Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology



The Automotive Technology degree prepares the student in all areas of the automobile and light truck for service, diagnosis and repair at an entry level. An Automotive Technician will diagnose, determine condition, estimate cost of repair and replace or repair various components in engines, powertrains, suspensions, brakes, electrical systems, fuel systems, emission controls and computer controlled systems.

Program Title:
Automotive Technology

Award Type:
Associate in Applied Science Degree

Credits: Total Associate in Applied Science Degree Credits 72
Award Outcomes:
  • Evaluate scan tool readings.
  • Evaluate vehicle suspension systems.
  • Evaluate engine condition using precision instruments.
  • Interpret wiring diagrams.
  • Perform digital multimeter (DMM) measurements.
  • Use transmission test equipment.
  • Analyze heating ventilation/air conditioning systems.
  • Interpret electronic service information.
  • Diagnose hydraulic system components.
  • Analyze driveline components.
  • Determine customer vehicle repair needs.

Career Opportunities:
Due to increased vehicle ownership, longer useful life of vehicles and increased maintenance requirements of new and complicated automotive systems, the demand for trained automotive technicians is at an extremely high level and is increasing annually. A wide range of employment opportunities exist in dealerships, fleets, mass merchandisers, independent garages and service stations. The degree program also provides opportunities for advancement into shop management positions such as shop foreman, service manager and shop owner.

Choose Total Associate in Applied Science Degree Credits 72 credits from the following areas:
Technical Studies Required: 57 Credits
ATEC1050 Introduction to the Transportation Trades 2
ATEC1105 Engine Repair I 3
ATEC1110 Engine Repair II 3
ATEC1205 Automatic Transmissions I 3
ATEC1210 Automatic Transmissions II 3
ATEC1305 Manual Drive Train & Axles 4
ATEC1405 Steering and Suspension 4
ATEC1505 Brakes 4
ATEC1615 Electrical Systems I 3
ATEC1620 Electrical Systems II 3
ATEC1625 Electrical Systems III 3
ATEC1705 Heating and Air Conditioning 4
ATEC1805 Engine Performance I 3
ATEC1810 Engine Performance II 3
ATEC1815 Engine Performance III 3
ATEC1820 Hybrid Electric Vehicle Systems 1
ATEC2685 Automotive Industry Internship I 5
ATEC2700 Automotive Externship 3
Technical Studies Electives: 0 Credits
General Education Required: 12 Credits

Choose one course from MnTC Goal Area 5 3

Choose one course from MnTC Goal Area 7 3
ENGL2121 Writing and Research 4
ENGL2125 Technical Writing 3
PHIL2100 Critical Thinking 3
PHIL2200 Ethics 3
General Education Electives: 3 Credits
Hennepin Technical College’s 2000-level general education courses meet the guidelines of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).