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V.C., Automotive Service Technology Certificate Program

Certificate Type: V.C.
Major Code: AUTO-VC
CIP: 0647060405

This program prepares students to become entry-level technicians, familiar with all aspects of automotive diagnosis and repair. The latest in computerized work stations and simulators are used in the classroom. Structured laboratories give the student hands-on experience with late-model cars, using the tools and techniques employed in today's automotive repair industry. Students successfully completing this program will be able to diagnose and repair any of the basic systems on late-model cars.

Total program hours: 1,245 of 1,800

Admission requirements:

  • Submit a completed Seminole State College application to the Admissions Office;
  • Take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) within the first six weeks of admission into the program;
  • TABE scores must be at or above 568 for Language, 570 for Reading and 579 for Math to exit the program and receive the completion diploma;
  • Register for Fall Term.
  • Be able to lift and carry at least 50 pounds.

    Note: Students must pass each course with a "D" or higher in each course attempted to continue with the program.

    Major Courses
    Not availableAER0071CAutomotive Business Management/Employability Skills
    Classroom instruction is provided in the organization and management of small automotive shops, employer-employee and customer relations, processing of work orders, parts inventory control, job search, relocation and interview techniques. Students will identify the advantages and disadvantages of owning and managing a business, identify acceptable work ethic and explain procedures for managing employer-employee and customer relations. Lab fee required.
    AvailableAER0072CAutomotive Fundamentals and Service
    This course begins with an introduction to the automotive systems, tools and equipment and proper procedures for performing lubrication, tire and minor maintenance service on automotive vehicles. Included are use of service manuals, both paper and computer driven; use of measuring and special tools; use of digital volt-ohmmeters; safety and hazardous materials handling and identification and operation and minor service of various automotive systems. Lab fee required.
    Not availableAER0199CAutomotive Engine Fundamentals
    The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an in-depth study of automotive engines, nomenclature of parts, engine types, sizes and operating principles. Engine overhaul procedures are studied and performed including valve train service and machining. Emphasis is placed on proper diagnoses of engine problems including loss of compression, lubrication of components, cylinder balance, noise and vibration problems. Lab fee required.
    Not availableAER0399CAutomotive Drive Trains
    This course introduces the student to the relationship between the engine, clutch, transmission, drive axle and differential. Organized learning experiences are provided in the operation, service and maintenance of mechanical and hydraulic clutches, manual and automatic transmissions, transaxles and differentials. Automatic transmission and transaxle operation and minor service is included. Lab fee required.
    AvailableAER0499CAutomotive Suspension and Brakes
    In this course emphasis is placed on safety and the use of proper procedures for diagnosing, inspecting and repairing brake and suspension systems. Theory and principles of operation are combined with laboratory work which includes wheel alignment, suspension and brake systems, inspection, diagnosis and repair. Lab fee required.
    Not availableAER0697CAutomotive Electrical and Electronic Fundamentals
    This course provides an in-depth study of electrical and electronic theory, test equipment, wiring diagram interpretation, engine, body and chassis electrical systems. The student, on simulators, computer-based trainers and on-vehicle applications, will demonstrate application of theory. Included are actual work experiences and the use of modern diagnostic tools and equipment. Lab fee required.
    Not availableAER0759CAutomotive Heating/Air Conditioning Fundamentals
    This course is a systematic study of the heating and ventilation system, the engine cooling system, air conditioning system operation, temperature controls, refrigerants, recovery and recycling. Procedures for diagnosis, service and repair of air conditioning components are also covered. Lab fee required.
  • Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.

    Each course offered by Seminole State is listed alphabetically and organized by the course prefix, catalog number and description. The courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System, a system used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 32 non-public institutions. Seminole State controls the description, credit and content of its own courses.

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