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Automotive Systems Technology

What is Automotive Systems Technology? 

Automotive SystemsThe Automotive Systems Technology curriculum prepares individuals for employment as automotive service technicians. It provides an introduction to automotive careers and increases student awareness of the challenges associated with this fast and ever-changing field. 

Classroom and lab experiences integrate technical and academic course work. Emphasis is placed on theory, servicing and operation of brakes, electrical/electronic systems, engine performance, steering/suspension, automatic transmission/transaxles, engine repair, climate control, and manual drive trains. 

Upon completion of this curriculum students should be prepared to take the ASE exam and be ready for full-time employment in dealerships and repair shops in the automotive service industry.



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Typical Courses

• Intro to Automotive Technology
• Engine Repair
• Basic Automotive Electricity
• PC Skills for Auto Techs
• Suspension and Steering Systems
• Brake Systems
• Engine Performance
• Automotive Climate Control 

Student Learning Outcomes: 

Graduates of the WCC Automotive Systems Technology Program will: 

  • Seek best information, measure, analyze, diagnose, repair and verify the repair in the following areas:
    A1 Engine Repair
    A2 Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
    A3 Manual Drive Train and Axles
    A4 Suspension and Steering
    A5 Brakes
    A6 Electrical/Electronic Systems
    A7 Heating and Air Conditioning
    A8 Engine Performance
  • Examine and validate underlying assumptions dealing with automotive shop and repair safety procedures, practices, chemical/solvent disposal, and management of waste streams reducing their impact on the global environment.    
  • Demonstrate the technical, communication, computation and personal responsibility skills needed to be successful in the ever-changing advanced technological automotive industry.  
  • Efficiently access resources (both electronic and print) for service and technical information necessary to complete specific automotive services and repairs.  
  • Evaluate data collected from the power train management system to insure vehicle is performing efficiently and pollution is minimized to assist with reversing the effects on global problematic issues.

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Contact Information:

Mark McNeil Johnny O'Connell
Mark McNeill
Instructor, Automotive Systems Technologies
(336) 838-6283
Johnny O'Connell
Instructor, Automotive Systems Technologies
(336) 838-6284