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Automotive Technology


This program is a cooperative program between Union County Vocational-Technical School and UNION County College. All courses are taught by Union County College faculty. The AUT professors are ASE certified. The AUT courses will be offered only on the Scotch Plains campus of Union County College at the state of the art automotive facility of the Vocational-Technical School.

The Automotive Technology Program is a competency-based course of study designed to train and prepare the serious student in eight automotive areas: Brakes, Steering & Suspension, Electrical & Electronic Repair, Engine Performance, Engine Repair, Manual Drive Trains, and Automatic Transmissions. Eligible Auto Technology students may participate in work activities such as internships, mentoring, apprenticeships and Cooperative Industrial Education.

The specific objectives of this program are that the graduate must be able to demonstrate:

  • Demonstrate theoretical and practical competency in each of the ASE areas covered within the Automotive Technology Curriculum.
  • Apply automotive repair methods to satisfy business and industry standards.
  • Employ automotive computer software applications to diagnosis automotive problems.
  • Utilize automotive computer software applications to generate technical service bulletins and procedures for repair of automotive problems.
  • Employ critical thinking and problem solving skills in the solution of automotive problems.
  • Manage a team project both as a leader and as a member.
  • Demonstrate theoretical and practical competency to attain ASE certification and repair licensing required within the Automotive Industry.
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First Year

First Semester*

AUT 100 - Automotive Fundamentals
AUT 101 - Steering/Suspension Systems
AUT 102 - Manual Drive Trains
ENG 101 - English Composition I**
MAT - 113 - Math Applications***

Second Semester

AUT 103 - Brake Systems
AUT 121 - Automotive Electrical I
CIS 100 - Introduction to Computer Applications
ENG 122 - Introductory Technical and Business Writing

Second Year

First Semester

AUT 122 - Automotive A/C and Heating
AUT 131 - Automotive Engine Performance I
AUT 201 - Engine Repair
Humanities Gen Ed Requirement

Second Semester

AUT 202 - Automotive Electrical II
AUT 203 - Automatic Transmissions
AUT 232 - Automotive Engine Performance II
Social Science Gen Ed Requirement
Gen Ed Requirement

*AUT 100 must be taken as a prerequisite except when a student has equivalent experience and approval of the Program Coordnator.
**Course determined by English Placement test.
***Course determined by Math Placement test.

Career Options

Upon graduating the student will be eligible to take ASE certification exams. Union County Vocational School is an ASE certified testing center. Graduates are qualified to work in all automotive service facilities. Employment opportunities include dealerships, independent & specialty shops, chain stores, municipalities, fleet and corporate facilities as well as self employment. This AAS degree is not transferable to a four year institution, but many of the non-technology courses may transfer.

Program Information

Type of Program: Associate in Applied Science Degree

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