Automotive Systems Technology, AAS

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Program Introduction

The Automotive Systems Technology–A60160 program prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, service, and maintain all types of automobiles. Includes instruction in brake systems, electrical systems, engine performance, engine repair, suspension and steering, automatic and manual transmissions and drive trains, and heating and air condition systems.

Pathway: Mobile Equipment Maintenance and Repair
Curriculum in the Mobile Equipment Maintenance and Repair pathway prepares individuals for employment as entry-level transportation service technicians. The program provides an introduction to transportation industry careers and increases student awareness of the diverse technologies associated with this dynamic and challenging field.

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  • ACA 111 – College Student Success
    This course introduces the college’s physical, academic, and social environment and promotes the personal development essential for success.
  • TRN 110 – Intro to Transport Tech
    This course covers workplace safety, hazardous materials, environmental regulations, hand tools, service information, basic concepts, vehicle systems, and common transportation industry terminology. Topics include familiarization with major vehicle systems, proper use of various hand and power tools, material safety data sheets, and personal protective equipment.


  • AUT 116 – Engine Repair
    This course covers the theory, construction, inspection, diagnosis, and repair of internal combustion engines and related systems. Topics include fundamental operating principles of engines and diagnosis, inspection, adjustment, and repair of automotive engines using appropriate service information.
  • AUT 151 – Brake Systems
    This course covers principles of operation and types, diagnosis, service, and repair of brake systems. Topics include drum and disc brakes involving hydraulic, vacuum boost, hydra boost, electrically powered boost, and anti-lock and parking brake systems.


  • AUT 113 – Automotive Servicing I
    This course is a lab used as an alternative to co-op placement. Emphasis is placed on shop operations, troubleshooting, testing, adjusting, repairing, and replacing components using appropriate test equipment and service information.
  • TRN 140 – Transp Climate Control
    This course covers the theory of refrigeration and heating, electrical/electronic/pneumatic controls, and diagnosis and repair of climate control systems. Topics include diagnosis and repair of climate control components and systems, recovery/recycling of refrigerants, and safety and environmental regulations.


  • ATT 125 – Hybrid-Electric Trans
    This course covers the theory and operation of hybrid-electric drive vehicles. Topics include maintenance, diagnostics, repair, and safety procedures for electrically propelled and hybrid vehicles.
  • TRN 145 – Adv Transp Electronics
    This course covers advanced transportation electronic systems including programmable logic controllers, on-board data networks, telematics, high voltage systems, navigation, collision avoidance systems, and electronic accessories. Topics include interpretation of wiring schematics, reprogramming PLCs, diagnosing and testing data networks, and other electronic concerns.


  • AUT 181 – Engine Performance I
    This course covers the introduction, theory of operation, and basic diagnostic procedures required to restore engine performance to vehicles equipped with complex engine control systems.
  • AUT 221 – Auto Transm/Transaxles
    This course covers operation, diagnosis, service, and repair of automatic transmissions/transaxles.

Paying for College

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Who to Contact

For more information:
Noah Wiggins
Automotive Systems Technology Instructor

Bullock (Bldg 001), Room 101A
Phone: (252) 527-6223, ext. 110
Fax: (252) 527-2109

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