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Automotive Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Turn a passion for cars into a fulfilling career through CWC’s automotive technology program. Students get the opportunity to apply hands-on-skills to actual shop projects!
Contemporary automobile systems are complex and automotive service technicians must rely on a comprehensive hands-on education to become familiar with the many mechanical and electrical components found in cars of today. This program constantly adapts to modern automotive needs and prepares students for the workforce so they can enter the job market with the most up-to-date skills.


Program coursework requires students to successfully complete one or more of the following options in the automotive technology Associate of Applied Science degree:

1) automotive technology,

2) power sports, or 

3) parts specialist.


Students must complete the general education program requirements and choose at least one of the automotive technology program options to complete the two-year degree. A student who chooses to complete two or more of the automotive technology program options will earn an automotive technology AAS degree in each program option, and each completed program option will be listed separately on the student’s transcript.

Program Requirements

Course Credits
Fuel Systems I 3
Automotive Electrical Systems 4
Automotive Electronics 4
Diagnosis & Tune-Up Procedures 4
Applied Math 3
Managing Career Development 3
Basic Auto Terms and Concepts 3

 

 

 

General Ed. Requirements

Students must complete general education requirements that will provide students a general knowledge to help them complete a degree at CWC.

Course Credits
Writing Level I 3
American & Wyoming Government 3

 

Students must complete 6 credits of general education courses listed below:

Course Credits
Writing II 3
Arts 3
Humanities 3
Social Science 3
Information Technology 3
Personal Finance Planning 1
Physical Education 1
Wellness 1

 

Students must complete 2 credits of Co-Curricular general education courses throughout two of the following different Co-Curricular areas:

Course Credits
Co-Curricular Cultural Activities 1
Co-Curricular Community Engagement 1
Co-Curricular Professional Experience 1

 

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Automotive Professor Dudley Cole and Students Talk about Power Sports at CWC

Automotive Technology Options

Students must complete one of the three options below.

Automotive Technology General Option

Course Credits
Engine Systems Fundamentals 3
Power Train Fundamentals 4
Automatic Transmissions 4
Brake Systems 4
Automotive Suspension & Alignment  4
Heating & Air Conditioning 3
Emission Systems 3
Interpersonal Communication 3

Parts Specialist Option

Course Credits
Principles of Accounting I 4
Engine Systems Fundamentals 3
Human Resource Management 3

Intro to Business or

Entrepreneurship I: Entrep Mind-set

3
Human Relations 3
Engine Control & Sensors 3
Heavy Duty Parts 3
Parts Specialist I 3
Parts Specialist II 4

 

Power Sports Option

Course Credits
Interpersonal Communication 3
Power Sports Maintenance and Tune-up 3
2-Cycle Fundamentals 3

4-Cycle Engine Fundamentals

3
Elective Options
Course Credits
Accounting I 3
Auto 3
CO/M 3
ENTR 3
Management 3
PRSP 3

 

Certificates

We offer several certificate options for students looking for a direct career path in the field of automotive technology. Our certificate I programs are designed to take two semesters, while our certificate II programs are less in depth and take roughly one semester to complete. Explore each certificate below. 

Certificate I-Automotive Technology Option

Automotive Technology Option: Automotive Technology is a field of study in which students are taught diagnostic techniques, service, and repair of automobiles and pick-ups. Classroom work involves knowledge of general principles, as well as specific product information. Laboratory work emphasizes a hands-on orientation with extensive training on vehicles. Courses are designed to address the ever changing technical developments in the automotive industry which includes computerized electronic control systems, development of the student’s diagnostic capabilities, and proficiency with recommended service procedures.

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Program Requirements

Course
Credits
Fuel Systems I 3
Automotive Electrical Systems 4
Automotive Electronics 4
Applied Math 3
Managing Career Development 3
Basic Auto Terms and Concepts 3

 

Program Option Requirements

Course
Credits
Engine Systems Fundamentals 3
Brake Systems 4
Automotive Suspension/Alignment 4
Heating & Air Conditioning 3

 

General Ed. Requirements

Course Credits
Writing Level I 3
American & Wyoming Government 3
Mathematics/APPM/Lab Science 3

 

Students must complete 6 credits of general education courses listed below:

Course
Credits
Writing II 3
Arts 3
Humanities 3
Social Science 3
Information Technology 3
Personal Finance Planning 1
Physical Education 1
Wellness 1

 

Certificate I-Parts Specialist Option

Parts Specialist Option: The Parts Specialist option provides the students with a unique opportunity to acquire a working knowledge of the replacement parts industry. The curriculum is designed to incorporate basic business procedures related to the replacement parts industry.

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Program Requirements

Course
Credits
Fuel Systems I 3
Automotive Electrical Systems 4
Automotive Electronics 4
Applied Math 3
Managing Career Development 3
Basic Auto Terms and Concepts 3

 

Program Option Requirements

Course
Credits
Principles of Accounting I 4
Engine Systems Fundamentals 3
Intro to Business or Entrepreneurship I: Entrep Mind-set 3
Engine Controls & Sensors 3
Heavy Duty Parts 3

 

General Ed. Requirements

Course
Credits
Writing Level I 3
American & Wyoming Government 3
Mathematics/APPM/Lab Science 3

 

Students must complete 6 credits of general education courses listed below:

Course
Credits
Writing II 3
Arts 3
Humanities 3
Social Science 3
Information Technology 3
Personal Finance Planning 1
Physical Education 1
Wellness 1

Certificate I-Power Sports Option

The Power Sports option provides the students with entry level knowledge of the motorcycle, ATV, and snowmobile repair business. Proper repair procedures, theory of operation, customer service, and suggested business practices are emphasized in the curriculum.

Explore gainful employment information, where you can find occupational information, estimated cost and time of program completion, and job placement opportunities. 

Program Requirements

Course
Credits
Fuel Systems I 3
Automotive Electrical Systems 4
Automotive Electronics 4
Applied Math 3
Managing Career Development 3
Basic Auto Terms and Concepts 3

 

Program Option Requirements

Course
Credits
Power Sports Maintenance & Tune-Up 3
2-Cycle Fundamentals 3
4-Cylcle Engine Fundamentals 3

 

General Ed. Requirements

Course
Credits
Writing Level I 3
American & Wyoming Government 3
Mathematics/APPM/Lab Science 3

 

Students must complete 6 credits of general education courses listed below:

Course
Credits
Writing II 3
Arts 3
Humanities 3
Social Science 3
Information Technology 3
Personal Finance Planning 1
Physical Education 1
Wellness 1

Certificate II-Auto Technology

Program Requirements
To receive a Certificate II, the student must take eighteen (18) credits of AUTO courses in consultation with his or her advisor.
AUTO* 18
Total 18
* Depending upon automotive experience, student may be required to take AUTO-1765, Automotive Electrical Systems and PRSP 1500, Basic Auto Terms and Concepts. AUTO 2800-Problems in Automotive Technology does not apply toward the certificate.

Certificate II-Parts Specialist

Course Credits
Basic Auto Terms & Concepts 3
Engine Controls & Sensors 3
Heavy Duty Parts 3
Parts Specialist I 3
Parts Specialist II 4

Certificate II-Power Sports

Course Credits
Fuel Systems I 3
Automotive Electrical Systems 4
Automotive Electronics 4
Basic Auto Terms & Concepts 3
Power Sports Maintenance & Tune-up 3
2-Cycle Fundamentals 3
4-Cycle Engine Fundamentals 3

Meet your professors

Dudley Cole
Professor of Automotive and Welding

Dudley brings more than 40 years of experience to the classroom.