Automotive Technology - General Option
68-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree
The Automotive Technology -- General Option was developed to fill the growing need for highly professional, technically competent technicians for automotive dealerships. Learn on the latest automotive vehicles, components, educational materials and state-of-the-art equipment available. Training will include engines, fuel management, electronics, transmissions/transaxles, brakes, air conditioning and hybrids.
- Incoming students may earn credit for prior learning for specific high school automotive classes
- Prepare for jobs such as automotive technician, auto mechanic or service technician
- Internship opportunities are available and provide technical, hands-on experience.
- Become ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certified.
- Earn EPA Refrigerant Recycling certification
- Select programs may transfer to other institutions
- Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
- Salary Range: $22,000-$43,000
- Average Salary: $30,231
- Median Salary: $28,529
- Average Hourly Wage: $13.50
- Three-year Average Salary: $29,135
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)
View course descriptions of all required courses
View course descriptions of all required courses
442-131 Automotive Welding Fundamental
Learn and apply safe and correct welding and cutting processes commonly used in automotive applications.
602-104 Brake Systems
This automotive course focuses on developing the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair vehicle braking systems with an introduction to ABS. (ABS diagnosis, service and repair will be addressed in the Advanced Chassis course.)
602-107 Auto Service Fundamentals
This automotive course focuses on developing skills in professionalism, safety and the use of basic hand and power tools in accordance with industry standards. Students are introduced to the automotive service industry and learn to use both comprehensive and manufacturer's service information to perform basic under-hood and under-car services.
602-124 Steering & Suspension Systems
This automotive course focuses on developing the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair steering and suspension systems including wheel alignment procedures.
602-125 Electrical&Electronic Systems1
This automotive course focuses on developing the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair electrical and electronic systems. Learners apply Ohm's Law to basic electrical circuit diagnosis.
801-136 English Composition 1
This course is designed for learners to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of the writing process. Planning, organizing, writing, editing and revising are applied through a variety of activities. Students will analyze audience and purpose, use elements of research, and format documents using standard guidelines. Individuals will develop critical reading skills through analysis of various written documents.
804-113 College Technical Math 1A
Topics include solving linear, quadratic, and rational equations; graphing; formula rearrangement; solving systems of equations; percent; proportions; and operations on polynomials. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems.
602-103 Engine Repair 1
This automotive course focuses on developing the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair internal combustion engines. Emphasis is placed on in-vehicle repairs including engine cooling and lubrication systems.
602-106 Auto Service Consulting & Est
Introduces students to the responsibilities and procedures associated with an automotive service consultant position. Parts and labor estimating will also be covered. Content follows the guidelines established by ASE for Automotive Service Consultant (C1) certification.
602-127 Electrical&Electronic Systems2
This automotive course focuses on developing the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair electrical and electronic systems including batteries, starting/charging/lighting systems and computer control systems.
602-196 Climate Control Systems
This automotive course focuses on developing the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair climate control systems including heating, cooling and air distribution. Upon successful completion of the Mobile Refrigerant Handling Unit (ATCP-136), a state certificate will be issued.
602-197 Engine Performance 1
This automotive course focuses on developing the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair powertrain control and ignition systems. Emphasis is placed on diagnostic procedures and the problem-solving techniques associated with automotive engine performance and drivability.
801-197 Technical Reporting
Prepare and present oral and written technical reports. Analyze the problems particular to technical writing, and study the methods used in assembling, developing, and preparing information for technical publications. Discuss the competencies required of the qualified technical communicator.
806-139 Survey of Physics
Explore basic physics concepts through laboratory investigation and applications. Topics include kinematics, dynamics, work, energy, power, temperature, heat, waves, electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, optics, and atomic and nuclear physics.
602-108 Intro to Light Duty Diesel Eng
Introduces students to diesel engine operation fundamentals. Air intake, exhaust, fuel systems and emission standards will be covered. Students will perform light maintenance and repairs, and troubleshoot driveability and fuel economy concerns.
602-123 Engine Repair 2
This automotive course focuses on developing the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair internal combustion engines. Emphasis is placed on out-of-vehicle engine repair including overhaul procedures.
602-128 Electrical&Electronic Systems3
This automotive course focuses on developing the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair electrical and electronic systems including driver information, horn, wiper/washer, power accessories, cruise control, air bag, anti-theft and radio systems.
602-198 Engine Performance 2
This automotive course focuses on developing the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair fuel and emission control systems. Emphasis is placed on diagnostic procedures and the problem-solving techniques associated with automotive engine performance and drivability.
Discuss the major institutions and principles that underlie the contemporary American economic system, and consider topics such as the free enterprise system, supply and demand, circular flow, government involvement, the Federal Reserve System, economic growth and development, the effects of international trade, comparative economic systems and global economics.
809-199 Psychology of Human Relations
Examine the principles of interaction as applied to human relations at home and on the job. Explore topics such as self-concept, personality development, learning, motivation, emotions, stress, human relations processes and special relationships.
602-105 Introduction to Hybrid Safety
Introduces students to hybrid vehicle operation fundamentals. Hybrid and high voltage safety, disabling the HVsystem, and introduction of test equipment will be covered.
602-109 Auto Transmission/Transaxle
This automotive course focuses on developing the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair automatic transmission/transaxles including overhaul procedures.
602-149 Manual Drive Train and Axles
This automotive course focuses on developing the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair clutches, manual transmission/transaxle, differentials, four-wheel drive/all-wheel drive, and drive axles.
602-190 Co-Op Dealership Experience I
This course provides work experience with a college-approved employer in an area related to the student?s program of study. Emphasis is placed on integrating classroom learning with related work experience.
602-195 Advanced Chassis Systems
This automotive course focuses on developing the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair antilock brake, vehicle stability enhancement, and electronic steering and suspension systems.
801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
Practice the necessary skills for effective speech delivery, listening, assertiveness, conflict resolution, teamwork and general interpersonal communication.
Block Schedules for Fall 2015
- Auto Tech General S1 Sec 01
- Auto TechGeneral S1 Sec 02
- Auto Tech General S3 Sec 01
- Auto Tech General S3 Sec 02
Credit Transfer Opportunities
WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.
There are no credit transfer agreements for this program at this time. For more information, contact your academic advisor.
UW-System Credit Transfer
If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.
Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.
Meet your Instructor
- WTCS Certified
- A.S.E. Master Technician
- Certified Line Technician General Motors
- AAS, Wyoming Technical Institute
- ASE Master Technician, GM Certified Instructor, Toyota Certified Instructor