Associate Degree in Automotive Technology

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About This Program

The Automotive Technology program is designed to prepare skilled technicians to work in the automotive industry. The program involves general education as well as automotive lecture and laboratory instruction. Our shops are spacious and well-equipped with state-of-the-art technology. During labs, the student-to-teacher ratio is capped at 13:1, so learners get plenty of hands-on experience and instructor attention. Students may also work at a repair shop as part of the cooperative education phase of training.

The program is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc. (NATEF, a division of Automotive Service Excellence) in all eight performance areas. We have strong support from community business partners. Full-time instructors with vast technical experience and education offer a nurturing learning opportunity for students.

Opportunities for graduates include positions in dealerships, independent shops, automotive parts stores and companies with vehicle fleets. Positions may allow technicians to specialize in areas such as steering and suspension, brakes, transmissions and drivelines, engine repair and performance, climate control and electronics.

Your Degree Courses

Automotive Technology offers an Associate in Applied Science degree requiring a mix of general education and hands-on courses. The following courses are a sampling of what you might take as a student in this program and are subject to change.

Program Course Sampling

  • Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair
  • Steering and Suspension
  • Automotive Brake Systems
  • Electricity and Electronics
  • Automotive Business Operations
  • Automotive HVAC
  • Engine Repair
  • Manual Transmissions and Drivetrains
  • Engine Performance
  • Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles
  • English Composition
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Math Elective
  • Physics
  • Fine Arts/Humanities and Social Science electives

Current Major Specific Courses Available

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Graduation Requirements

 

Prospective Students

If you are thinking about attending SMCC and are curious what the current program course requirements are to earn your degree, download the current SMCC Course Catalog.

Current Students

If you are a current student, your program requirements may be different than those listed for the current catalog year. To view your specific program requirements or to search and register for courses, log in to MySMCC and visit the MyDegree webpage.

Graduation Outcomes

  • Perform tasks to diagnose and repair components of automotive electrical/electronic systems.
  • Perform tasks to diagnose and repair components of automotive suspension and steering systems.
  • Perform tasks to diagnose and repair components of automotive brake systems.
  • Perform tasks to diagnose and repair components of automotive engines.
  • Perform tasks to diagnose and repair components of automotive engine performance systems.
  • Perform tasks to diagnose and repair components of automotive manual transmissions and drivetrains.
  • Perform tasks to diagnose and repair components of automotive automatic transmissions.
  • Perform tasks to diagnose and repair components of automotive heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

Equipment Requirements

Estimated Degree Completion Time

70 credit hours are required to complete this program

Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

SMCC Graduates

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