Automotive Service Technician

AOS Degree – Code #0451

Kent Johnson, Program Coordinator

Email address: johnsokw@alfredstate.edu

This specialization includes 1,800 hours of practical and classroom training in general automotive repair geared to automotive dealership and independent garage practice. Students receive experience on all types of automobiles, including domestic, imported, gasoline, diesel, and alternative fuels. All systems of the automobile are covered in the instruction including the latest gasoline fuel injection, electronic controls, emission controls, and automatic transmission overhaul.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Demonstrate a focused, coherent, organized written report.

Perform mathematic calculations required for entry-level automotive employment.

Demonstrate an ability to apply written instructions and specifications relevant to their work environment.

Demonstrate the ability to understand operation and diagnostic procedures of modern vehicle electrical and electronic systems.

Demonstrate the ability to describe operation, diagnose, and repair automotive drive train systems.

Demonstrate the ability to describe operation, diagnose, and repair modern engines.

Demonstrate the ability to describe operation, diagnose, and repair modern automotive steering, brakes, and suspension systems.

DIRECT ENTRY INTO BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAM

Alfred State automotive service technician graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program.

OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Automatic transmission technician

Automotive technician specialist

Automotive diagnostic specialist

Brake specialist

Drivability specialist

Fuel system specialist

Independent repair shop owner

Manufacturer’s service representative

Marine engine service specialist

Service manager

Service salesperson

Shop foreman

Wheel alignment specialist

EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS

Employment and transfer rate of 100 percent – 53 percent are employed; 47 percent transferred to continue their education.

RELATED PROGRAMS

Autobody Repair

Heavy Equipment: Truck & Diesel Technician

Mechanical Engineering Technology

Motorsports Technology

Welding

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS

Recommended: Algebra

TECHNICAL STANDARDS

Applicants in the automotive service technician program must meet the following physical requirements:

Must be able to perform safely in the shop.

Must be able to lift 50 pounds to eye level.

Must be able to communicate orally with a person six-10 feet away.

Must be able to visually decipher an oscilloscope monitor and digital/analog meter, and scan tool displays.

Must have a valid motor vehicle license and be able to drive a standard transmission vehicle.

Must be able to diagnose mechanical failures that are distinguished audibly.

Must be able to understand information found in service repair manuals and use diagnostic flow charts.

Must meet qualifications for a NYS driver’s license.

CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE

Graduates may take Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams. Students are eligible for New York State inspection certification upon successful completion of their freshman year.

Automotive Service Technician - AOS Degree

TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

AUTO

1109

Brakes, Steering, and Suspension Systems

9

AUTO

1124

Automotive Welding

4

AUTO

1135

Automotive Basic Electronics & Component Overhaul

5

18

Second

AUTO

1169

Tune up, Electronic Engine Controls & Electrical Diagnosis

9

AUTO

1149

Inspection, Maintenance, Air Conditioning & Cooling and Heating

9

18

Third

AUTO

3409

Engine Service

9

AUTO

4449

Drive Train Service

9

18

Fourth

AUTO

3429

Advanced Electronics & Engine Performance

9

AUTO

4439

Shop Management and Enhanced Systems

9

18

Continuing students: Students successfully completing the general automotive service technician program receive first priority for space if they wish a third year (senior year) in heavy equipment: truck & diesel technician or motorsports technology. They may be admitted to autobody repair with the department chair’s approval.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

A student must successfully complete all courses in the prescribed four-semester program and earn a minimum cumulative index of 2.0, which is equivalent to a “C” average.