Automotive Technology

Associate in Applied Science Degree - AUTO.AAS.C31

The objective of the Automotive Technology curriculum is to prepare students to enter the automotive service field with a proven degree of competency. The AAS program courses are designed to give the student entry-level skills in most phases of automotive repair. The student must realize, however, that to become an expert in the automotive field requires dedication and continued schooling. Automotive Technology graduates are generally prepared to enter automotive programs at selected colleges and universities with junior status.

Program coordinator: Chris Spracklin, email cspacklin@kcc.edu, phone 815-802-8866

Advising:  Dwayne Musick, email dmusick@kcc.edu, phone 815-802-8516

Automotive Technology Core (10 courses)
Credit hours: 31

  • AUTO 1021 - Service Shop Operations I
  • AUTO 1064 - Internal Combustion Engines
  • AUTO 1073 - Ignition & Electrical Systems I
  • * AUTO 1123 - Ignition & Electrical Systems II
  • AUTO 1143 - Brakes
  • AUTO 1213 - Manual Transmissions & Drivelines
  • AUTO 1223 - Automatic Transmissions
  • * AUTO 2013 - Computerized Engine Controls I
  • AUTO 2233 - Heating & Air Conditioning
  • AUTO 2243 - Alignment, Steering & Suspension
  • * AUTO 2252 - Service Shop Operations II

General Education (5 courses)
Credit hours: 16

  • * ENGL 1413 - Fundamentals of Writing1
  • * BSNS 1603 - Business Communications1
  • * MATH 1123 - Technical Mathematics II 2
  • * PSCI 1514 - Introduction to Physical Science
  • * SOCY 2513 - Sociology

Technical Core (7 courses)
Credit hours: 22

  • COSC 1513 - Introduction to Information Processing
  • * DRFT 2114 - AutoCAD 1
  • ELTR 1064 - Fundamentals of Electricity3
  • ELTR 1402 - Industrial Safety
  • * MCHN 1214 - Machine Tool I
  • MCHN 1311 - Precision Measurement
  • WELD 1114 - Basic Welding

MINIMUM CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR COMPLETION – 69

*Course has prerequisite.

1For transfer students, a higher level English course may be substituted.

2For transfer students, a higher level of mathematics course may be substituted.

3Those who have completed ELTR 1014 or both ELTR 1062 and ELTR 1072 will not be required to take ELTR 1064.

Automotive Technology A.A.S. — Suggested course sequence

Fall
AUTO 1021 1 cr. hrs.
AUTO 1064 4 cr. hrs.
AUTO 1073 3 cr. hrs.
AUTO 1143 3 cr. hrs.
* ENGL 1413  3 cr. hrs.
WELD 1114 4 cr. hrs.

Spring
* AUTO 1123 3 cr. hrs.
* AUTO 2013 3 cr. hrs.
COSC 1513 3 cr. hrs.
ELTR 1402 2 cr. hrs.
* MATH 1123  3 cr. hrs.
* PSCI 1514 4 cr. hrs.

Fall
AUTO 1213 3 cr. hrs.
AUTO 2243 3 cr. hrs.
* DRFT 2114 4 cr. hrs.
ELTR 1064 4 cr. hrs.
MCHN 1311 1 cr. hrs.

Spring
AUTO 1223 3 cr. hrs.
AUTO 2233 3 cr. hrs.
* AUTO 2252 2 cr. hrs.
* MCHN 1214 4 cr. hrs.
* BSNS 1603 3 cr. hrs.
* SOCY 2513 3 cr. hrs.

*Course has prerequisite.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAM INFORMATION

A transfer agreement with at least one four-year college or university exists for this A.A.S. program. Students should consult an advisor for more information.


Certificate in Automotive Technology - C81G

Upon completion of this program, the graduate is prepared for entry-level employment in the automotive repair and maintenance field.

This certificate is a gainful employment program and KCC is required to provide cost, completion and occupation information about it.

Required courses: (9 courses)

  • AUTO 1064 - Internal Combustion Engines
  • AUTO 1073 - Ignition & Electrical Systems I
  • * AUTO 1123 - Ignition & Electrical Systems II
  • AUTO 1143 - Brakes
  • AUTO 1213 - Manual Transmissions & Drivelines
  • AUTO 1223 - Automatic Transmissions
  • * AUTO 2013 - Computerized Engine Controls I
  • AUTO 2233 - Heating & Air Conditioning
  • AUTO 2243 - Alignment, Steering and Suspension

MINIMUM CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR COMPLETION – 28

*Course has prerequisite.

Automotive Technology Certificate — Suggested course sequence

Fall
AUTO 1064 4 cr. hrs.
AUTO 1073 3 cr. hrs.
AUTO 1143 3 cr. hrs.

Spring
* AUTO 1123 3 cr. hrs.
* AUTO 2013 3 cr. hrs.

Fall
AUTO 1213 3 cr. hrs.
AUTO 2243 3 cr. hrs.

Spring
AUTO 1223 3 cr. hrs.
AUTO 2233 3 cr. hrs.

*Course has prerequisite.


Certificate options in Automotive Technology

It is possible for a student to take a small grouping of courses which, taken as a unit, may satisfy requirements for a particular position within the automotive technology field. The student may make written application to the Office of Admissions and Registration to receive written verification of completion of the certificate program.

The Advanced Drivetrains/Powertrains certificate is a gainful employment program and KCC is required to provide cost, completion and occupation information about it.

Advanced Drivetrains/Powertrains
(17 hours)

Curriculum code: C81D
AUTO 1064 - Internal Combustion Engines 4 cr. hrs.
AUTO 1213 - Manual Transmissions & Drivelines 3 cr. hrs.
AUTO 1223 - Automatic Transmissions 3 cr. hrs.
* AUTO 2206 - Engine Diagnosis & Overhaul 6 cr. hrs.
MCHN 1311 - Precision Measurement 1 cr. hrs.

Automotive Heating & Air Conditioning
(3 hours)

Curriculum code: C81A
AUTO 2233 - Heating & Air Conditioning 3 cr. hrs.

Brakes & Alignment (6 hours)
Curriculum code: C81B
AUTO 1143 - Brakes 3 cr. hrs.
AUTO 2243 - Alignment, Steering and Suspension 3 cr. hrs.

Drivelines (6 hours)
Curriculum code: C81C
AUTO 1213 - Manual Transmissions & Drivelines 3 cr. hrs.
AUTO 1223 - Automatic Transmissions 3 cr. hrs.

*Course has prerequisite, but it may be waived with documented previous work experience and consent of instructor.