  2
AUTO 280 Current Trends in Engine Performance  2
AUTO 181 Fundamentals of Alternative Fuels  3
AUTO 182 Hybrid Vehicles: Theory and Operation  3
AUTO 186 Advanced Alternative Fuel Systems  2
AUTO 190 Automotive Business Management  3
AUTO 191 Service Advising  3
AUTO 192 Automotive Service Management  3
AUTO 197 Automotive Parts Management  3
AUTO 245 Steering, Suspension and Brakes: Diagnosis and Evaluation 3
AUTO 265 Electrical Diagnosis and Evaluation  3
AUTO 297/298/299  Special Topics in Emerging Technology  1-2-3
TOYO 237 Toyota Manual and Automatic Transmissions  3
TOYO 257 Toyota Suspension, Steering and Brake Systems  3
TOYO 267 Toyota Electrical Systems  4
TOYO 277 Toyota Climate Control Systems  1.5
TOYO 287 Toyota Engine Controls I and Hybrid Gen. Service  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 director, service manager, service advisor, dispatcher, customer relations specialist, or independent shop owner. The Service Management major shares the general education courses and first year 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

Quarter 1

Course Name Credits
AUTO 061 Basic Automotive Systems and Theories of Operation  4
AUTO 062 Auto Shop Orientation and Service  4
MATH 101 Business Math  5
ENGL 101 Beginning Composition  3
CIT 101 PC Applications 1  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 19

Quarter 2  

Course Name Credits
AUTO 110 Engine Operation and Overhaul  4
AUTO 150 Brake Systems: Theory and Operation  4
AUTO 160 Electrical Systems: Theory and Operation  4
BMGT 101 Introduction to Business 5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 17

Quarter 3

Course Name Credits
AUTO 170 Heating/Air Conditioning Systems: Theory and Operation  4
AUTO 120 Automatic Transmissions Operation and Overhaul  4
AUTO 180 Engine Performance: Theory and Operation  4
BMGT 111 Management  5
ENGL 102 Essay and Research  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 20

Quarter 4

Course Name Credits
AUTO 140 Steering and Suspension: Theory and Operation  4
AUTO 130 Manual Transmissions/Driveline: Operation and Overhaul 4
COMM 200 Business Communications 3
AUTO 190 Automotive Business Management  3
AUTO 191 Service Advising  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 17

Quarter 5

Course Name Credits
HUM XXX Humanities 111, 112, 113, 151, 152 (or) 224  5
COMM 105 Speech 3
AUTO 192   Service Management  3
NSCI 101 Natural Science I 4
. or .
PHYS 100 Physics 5
AUTO 193 Automotive Service Merchandising  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 18 – 19

Quarter 6

Course Name Credits
SSCI XXX Social Science 101, 102, SOC 239 (or) GEOG 240  5
QUAL 240 Total Quality Management  3
AUTO 197   Automotive Parts: Management  3
XXX XXX Technical Elective  2
XXX XXX Technical Elective  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 15
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS .  106 – 107

Technical Electives

Course Name Credits
BMGT 216 Business Ethics  3
AUTO 195 Automotive Parts: Inventory Control  2
AUTO 196 Automotive Parts: Sales  2
AUTO 101 Auto Care  3
AUTO 297/298/299 Special Topics in Emerging Technology  1-2-3

Ford ASSET

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

  • Trains students to diagnose, service, and maintain Ford automotive products 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 11 weeks of classroom/lab instruction alternating with 11 weeks of paid co-op work experience at a sponsoring Ford, Lincoln, or Mercury dealership for the remaining 18 months.

For more information, students can refer to the website (www.cscc.edu/autotech) and/or contact ASSET Coordinator, Chuck Wilson, at (614) 287-5408.

Ford ASSET Program

Quarter 1

Course Name Credits
CIT 101 PC Applications 1  3
ENGL 101 Beginning Composition  3
AUTO 160 Electrical Systems: Theory and Operation  4
AUTO 150 Brake Systems: Theory and Operation  4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 14

Quarter 2

Course Name Credits
AUTO 140 Steering and Suspension: Theory and Operation  4
AUTO 170 Heating/Air Conditioning Systems: Theory and Operation 4
ENGL 102 Essay and Research  3
SSCI XXX Social Science Elective:  SSCI 100, 101, 102, SOC 239 (or) GEOG 240 5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 16

Quarter 3

Course Name Credits
FORD 100 Introduction to Ford Technology  4
FORD 103 Manual Transmissions/Drivelines  4
FORD 101 Basic Engines  4
COMM 200 Business Communication 3
. or .
COMM 204 Technical Writing  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 15

Quarter 4

Course Name Credits
FORD 301 Cooperative Work Experience/Seminar I  5
FORD 114 Steering and Suspension Diagnosis  2
MATH 101 Business Math  5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 12

Quarter 5

Course Name Credits
FORD 116 Auto Electronics/Engine Controls  4
FORD 165 Antilock Brake Systems  2
FORD 164 Electronic Steering and Suspension Systems  2
FORD 108 Engine Performance  5
HUM XXX HUM 111, 112, 113, 151, 152 (or) 224  5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 18

Quarter 6

Course Name Credits
FORD 111 Engine Repair  2
COMM 105 Speech  3
FORD 302 Cooperative Work Experience/Seminar II  5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 10

Quarter 7

Course Name Credits
NSCI 101 Science Elective  5
. or .
PHYS 100 Science Elective  5
FORD 102 Automatic Transmissions  5
FORD 270 Advanced Climate Control Diagnosis  2
FORD 126 Advanced Electronic Engine Controls  4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 16

Quarter 8

Course Name Credits
BMGT 101 Principles of Business 5
. or .
BMGT 231 Entrepreneurship I 4
. or .
FMGT 101 Personal Finance 4
FORD 303 Cooperative Work Experience/Seminar 3  5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 9 – 10
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS .  110 – 111

Maintenance and Light Repair Certificate Program

Students whose needs demand a short-term career track program can choose the Light Maintenance and Repair Certificate program. This program can be completed in six to nine months and gives students the knowledge and skills necessary to enter the automotive repair industry quickly.

Upon completion of this program, graduates are employable at local auto repair companies performing automotive maintenance services. Since this program 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 A.S.E. Master Technician certification.

 

Quarter 1

Course Name Credits
AUTO 061 Basic Automotive Systems and Theories of Operation  4
AUTO 062 Auto Shop Orientation and Service  4

Quarter 2

Course Name Credits
AUTO 150 Brake Systems: Theory and Operation  4
AUTO 160 Electrical Systems: Theory and Operation  4

Quarter 3   

Course Name Credits
AUTO 140 Suspension and Steering System: Theory and Operation 4
AUTO 170 Heating/Air Conditioning Systems: Theory and Operation 4
Total Credit Hours  24

Optional (Ford Certifications):

Course Name Credits
AAUTO 245 Steering, Suspension and Brakes: Diagnosis and Evaluation 3
AUTO 265 Electrical Systems: Diagnosis and Evaluation   3

Vocational Education Transfer Option with The Ohio State University College of Education

The Automotive Technology program at Columbus State has completed an articulation agreement with the Technical Education and Training Program of The Ohio State University College of Education. This agreement allows automotive students to complete an associate degree at Columbus State, transfer their credits to Ohio State, and complete a baccalaureate degree in Technical Education Training. Students completing the program at OSU are eligible for certification by the Ohio Department of Education to teach in related high school vocational programs throughout the State of Ohio. Interested students should contact their Columbus State department chairperson for curriculum requirements and additional details. Note: Course requirements for this transfer option may differ from the standard plan of study published in the catalog.