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Automotive Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology is designed for the student who has minimal experience and knowledge of automotive technology.

The general education requirements are designed to encourage the student to develop critical and creative thinking, computation, communication skills, and technological literacy. The program requirements provide the student with the prerequisite coursework that is required for the student to successfully complete the Automotive Technology Associate of Applied Science degree.

The student will perform diagnostic techniques, service, and repair of automobiles and pickup trucks. Classroom work involves reviewing general principles and 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. Proper repair procedures, theory of operation, customer service, and suggested business practices are emphasized in the curriculum. 

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

Writing Level I (WR1)3 credits
American & Wyoming Government (POLS 1000)3 credits
MATH/APPM/LSCI(in program)
Student must complete six (6) credits of general education courses distributed over two (2) different general education areas, one of which is either WR2 or ORAL.
ORAL(in program)
ARTS/HUM/IT/SOC/WR23 credits
UNST1 credits
Students must complete six (6) credits of general education courses distributed over two (2) different general education areas, one of which is either WR2 or ORAL.
Course Number Course Credits
AUTO 1500Basic Automotive Mechanics4
AUTO 1510Engine Systems Fundamentals4
AUTO 1690Manual Power Train Fundamentals6
AUTO 1730Automatic Transmissions4
AUTO 1740Brake Systems4
AUTO 1760Heating and Air Conditioning4
AUTO 1765Automotive Electrical Systems4
AUTO 1770Automotive Electronics4
AUTO 2510Engine Performance I4
AUTO 2520Engine Performance II4
AUTO 2550Automotive Alignment and Suspension4
COMM 1030Interpersonal Communication3
MATH 1500Applied Math3

Total Credit Hours: 62

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. 

The certificate I program in Automotive Technology is designed for the student who has had no previous coursework or work experience in the automotive field.

The general education requirements are designed to encourage the student to develop computation and communication skills. The program requirements provide the student with the prerequisite coursework that is required to successfully complete the Automotive Technology certificate degree.

Automotive Technology is a field of study in which the student is 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.

Program Requirements

Course Number Course Credits
AUTO 1500Basic Automotive Mechanics4
AUTO 1740Brake Systems4
AUTO 1765Automotive Electrical Systems4
AUTO 1770Automotive Electronics4
MATH 1500Applied Math3

General Ed. Requirements

Writing Level I (WR1) 3 credits
MATH/APPM/LSCI
(in program)
UNST 1 credits

Program Option Requirements

Students must choose a minimum of 7 credits from the following:
Course Number Course Credits
AUTO 1510Engine Systems Fundamentals4
AUTO 1600Fuel Systems I3
AUTO 1760Heating and Air Conditioning4
AUTO 2550Automotive Alignment and Suspension4
Total Credit Hours: 30

Program Requirements

Auto Technology Cert. II To receive an Automotive Technology Certificate II, a student must take eighteen (18) credits of AUTO courses in consultation with their advisor. AUTO* 18 Total of 18 credits *Depending upon automotive experience, a student may be required to take AUTO-1765, Automotive Electrical Systems and AUTO 1500 Basic Automotive Mechanics. AUTO 2800-Problems in Automotive Technology does not apply towards the certificate.

Meet Your Professors

Instructor of Automotive Technology

Jonathon Edlund

Automotive lab supervisor