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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 101 - Steering/Suspension Systems
AUT 103 - Brake Systems
Elective - Social Science
ENG 101 - English Comp I**
MAT - 113 - Math Applications***

Second Semester

AUT 102 - Manual Drive Trains
AUT 121 - Automotive Electrical I
AUT 122 - Automotive A/C and Heating
AUT 131 - Automotive Engine Performance I
ENG 122 - Introductory Technical and Business Writing

Second Year

First Semester

AUT 201 - Engine Repair
AUT 202 - Automotive Electrical II
AUT 232 - Automotive Engine Performance II
CIS 100 - Intro to Computer Applications
Elective - Humanities

Second Semester

AUT 203 - Automatic Transmissions
AUT 223 - Automotive Electrical III
AUT 233 - Automotive Engine Performance III
ENG 128 - The Dynamics of Communication OR
ENG 129 - Public Speaking
ADM 140 - Customer Service

72 credit hours is the number of hours dictated to satisfy the technician certification and licensing requirements of the A.S.E. as well as the course and program requirements set by the N.A.T.E.F.

*AUT 100 (3 lec-3 lab-4 credits) must be taken as a co/prerequisite or test out by permission of the Automotive Coordinator.
**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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