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Automotive Technology Program
"Quality means doing it right when no one is looking."
- Henry Ford
  
 

Program Requirements


Automotive Technology Career and Technical AAS Degree

The automotive technology curriculum provides the students with technical skills necessary to diagnosis, test and repair today's sophisticated vehicles. Through classroom study of principles combined with "heavy" hands on experience applied to automobiles in the lab, graduates of the program are prepared to assume positions in the automotive industry as entry level technicians. Students entering the program should possess good math skills, the ability to read technical manuals, good communication skills, hand to eye coordination, and be interested in mechanical work. The program also prepares students for the ASE certification exams sponsored by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. Students are encouraged to take the specific ASE exams upon completion of related courses.

After completion of the Associate in Applied Science Degree, students may elect to transfer to select senior institutions under an advanced placement capstone option to obtain a four year degree. Suggested General Education Electives for transfer will vary; see the automotive coordinator for further recommendations.

The instruction, course of study, facilities, and equipment of this program have undergone rigorous evaluation by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation and have met the ASE standards for training program Master Certification.

High School graduates of dual credit programs with Kaskaskia College may be eligible for advance placement.

Field Internship

The AAS Degree has a 160 hour minimum internship requirement in an approved repair facility. Also, the advanced certificate requires a shop practicum or optional internship.

Representative Job Titles

Service technicians in dealerships and independent repair facilities, service writers, auto parts sales, and, with experience, service managers and auto repair business owners.

Program Requirements

All students in the automotive program are required to provide their own hand tools, safety glasses, protective uniforms and safety shoes. A list of the specific requirements is available from the department coordinator.

Applicants in the automotive service technician program must meet the following physical requirements.
  • Must be able to follow all safety standards in each shop.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds up to eye level without assistance.
  • Must be able to communicate orally with a person 6-10 feet away.
  • Must be able to diagnose mechanical failures that are distinguished audibly.
  • Must be able to visually read information retrieved from our informational sources, computers, and manuals.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.
  • Must have required tools for use throughout the course of study.
F=course may only be offered in the fall semester
S=course may only be offered in the spring semester
Su=course may only be offered in the summer semester

First Semester
AUTO 111 Safety and Shop Procedures 1
AUTO 118 Basic Electrical (F) 4
AUTO 119 Automotive Fundamentals and Service 3
AUTO 156 Fuel Systems and Emissions (F) 4
  Area C Elective 3
  Area A Elective (Math) 3
    18

Second Semester
AUTO 140 Manual Drive Trains and Axles (S) 4
AUTO 161 Suspension and Alignment (S) 4
AUTO 170 Engine Repair and Service (S) 5
AUTO 225 Computerized Engine Controls 4
  Area D Elective 2
    19

Summer Semester
  Area A Elective 3
    3

Third Semester
AUTO 139 Brake Systems (F) 4
AUTO 235 Advanced Electrical (F) 4
AUTO 266 Engine Performance (S) 4
SPCH 103 Fundamentals of Speech 3
  Area C Elective 3
PHLE 119 Core Values and Ethical Decision Making 1
    19

Fourth Semester
AUTO 230 Auto Shop Practices and Procedures 1
AUTO 276 Automatic Transmission (S) 5
AUTO 286 Automotive Internship 3
AUTO 121 Heat and Air Conditioning 3
  Area B Elective 3
    16

Minimum Requirements
AAS Degree 75 credit hours

Course Prerequisites
AUTO 118 AUTO 111
AUTO 119 AUTO 111
AUTO 121 AUTO 111, AUTO 119
AUTO 139 AUTO 111
AUTO 140 AUTO 111
AUTO 156 AUTO 111
AUTO 161 AUTO 111
AUTO 170 AUTO 111
AUTO 225 AUTO 111
AUTO 230 AUTO 111, AUTO 118
AUTO 235 AUTO 111,AUTO 118
AUTO 266 AUTO 111, AUTO 118, AUTO 119
Completion of 25 hours in automotive technology courses with c or higher
AUTO 282 Completion of 35 hours in automotive technology courses with c or higher
AUTO 286 Completion of 35 hours in automotive technology courses with c or higher

IMPORTANT: Every student must enroll in and successfully complete one of the following courses to receive a degree:

  • Ethics 120
  • Sociology 101
  • Managing Diversity 134

to meet requirements of Illinois Public Act 87-581.
NOTE: The program requirements presented here are effective Spring 2008. Previous versions of the KC Catalog are available in their entirety at our catalog archive. If you are uncertain about which catalog you should reference, please contact an academic advisor. Please contact an academic advisor with questions regarding course registration or degree/certificate completion.
Automotive Technology Basic Certificate
Career and Technical Certificate

First Semester(First Year)
AUTO 111 Safety and Shop Procedures 1
AUTO 118 Basic Electrical (F) 4
AUTO 119 Automotive Fundamentals and Service 3
AUTO 139 Brake Systems 4
AUTO 156 Fuel Systems and Emissions (F) 4
    16

Second Semester (First Year)
AUTO 140 Manual Drive Trains and Axles (S) 4
AUTO 161 Suspension and Alignment (S) 4
AUTO 170 Engine Repair and Service (S) 5
AUTO 225 Computerized Engine Controls 4
    17


Minimum required credit hours for Basic Certificate: 33

Kaskaskia College has dual credit agreements for AUTO 111, AUTO 118 and AUTO 139 with area high schools.

NOTE: The program requirements presented here are effective Spring 2008. Previous versions of the KC Catalog are available in their entirety at our catalog archive. If you are uncertain about which catalog you should reference, please contact an academic advisor. Please contact an academic advisor with questions regarding course registration or degree/certificate completion.
Automotive Technology Advanced Certificate
Career and Technical Certificate

First Semester (First Year)
AUTO 111 Safety and Shop Procedures 1
AUTO 118 Basic Electrical (F) 4
AUTO 119 Automotive Fundamentals and Service 3
AUTO 139 Brake Systems 4
AUTO 156 Fuel Systems and Emissions (F) 4
  Approved Elective
    19


Second Semester (First Year)
AUTO 140 Manual Drive Trains and Axles (S) 4
AUTO 161 Suspension and Alignment (S) 4
AUTO 170 Engine Repair and Service (S) 5
AUTO 225 Computerized Engine Controls 4
AUTO 121 Heat and Air Conditioning 4
    21


Third Semester (Second Year
AUTO 235 Advanced Electrical 4
AUTO 266 Engine Performance 4
AUTO 282 Service Practicum 2
  OR  
AUTO 286 Automotive Internship 3
    10-11


Minimum Requirements
Certificate 50 cedit hours


Kaskaskia College has dual credit agreements for AUTO 111, AUTO 118 and AUTO 139 with area high schools.

Approved Electives
  • Speech 103
  • English 101
  • Business 103
  • Psychology 101
  • Sociology 101
  • Political Science 101
  • Health 208
  • Math 101 or higher

NOTE: The program requirements presented here are effective Spring 2008. Previous versions of the KC Catalog are available in their entirety at our catalog archive. If you are uncertain about which catalog you should reference, please contact an academic advisor. Please contact an academic advisor with questions regarding course registration or degree/certificate completion.
Heating and Air Conditioning
Career and Technical Certificate

First Semester
AUTO 111 Safety and Shop Procedures 1
AUTO 119 Automotive Fundamentals and Service 3
AUTO 118 Basic Electrical (F) 4
AUTO 121 Heat and Air Conditioning 4
AUTO 225 Computerized Engine Controls 4
    16

Minimum Requirements
Certificate 16 cedit hours


NOTE: The program requirements presented here are effective Spring 2008. Previous versions of the KC Catalog are available in their entirety at our catalog archive. If you are uncertain about which catalog you should reference, please contact an catalog archive. Please contact an academic advisor with questions regarding course registration or degree/certificate completion.
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