Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2019-2020

Automotive Technology

Industrial Technologies

101 Jones Hall

319-398-4983

www.kirkwood.edu/industrialtech

Entry time
Fall

Award
Associate of Applied Science degree
2 years (5 terms including 1 summer)

The Automotive Technology program provides entry-level skills and knowledge for students who want to work in the automotive technology field. The curriculum emphasizes automotive electronics and features courses in body electrical, engine electrical and computerized fuel delivery systems. This program is Master-certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), and the National Institute of Automotive Services Excellence certifies our instructors as Master Technicians. Kirkwood is an authorized SnapOn Certified Training Center. After you complete the SnapOn Diagnostic products training and pass the rigorous test, you are considered a power user of SnapOn diagnostic tools, with an efficiency of 90-100 percent. Achieve master status (top 10 percent nationwide) and be one of the most sought after technicians in the field. This program requires the National Career Readiness Certificate, OSHA 10-General Industry, Residential Voltage Arc Flash, and Adult First Aid with CPR.

A tool set is required for this program.

The Entry Level Automotive Technology diploma provides fundamental level skills and knowledge for students who want to work in introductory level positions in the automotive technology field. Students complete the first courses in two-course sequences covering the major areas of automotive service technology, and can opt to complete the second courses in these sequences by moving on to the degree. The curriculum emphasizes automotive electronics and features courses in body electrical, engine electrical and computerized fuel delivery systems. This program is overall Master-certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), and the National Institute of Automotive Services Excellence certifies our instructors as Master Technicians. This program requires completion of OSHA 10-General Industry, Residential Voltage Arc Flash, and Adult First Aid with CPR.

The Fundamentals of Automotive Technology certificate provides basic level skills and knowledge for students who want to work in positions such as tire technician or lube technician in the automotive technology field. This program is overall Master-certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), and the National Institute of Automotive Services Excellence certifies our instructors as Master Technicians.

The Advanced Chassis certificate provides beginning through advanced level skills and knowledge in the areas of suspension, steering, heating, air conditioning, and brakes. Students can use this certificate to help obtain a position as an automotive technician specializing in these areas. This program is overall Master-certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), and the National Institute of Automotive Services Excellence certifies our instructors as Master Technicians.

The Advanced Drivetrain certificate provides beginning through advanced level skills and knowledge in the areas of manual transmissions and transaxles and automatic transmissions and transaxles. Students can use this certificate to help obtain a position as an automotive technician specializing in these areas. This program is overall Master-certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), and the National Institute of Automotive Services Excellence certifies our instructors as Master Technicians.

The Advanced Powertrain certificate provides beginning through advanced level skills and knowledge in the areas of advanced computerized engine controls, engine repair, and hybrid vehicle maintenance and repair. Students can use this certificate to help obtain a position as an automotive technician specializing in these areas. This program is overall Master-certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), and the National Institute of Automotive Services Excellence certifies our instructors as Master Technicians.

Career opportunities: auto dealerships; franchised auto centers; independent repair facilities; specialty service shops; auto sales and support; fleet maintenance.

Degree Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Term 1-Fall

AUT-104

Introduction to Automotive Technology

3

AUT-611

Automotive Electricity

5

MAT-715

Industrial Math I

3

AUT-888

Technical Lab I OR

4

AUT-100

Maintenance & Light Repair

 

 

 

15

Term 2-Spring

AUT-308

Automotive Manual Drive Train and Axles I

2

AUT-402

Automotive Suspension and Steering

2

AUT-502

Automotive Brake Systems

2

AUT-702

Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning

2

AUT-310

Computerized Engine Controls I

2

AUT-889

Technical Lab II

4

-------

Communications Elective*

3

 

 

17

Term 3-Summer

AUT-309

Automotive Manual Drive Train and Axles II

2

AUT-708

Advanced Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning

2

-------

Social Science Elective

3

-------

Communications Elective*

3

 

 

10

Term 4-Fall

AUT-164

Automotive Engine Repair

4

AUT-406

Advanced Automotive Suspension and Steering

2

AUT-536

Advanced Automotive Brake Systems

2

AUT-654

Automotive Advanced Electrical

4

AUT-311

Computerized Engine Controls II

3

 

 

15

Term 5-Spring

AUT-204

Automotive Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles

4

AUT-221

Hybrid Electric Vehicle Fundamentals

4

AUT-312

Computerized Engine Controls III

4

-------

Humanities Elective

3

 

 

15

Total program credit hours

72

AUT-928

Independent Study

1

AUT-924

Honors Project

1

Entry Level Automotive Technology Diploma Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Term 1

AUT-104

Introduction to Automotive Technology

3

AUT-611

Automotive Electricity

5

MAT-715

Industrial Math I

3

AUT-888

Technical Lab I OR

4

AUT-100

Maintenance & Light Repair

 

 

 

15

Term 2

AUT-308

Automotive Manual Drive Train and Axles I

2

AUT-402

Automotive Suspension and Steering

2

AUT-502

Automotive Brake Systems

2

AUT-702

Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning

2

AUT-310

Computerized Engine Controls I

2

AUT-889

Technical Lab II

4

-------

Communications Elective*

3

 

 

17

Total program credit hours

32

Fundamentals of Automotive Technology Certificate Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Term 1

AUT-104

Introduction to Automotive Technology

3

AUT-611

Automotive Electricity

5

MAT-715

Industrial Math I

3

AUT-888

Technical Lab I OR

4

AUT-100

Maintenance & Light Repair

 

 

 

15

Total program credit hours

15

Advanced Chassis Certificate Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Term 1

AUT-402

Automotive Suspension and Steering

2

AUT-702

Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning

2

AUT-502

Automotive Brake Systems

2

 

 

6

Term 2

AUT-708

Advanced Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning

2

 

 

2

Term 3

AUT-406

Advanced Automotive Suspension and Steering

2

AUT-536

Advanced Automotive Brake Systems

2

 

 

4

Total program credit hours

12

Advanced Drivetrain Certificate Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Term 1

AUT-308

Automotive Manual Drive Train and Axles I

2

 

 

2

Term 2

AUT-309

Automotive Manual Drive Train and Axles II

2

 

 

2

Term 3

AUT-654

Automotive Advanced Electrical

4

 

 

4

Term 4

AUT-204

Automotive Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles

4

 

 

4

Total program credit hours

12

Advanced Powertrain Certificate Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Term 1

AUT-164

Automotive Engine Repair

4

 

 

4

Term 2

AUT-312

Computerized Engine Controls III

4

AUT-221

Hybrid Electric Vehicle Fundamentals

4

 

 

8

Total program credit hours

12

Tool Requirements: Students in the Auto Technology program are required to have a tool set for lab activities. Instructors provide students with a list of minimum requirements. The cost of tools and toolbox is approximately $6,700 and payment plans can be arranged with the financial aid office.

*Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should consider substituting some or all of the following courses into the curriculum:

ENG-105 Composition 1 AND
ENG-108 Comp II: Technical Writing OR
ENG-106 Composition
FOR ------ Communications Electives

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