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Automotive Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Turn a passion for cars into a great career through the automotive technology program. Apply hands-on skills in a brand new auto lab that is utilized on the first day of class. Learn from ASE certified professors who have more than 60 years of combined experience in the ever-changing automotive industry. Learn about contemporary auto systems and become familiar with their complex mechanical and electrical components.

Be part of an innovative program that pioneered the use of one-on-one testing and the use of a thermal imager in auto repair. Be prepared to enter the workforce at full throttle with this program that constantly adapts to modern automotive needs. 

Students must complete general education requirements that will provide students a general knowledge to help them complete a degree at CWC.

CourseCredits
Writing Level I 3 credits
American & Wyoming Government 3 credits
ART/HUMANITIES/SOCIAL/INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY/WRITING LEVEL II 3 credits
University Studies 1 credits

Students must complete six (6) credits of general education courses distributed over two (2) different general education areas, one of which is either WR2 or ORAL.

Total Credit Hours: 60-62

Automotive Technology Options

Students must complete one of the two options below.

Course Number Course

Credits

AUTO 1500 Basic Automotive Mechanics

4 credits

AUTO 1510 Engine Systems Fundamentals

4 credits

AUTO 1600 Fuel Systems I

3 credits

AUTO 1690 Manual Power Train Fundamentals

4 credits

AUTO 1730 Automatic Transmissions

4 credits

AUTO 1740 Brake Systems

4 credits

AUTO 1760 Heating and Air Conditioning

4 credits

AUTO 1765 Automotive Electrical Systems

4 credits

AUTO 1770 Automotive Electronics

4 credits

AUTO 2550 Automotive Alignment and Suspension

4 credits

AUTO 2630 Emission Systems

3 credits

AUTO 2810 Diagnosis and Tune-Up Procedures

4 credits

COMM 1030 Interpersonal Communication

3 credits

MATH 1500 Applied Math

3 credits

Total Credit Hours: 62

Course Number Course

Credits

AUTO 1600 Fuel Systems I

3 credits

AUTO 1765 Automotive Electrical Systems

4 credits

AUTO 1770 Automotive Electronics

4 credits

AUTO 2810 Diagnosis and Tune-Up Procedures

4 credits

MATH 1500 Applied Math

3 credits

PFDV 1500 Managing Career Development

3 credits

AUTO 1500 Basic Automotive Mechanics

4 credits


The student must complete nine (9) credits of approved courses from the following departments:

ACCOUNTING, AUTO, COMMUNICATION, ENTREPRENEURSHIP, MANAGEMENT, PARTS SPECIALIST.

 Total Credit Hours: 60

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Certificates

We offer several certificate options for students looking for a direct career path in the field of automotive technology. Our certificate I programs are designed to take two semesters, while our certificate II programs are less in depth and take roughly one semester to complete. Explore each certificate below. 

Automotive Technology Option: Automotive Technology is a field of study in which students are taught diagnostic techniques, service, and repair of automobiles and pick-ups. Classroom work involves knowledge of general principles, as well as specific product information. Laboratory work emphasizes a hands-on orientation with extensive training on vehicles. Courses are designed to address the ever-changing technical developments in the automotive industry which include computerized electronic control systems, development of the student’s diagnostic capabilities, and proficiency with recommended service procedures.

Explore gainful employment information, where you can find occupational information, estimated cost and time of program completion, and job placement opportunities. 

Program Requirements

Course Number Course

Credits

AUTO 1500 Basic Automotive Mechanics

4 credits

AUTO 1740 Brake Systems

4 credits

AUTO 1765 Automotive Electrical Systems

4 credits

AUTO 1770 Automotive Electronics

4 credits

MATH 1500 Applied Math

3 credits


Automotive Technology General Option: Program Option Requirements

Course Number Course

Credits

AUTO 1510 Engine Systems Fundamentals

4 credits

AUTO 1600 Fuel Systems I

3 credits

AUTO 1760 Heating and Air Conditioning

4 credits

AUTO 2550 Automotive Alignment and Suspension

4 credits


General Ed. Requirements 

CourseCredits
Writing Level I (WR1) 3
University Studies 1

Total Credit Hours: 30


 

Program Requirements

Course Number Course

Credits

AUTO 1600 Fuel Systems I

3 credits

AUTO 1765 Automotive Electrical Systems

4 credits

AUTO 1770 Automotive Electronics

4 credits

MATH 1500 Applied Math

3 credits

PFDV 1500 Managing Career Development

3 credits

AUTO 1500 Basic Automotive Mechanics

4 credits

Program Option Requirements

Course Number Course

Credits

PWRS 1500 Power Sports Maintenance & Tune-Up

3 credits

PWRS 1510 2-CYCLE Fundamentals

3 credits

PWRS 1520 4-CYCLE Engine Fundamentals

3 credits


General Education Requirements

CourseCredits
Writing Level I 3
University Studies 1

Total Credit Hours: 30

 

Program Requirements

To receive an Automotive Technology Certificate II, a student must take eighteen (18) credits of AUTO courses in consultation with their advisor.
AUTO* 18
Total of 18 credits

*Depending upon automotive experience, a student may be required to take AUTO-1765, Automotive Electrical Systems and PRSP 1500, Basic Auto Terms, and Concepts. AUTO 2800-Problems in Automotive Technology does not apply towards the certificate.

Total Credit Hours: 18

Program Requirements

Course Number Course

Credits

AUTO 1600 Fuel Systems I

3 credits

AUTO 1765 Automotive Electrical Systems

4 credits

AUTO 1770 Automotive Electronics

4 credits

AUTO 1500 Basic Automotive Mechanics

4 credits

PWRS 1500 Power Sports Maintenance & Tune-Up

3 credits

PWRS 1510 2-CYCLE Fundamentals

3 credits

PWRS 1520 4-CYCLE Engine Fundamentals

3 credits

Total Credit Hours: 23

Meet your professors

Ken Patton

Instructor of Automotive Technology