Automotive Fundamentals Certificate

The Automotive Fundamentals certificate provides a fundamental understanding of diagnosis and repair service for the engine, automatic transmission, brake, heating and air conditioning, suspension and steering and electrical systems.

The certificate will provide the first step towards the completion of an Associate in Applied Science with a major in Automotive Technology. The courses will be assessed using applicable NATEF metrics.

Required Courses

REQUIRED COURSE INFORMATION  
Courses Credit Hours
AUT 101 Engine Fundamentals 3.0
AUT 102 Engine Repair 4.0
AUT 112 Brakes 4.0
AUT 116 Manual Transmissions and Axles 4.0
AUT 122 Suspension and Alignment 4.0
AUT 132 Automotive Electricity 4.0
AUT 141 Introduction to Heating and Air Conditioning 4.0
AUT 145 Engine Performance 3.0
AUT 152 Automatic Transmission 4.0
   
Subtotal 34.0
Total Credit Hours 34.0
 

Updated 4/3/2017

 

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the Automotive Fundamentals Certificate is to provide a fundamental understanding of diagnosis and repair service for the engine, automatic transmission, brake, heating and air conditioning, suspension and steering and electrical systems. The certificate will provide the first step towards the completion of an Associate in Applied Science with a Major in Automotive Technology. The courses will be assessed using applicable NATEF metrics.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Diagnose and repair vehicle engine and engine operating systems. Assess using NATEF Task list for Engine Repair metrics. Student must achieve at least 3 out of 5 to show competency completion.

  2. Diagnose and repair automatic and manual drive trains and operating systems. Assess using NATEF Task list for Automatic Transmission/transaxle and manual drive train and axle’s metrics. Student must achieve at least 3 out of 5 to show competency completion.

  3. Diagnose and repair vehicle HVAC and operating systems. Assess using NATEF Task list for Heating and Air Conditioning metrics. Student must achieve at least 3 out of 5 to show competency completion.

  4. Diagnose and repair steering and suspension systems. Perform a 4 wheel alignment on a vehicle. Assess using NATEF Task list for Suspension and Steering metrics. Student must achieve at least 3 out of 5 to show competency completion.

  5. Diagnose and repair vehicle brake systems. Perform a 4 wheel brake service. Assess using NATEF Task list for Brakes metrics. Student must achieve at least 3 out of 5 to show competency completion.

  6. Diagnose and repair engine performance and drivability concerns. Assess using NATEF Task list for Engine Performance metrics. Student must achieve at least 3 out of 5 to show competency completion.

  7. Diagnose and repair vehicle electrical and electronic systems. Assess using NATEF Task list for Electrical/electronic metrics. Student must achieve at least 3 out of 5 to show competency completion.

  8. Follow automotive shop safety practices applicable to industry standards. Assess using Safety Quizzes and Exams. Student must achieve an 80 or better on Safety Exam.

 

Gainful Employment Information

Gainful Employment Disclosures

Advisement Information

Program notes

  • The best time to start the Automotive Technology program is fall.  New students interested in starting in the summer or spring term should talk with Gerald Sartin about experience level before enrolling in AUT courses. Completing developmental coursework, if needed, or general education courses is a good option before entering the program fully in the fall.  Reading comprehension skills are very important for success in this program.
     
  • All courses count toward the AUT3 associate degree.
     
  • AUT courses are offered during days and evenings.

Notes about individual classes

  • The English required for this program is ENG 165.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  ENG 032/012 and/or RDG 032/012 (or RWR 032/012) > ENG 100 and/or RDG 100 (or RWR 100) > ENG 165.
     
  • The math required for this program is MAT 170.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  MAT 032/012 > MAT 170.

Notes about other requirements

  • Tools for the hands-on portion in the lab are mandatory for competency completion and will cost a minimum of $1200-$1800 with some students choosing to spend as much as $4000-$5000. Tools that the students purchase are an investment in their future and necessary to be employable. Click here for the list of required tools. Advise students to call or e-mail Gerald Sartin if they have specific questions.

Semester-by-semester graduation plan

Automotive Fundamentals Certificate (AUT7) - Fall Start
Automotive Fundamentals Certificate (AUT7) - Spring Start
Automotive Fundamentals Certificate (AUT7) - Summer Start

Contacts

  • You can find the name of your assigned academic advisor by reviewing Degree Works, your Class Schedule, or by visiting the Advising webpage.

  • Enrollment advisor: Please send the AUT academic advisor electronic notification of student's enrollment if student is not able to meet with his or her academic advisor for initial advisement.
     
  • You may contact Gerald Sartin, AUT instructor, for more information on this program.
  • Please e-mail advising@ptc.edu to submit advising information updates and corrections.

 

Advisement Information updated/reviewed 3/2018.