Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology



Automotive service technicians and mechanics must be able to work on high-voltage electrical systems. Technicians need to be familiar with other parts and systems specific to these vehicles, such as lithium-ion batteries and electric generators. Working on all-electric or hybrid-electric vehicles requires skills in addition to those needed to work on conventional vehicles. Some automotive service technicians and mechanics might also convert gasoline vehicles to electric vehicles or install systems to help improve a vehicle’s fuel efficiency. The job of automotive service technicians and mechanics has evolved from simple mechanical repairs to high-level technology related work. Integrated electronic systems and computers regulate vehicles and their performance on the road. To fix problems with these systems, workers use both computerized shop equipment to work with electronic parts and traditional hand tools. Prerequisite: Completion of one year of a two-year automotive diploma or degree or relevant occupational experience is required.

Program Title:
Automotive Technology

Award Type:
Occupational Certificate

Credits: Total Occupational Certificate Credits 19
Award Outcomes:
  • Evaluate hybrid technologies.
  • Interpret electronic service information.
  • Interpret wiring diagrams.
  • Analyze hybrid batteries.
  • Perform digital multimeter (DMM) measurements.
  • Evaluate electric machines.

Career Opportunities:
The rising number of hybrid vehicles on the road has led to a corresponding increase in the need for automotive services for these vehicles. These services are performed at a wide range of repair facilities, including dealership service departments, independent maintenance/repair shops, and automotive repair chain service centers.

Choose Total Occupational Certificate Credits 19 credits from the following areas:
Technical Studies Required: 19 Credits
ATEC1615 Electrical Systems I 3
ATEC1620 Electrical Systems II 3
ATEC1625 Electrical Systems III 3
ATEC1820 Hybrid Electric Vehicle Systems 1
ATEC2800 Introduction to Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technology 3
ATEC2805 Hybrid Electric Vehicle Batteries 3
ATEC2810 Hybrid Electric Vehicle Machines and Controls 3
Technical Studies Electives: 0 Credits
General Education Required: 0 Credits
General Education Electives: 0 Credits