Automotive Fundamentals, Diploma (AF12) Diploma


Campus Locations: Thomasville, Moultrie (Industrial Drive)

The Automotive Fundamentals Diploma program is a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for careers in the automotive service and repair profession. Learning opportunities enable students to develop academic, technical and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of automotive mechanics theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive an Automotive Fundamentals Diploma that qualifies them as entry-level technicians.

Length of Program: Three (3) Semesters

Entrance Date: Beginning of each semester.

Entrance Requirements: Refer to Admission criteria. Click for Entrance Score Requirements.

Age: Applicant must be 16 years of age or older and have a valid driver’s license.

Education: An applicant must be a high school graduate or the equivalent (GED). College transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Advisor: A Program Advisor should be consulted prior to enrolling in any course. An advisor will be assigned by admissions.

Program Final Exit Point: Automotive Fundamentals, Diploma.

Credits Required for Graduation: 43 minimum semester hour credits required for graduation.

Note: Students currently enrolled in a local high school may receive a waiver regarding the requirement for a valid driver’s license. A student with a driver’s license waiver will not be allowed to operate a moving motor vehicle.

Cost
Books: $437.90
Fees: $301.00
Tuition: $1,500.00
Total: $2,238.90
Books: $163.50
Fees: $301.00
Tuition: $1,500.00
Total: $1,964.50
Books: $325.50
Fees: $301.00
Tuition: $1,400.00
Total: $2,026.50
Curriculum Outline (43 hours)
1: Basic Skills Courses 8
ENGL 1010

Co-requisite(s): Entrance exam reading and writing scores in accordance with approved TCSG admission score levels or ENGL 0090. Emphasizes the development and improvement of written and oral communication abilities. Topics include analysis of writing, applied grammar and writing skills, editing and proofreading skills, research skills, and oral communication skills.

3
And one of the following (2-3 Hours) 2
EMPL 1000

Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission Emphasizes human relations and professional development in today's rapidly changing world that prepares students for living and working in a complex society. Topics include human relations skills, job acquisition skills and communication, job retention skills, job advancement skills, and professional image skills.

2
PSYC 1010

Pre-requisite(s): Entrance exam reading and writing scores in accordance with approved TCSG admission score levels Presents basic concepts within the field of psychology and their application to everyday human behavior, thinking, and emotion. Emphasis is placed on students understanding basic psychological principles and their application within the context of family, work and social interactions. Topics include an overview of psychology as a science, the nervous and sensory systems, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychological disorders and their treatments, stress and health, and social psychology.

3
And one of the following (3 Hours) 3
MATH 1012

Co-requisite(s): Appropriate Placement Test Score or appropriate learning support exit point, or MATH 0090. Emphasizes the application of basic mathematical skills used in the solution of occupational and technical problems. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, measurement and conversion, geometric concepts, technical applications, and basic statistics.

3
MATH 1013

Pre-requisite(s): Appropriate Placement Test Score Emphasizes concepts and operations which are applied to the study of algebra. Topics include basic mathematical concepts, basic algebraic concepts, and intermediate algebraic concepts.

3
MATH 1015

Pre-requisite(s): MATH 1013 Emphasizes basic geometric and trigonometric concepts. Topics include measurement conversion, geometric terminology and measurements, and trigonometric terminology and functions.

3
2: Institutional Credit 3
COLL 1500

This course is designed to provide tools to assist students to acquire skills necessary to achieve academic and professional success in their chosen occupational/ technical program of study. Topics include: Getting off to a Good Start, Learning and Personality Styles, Time and Money Management, Study and Test Taking Skills, Stress Management and Wellness, Communications Skills, Career Exploration, Research Skills, College Campus Knowledge, Memory & Reading Skills, Presentation & Interview Skills, and Group Skills. Effective Fall 2016, students who already have an Associate Degree or higher will be given exemption credit for the COLL 1500 course.

3
3: Occupational Courses 32
COMP 1000

Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include an introduction to computer and digital terminology, and usage, operating systems, Internet and digital communication, word processing applications, spreadsheet applications, database applications, and presentation applications.

3
AUTT 1010

Introduces basic concepts and practices necessary for safe and effective automotive shop operations. Topics include: safety procedures; legal/ethical responsibilities; general service; hand tools; shop organization, management, and work flow systems.

2
AUTT 1030

Pre/Co-requisite(s): AUTT 1010 This course introduces brake systems theory and its application to automotive braking systems and anti-lock brake system (ABS). Topics include: hydraulic system diagnosis and repair; drum brake diagnosis and repair; disc brake diagnosis and repair; power assist units diagnosis and repair; related systems (wheel bearings, parking brakes, electrical, etc.) diagnosis and repair; test, diagnose, and service electronic brake control system.

4
AUTT 1050

Pre-requisite(s): AUTT 1010 This course introduces students to principles of steering, suspension, wheel alignment, electronic steering, and electronic active suspension. Topics include: general suspension and steering systems diagnosis; steering systems diagnosis and repair; suspension systems diagnosis and repair; related suspension and steering service; wheel alignment diagnosis, adjustment and repair, wheel and tire diagnosis and repair.

4
AUTT 1060

Pre-requisite(s): AUTT 1020 OR AUTT 1022 This course introduces the theory and operation of automotive heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC). Students attain proficiency in inspection, testing, service, and repair of heating and air conditioning systems and related components. Topics include: a/c system diagnosis and repair; refrigeration system component diagnosis and repair; heating, ventilation, and engine cooling systems diagnosis and repair; operating systems and related controls diagnosis and repair; refrigerant recovery, recycling, and handling.

5
Seven (7) credit hours of Electrical System courses 7
AUTT 1020

Pre/Co-requisite(s): AUTT 1010 This course introduces automotive electrical systems, emphasizing the basic operating principles, diagnosis, and service/repair of batteries, starting systems, charging systems, lightning systems, instrument cluster, and driver information systens, and the body electrical systems.

7
AUTT 1021

Pre/Co-requisite(s): AUTT 1010 This course introduces automotive electrical systems, emphasizing the basic principles, diagnosis, and service/repair of batteries, starting systems, starting system components, and basic lighting systems.

4
AUTT 1022

Co-requisite(s): AUTT 1021 This course emphasizes the basic principles, diagnosis, and service/ repair of charging systems, advanced lighting systems, instrumental cluster and driver information systems and body electrical systems.

3
Seven (7) credit hours of Engine Performance courses 7
AUTT 1040

Pre-requisite(s): AUTT 1020 or AUTT 1021 and AUTT 1022 This course introduces basic engine performance systems which support and control four stroke gasoline engine operations and reduce emissions. Topics include: general engine diagnosis, computerized engine controls and diagnosis, ignition system diagnosis and repair, fuel and air induction, exhaust systems, emission control systems diagnosis and repair.

7
AUTT 1041

Pre/Co-requisite(s): AUTT 1020 or AUTT 1021 and AUTT 1022 Introduces basic engine performance systems which support and control four stroke gasoline engine operations and reduce emissions. Topics include: general engine diagnosis, fuel and air induction, exhaust systems, PCV control system diagnosis and repair, and other related engine service.

3
AUTT 1042

Pre-requisite(s): AUTT 1020 or AUTT 1022 This course continues basic engine performance systems which support and control four stroke gasoline engine operations and reduce emissions. Topics include: computerized engine controls and diagnosis, ignition system diagnosis and repair, and advanced emission control systems diagnosis and repair.

4
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Automotive Technology Program Chair
School of Industrial Technology
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