Feb 26, 2024
The Automotive Technology - Under Car/HVAC program is designed as the second of two Credit Diplomas to prepare the student for employment in the automotive repair business as well as to meet the needs of those who want to upgrade their skills or meet personal objectives in auto repair. This program is designed to prepare the student for entry into the workforce.
Completion of the Automotive Technology - Engine Management/Drivability Credit Diploma is required for enrollment in the Automotive Technology - Under Car/HVAC credit diploma courses.
Contact information is available on the Automotive Technology program website.
Map your individual academic plan of courses with your College Advisor.
If students choose to transition to another program within the Trades & Technical Studies pathway, they should be particularly aware of the choice points that indicate when a decision to branch off into another program must be made to ensure credits and time are not lost.
Coursework common to all degrees within this pathway is indicated by CAC, Common Academic Coursework, in the program map.
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Explore the theory, service, and repair of automotive braking systems.
- Investigate anti-lock brake theory; the repair of service booster units, master cylinders, and wheel cylinders; caliper rebuilds; and drum and rotor service.
- Investigate suspension and alignment theory: suspension systems will be diagnosed, measured, and repaired to Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) specifications. Wheel alignments will be performed on vehicles and adjusted to OEM specifications.
- Assess 4-wheel center point adjustments/alignments.
- Assess the theory of automatic transmissions.
- Demonstrate the overhaul of automatic transmissions in popular use today.
- Demonstrate the proper use of hand tools and specialized equipment and safety.
- Investigate the theory of 3-speed and 4-speed manual transmissions.
- Investigate basic heating and air conditioning theory.
- Diagnose, repair, and recharge air conditioning systems to OEM specifications.
- Diagnose and repair heating and air conditioning automatic systems.
- Enter the job market or continue work on the Trades & Technical Studies AAS.
- Completion of Automotive Technology - Under Car/HVAC Credit Diploma.
- Eligible to sit for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exam.
Semester Total: 17 Credits
The information below is intended to be a guide, and does not guarantee regional job placement, job availability, or a specific wage after completion of the program. The potential jobs listed below may require some work experience after graduation. Possible careers in or related to Automotive Technology include automotive technicians in dealerships as well as independent and franchise shops.
Additional information on careers in Automotive Technology is available through Career Coach.
LCCC courses may transfer to institutions in addition to those with formal articulation agreements. Students are strongly encouraged to determine the degree requirements and transfer policy of the specific college/university and program to which they plan to transfer.