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A.A.S. Degree, Automotive Technology

Degree Type: A.A.S.
Major Code: AUTO-AAS
CIP: 0647060407

Seminole State's Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Automotive Technology, fully accredited by NATEF Technology, Ford and General Motors (GM), has been identified as the number one automotive educational program in the United States. The unique curriculum combines the latest in automotive technology education and relevant industry internships, with strong academic coursework designed to prepare the graduate for a strong and successful career in the automotive service industry. Coursework includes distance learning Web assignments. Access to a computer is required. Students may access computers in any Seminole State College's library computer lab.

Active industry partnerships and current faculty with a wide range of expertise provide students up-to-date curriculum that integrates traditional vehicle technology with emerging alternative fuel technologies such as hybrid-electric and hydrogen fuel cell. Students may focus on domestic (GM and Ford) and import vehicle diagnosis and repair.

Candidates must:

  • Apply and be accepted to Seminole State College;
  • Complete the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT);
  • Provide official transcript(s) indicating a standard high school diploma or equivalent;
  • Be at least 18 years of age prior to first work assignment;
  • Possess a valid Florida driver's license and provide current Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) report;
  • Submit the completed and signed Automotive Program Application Form;
  • Schedule an interview with the program manager or program advisor;
  • If General Education courses have not been initiated by beginning of third semester, registration may be blocked;
  • Be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.
Major Courses
AvailableAER1073Parts and Service
This course will instruct the student in management policies and procedures as related to parts department operation and service department operation. Lab fee required.
AvailableAER1082Introduction to Vehicle Systems and Minor Service
This course is designed to introduce the student to the various systems of the automobile. It includes instruction in shop practices. The student will learn minor repair procedures, including lubrication, wheel and tire, exhaust system service and new car pre-delivery services. Lab fee required.
Not availableAER1197Engine Diagnoses and Repair
This course is a study of the principles of operational and problem diagnoses of the internal combustion engine. The theory of operation of the various engines in use is presented. Engines will be properly disassembled, parts identified, inspected, measured and reassembled. Proper testing and break-in procedures along with approved diagnostic troubleshooting procedures will be emphasized. Lab fee required.
Not availableAER1580Anti-lock Brakes and Traction Control Systems
This course will cover the theory of operation, testing and diagnosis of anti-lock brake, traction control and stability control systems. Lab fee required.
Not availableAER1496Steering and Suspension Systems
The student will develop the knowledge and skills related to the operation and function of steering and suspension systems. Alignment, testing, diagnosis and repair of modern vehicle systems will be emphasized. Lab fee required.
Not availableAER1594Brake Systems
This course is a study of the theory and operation of brake systems. Students will learn all aspects of the diagnosis, repair and testing of brake systems including drum and disc brakes and power brake operation and repair. Lab fee required.
AvailableAER1602Electrical/Electronic Systems I
A comprehensive course introducing the student to the principles of electricity and electronics as applied to electrical systems. The principles of Ohm's Law will lead the student into the use of digital volt ohmmeters and oscilloscopes utilizing lab and hands-on exercises. Proper diagnostic skills will be taught and applied through the troubleshooting and repair of problems on live vehicles. Lab fee required.
Not availableAER1695Chassis Electronics
This course will cover automotive chassis-related electrical and electronic systems. Covered systems will include, but not be limited to, instrumentation, ride control, supplemental inflatable restraint system, four wheel steering and power accessories. Theory of operation and diagnosis will be emphasized. Lab fee required.
Not availableAER1758HVAC Systems
This course is designed to develop an understanding of the theory and operation of modern heating and air conditioning systems as used on vehicles. Included are proper diagnostic and repair procedures. Recycling and storage of CFC's and the effect on the environment is stressed. Lab fee required.
Not availableAER2298Automatic Transmissions/Transaxles
This course covers the operation of modern transmission and drive train components. The student will learn in detail overhaul, testing, diagnosis and repair procedures. Courses related to automatic transmission/transaxles will be included in the curriculum. These are subject to change as new courses replace outdated and obsolete courses. Lab fee required.
Not availableAER2398Manual Transmissions/Drive Trains
This course covers the operation of modern manual transmission and drive train components. Overhaul, testing, diagnosis and repair procedures will be emphasized. Noise, vibration and harshness will be taught. Lab fee required.
AvailableAER2694Electrical/Electronic Systems II
This course will continue the study of electricity and electronics. It will begin with a review of semiconductor diodes and transistors and continue on through digital devices and microprocessors as applied to electronic and computer-controlled systems. Emphasis will be placed on testing and diagnosis of vehicle communication systems and subsystems. Hybrid, high voltage and electrical safety procedures will be covered. Lab fee required.
Not availableAER2820Driveability Diagnosis
This course covers classroom and lab experiences related to approved techniques for diagnosis of driveability problems. Course content will include, but not be limited to, brake, steering and suspension, transmission and drive train, engine and performance diagnoses, including various computer-controlled systems. Lab fee required.
AvailableAER2840Engine Control Systems
This course will teach the theory and operation of engine control systems. Emphasis is on approved diagnostic procedures, testing and repair of fuel injected gasoline engine controls. Covered topics include fuel injection, spark and emission control systems and diagnosis. Lab fee required.
Not availableAER2870Alternative Fuel and Propulsion Systems
This course introduces the student to emerging technology and alternative fuel propulsion systems. Safety, theoretical operation and service procedures are discussed and practiced in the laboratory environment. Personal protective equipment, high voltage systems, hybrid and electric vehicle components and diagnostic service procedures are emphasized. Hybrid vehicle powertrain sub-systems are explored and unique features that distinguish these vehicles from conventional automobiles are discussed.
AER29XXCooperative Education Internship in Automotive Technology
(A total of 10 co-op credits are required for graduation. These 10 credits may also include up to 4 credit hours of AER 2920 Automotive Practicum)
General Education Courses
AvailableENC1101English I
This is a course in the process of expository writing. Students will read essays and compose papers that are unified, organized, logically developed and supported, clearly stated and well-focused. Research techniques are introduced and incorporated into at least one composition. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. Students must pass the core assignments with a grade of "C" or higher.
Any General Education course3
(PHY 1020 Conceptual Physics recommended)
Humanities General Education course3
Mathematics or Science General Education course3
Note: If you choose a Science General Education course, due to state law, you must also complete any college preparatory mathematics course(s), if any were required by your entry level test scores, before you can be awarded an associate degree.
Social Science General Education course3
Total Credits:74
Note: If general education courses have not been initiated by the beginning of third semester, registration may be blocked.

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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