Automotive Mechanics (AUM)

The Automotive Mechanics program prepares students to diagnose and repair mechanical problems on all components of the automobile. Students complete the program with the knowledge needed to find meaningful, rewarding positions at dealerships, auto repair shops, the government and other organizations.  This program consists of one Certificate and one Short Certificate in Automotive Mechanics.  Students can also earn an Associates degree by completing the AUM Certificate, some additional General Education courses, and the Medium/Heavy Truck Short Certificate.

Employment Potential for Automotive Service Technicians**


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• Many employers report difficulty finding workers with the right skills and education to fill available positions – meaning that this exciting field is full of opportunity for those who complete formal training.
•  The median annual wage for automotive service technicians and mechanics was $39,550 in May 2017.  The highest 10 percent earned more than $65,430.
• Industries employing the largest number of automotive service technicians are automotive repair and maintenance shops, automobile dealers, and retailers and wholesalers of automotive parts, accessories, and supplies. Others find employment in home and auto supply stores, automotive equipment rental and leasing companies, the government, and other organizations.
• Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for qualified job seekers should be very good.
**According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010. Additional information available at www.bls.gov

   

AUTOMOTIVE MECHANICS
Short Certificate – 28 Credit Hours
Semester Hours
Pre-Professional Courses                                                         1
•      ORI 101          Orientation to College
Technical Courses of Study:                                                  27
•      AUM 101        Fundamentals of Automotive Tech            3
•      AUM 112        Electrical Fundamentals                             3
•      AUM 121        Braking Systems                                         3
•      AUM 122        Suspension and Steering                             3
•      AUM 124        Automotive Engines                                   3
•      AUM 130        Drive Train and Axles                                3
•      AUM 133        Motor Vehicle Air Conditioning                3
•      AUM 162        Electrical/Electronic Systems                     3
•      AUM 220        Advanced Automotive Engines                   3


 
AUTOMOTIVE MECHANICS
Certificate –48 Credit Hours
Note: ORI 101 Orientation is required during the first semester of attendance for all students 
entering this program.
Pre-Professional Courses                                        Hours(s)
Freshman &Transient Requirement
•      ORI 101          Orientation to College                                1
Area I – Written Composition                                                 3
Select one of the following courses:
•      COM 100        Career Technical English                           3
•      ENG 101         English Composition I*                              3
Area II – Humanities & Fine Arts                                      2-3
Select one of the following courses:
•      SPC 103          Career Technical Speaking                         2
•      SPH 107          Fundamentals of Public Speaking*            3
Area III – Natural Science & Mathematics                           3
Select one of the following courses:
•      MAH 101        Introductory Technical Math 1                   3
•      MTH 100        Intermediate College Algebra*                  3
Area V* – Pre-Professional /College Requirements              3
Select one of the following courses:
•      DPT 103         Introductory Computer Skills                     3
•      CIS 130           Introduction to Information Systems          3
•      CIS 146           Microcomputer Applications*                    3
TOTAL PRE-PROFESSIONAL COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS     12-13
*NOTE: For degree seeking students, choose general studies course options
Area V - Technical Courses of Study:                                  36
Select 36 credit hours from the following courses:
•      AUM 101        Fundamentals of Automotive Tech            3
•      AUM 112        Electrical Fundamentals                             3
•      AUM 121        Braking Systems                                         3
•      AUM 122        Suspension and Steering                             3
•      AUM 124        Automotive Engines                                   3
•      AUM 130        Drive Train and Axles                                3
•      AUM 162        Electrical/Electronic Systems                     3
•      AUM 230        Automatic Transmission and Transaxle     3
•      AUM 239        Engine Performance I                                 3
•      AUM 244        Engine Performance II                                3
•      AUM 133       Motor Vehicle Air Conditioning                 3
•      AUM 212      Advanced Electrical & Electronic Sys         3
•      AUM 220      Advanced Automotive Engines                   3
•      AUM 224      Manual Transmission and Transaxle           3
•      AUM 246      Automotive Emissions                                 3



AUTOMOTIVE MECHANICS
Associate in Occupational Technologies Degree (AOT) 73 Credit Hours
The Automotive Mechanics certificate must be completed prior to beginning this degree. Technical 
Major Courses that were taken in   the   certificate   apply   to   this   Associate   in   
Occupational Technologies Degree.

Requirement
•      ORI 101          Orientation to College                                1
NOTE: See Area V* for other College Requirements
Area I – Written Composition                                                 3
•      ENG 101         English Composition I                                3
Area II – Humanities & Fine Arts                                          6
•      Humanities and Fine Arts Course                                      3
•      SPH 107          Fundamentals of  Public Speaking             3
Area III – Natural Science & Mathematics                            7
•      Natural Science Requirement                                             4
•      MTH 100        Intermediate College Algebra                    3
(or higher level math)
Area IV – History, Social, & Behavioral Sciences                 3
•      Social and Behavioral Science Requirement                      3
Area V* – Pre-Professional /College Requirements              5
Select one of the following courses:
•      CIS 130           Introduction to Information Systems          3
•      CIS 146           Microcomputer Applications*                    3
and
•      Two 1-hour PED Activity Courses                                     2
TOTAL GENERAL STUDIES COURSES                                                  25
Area V – Technical Major Courses                                      36
Select 36 credit hours from the following courses:
•      AUM 101         Fundamentals of Automotive Tech            3
•      AUM 112         Electrical Fundamentals                             3
•      AUM 121         Braking Systems                                         3
•      AUM 122         Suspension and Steering                             3
•      AUM 124         Automotive Engines                                   3
•      AUM 130         Drive Train and Axles                                3
•      AUM 162         Electrical/Electronic Systems                     3
•      AUM 230         Automatic Transmission and Transaxle     3
•      AUM 239         Engine Performance I                                 3
•      AUM 244         Engine Performance II                                3
•      AUM 133        Motor Vehicle Air Conditioning                 3
•      AUM 212       Advanced Electrical & Electronic Sys         3
•      AUM 220       Advanced Automotive Engines                   3
•      AUM 224       Manual Transmission and Transaxle           3
•      AUM 246       Automotive Emissions                                 3



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