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Automotive Systems Technology

The curriculum prepares individuals for employment as automotive service technicians. It provides an introduction to automotive careers and increases student awareness of the challenges associated with this fast and ever-changing field. Classroom and lab experiences integrate technical and academic coursework. Emphasis is placed on theory, servicing and operation of brakes, electrical/electronic systems, engine performance, steering/suspension, automatic transmission/trans axles, engine repair, climate control, and manual drive trains. Upon completion of this curriculum, students should be prepared to take the ASE exam and be ready for full-time employment in dealerships and repair shops in the automotive service industry.

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Program Details

Associate in Applied Science Program (A60160)

General Education Courses

Course Number Course Name Semester Hour Credits
ENG 111 Expository Writing 3
Humanities/Fine Art Elective 3
MAT 120 Geometry & Trig 3
Social/Behavioral Sci. Elect. 3

Communications Elective (Choose from below)
Students are required to take 3 SHC from the following:

Course Number Course Name Semester Hour Credits
COM 110 Intro. to Communication 3
COM 120 Public Speaking 3
COM 231 Interpersonal Communication 3

Major Courses

Course Number Course Name Semester Hour Credits
AUT 110 Intro to Auto Technology 3
AUT 116 Engine Repair 3
AUT 116A Engine Repair Lab 1
AUT 123 Powertrain Diagnosis/Service 2
AUT 141 Suspension & Steering Sys. 3
AUT 141A Suspension & Steering Lab 1
AUT 151 Brake Systems 3
AUT 151A Brake Systems Lab 1
AUT 161 Basic Auto Electricity 5
AUT 163 Adv. Electricity/Electronics 3
AUT 163A Adv. Electricity/Electronics Lab 1
AUT 171 Auto Climate Control 4
AUT 181 Engine Performance 1 3
AUT 181A Engine Performance 1 Lab 1
AUT 183 Engine Performance 2 4
AUT 212 Auto Shop Management 3
AUT 221 Automatic Trans./Transaxles 3
AUT 221A Automatic Trans./Transaxles Lab 1
AUT 231 Manual Trans/Ax/Drivetrains 3
AUT 231A Manual Trans/Ax/Drivetrains Lab 1
AUT 281 Adv. Engine Performance 3
AUT 283 Adv. Automotive Electronics 3
AUT 285 Intro to Alternative Fuels 3
CIS 111 Basic PC Literacy 2

Total Credits: ……………………………………………75

Recommended Course Sequence

FallSemester I SpringSemester I SummerSemester I FallSemester II SpringSemester II
AUT 110AUT 151AUT 151AAUT 161CommunicationElectiveMAT 120 AUT 141AUT 141AAUT 163AUT 163AAUT 171CIS 111Social/Behav.

Science Elect.

AUT 181AUT 181AAUT 183AUT 212Humanities/Fine Art Elect AUT 116AUT 116AAUT 123AUT 281AUT 283 AUT 221AUT 221AAUT 231AUT 231AAUT 285ENG 111

Certificate (C60160A)

Fall Semester I
AUT 110AUT 116AUT 116AAUT 151AUT 151AAUT 161

Total Credits: ………16



Wilmington Campus
411 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

North Campus
4500 Blue Clay Road
Castle Hayne, NC 28429

Burgaw Center
100 East Industrial Drive
Burgaw, NC 28425

Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday: 7:30am to 5:30pm
Friday: 8:00am to 12:00pm

Accessibility Services

Cape Fear Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, political affiliation or age.