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Graduates of the Associate Degree program in Automotive Technology are qualified for entry-level positions as automotive service technicians, service advisors, and entry-level managers. Many persons already employed in the field use the program to progress to advanced technical or management positions, and to prepare for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification examinations.

Automotive Technology Associate Degree

The Automotive Technology program prepares students for successful careers as service technicians in the rapidly growing automotive repair industry. By providing students with exposure and hands-on experience on a variety of domestic and import vehicles, this broad-based curriculum prepares graduates for a wide range of job opportunities in new car dealerships, independent repair shops, or fleet repair facilities.

The Automotive Technology program at Columbus State offers courses designed for a variety of individuals ranging from the beginner to those with advanced skills and years of experience. Students may earn an associate degree, obtain ASE certification, or take individual courses to meet their educational goals. The Associate Degree program in Automotive Technology provides instruction in all aspects of the automobile, including the latest electronic systems. Students master the skills needed to diagnose and repair automobiles while working in the college’s well-equipped auto lab. The experienced faculty work closely with students to prepare them for a career and to become certified A.S.E. (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) Master Automotive Technicians.

Columbus State’s Automotive Technology program was the nation’s first college automotive program to be certified by A.S.E. to train Master Automotive Technicians. To receive this certification, the program is evaluated against industry standards of quality every five years by a team of external evaluators. The certification process ensures that the curriculum includes all of the appropriate competencies needed to properly prepare entry-level technicians and is delivered by A.S.E. certified faculty on current technology equipment and vehicles. All automotive faculty are A.S.E. Master Certified technicians with extensive industry repair experience. The program was recently re-evaluated and granted accreditation until 2014.

Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology, the graduate will be able to:

  • Identify the major systems of the automobile and correctly assess a system for proper operation
  • Synthesize a customer’s symptom into a set of possible system malfunctions and then into a subset of possible system component malfunctions
  • Select the correct type and source of Automotive Information and then employ that information to devise a repair strategy
  • Evaluate components and identify the failed component and the root cause of failure
  • Present the prescribed solution and justify the cost of the solution to address a repair concern including presenting alternatives and explaining why the recommendation is the best choice
  • Determine the correct procedure for the repair and then correctly perform the procedure
  • Apply proper ethical consideration when recommending needed repairs and managing the employer’s resources when conducting such repairs
  • Employ self-teaching techniques mastered during the program in order to remain abreast of advancements in technology
  • Apply good customer relations skills in all interactions with service customers.

TechLINK: Cooperative Work Experience

The Automotive Technology Department firmly believes that the best way to learn to become a highly skilled automotive technician is through a combination of on-campus learning and real-life work. Columbus State works closely with students to help those interested in finding paid cooperative work experience placements in local shops. Those students who are actively working in cooperative work placements in area dealerships and independent repair shops follow the same curriculum as the general Automotive Technology Program. However, since those students are working in the automotive repair industry as well as taking coursework on campus, the scheduling of courses is arranged to coordinate with the students’ work schedules. For more information, students can refer to the website (www.cscc.edu/autotech) and/or contact the department cooperative work experience advisor for further information on cooperative placement opportunities.

In addition to meeting all of the objectives of the general Automotive Technology program, participation in cooperative education is designed to:

  • Fill the local shortage of qualified, entry-level technicians needed by area automotive repair shops
  • Provide participating students with paid industry work experience to enhance the learning experience and to enable them to successfully transition from the classroom to the workplace
  • Provide a course of study that will enable successful graduates to have the knowledge and skills necessary to develop an upward career path in automotive repair.

NOTE: Students must have credit for DEV 0115 or placement into MATH 1000 or higher and DEV 0155 or placement into ENGL 0190 or higher before beginning any of the Automotive Technology technical courses.

Automotive Technology Associate Degree

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
CSCI 1101 Computer Concepts & Applications  3
ENGL 1100 Composition I  3
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar  1
AUTO 1101 Basic Auto Systems  2
AUTO 1106 Auto Shop Orientation & Service  2
AUTO 1140 Suspension & Steering: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1150 Brake & Systems: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1160 Electrical Systems: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1170 Heating & Air Condition Theory & Operation  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 19
Semester 2 . .
MATH 1010 Mathematics for Business Applications  4
XXXX XXXX Business Elective: BMGT 1101 or FMGT 1101  3
*AUTO 1240 or FORD 1240 Suspension & Steering: Diagnosis & Repair  2
*AUTO 1250 or FORD 1250 Brake Systems: Diagnosis & Repair  2
*AUTO 1260 or FORD 1260 Electrical Systems: Diagnosis & Repair  2
AUTO 1110 Engines: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1180 Engine Performance: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1210 Powertrain Systems Service  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 19
Semester 3 . .
HUM XXXX Refer to approved list  3
COMM XXXX 1105, 1110, 2200, or 2204  3
AUTO 2270 Heating & Air Conditioning: Diagnosis & Repair  2
AUTO 2130 Manual Trans: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 2280 Engine Performance Theory & Operation II  2
AUTO 2230 Manual Trans: Diagnosis & In Car Repair  2
AUTO 2120 Auto Transmissions: Theory & Operations  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 16
Semester 4 . .
XXXX XXXX  Technical Elective Refer to approved list 3
XXXX XXXX Natural Science Refer to approved list  3
SBS XXXX Refer to approved list  3
AUTO 2220 Automatic Trans: Diagnosis & Car Repair  2
AUTO XXXX Advanced Auto: AUTO 2360 or 2380  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 15
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS  . 68

*Students must choose either AUTO 1240, 1250 and 1260 or FORD 1240, 1250 and 1260 as a group.

Technical Electives
The following courses are approved for technical elective requirements:

AUTO 2360 Advanced Electrical System: Diagnosis & Repair  3
AUTO 2380 Advanced Engine Performance: Diagnosis & Repair  3
AUTO 2310 Engines: Diagnosis & In Car Repair  2
AUTO 2460 Electronic Systems: Systems Service  2
AUTO 2190 Hybrid Vehicles: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 2480 Engine Performance: Systems Service  2
AUTO 2101 Auto Business Management  2
SKTR 1180 Welding: Introduction to Stick  2

Independent Studies:

AUTO 2193 Ind Studies in Automotive Technology  1
AUTO 2293 Ind Studies in Automotive Technology  2
AUTO 2393 Ind Studies in Automotive Technology  3

Special Topics:

AUTO 2194 SPT in Automotive Technology  1
AUTO 2294 SPT in Automotive Technology  2
AUTO 2394 SPT in Automotive Technology  3

Automotive Service Management Major

The Service Management major prepares students for entry into management positions available in automotive repair facilities. Potential job titles for graduates include service director, service manager, service advisor, dispatcher, customer relations specialist, or independent shop owner. The Service Management major shares the general education courses and first year of basic technical courses within the Automotive Technology program. During the second year of the program, it supplements the foundational technical knowledge with the fundamental management principles and practices students need to know to be successful in a management career.

Upon completion of the program students earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology – Service Management major. The program is designed to:

  • Provide students with fundamental knowledge of the theory and operation of all automotive systems
  • Provide students with a broad-based background in general business management principles and practices
  • Provide students with knowledge of a wide range of current automotive-specific management practices and principles
  • Prepare students for entry-level management-track positions in the automotive repair industry.

Automotive Service Management Major

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
CSCI 1101 Computer Concepts & Applications  3
ENGL 1100 Composition I  3
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar  1
AUTO 1101 Basic Auto Systems  2
AUTO 1106 Auto Shop Orientation & Service  2
AUTO 1140 Suspension & Steering: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1150 Brake & Systems: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1160 Electrical Systems: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1170 Heating & Air Condition Theory & Operation  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 19
Semester 2 . .
MATH 1010 Mathematics for Business Applications  4
XXXX XXXX Business Elective: BMGT 1101 or FMGT 1101  3
*AUTO 1240 or FORD 1240 Suspension & Steering: Diagnosis & Repair  2
*AUTO 1250 or FORD 1250 Brake Systems: Diagnosis & Repair  2
*AUTO 1260 or FORD 1260 Electrical Systems: Diagnosis & Repair  2
AUTO 1110 Engines: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 2270 Heating & Air Conditioning: Diagnosis & Repair  2
AUTO 1180 Engine Performance: Theory & Operation  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 19
Semester 3 . .
MKTG 1010 Retailing  3
HUM XXXX Refer to approved list  3
COMM XXXX 1105, 1110, or 2200  3
COMM 2204 Technical Writing  3
AUTO 2101 Auto Business management  2
AUTO 2201 Service Advising  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 16
Semester 4 . .
XXX XXXX Natural Science Refer to approved list  3
SBS XXXX Refer to approved list  3
XXXX XXXX Technical Elective Refer to approved list  2
XXXX XXXX Technical Elective Refer to approved list  2
AUTO 2301 Auto Service Management  2
AUTO 2401 Auto Parts Management  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 14
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS  . 68

*Students must choose either AUTO 1240, 1250 and 1260 or FORD 1240, 1250 and 1260 as a group.

Technical Electives
The following courses are approved for technical elective requirements:

AUTO 1001 Autocare  2
BMGT 2231 Entrepreneurship I  3
MKTG 1230 Customer Service & Sales  3
MKTG 1020 Branding  3

Independent Studies:

AUTO 2193 Ind Studies in Automotive Technology  1
AUTO 2293 Ind Studies in Automotive Technology  2
AUTO 2393 Ind Studies in Automotive Technology  3

Special Topics:

AUTO 2194 SPT in Automotive Technology  1
AUTO 2294 SPT in Automotive Technology  2
AUTO 2394 SPT in Automotive Technology  3

Ford ASSET

ASSET is a partnership between Ford Motor Company, Ford and Lincoln dealers and Columbus State Community College. The program provides students with an opportunity to become highly trained technicians employed by Ford and Lincoln dealerships. The program:

  • Trains students to diagnose, service, and maintain Ford automotive products using Ford recommended procedures, special tools, and service publications
  • Ensures that ASSET-trained technicians can easily become familiar with new systems and components as they are introduced
  • Provides paid work experience during the program to reinforce what is being taught in the classroom
  • Allows ASSET-trained students to earn an Associate Degree in Automotive Technology, ASE Certifications, and most importantly, Ford Certifications.

ASSET is an associate degree program divided into two parts:
1) The Maintenance and Light Repair Certificate program is completed first;
2) Then Ford-specific instruction begins with Ford Certification Classes and Cooperative Work Experience. The student must be employed by a Ford or Lincoln dealership by the first Cooperative Work Experience Class (1st Summer Semester). The student must be accepted into the program before registering for Ford ASSET classes.

For more information, students can refer to the Auto Technology website (www.cscc.edu/autotech).

Ford ASSET Program

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
CSCI 1101 Computer Concepts & Applications  3
ENGL 1100 Composition I  3
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar  1
AUTO 1101 Basic Auto Systems  2
AUTO 1106 Auto Shop Orientation & Service  2
AUTO 1140 Suspension & Steering: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1150 Brake & Systems: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1160 Electrical Systems: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1170 Heating & Air Conditioning: Theory & Operation  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 19
Semester 2 . .
MATH 1010 Mathematics for Business Applications  4
XXXX XXXX Business Elective: BMGT 1101 or FMGT 1101  3
FORD 1240 Suspension & Steering: Diagnosis & Repair  2
FORD 1250 Brake Systems: Diagnosis & Repair  2
FORD 1260 Electrical Systems: Diagnosis & Repair  2
FORD 1270 Heating & Air Conditioning: Diagnosis & Repair  2
FORD 1360 Electronic Systems: Theory & Operation  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 18
Summer Semester . .
FORD 1110 Engines: Diagnosis & Repair  3
FORD 2951 Cooperative Work Experience/Seminar I  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 5
Semester 3 . .
HUM XXXX Refer to approved list  3
COMM XXXX 1105, 1110, 2220, or 2204  3
FORD 2180 Engine Performance: Operation & Diagnosis  3
FORD 2130 Manual Transmissions/Driveline: Diagnosis & Repair  3
FORD 2952 Cooperative Work Experience/Seminar II  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 14
Semester 4 . .
XXXX XXXX Natural Science - Refer to approved list  3
SBS XXXX Refer to approved list  3
FORD 2120 Automatic Transmissions: Diagnosis & Repair  3
FORD 2280 Advanced Engine Performance: Diagnosis & Testing  2
FORD 2953 Cooperative Work Experience/Seminar III  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 13
Summer Semester    
FORD 2380 Diesel Engine Performance: Diagnosis & Repair 2
FORD 2954 Cooperative Work Experience/Seminar IV 2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   4
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS  . 73

GE-NATURAL/PHYSICAL SCIENCES REQUIREMENT (SELECT ONE)

ASTR 1141 Life in the Universe  3
ASTR 1161 The Solar System  3
ASTR 1162 Stars and Galaxies  3
ASTR 1400 Astronomy Laboratory  1
BIO 1111 Introduction to Biology I  4
BIO 1112 Human Biology   4
BIO 1113 Biological Sciences I  4
BIO 1114 Biological Sciences II  4
BIO 1125 Plant Biology  4
BIO 1127 Environmental Science I  4
BIO 2215 Introduction to Microbiology  4
BIO 2232 Human Physiology  4
CHEM 1110 Chemistry and Society  5
CHEM 1111 Elementary Chemistry I  4
CHEM 1112 Elementary Chemistry II  4
CHEM 1171 General Chemistry I  5
CHEM 1172 General Chemistry II  5
GEOL 1101 Introduction to Earth Science  4
GEOL 1105 Geology and the National Parks  3
GEOL 1121 Physical Geology  4
GEOL1122 Historical Geology  4
GEOL 1151 Natural Disasters  3
PHYS 1103 World of Energy (RECOMMENDED)  3
PHYS 1106 Physics by Inquiry: Properties & Motion  5
PHYS 1200 Introductory Algebra-Based Physics I  5
PHYS 1201 Algebra-Based Physics II  5
PHYS 1250 Calculus-Based Physics I  5
PHYS 1251 Calculus-Based Phys II  5

GE-SOCIAL BEHAVORIAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT (SELECT ONE)

ANTH 2202 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology  3
GEOG 2240 Economic and Social Geography  3
POLS 1100 American Government  3
SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology  3
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology  3
ECON 2200 Principles of Microeconomics  3

GE-ART/HUMANITIES REQUIREMENT (SELECT ONE)

HART 1201 History of Art I  3
HART 1202 History of Art II  3
HIST 1111 European History to 1648  3
HIST 1112 European History since 1648  3
HIST 1151 American History to 1877  3
HIST 1152 American History since 1877  3
HIST 1181 World Civ I: Non-Western/Non-Amer/1500  3
HIST 1182 World Civ II: Non-Western/Non-Amer/Since 1500  3
HIST 2223 African American History I:  1451-1876  3
HIST 2224 African American History II:  1877-Present  3
HUM 1100 Introduction to Humanities  3
HUM 1270 Comparative Religions  3
MUS 1251 Survey of Music History  3
PHIL 1101 Introduction to Philosophy  3
PHIL 1130 Ethics  3

Maintenance and Light Repair Certificate Program

Gainful Employment Statement

Students whose needs demand a short-term career track program can choose the Light Maintenance and Repair Certificate program. This program can be completed in six to nine months and gives students the knowledge and skills necessary to enter the automotive repair industry quickly.

Upon completion of this program, graduates are employable at local auto repair companies performing automotive maintenance services. Since this program is part of the Automotive Technology program, certificate completers can continue their education in the college degree program at any time to expand their knowledge and skills and work toward A.S.E. Master Technician certification.

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
AUTO 1101 Basic Auto Systems  2
AUTO 1106 Auto Shop Orientation & Service  2
AUTO 1140 Suspension & Steering: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1150 Brake & Systems: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1160 Electrical Systems: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1170 Heating & Air Conditioning: Theory & Operation  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 12
Semester 2 . .
AUTO 1240 Suspension & Steering: Diagnosis & Repair  2
AUTO 1250 Brake Systems: Diagnosis & Repair  2
AUTO 1260 Electrical Systems: Theory & Operation II  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 6
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS  . 18

Ford Maintenance and Light Repair Certificate Program

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
AUTO 1101 Basic Auto Systems  2
AUTO 1106 Auto Shop Orientation & Service  2
AUTO 1140 Suspension & Steering: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1150 Brake & Systems: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1160 Electrical Systems: Theory & Operation  2
AUTO 1170 Heating & Air Conditioning Theory & Operation  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 12
Semester 2 . .
FORD 1240 Suspension & Steering: Diagnosis & Repair  2
FORD 1250 Brake Systems: Diagnosis & Repair  2
FORD 1260 Electrical Systems: Diagnosis & Repair  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 6
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS  . 18