Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS)

The Automotive Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program provides students with training in the automotive repair industry, including maintaining, diagnosing and repairing a variety of different automobiles.

Through the program’s close industry connections, experienced automotive professionals provide insight into industry trends, allowing students to learn what is expected of them in the workplace. Students also have the opportunity to study towards an ASE certification, increasing their employability. The Automotive Technology program is a NATEF/ASE certified training program.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Credits
Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) Full Time: 6 to 7
Part Time: Part Time Option Not Available
104.0

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.

There are no entry requirements for this program.

  • Inspect, service, diagnose, repair, or replace each of the major systems in various types of vehicles.
  • Locate sources, estimate costs and explain repair or service
  • Handle customer needs, complaints, questions and special challenges. Demonstrate computer competency by accessing data and documentation used for repair and apply manufacturer's specifications in repair or replacement.
  • Work safely and responsibly within all shop safety and environmental guidelines and standards.
  • Demonstrate ability to pass the ASE test required for ASEEF certification
  • Communicate and document service records.
  • Compute costs, time and measurements.
  • Work independently and in groups to service, repair, test and maintain vehicles.
  • Use technology to test vehicles. Work with accuracy, dependability, proficiency and in a timely manner, when servicing and repairing vehicles.

Job tests this program will prepare you for:

  • ASE Certification

For current employment and wage estimates, please visit the following online resources and search for the relevant occupational term:

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.

Full Time

Quarter 1
  • Credits :18.0
  • Resident Student Cost : $1,539.24
  • Non-Resident Student Cost : $1,691.30
  • International Student Cost : $3,375.94
  • Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,237.34
  • Non-Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,389.40
  • International BAS Student Cost : $6,237.70
Quarter 2
Quarter 3
  • Credits :18.0
  • Resident Student Cost : $1,539.24
  • Non-Resident Student Cost : $1,691.30
  • International Student Cost : $3,375.94
  • Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,237.34
  • Non-Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,389.40
  • International BAS Student Cost : $6,237.70
Quarter 4
  • Credits :16.0
  • Resident Student Cost : $1,430.08
  • Non-Resident Student Cost : $1,580.60
  • International Student Cost : $3,252.28
  • Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,215.78
  • Non-Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,366.30
  • International BAS Student Cost : $6,214.60
Quarter 5
  • Credits :14.0
  • Resident Student Cost : $1,320.92
  • Non-Resident Student Cost : $1,469.90
  • International Student Cost : $3,128.62
  • Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,194.22
  • Non-Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,343.20
  • International BAS Student Cost : $6,191.50
Quarter 6
  • Credits :16.0
  • Resident Student Cost : $1,430.08
  • Non-Resident Student Cost : $1,580.60
  • International Student Cost : $3,252.28
  • Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,215.78
  • Non-Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,366.30
  • International BAS Student Cost : $6,214.60
Quarter 7
  • Credits :12.0
  • Resident Student Cost : $1,211.76
  • Non-Resident Student Cost : $1,359.20
  • International Student Cost : $3,004.96
  • Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,172.66
  • Non-Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,320.10
  • International BAS Student Cost : $6,168.40

Part Time

Equipment Fee associated with this program

  • Required materials: hard-toed boots; coveralls; and tools (minimum $300). : Please contact (206) 934-5394 or email SouthProfTech@seattlecolleges.edu for information on equipment fees in this program.
  • Tool kit : $200.00 - $3,000.00 depending on quality chosen
  • ASE testing : $189.00

Hours may vary based on specific program requirements.


Coursework

Course Course ID Credits Availability

This introductory course covers skills required by the ASE Education Foundation including electrical theory; testing circuits using a multimeter; diagnosing electrical system problems using schematics and component locators; Testing battery, starting and charging systems on vehicles including safety procedures. Prereqs: Placement into ENGL 105 and MATH 110. Coreqs: MVM 100, MVM 102, MATH 110.

AUT 100 6.0

Course covers understanding and using schematics. Battery, starting and charging system operation and testing are also included. Prereqs: MVM 100, MVM 102, AUT 100. Note: AUT 102, 104, and 106 must be taken concurrently.

AUT 102 4.0

Contents include: safety, automotive lighting, gauges and warning devices, horns, windshield wipers and washers, defoggers, power accessories diagnosis and repair or replacement of the components. In addition the function and construction of each component.

AUT 104 3.0

Computer inputs analog and digital, computer operation, computer controlled components, networking. Computer systems include driver information center, SRS, BCM, HVAC, Entertainment systems and many other systems.

AUT 106 3.0

Power flow and principles involving manual transaxles; troubleshooting and diagnosing manual transaxles noises, clutch issues and shifting problems, removal and reinstall manual transaxle in vehicle. In addition the function and construction of each component, as well as their diagnosis and service procedures will be covered.

AUT 112 3.0

This course covers the operation, construction, maintenance, diagnosis and repair of the drivetrain on manual transmission vehicles. This includes the clutch assembly, transmission\transaxle, transfer case, drive shaft, differential, axles and attached components. Prereq: MVM 100, MVM 102, AUT 100, AUT 102, AUT 104, AUT 106. Coreq: AUT 112.

AUT 114 3.0

Basic principles involving air conditioning and heating systems; troubleshooting and diagnosing of air conditioning and heating systems; removal and reinstalling of air conditioning and heating components in vehicles. In addition, the function and construction of each component, as well as their diagnosis and service procedures will be covered. Instruction in safety, environmental awareness. Prereq: MVM 100, MVM 102, AUT 100.

AUT 116 6.0

Power flow and principles involving automatic transmissions. Diagnosing, servicing and adjusting automatic transmissions. Understanding electronic control systems. Locate repair external transmission leaks. Performing a proper road test for transmission problems. In addition, the function and construction of each component, as well as their diagnosis and service procedures will be covered. Prereq: MVM 100, MVM 102, AUT 100, AUT 102, AUT 104, AUT 106. Coreq: AUT 120.

AUT 118 4.0

This course covers bench tear down inspection and reassembly of the transmission. In addition, it covers the function and construction of each component. We will also remove and reinstall automatic transmissions in vehicle. Prereq: MVM 100, MVM 102, AUT 100, AUT 102, AUT 104, AUT 106. Coreq: AUT 118.

AUT 120 6.0

Steering and suspension theory, diagnosis and repair or replace including but not limited to chassis design, wheel bearings, steering and suspension components function and construction. Prereqs: MVM 100, MVM 102, AUT 100. Coreqs: AUT 124.

AUT 122 4.0

Tire and wheel construction, materials, application, remove & install, balance, diagnosis and repair. Performing a 4 wheel alignment, understanding all the components on the vehicle and road conditions that can affect alignment. Repair or replacement of those components on the vehicle as well as how aftermarket components can affect ride and safety of the vehicle. Prereqs: MVM 100, MVM 102, AUT 100. Coreqs: AUT 122.

AUT 124 4.0

This course covers all of the components of disc brake, drum brake and mixed systems. We cover how each component works both in theory and in reality in the shop. We teach how to service, diagnose and to repair or replace each of the components. Prereq: MVM 100, MVM 102, AUT 100. Coreqs: AUT 127.

AUT 126 3.0

Covers operation, diagnosis and service of disc brakes, power brakes and ABS brake components. Prereq: MVM 100, MVM 102, AUT 100. Coreqs: AUT 126.

AUT 127 4.0

Students will study the basic operation of automotive gas and diesel engines, diagnosing their condition by disassembling various types of current model engines.Note: AUT 128, 130 and 132 must be taken concurrently.

AUT 128 4.0

Covers engine disassembly, cleaning of engine parts, inspection and measuring of engine components, cylinder head rebuilding, overhauling engine blocks and reassembly of an automotive engine. Prereq: MVM 100, MVM 102, AUT 100. Coreqs: AUT 128, AUT 132, AUT 134.

AUT 130 8.0

Contents include: automotive drivability theory, diagnosing drivability problems, as well as removal, repair and installation of drivability compomemts from vehicles. In addition, the function and construction of each component as well as its diagnosis ad service procedures will be covered. Instruction in safety, environmental awareness, human relations and leadership are taught as an integral part of this unit of study.Note: MVM 100, MVM 102, AUT 100 and AUT 134 must be taken concurrently.

AUT 134 3.0

This course will cover gasoline ignition and fuel systems. Included are distributor waste spark and coil on plug ignition systems also fuel pumps both electric and mechanical, fuel injection throttle body, port fuel sequential and gasoline direct injection systems. Prereq: MVM 100, MVM 102, AUT 100, 102, 104, 106 and 136. Coreqs: AUT 140 and 142.

AUT 138 4.0

This course will cover the automotive engine computer, it's multiple power and ground supplies, and how these affect the running of the vehicle. It covers the inputs and outputs of the vehicle, how each contributes to the running of the engine and how to diagnose each one. Prereqs: MVM 100, AUT 100, AUT 102, AUT 104, AUT 106. Coreqs: AUT 138, 142.

AUT 140 4.0

Covers all emission-related items on the vehicle and the federally mandated OBD II system. Includes use and operation of super charges and turbo charges on cars. Prereq: MVM 100, MVM 102, AUT 100, AUT 102, AUT 104, AUT 106 AUT 134. Coreqs: AUT 138 and AUT 140.

AUT 142 6.0

This course focuses on skills required by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) including safety; nomenclature of components and parts; preventive maintenance; tools and equipment; repair manuals; parts and time estimating guides; fasteners and equipment; and how they relate to the automotive industry. Prereqs: Placement into ENGL 105 and MATH 110. Coreqs: AUT 100, MVM 102, MATH 110.

MVM 100 3.0

This course builds on MVM 100 to meet Automotive Service Excellence Education Foundation (ASEEF) standards by covering vehicle inspection; lube, oil and filter; cooling system; belts and hoses; heating and air conditioning system; driveshaft; manual and automatic transmission service and using a scan tool to retrieve diagnostic trouble codes (DTC). Coreqs: MVM100, AUT100, MATH110 or above.

MVM 102 6.0
Course Course ID Credits Availability

This course is designed to help students from a variety of majors to master the composition skills needed for careers in business and industry. Students will learn the principles and conventions of technical writing and practice those conventions in a variety of assignments that would typically be encountered in the work place. Attention will also be paid to strengthening the surface and stylistic aspects of their writing. Prereq: placement into ENGL097. Section 70 & 77 have fees, contact instructor and read http://sites.southseattle.edu/online/welcome-letter Find your instructor's email at http://www.seattlecolleges.com/directory

ENGL 107 5.0

Emphasis on applications of mathematics to vocational and technical courses. Prereq: Satisfactory performance on Math placement test. Section 70: online fee; email instructor and read http://sites.southseattle.edu/online/welcome-letter. Find your instructor's email at: http://www.seattlecolleges.com/DISTRICT/employeedirectory/directorysearch.aspx

MATH 110 3.0

course taken must be college transferable

3.0