Automotive Technology
Automotive Technology
Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
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Business, Technology, and
Professional Studies Division


The Automotive Technology program introduces students to current automotive systems and related diagnostic and service techniques. Students learn on and about current automotive technology and its use in late model production vehicles. Learning occurs during classroom instruction and lab activities performed in the auto shop. In addition, students develop a strong work ethic and learn professionalism while fulfilling internship requirements at their sponsoring repair facility.

The A.A.S. program offers two paths of study that students may choose from: MOPAR CAP (Career Automotive Program) and Comprehensive.

MCAP students complete FIAT/Chrysler-specific course material and secure a position at a Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, or FIAT dealership as an apprentice technician.

Students following the Comprehensive path learn theory, operation, diagnosis, and service of systems not specific to any particular vehicle manufacturer, and complete internship requirements at an approved independent, franchise, or dealership repair facility.

  • Diagnose, repair, and service current automotive technologies;
  • Demonstrate desirable attitudes and work habits while working individually or with others;
  • Obtain service repair information and procedures from online websites and electronic databases;
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with customers and fellow technicians.

Admission to the program requires a high school diploma or its equivalent and a strong interest in a career in automotive technology. Admission is competitive, determined by basic skill levels along with a personal interview with program representatives. Academic foundations requirements should be completed before starting automotive classes.

The program may be completed in two years, beginning in the Fall semester and with Summer session attendance required each year. Instruction is organized in a concentrated two-day / three-day session format. Students attend the automotive classes Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays, completing academic support classes in the afternoon or evening. Each session includes an internship at a dealership or approved repair facility.

The automotive classes meet at the Assunpink Campus of the Mercer County Technical Schools, across from MCCC’s West Windsor campus on Old Trenton Road.

2021-2022 Academic Year
 earlier / Archive
CIP 150803

The course sequence below represents a recommended example of how this degree program can be completed in two years, presuming a Fall Term start and satisfaction of all Developmental Studies (foundation courses) requirements and prerequisites. Actual approaches toward completion depend on each student's anticipated transfer institution, career objectives, or other individual circumstances.

Students are encouraged to meet regularly with an academic advisor or Success Coach to consider options, establish plans, and monitor progress.

Code Course (lecture/lab hours) Credits
AUT 110 Introduction to Automotive Electronics (3/1) 3
AUT 111 Automotive Service Fundamentals (2/6) 5
CSW 100 College Success and Personal Wellness (2/0)
  • Some exemptions apply. Consult academic advisor for details.
ENG 101 English Composition I (3/0) 3
AUT 113 Suspension, Steering and Alignment (2/4) 4
AUT 114 Automotive Electricity and Electronics (2/3) 3
MAT 140 Applied College Algebra (4/0)
  • Or select from MAT 146 or 151.
AUT 115 Automotive Brake Systems (2/4) 4
AUT 122 Internship in Automotive Technology I 1
AUT 212 Automotive Air Conditioning (2/2) 3
ENG 112 English Composition II with Speech (3/0) 3
AUT 112 Automotive Fuel Systems (2/3) 3
AUT 123 Internship in Automotive Technology II 1
AUT 213 Engine Service (2/5) 4
PHY 111 Physical Science Concepts (2/2) 3
AUT 211 Automotive Emissions and Driveability Diagnosis (2/3) 3
AUT 221 Internship in Automotive Technology III 1
AUT 224 Manual Transmissions and Drivelines (2/3) 3
  —    — Social Science or Humanities general education elective 3
AUT 222 Internship in Automotive Technology IV 1
AUT 225 Automatic Transmission Service (2/3) 3
IST 101 Computer Concepts with Applications (2/2)  
  OR 3
IST 102 Computer Concepts with Programming (2/2)  
  —    — General Education elective
  • Select course from the following general education categories: Social Science, Humanities, Historical Perspective, Diversity and Global Perspective.

NOTE: Electives should be selected in consultation with an academic advisor in order to assure maximum transfer of credits.