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Automotive Technician (BP/EP) Associate in Applied Science Degree

Overview and Award Outcomes

Overview

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.

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.

Program Requirements

Technical Studies Required 57 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ATEC1050Introduction to the Transportation Trades

2

ATEC1105Engine Repair I

3

ATEC1110Engine Repair II

3

ATEC1205Automatic Transmissions I

3

ATEC1210Automatic Transmissions II

3

ATEC1305Manual Drive Train & Axles

4

ATEC1405Steering and Suspension

4

ATEC1505Brakes

4

ATEC1615Electrical Systems I

3

ATEC1620Electrical Systems II

3

ATEC1625Electrical Systems III

3

ATEC1705Heating and Air Conditioning

4

ATEC1805Engine Performance I

3

ATEC1810Engine Performance II

3

ATEC1815Engine Performance III

3

ATEC1820Hybrid Electric Vehicle Systems

1

ATEC2685Automotive Industry Internship I

5

ATEC2700Automotive Externship

3

General Education Required 12 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ENGL2121Writing and Research

4

or

ENGL2125Technical Writing

3

 

PHYS2001Introductory Physics

3

Choose one course from MnTC Goal Area 5

3

Choose one course from MnTC Goal Area 7

3

General Education Elective 3 Credits

Choose credits from Hennepin Technical College’s 2000-level general education courses.

Technical Studies Elective 0 Credits

Total Associate in Applied Science Degree Credits 72

Semester Sequence

Offered at Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie

First Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ATEC1050Introduction to the Transportation Trades

2

ATEC1405Steering and Suspension

4

ATEC1505Brakes

4

ATEC1615Electrical Systems I

3

ATEC1620Electrical Systems II

3

Total Credits  16

Second Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ATEC1105Engine Repair I

3

ATEC1110Engine Repair II

3

ATEC1625Electrical Systems III

3

ATEC2685Automotive Industry Internship I

5

PHYS2001Introductory Physics

3

Total Credits  17

Summer Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ENGL2121Writing and Research

4

or

ENGL2125Technical Writing

3

Choose 3 credits from MnTC Goal Area 7

3

Total Credits  6

Third Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ATEC1205Automatic Transmissions I

3

ATEC1210Automatic Transmissions II

3

ATEC1305Manual Drive Train & Axles

4

ATEC1705Heating and Air Conditioning

4

Choose 3 credits from MnTC Goal Area 5

3

Total Credits  17

Fourth Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ATEC1805Engine Performance I

3

ATEC1810Engine Performance II

3

ATEC1815Engine Performance III

3

ATEC1820Hybrid Electric Vehicle Systems

1

ATEC2700Automotive Externship

3

General Education Electives

3

Total Credits  16

General Education Electives

Hennepin Technical College’s 2000-level general education courses meet the guidelines of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits

Choose a Total of:  3 credits

MnTC Goal Area 5

A complete list of MnTC courses and Goal Areas that can be used to meet General Education requirements can be found at www.hennepintech.edu.  The same course cannot satisfy more than one MnTC Goal Area requirement.

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ECON2100Consumer Economics

3

ECON2200Principles of Microeconomics

3

ECON2300Principles of Macroeconomics

3

PSYC2300General Psychology

3

PSYC2310Psychology Throughout the Lifespan

3

PSYC2320Psychology of Living in the 21st Century

3

PSYC2330Abnormal Psychology

3

SOCI2000Marriage and Family

3

SOCI2100Introduction to Sociology

3

SOCI2130Food, Culture and Society

3

SOCI2200Racial and Ethnic Relations

3

Choose a Total of:  3 Credits

MnTC Goal Area 7

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
COMM2020Intercultural Communication

3

COMM2050Interpersonal Communication

3

LANG2000American Sign Language/Deaf Culture I

3

LANG2010American Sign Language/Deaf Culture II

3

PSYC2310Psychology Throughout the Lifespan

3

PSYC2330Abnormal Psychology

3

SOCI2000Marriage and Family

3

SOCI2200Racial and Ethnic Relations

3

Choose a Total of:  3 Credits

Graduation (72 Credits)

Semester listings reflect the recommended sequence.  Due to circumstances beyond our control, the information herein is subject to change without notice.


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