50th Anniversary

Automotive Technology

Degree: 
Associate in Applied Science
Program Goals: 
The Automotive Technology program is designed to prepare the student to become a professional Automotive Technician and fill the need of area dealerships and independent repair facilities. The program trains students in all eight areas of automotive repair to prepare a student to become an ASE Master Technician. The program builds a foundation of knowledge allowing graduates to adapt to new technology and grow as an employee. The program also provides the opportunity to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in a related field of study.
Student Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of the program graduates will be able to:
  • Diagnose and repair components of the electrical and electronic systems.
  • Diagnose and repair automotive engine and power transmission systems.
  • Diagnose and repair components of the steering and suspension systems.
  • Diagnose and repair components of hydraulic and anti-lock brake systems.
  • Diagnose and repair components of the climate control system.
  • Diagnose and repair electronic power-train control systems.
  • Sit for the ASE Master Technician certification examinations.
  • Adapt to new technology and service procedures as they are developed and thus, build a professional foundation in all aspects of automotive systems and service techniques.
  • Grow as an automotive technician, moving up the career ladder.
Admissions Process: 
Admissions inquiries should be directed to admissions [at] qcc [dot] mass [dot] edu .Prospective students may apply to the program of their choice by following the enrollment steps at the following link: http://www.qcc.edu/pages/Enrollment_Steps.html
CORI, SORI, Finger Printing & Drug Testing: 
A Criminal Offenders Record Information (CORI) and Sexual Offenders Record Information (SORI) are not required. Finger printing and drug testing are not required.
Additional Cost: 
Students enrolled in AUT 299 may incur an additional expense for professional liability insurance. Students are responsible for the purchase of tools prior to employment.
Technical Performance Standards: 
See page 17 in the catalog or the Technical Performance Standards page.
Credit for Prior Learning: 
Students enrolled in this program may be able to earn academic credit for prior learning. Please contact the office of Career Placement Services at careerservices [at] qcc [dot] mass [dot] edu, 508.854.4439, Room 272 A.
Career Outlook: 
Please consult The Massachusetts Career Information System at http://masscis.intocareers.com/ or The Occupational Outlook Handbook at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ for specific occupational information. The CIP code for this program is 47.0604.
Transfer Articulations & Opportunities: 
Prospective students may learn more about transfer articulation agreements at the following link: http://www.qcc.mass.edu/transfer/ArticPathways.html. More information regarding transfer opportunities is available at: http://www.qcc.mass.edu/transfer.
Additional Information: 
Applicants to this program must have a valid learners permit and a driving record that is suitable for prospective employing dealership's insurance requirements. A Request for Driving Record will be forwarded to the MA Department of Transportation on behalf of each student accepted to the program each fall.
Curriculum: 
Course Title Course # Semester Offered Plan to Take Grade Credits Prerequisites
Semester 1
Fundamentals of Automotive Service AUT 102 F     3  
Automotive Electrical Systems AUT 111 F     4  
Brake Systems AUT 131 F     3  
Introduction to English Composition or ENG 100 F/S/SU     3 Passing ENG 091 with a grade of C or higher and passing the ENG 096 departmental writing final examination essay or approp place score
Humanities Elective* ENG 100 F/S/SU     3 Passing ENG 091 with a grade of C or higher and passing the ENG 096 departmental writing final examination essay or approp place score
Semester 2
Basic Gasoline Engines AUT 121 S     4 AUT 102
Engine Testing/Performance Analysis AUT 125 S     4 AUT 102
English Composition & Literature I ENG 101 F/S/SU     3 ENG 100 or approp place score
Social Science Elective   F/S/SU     3 ENG 100 or approp place score
Semester 3
Suspension, Steering, & Alignment AUT 133 S     3 AUT 102
Climate Control System AUT 141 S     3 AUT 121
Science or Mathematics Elective** SCI--- F/S/SU     3-4  
Semester 4
Automotive Drive Train AUT 251 F     3 AUT 121
Automotive Transmission & Transaxle AUT 253 F     4 Coreq-AUT 251
English Composition & Literature II ENG 102 F/S/SU     3 ENG 101
Business Elective         3  
Semester 5
Basic Automotive Electronics AUT 113 S     3 AUT 111
Electronic Powertrain Control Systems AUT 211 S     5 AUT 125
Field Experience & Cooperative Education in Automotive Technology or AUT 299 F/S/SU     3 Approval of Program Coordinator
Hybrid-Electric Vehicle Operations AUT 212 S     3 AUT 121, AUT 141, AUT 253; or completion of an ASE Master Tech, L-1 Advanced Certificate, Coreq-AUT 113, AUT 211
Speech Communication Skills SPH 101 F/S/SU     3 Pre/Coreq-ENG 101
Total credits required: 63-64  

Program Notes:

  • Applicants to this program must have a valid learner’s permit and a driving record that is suitable for prospective employing dealership's insurance requirements. A Request for Driving Record will be forwarded to the MA Department of Transportation on behalf of each student accepted to the program each fall.

*Students who place in ENG 101 should take a Humanities elective.
** See Science course descriptions for course pre-requisite information. Most science electives require a minimum of MAT 095 or higher or the appropriate placement score.
**For the purpose of the articulation agreement with Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, students must complete one college-level mathematics course. Students may select from among the following choices: MAT 100, 121, 122 or higher