Automotive Technology

If you want to be in a job field that’s always in demand, a career in automotive technology may be a great fit for you. Learn a unique skill-set that’s needed anywhere in the world while earning an Associate in Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology. Gain hands-on experience diagnosing and servicing automobiles while working in a modern, high-tech lab at our Emmetsburg campus.

Develop knowledge of transmissions, engine systems, steering and suspension, electronic and electrical systems, fuel injection brakes and shop safety. Find an area you excel at, then choose to specialize in a specific skill. Our Automotive Technology program provides you with certification opportunities in eight different areas.

In just five terms, you’ll earn your degree and be ready to work as an entry-level technician. Whether you develop a career as a specialized technician, service manager or auto shop owner, you’ll establish a strong set of skills in automotive technology right here that you can take anywhere.

Faculty Contact

Jason Jacobson
Assistant Professor | Automotive Technology
712-852-5348 | jjacobson@iowalakes.edu

Program Details

PROGRAM LENGTH: 5 terms

DEGREE: Associate in Applied Science (72 credits)

CAMPUS: Emmetsburg

Instructors are ASE Certified Master Technicians

Did You Know?

Starting Salary: $26,704

Average Salary: $41,364

Projected Employment Growth:0.8%

Special Certifications Available

Curriculum

Term 1

Credits: 2

This course provides students with an introductory overview of automotive servicing from a maintenance and replacement standpoint while emphasizing routine maintenance procedures in the care of tires, batteries, lighting, belts, hoses, filters, and cooling systems through classroom and lab instruction.


Credits: 1

The course is designed to prepare the student to work safely in the auto shop. Students will be introduced to safety equipment, safety rules, and common accidents in the automotive service area.


Credits: 3

This course covers Automatic Transmission and Transaxle diagnosis, maintenance, and light repair/replacement. Both hydraulic and electric controlled transmissions are discussed.


Credits: 1

This course provides application of the fundamentals of electricity along with electrical testing procedures and equipment in the automotive industry.

Corequisite: ELE 332 – Fundamentals of Electricity


Credits: 2

This course provides knowledge of the fundamentals of electricity along with electrical testing procedures and equipment for the transportation and maintenance industry.

Corequisites: AGM 332 – Fund. of Electricity Lab Farm Equipment, AUT 332 – Fund. of Electricity Lab Automotive, MOT 332 – Fund. of Electricity Lab Powersports or MSE 332 – Fund. of Electricity Lab Marine


Credits: 3

The course provides experience in using critical thinking skills to formulate rapid and accurate diagnoses of automotive drivability systems.


Credits: 3

Developing skills in reading, writing and listening as they apply to students’ vocational needs.


Credits: 3

Emphasis on expository and argumentative writings including a review of usage and mechanics.

Prerequisites: Satisfactory score on the ACT, Accuplacer, ASSET,COMPASS as determined by Iowa Lakes policy


Choose COM 723 or ENG 105

Term 2

Credits: 4

This course provides the engine repair and maintenance information and skills needed for entry-level technicians. Preventative maintenance and in-vehicle repair are covered, along with long block removal and installation.


Credits: 4

This course covers manual transmission repair and maintenance, providing the information and skills needed for entry-level technicians. The course will also explore preventative maintenance, in-vehicle repair, transmission and clutch removal and installation, drive axle and transfer case diagnosis and repair.


Credits: 4

This course covers brake system repair and maintenance, providing the necessary information and skills for entry-level technicians, and covers the preventative maintenance, diagnosis, and repair of brake systems, including mechanical, anti-lock brake, and traction control.


Credits: 3

Students are given the opportunity to apply human relations concepts and evaluate experience and observations. Social skills required in various occupational settings will be developed, emphasizing how appropriate personal attitudes lead to social and business success.


Term 3

Credits: 4

This course will provide instruction in diagnosing and repairing automotive alignment and suspension system components. Electronically controlled suspension and collision avoidance system diagnosis, maintenance, and repair are also covered.


Credits: 4

The course is a study of the operation, diagnostics, and of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems used in the automotive industry.


Term 4

Credits: 6

This course covers the repair and rebuilding of automotive powertrain systems, including automatic transmissions, manual transmissions, power transfer units and differentials, and is designed to give an in-depth knowledge of the operation and repair procedures used for the powertrain system.


Credits: 4

This course covers automotive electrical systems providing the information and skills needed for technicians while emphasizing network-controlled systems, including navigation, audio, supplemental restraint, and immobilizer theft deterrent. Through this course, students will build diagnostic skills with extensive use of oscilloscopes and multi-meters for body electrical circuit faults.


Credits: 4

This course covers advanced engine performance diagnosis and repair of emission, fuel, and engine control systems and will include the utilization of Chassis Dyno and a scan tool lab scope in diagnosing engine performance.


Credits: 3

A course in elementary mathematical skills for technicians. Topics covered include fundamental operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals and signed numbers; percents; geometric figures and basic constructions; area and volume formulas; English/Metric systems; measurements; and basic algebraic equations and applications.

Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score


Credits: 3

This is a general survey course which includes sets; number systems; elementary algebra; exponents; equations and inequalities; fractions; ratios; proportion and variation; probability and statistics; elementary graphing; consumer mathematics; and an introduction to geometry.

Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score or MAT 054 – Math Strategies


Choose MAT 772 or MAT 110

Term 5

Credits: 2

During this course, students will learn the theory, application and service information of hybrid, electric and alternative power vehicles.


Credits: 4

This course will provide students with knowledge of how to repair and rebuild automotive engines. Diagnosis, disassembly, cleaning, measurement, and assembly of the internal combustion engine are covered.


Credits: 3

This course provides knowledge of the basic design and operations for light duty diesel platforms in the automotive field. Topics include familiarization with light duty diesel, safety precautions, also service and maintenance procedures. Students will learn to perform basic maintenance and service operations and demonstrate proper safety.


Credits: 3

In a Windows environment, the focus of this course is to use hardware and software as business productivity tools. Training includes a hands-on introduction to computer applications vital in business and industry .The course covers computer terminol­ogy, operating system, email, and Internet applications .Hands on training is provided for software business applications includ­ing word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software.


Credits: 3

CSC-110 is an introductory course that surveys a variety of topics to include history, hardware, software, terminology, com­munications, computer ethics, and societal impact of computers. In addition to computer literacy, students will complete hands-on modules using operating systems, word processing, database, presentation, and spreadsheet software; such as Microsoft Office programs.


Credits: 3

The basic fundamentals of business. Basic business and economic concepts and terminology; management, marketing, finance, human resource management, accounting and other business areas.


Credits: 2

Principles and applications of gas and MIG welding theory, safety and shop practices are covered. Lecture and laboratory.


Choose BCA 212 or CSC 110