Automotive Technology

WELCOME TO THE AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM AT KAUA'I COMMUNITY COLLEGE!

The Automotive Technology program is a competency-based program designed following standards specified by the National Automotive Education Foundation (NATEF). The competencies the student is expected to achieve in the program are based on the task described by NATEF. A student who successfully completes the program will receive training in all of the eight areas described by NATEF: A-1 Engine Repair; A-2 Automatic Transmission and Transaxle; A-3 Manual Drive Train and Axles; A-4 Suspension and Steering; A-5 Brakes; A-6 Electrical/Electronic Systems; A-7 Heating and Air Conditioning; and A-8 Engine Performance. In order to meet global changes, the automotive industry has gone Green with Hybrid and Electric vehicles. Our program will meet the industry needs by providing training in sustainable energy with Hybrid and Electric Vehicle (HEV) Technology and alternative fuels.

The goals of the program are to prepare students with the skills and competencies necessary for a successful career as an automotive technician, to instill in the student the work habits and attitude necessary to work in a highly competitive field, and to provide the student with the basic skills necessary to become a lifelong learner in order to keep abreast of the latest technological changes in the automobile.

The Automotive Technology program courses are clustered into certificates, each providing a set of marketable workplace skills. The Certificates of Competence (COs) in HEV Preventive Maintenance and Repair and the HEV Diagnostic and Repair lead to a Certificate of Achievement (CA) in Automotive Green Technology. The Drive Train Specialist, Engine Specialist, and Undercar Specialist lead to the CA in Automotive Technology Heavy Line Technician. In addition, other certificates earned are the Electronics/Computer Controls Technician, Driveability Technician, and Master Automobile Service Technology CAs that lead to the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. This two-year AAS degree program is offered every year.

This program is articulated with other UH Community College Automotive programs. Students should plan to enroll in all the Automotive Technology program courses offered each semester in order to earn the desired certificate or degree in the shortest time possible. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with an academic advisor to help them plan the best path for reaching their academic goals. The cost of tools and supplies for the program is approximately $2,500. This cost can vary considerably, depending on where the student chooses to buy tools and supplies.

Program Admission Requirements:

Applicants will be admitted into the Automotive Technology program on a “first applied, first qualified” basis. Students must maintain a valid driver’s license throughout the course of study.

Graduation Requirements:

A GPA of 2.0 or higher in all AMT courses is needed to meet graduation requirements.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

  1. Demonstrate technical proficiency in entry-level skills for employment in the automotive service field or related areas.
  2. Apply the theory behind automotive procedures and use critical thinking when performing service, maintenance, diagnostics, and repair of all major automotive systems.
  3. Comply with personal and environmental safety practices in accordance with applicable safety and environmental regulations.
  4. Identify and use appropriate tools, testing and measuring equipment required to accomplish each task established by National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).
  5. Locate references, training information and manufacturer’s procedures from industry resources using the appropriate technology and will be able to perform tasks in accordance with their research.
  6. Perform all diagnostic and repair tasks in accordance with manufacturer’s recommended procedures as published.
  7. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Please click on the tabs below to read about our degree & certificates

Guided Pathways to Completion

 

Automotive Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS), 71 credits

Fall Semester 1

  • AMT 100 - Introduction to Automotive Technology (2 credits)
  • AMT 141 - Electrical/Electronic Systems I (5 credits).
  • AMT 152 - Brake Systems (4 credits)
  • AMT 154 - Suspension and Steering Systems (4 credits) 
  • Thinking Reasoning/Mathematics: Core Options (3 credits)

Spring Semester 2

  • AMT 129 - Engine Repair (7 credits)
  • AMT 241 - Electrical/Electronic Systems II (4 credits)
  • AMT 145 - Manual Drivetrain and Axles (4 credits)   
  • PHYS 101 - Career and Technical Education Physics (3 credits)

Fall Semester 3

  • AMT 149 - Automatic Transmission and Transaxle (4 credits)
  • AMT 240 - Fuel and Emission Systems (4 credits) 
  • AMT 242 - Engine Performance I (5 credits)
  • Cultural Environment: Core Option (3 credits)
  • Social Environment: Core Option (3 credits)

Spring Semester 4

  • AMT 144 - Heating and Air Conditioning (4 credits)
  • AMT 244 Engine Performance II (5 credits)
  • AMT 260 Diagnostic and Repair (4 credits)
  • Communication: Core Option (3 credits)

Total credits: 71

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Automotive Green Technology Certificate of Achievement (CA), 26 credits

Fall Semester 1

  • AMT 141 - Electrical/Electronic Systems I (5 credits) 

Spring Semester 2

  • AMT 129 - Engine Repair (7 credits)

Fall Semester 3

  • AMT 171 - HEV I - I Introduction to Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technology (3 credits)

Spring Semester 4

  • AMT 172 - HEV II Preventive Maintenance and Repair (3 credits)
  • AMT 173 - HEV III Diagnostic and Repair (3 credits)
  • AMT 244 - Engine Performance II (5 credits)
Total credits: 26

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Drivability Technician Certificate of Achievement (CA), 34 credits

Fall Semester 1

  • AMT 141 - Electrical/Electronic Systems I (5 credits)

Spring Semester 2

  • AMT 129 - Engine Repair (7 credits)
  • AMT 241 - Electrical/Electronic Systems II (4 credits)

Fall Semester 3

  • AMT 240 - Fuels and Emission Systems (4 credits)
  • AMT 242 - Engine Performance I (5 credits)

Spring Semester 4

  • AMT 244 - Engine Performance II (5 credits)
  • AMT 260 - Diagnostic and Repair (4 credits)

 

Total credits: 34

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Electronics/Computer Control Technician Certificate of Achievement (CA), 27 credits

Fall Semester 1
  • AMT 141 - Electrical/Electronic Systems I (5 credits) 

Spring Semester 2

  • AMT 241 - Electrical/Electronic Systems II (4 credits)

Fall Semester 3

  • AMT 240 - Fuels and Emission Systems (4 credits)
  • AMT 242 - Engine Performance I (5 credits)

Spring Semester 4

  • AMT 144 - Heating and Air Conditioning (4 credits)
  • AMT 244 - Engine Performance II (5 credits)

Total credits: 27

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Heavy Line Technician Certificate of Achievement (CA), 30 credits

Fall Semester 1

  • AMT 100 - Intro to Automotive (2 credits) 
  • AMT 141 - Electrical/Electronic Systems I (5 credits)
  • AMT 152 - Brake Systems (4 credits)
  • AMT 154 - Suspension and Steering Systems (4 credits)

Spring Semester 2

  • AMT 129 - Engine Repair (7 credits)
  • AMT 145 - Manual Drive train and Axles (4 credits)

Fall Semester 3

  • AMT 149 - Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles (4 credits)

Total credits: 30

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Master Automobile Service Technology Certificate of Achievement (CA), 56 credits

Fall Semester 1

  • AMT 100 - Introduction to Automotive Technology (2 credits)
  • AMT 141 - Electrical/Electronic Systems I (5 credits)
  • AMT 152 - Brake Systems (4 credits)
  • AMT 154 - Suspension and Steering Systems (4 credits)

Spring Semester 2

  • AMT 129 - Engine Repair (7 credits)
  • AMT 145 - Manual Drive train and Axles (4 credits)
  • AMT 241 - Electrical/Electronic Systems II (4 credits)

Fall Semester 3

  • AMT 149 - Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles (4 credits)
  • AMT 240 - Fuel and Emission Systems (4 credits)
  • AMT 242 - Engine Performance I (5 credits)

Spring Semester 4

  • AMT 144 - Heating and Air Conditioning (4 credits)
  • AMT 244 - Engine Performance II (5 credits)
  • AMT 260 - Diagnostic and Repair (4 credits)

Total credits: 56

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Drive train Specialist Certificate of Competence (CO), 11 credits


Fall Semester 1

  • AMT 100 - Introduction to Automotive Technology (2 credits) 
  • AMT 141 - Electrical/Electronic Systems I (5 credits)

Spring semester 2

  • AMT 145 - Manual Drive train and Axles (4 credits)

Total credits: 11

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Engine Specialist Certificate of Competency (CO) 14 credits

Fall Semester 1

  • AMT 100 - Introduction to Automotive Technology (2 credits)
  • AMT 141 - Electrical/Electronic Systems I (5 credits)

Spring Semester 2

  • AMT 129 - Engine Repair (7 credits)

Total credits: 14

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HEV Preventive Maintenance and Repair Certificate of Competence (CO), 18 credits

  Fall Semester 1

  • AMT 141 - Electrical/Electronic Systems I (5 credits)

 Spring Semester 2

  • AMT 129 - Engine Repair (7 credits)

  Fall Semester 3

  • AMT 171 - HEV I Introduction to Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technology (3 credits)

  Spring Semester 4

  • AMT 172 - HEV II Preventive Maintenance and Repair (3 credits)

Total credits: 18

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HEV Diagnostic and Repair Certificate of Competence (CO), 16 credits


Fall Semester 1

  • AMT 141 - Electrical/Electronic Systems I (5 credits) 

Spring Semester 3

  • AMT 171 - HEV I - Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technology (3 credits)

Fall Semester 4

  • AMT 173 - HEV III Diagnostic and Repair (3 credits)
  • AMT 244 - Engine Performance II (5 credits)

Total credits: 16

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Undercar Specialist Certificate of Competence (CO), 15 credits

Fall Semester 1

  • AMT 100 - Introduction to Automotive Technology (2 credits)
  • AMT 141 - Electrical/Electronic Systems I (5 credits)
  • AMT 152 - Brake Systems (4 credits)
  • AMT 154 - Suspension and Steering Systems (4 credits)

Total credits: 15

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With "outstanding" instructors and state-of-the-art equipment, we prepare students with the necessary skills and behaviors to have a successful career in the automotive industry.