Automotive Engineering Technology Associate in Applied Science

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Go the extra mile and get hands-on training in a degree that has been recognized as the No. 1 automotive educational program in the U.S. Combining the latest in automotive technology and strong academic coursework, taught by experienced faculty who are ASE-certified master technicians, this degree gears you up for a successful career in the automotive industry.

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Getting Started: Fall 2020 12W Session

Aug. 17:   Financial Aid

Sept. 9:   Application

Sept. 14:   Classes Begin

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Why Seminole State?

  • Award-winning program: The A.A.S. program was recognized as the No. 1 automotive education program in the nation.
  • Fully accredited curriculum: The automotive curriculum is accredited by NATEF, Ford and General Motors (GM). It combines the latest in automotive technology education, relevant industry internships and strong academic coursework. 
  • Modern training facility: Our 55,000-square-foot automotive training center features 40 bays for the best possible hands-on training and high-tech classrooms equipped with computerized work stations and simulators.
  • Dedicated faculty: Faculty in the automotive program are ASE-certified master technicians and have extensive industry experience. 
  • Hands-on experience: Apply your knowledge to real-world situations through internships at new car dealerships, fleet operations facilities, municipalities or independent garages. 
  • Job placement: Graduates of our automotive program enjoy 100 percent job placement with dealership sponsorship.

Additional Information

Automotive Engineering Technology Associate of Applied Science
Type: AAS
Major Code : AUTO-AAS
CIP: 0615080300
Educational Pathway: AUTO-AAS

Program Description

The SSC Autmotive curriculum - accredited by ASE Education Foundation - combines the latest in automotive technology education, relevant industry internships and strong academic coursework to prepare graduates for successful careers in the automotive services industry.

Students in the Automotive Engineering Technology program may focus on two manufacturer-specific tracks (GM-ASEP or Ford-ASSET) or take a more generic track with a non-manufacturer specific curriculum. With any track, students will acquire important skills related to proper diagnosis and repair of modern technology and alternative-fuel vehicles.

Knowledgable, experienced faculty members and active industry partnerships ensure that Automotive students receive dynamic training that integrates traditional vehicle technology with emerging alternative-fuel technologies such as hybrid-electric and hydrogen fuel cell.

Candidates must:

  • Apply and be accepted to Seminole State College;
  • Provide official transcript(s) indicating a standard high school diploma or equivalent;
  • Non-exempt students must complete the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT);
  • 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;
  • Be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.


Available Courses
Required Courses
This course will teach students to read schematic drawings and understand how circuits work so that they can demonstrate knowledge by building and diagnosing a functioning circuit. This will reinforce Electrical 1 concepts focusing on specific areas where students face the most challenges. This adds a higher level of diagnostic skill where the student learns and demonstrates the College's student learning outcomes, i.e. critical thinking, scientific/quantitative reasoning and information literacy as it pertains to Electrical diagnostics. Lab fee required.
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.
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.
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.
Choose AER 1596C or AER 1580 and AER 1594
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, anti-lock brake, traction control and stability control systems. Lab fee required.
Anti-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.
Brake 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

AER 29## Cooperative Education Internship in Automotive Technology

A total of 5 co-op credits are required for graduation. These 5 co-op credits may include up to 2 credit hours of AER 2920 Automotive Practicum.
General Education Courses
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. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Communications requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.

Students can satisfy the English Requirement with either ENC 1101 English I or ENC 1102 English II.

Any General Education course

PHY1020 Conceptual Physics recommended

Humanities General Education course


Mathematics or Science General Education course


Social Science General Education course

Total Credits:

If General Education courses have not been initiated by the beginning of the third term, registration may be blocked.


Courses beginning with a leading digit of "0", postsecondary adult vocational courses and AER prefix courses do not meet the requirements for an Associate in Arts or Bachelor's degree. 


Students with a baccalaureate degree or an associate in arts degree from a regionally accredited institution will be considered to have met general education requirements for this degree program.

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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Tuition and Fee Comparison*

 Seminole StateUFFSUUCF
Tuition and Fees$3,131$6,380$6,538$6,379
Room and Board-0-$10,590$11,088$10,300
Books and Supplies$1,000$890$1,000$1,200

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* Tuition costs are based on Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 terms, with 15 credit hours per term for in-state students. Dorm fees, meal plans and book expenses are estimates based on information provided on each university's website. Lab fees and other fees that may be assessed at the time of registration may be viewed in the College fee schedule. As Seminole State is a commuter college with no residence halls on its campuses, costs for room and board are not calculated.


Automotive service technicians and mechanics inspect, maintain and repair cars and light trucks. Typically working in well-ventilated and well-lit repair shops, automotive technicians identify and address mechanical problems with a combination of computers and traditional parts and tools.

College Credit Certificates

Students pursuing this degree also may obtain the following college credit certificates:

  • Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair
  • Automotive Technician

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program are employed as:

  • Automotive parts sales and service representatives
  • Automotive technicians
  • Automotive technology instructors

For career information related to this program, please visit O*Net OnLine.

Job Outlook

Employment in this field is expected to grow by 17 percent (about as fast as average) through 2020 (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).


With proper industry work experience, graduates of this program may qualify to earn the following industry certifications:

  • ASE Advanced Engine Performance Specialist (L1),
  • ASE Automobile/Light Truck Technician: Automatic Transmission/Transaxle (A2),
  • ASE Automobile/Light Truck Technician: Brakes (A5),
  • ASE Automobile/Light Truck Technician: Electrical/Electronic Systems (A6),
  • ASE Automobile/Light Truck Technician: Engine Performance (A9),
  • ASE Automobile/Light Truck Technician: Engine Repair (A1), (NIASE010)
  • ASE Automobile/Light Truck Technician: Heating and Air Conditioning (A7),
  • ASE Automobile/Light Truck Technician: Manual Drive Train and Axles (A3),
  • ASE Automobile/Light Truck Technician: Suspension and Steering (A4),
  • ASE Automobile Service Consultant (C1),
  • ASE Master Automobile Technician,
  • ASE Medium/Heavy Truck Technician: Preventive Maintenance Inspection (PMI) (T8)
  • ASE Parts Specialist