Automotive Technology - Diploma and AAS

Get on the fast track to a great career.

Companies need skilled technicians who can troubleshoot problems, work as a team, and get it right the first time. Master the skills you need for the career you want with SCC’s Automotive Technology program.

The SCC Automotive Technology program is an ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) Certified program. This certification assures the student that the program meets the standards set by NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) regarding equipment, tools, scheduling, instructors and curriculum. . 

In order for a technician to become ASE certified, he/she must have two years experience in addition to passing tests in the various areas of automotive repair. However, by attending the SCC Automotive Technology program, students may take these tests at any time during their education. If they pass these tests, they will become ASE Certified pro-tem upon graduation. After just one year of experience in the field, they become officially ASE Certified. 

One benefit of this program is the on the job training (OJT) it provides. OJT gives the students hands-on experience in an actual work environment. In this two year program, students will not only receive an education, but they will also receive hands-on experience while being paid. 

For specific information regarding program rules and expectations, please view the handbook. View The Program Handbook

West Burlington campus (Keokuk campus offers select courses)

Curriculum Sequence

Fall Semester I Course Title Credit
AUT-106 INTRODUCTION TO AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY 2
AUT-126 FUNDAMENTALS OF AUTOMOTIVE SERVICING 2
AUT-405 AUTOMOTIVE SUSPENSION AND STEERING 5
AUT-505 AUTOMOTIVE BRAKE SYSTEMS 5
HSC-181 FIRST AID/CPR FOR NON-HEALTH CARE WORKERS 1.5
MAT-702 INTRODUCTION TO MATH APPLICATIONS 3
TOTAL 18.5
Spring Semester I Course Title Credit
AUT-166 AUTOMOTIVE ENGINE REPAIR 6
AUT-244 MANUAL DRIVETRAINS I 3
AUT-610 AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRICAL I 4
COM-102 COMMUNICATION SKILLS 3
SCI-115 BASIC ELECTRICITY 2
SDV-125 WORKPLACE READINESS 1
TOTAL 19
Summer Semester Course Title Credit
Take 1 of these courses:
SOC-114 CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN THE WORKPLACE 3
SOC-115 SOCIAL PROBLEMS 3
Take 1 of these courses:
HIS-251 US HISTORY: 1945 TO PRESENT 3
HUM-287 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT STUDIES 3
PHI-105 INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS 3
TOTAL 6
Fall Semester II Course Title Credit
AUT-625 AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRICAL II 8
AUT-800 ENGINE PERFORMANCE 8
Take 1 of these courses:
PSY-111 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY 3
SOC-110 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY 3
TOTAL 19
Spring Semester II Course Title Credit
AUT-190 HYBRID FUNDAMENTALS 2
AUT-207 AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS/TRANSAXLES 6
AUT-246 MANUAL DRIVETRAINS II 3
AUT-700 AUTOMOTIVE HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING 2.5
AUT-911 INTERNSHIP 4
TOTAL 17.5

AUT-106 - INTRODUCTION TO AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY

Lecture: 1

Lab: 2

Credit: 2

This course will serve as an introduction to the complete automotive field, including safety, ASE certification, employment potential, customer service, employer/employee relations and the parts and service industry.

AUT-126 - FUNDAMENTALS OF AUTOMOTIVE SERVICING

Lecture: 1

Lab: 2

Credit: 2

This course will familiarize students with basic scheduled maintenance. Proper usage of hand and power tools will be covered, as well as precision measuring systems and equipment. Prerequisite: A grade of C- or above in AUT-106.

AUT-405 - AUTOMOTIVE SUSPENSION AND STEERING

Lecture: 2

Lab: 6

Credit: 5

This course will look closely at automotive suspension systems, manual, power and four-wheel steering, and proper vehicle wheel alignment.

AUT-505 - AUTOMOTIVE BRAKE SYSTEMS

Lecture: 2

Lab: 6

Credit: 5

This course will explain and demonstrate the principles of friction and the components and operation of hydraulic brakes, including power and anti-lock brakes. Prerequisite: AUT-126.

HSC-181 - FIRST AID/CPR FOR NON-HEALTH CARE WORKERS

Lecture: 1

Lab: 1

Credit: 1.5

This course follows the American heart Association Basic Life Support (CPR) Heart Saver for the Lay Person. It includes AED and basic first aid. This course is not for health care workers.

MAT-702 - INTRODUCTION TO MATH APPLICATIONS

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course is offered to students who can profit from an applied course in mathematics and will prepare students who need to develop skills for MAT-704. It is designed as an introductory level algebra course recommended for students with one year of high school algebra. Emphasis is on the building of basic algebra skills and the application of these mathematical techniques. The course studies the relationship of geometry and algebra as they apply to various fields. This course will also cover whole numbers/decimals, integers, fractions/percents, direct measurement, basic geometric concepts/relationships, linear equations, and right-triangle trigonometry. Prerequisite:MAT-052 or meet minimum placement test requirement.

AUT-166 - AUTOMOTIVE ENGINE REPAIR

Lecture: 3

Lab: 6

Credit: 6

This course will introduce the internal combustion engine and the variety of designs in popular usage today. It also offers a general introduction to engine diagnosis and testing. The engine will be explored piece by piece, and the description and function of each part explained.

AUT-244 - MANUAL DRIVETRAINS I

Lecture: 1

Lab: 4

Credit: 3

This course will introduce the student to the concepts of front- and rear-wheel drive, four-wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles. Clutches, CV joints, and universal joints will also be covered.

AUT-610 - AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRICAL I

Lecture: 2

Lab: 4

Credit: 4

This course will introduce to the student the theory and operation of basic electrical and electronic principles as a science. How the basics are applied to automotive electrical circuits and the proper procedures to diagnose and repair are covered. Lab sessions are spent turning theory into "hands-on" practice with meters and basic circuits.

COM-102 - COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course is structured to develop the fundamentals of acceptable communication and technical expression relevant to the students' career requirements: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Prerequisites: Meet minimum placement test score requirement.

SCI-115 - BASIC ELECTRICITY

Lecture: 1

Lab: 2

Credit: 2

An introduction to basic electricity and magnetism. A study of the relationship between voltage, current, and resistance. Power generation, power transfer and their applications. A basic understanding of the applied electrical circuits.

SDV-125 - WORKPLACE READINESS

Lecture: 1

Credit: 1

This course is designed to assist students in obtaining and maintaining employment. Topics include making career decisions, using labor market information, developing a portfolio and demonstrating positive attitudes and behaviors in the workplace.

SOC-114 - CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN THE WORKPLACE

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Conflict Resolution in the Workplace will study conflict resolution theories and applications in the workplace. The course will provide students with the opportunity to develop their own effective interpersonal conflict resolution skills as well as skills needed to help employees resolve their conflicts with one another and the skills needed to negotiate contracts. Students will also be introduced to theories and skills needed to apply culturally sensitive principles to conflict resolution.

SOC-115 - SOCIAL PROBLEMS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

An investigation into a selection of social problems involving alternative solutions. Topics may include drug and alcohol abuse, crime, violence, prejudice and discrimination, and human sexuality.

HIS-251 - US HISTORY: 1945 TO PRESENT

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

An intensive study of the history of the United States since 1945, with an emphasis upon America's national and international problems during this period.

HUM-287 - LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT STUDIES

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course is designed to provide emerging and existing leaders the opportunity to explore the concept of leadership and to develop and improve their leadership skills. The course integrates readings from the humanities, experiential exercises, films/videos and contemporary readings on leadership.

PHI-105 - INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A survey of the major ethical emphases from ancient to modem times with pertinent reading in the works of representative philosophers.

AUT-625 - AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRICAL II

Lecture: 4

Lab: 8

Credit: 8

This course will build on the electrical and electronic basics learned in AUT-610, Automotive Electrical I. The semi-conductor will be explained and the application used in the automobile will be explored. The students will learn digital logic and computer functions and operations, which make today's automobiles run. Prerequisite: AUT-610.

AUT-800 - ENGINE PERFORMANCE

Lecture: 4

Lab: 8

Credit: 8

This course will study the fuel and ignition delivery systems that make the internal combustion engine perform. The course covers early carburetion through fuel injection and point type ignition to distributorless ignition systems. The students will learn the diagnosis and repair techniques needed to repair the computer-controlled automobiles of today.

PSY-111 - INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A basic course in the understanding of behavior, designed to give the student a scientific background in the fundamental problems and techniques covered in the field of psychology.

SOC-110 - INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

An analysis of social organization (or the social order). This course deals with the nature of sociology as a science, the original nature of man, the socialization of the individual, the development of groups and group behavior, the nature of culture and culture patterns, the organization of institutions, the nature of social order, the organization of human stratification and examination of major social processes. Special emphasis is placed upon the American cultural patterns.

AUT-190 - HYBRID FUNDAMENTALS

Lecture: 1

Lab: 2

Credit: 2

This course will familiarize students with general hybrid history and benefits, basic safety precautions, specific maintenance procedures, location and description of hybrid components for hybrid vehicles. Prerequisite: SCI-115

AUT-207 - AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS/TRANSAXLES

Lecture: 2

Lab: 8

Credit: 6

This course discusses automatic transmission and transaxle theory, components, operation and service.

AUT-246 - MANUAL DRIVETRAINS II

Lecture: 1

Lab: 4

Credit: 3

This course will provide the student with an understanding of differentials, as well as the major parts of a manual transmission. Inspection, maintenance, lubrication, disassembly and reassembly will be emphasized. Prerequisite: AUT-244.

AUT-700 - AUTOMOTIVE HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING

Lecture: 1

Lab: 3

Credit: 2.5

This course will cover heating, venting, and air conditioning theory, components and operation. Alternative refrigerants, retrofitting, troubleshooting and service procedures will also be covered.

AUT-911 - INTERNSHIP

OJT: 16

Credit: 4

Supervised work experience with an approved auto technology employer. Individual student eligibility will be determined by the instructor. Placement will depend on the student’s skill level and the availability of appropriate training sites.

Wes Carpenter - Assistant Professor, (319) 208-5000 ext. 5109

Email: wcarpenter@scciowa.edu
AAS, Lincoln Technical Institute
BA, Western Illinois University
ASE Master Tech
ASE Advanced Engine Performance
GM and Ford Certified

Timothy Hunter - Instructor, (319) 208-5000 ext. 5108

Email: thunter@scciowa.edu
AAS, Indian Hills Community College

Kelly Kroll - Administrative Assistant to the Dean of CTE, (319) 208-5000 ext. 5107

Email: kkroll@scciowa.edu

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