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Automotive Technology

Graduates of this program will have the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain, diagnose, and repair mechanical and electronic systems in any automobile or light/medium-duty truck. The comprehensive nature of the program ensures that graduates are prepared to solve problems on vehicles regardless of origin. The combination of technical knowledge, program philosophy, and emphasis on lifelong learning prepares the graduate with a solid foundation for success in all aspects of the automotive technology profession.  

     Throughout the curriculum, faculty and staff reinforce the principles of professional ethics, critical thinking, and problem solving as they are applied to the workplace. Students are also introduced to basic business management practices. 

    Students are required to wear black jeans and steel-toed leather work or hiking boots in all laboratory sections. The college will provide t-shirts.

    Student learning outcomes for the Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology include:
  • Understanding the theory of operation, plus diagnostic and service procedures of engines; brakes; suspension and steering systems; electrical and electronic systems; drive-train systems; engine performance; advanced technology vehicles; automatic transmissions; and automotive heating and air-conditioning systems
  • Communicating effectively with customers and business relations
  • Exhibiting the principles of professional conduct in all aspects of customer relations
     Students must have in their possession a set of tools for use in the laboratory and during the summer cooperative work experience.

   This program has been developed with the support and encouragement of the Vermont Automobile Dealerís Association.

    The normal number of credits required for a degree is 65.

First Year

Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ATT 1010  Suspension & Steering
3
ATT 1040  Automotive Electrical Systems
4
ATT 1020  Engine Diagnostics & Repair
4
ATT 1050  Brakes & Wheel Alignment
4
ATT 1120  General Electronics
4
CIS 1050  Introduction to Spreadsheets
1
ENG 10XX  English
3
PHY 1030  General Physics
4
MAT 1100  Mathematics for Technology
3
ELE XXXX  AH/SS elective
3

17

16


Summer Course



ATT 2801  Summer Internship
0

Second Year

Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ATT 2010  Engine Performance
4
ATT 2030  Advanced Engine Performance
4
ATT 2020  Body Electronic Systems
4
ATT 2040  Automotive Drive Trains
4
ATT 2802  Internship Review
1
ATT 2060  Advanced Technology Vehicle
4
BUS 2210  Small Business Management
3
ENG 2080  Technical Communication
3
ELE XXXX  AH/SS elective
3
MEC 1020  Manufacturing Processes
2

15

17

Students must complete a minimum of one Arts and Humanities (AH) and one Social Science (SS) elective. (PSY 1010 is strongly recommended.)