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Automotive Technology AUT.S.CRT

One-year Technical Certificate - 37 Credit Hours

Division: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Department: Automotive Technology
Effective as of Fall 2012

What is the program about?

The Automotive Certificate program is designed for students who want to become automotive technicians without pursuing an associate degree. Students will expand their knowledge of the automotive service industry and secure employment with dealerships, independent service shops, machine shops and other corporate service jobs. The Sinclair Automotive Technology programs are master certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). NATEF was founded as an independent, nonprofit organization with a single mission: To evaluate technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry. Since 1983, the NATEF process has resulted in certified automotive training programs in all 50 states at the secondary and post-secondary levels.

Program Outcomes

  • Diagnose fuel injection, delivery and emission control system problems. Utilize scan tools, scopes, DVOM meters and other test equipment in troubleshooting engine and drivability problems.
  • Diagnose and repair heating and air conditioning systems including automatic climate-control systems.
  • Perform entry-level engine overhaul, precision measurements; perform machining and engine mechanical service.
  • Diagnose fuel injection, delivery and emission control system problems. Diagnose and repair manual transmission systems, drivelines and differentials.
  • Diagnose automotive electrical and accessory system problems. Utilize DVOM meters, scopes and other electrical testing equipment to troubleshoot battery, charging and hybrid propulsion systems.
  • Demonstrate analytical and logical thinking skills in diagnosing mechanical and applicable problems.
  • Diagnose/repair brake, anti-lock and power booster systems. Diagnose/repair suspension and steering components. Perform vehicle alignments.
  • Diagnose fuel injection, delivery and emission control system problems. Diagnose and repair automatic transmission/transaxle systems, torque converters and 4-wheel drive/all-wheel drive systems
  • Utilize safety and environmental skills in applying automotive service practices.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities are available in positions for automotive service technicians in dealerships, independent shops and automotive machine shops. In addition, graduates are also employed as service managers, shop foremen, parts managers, sales representatives or automotive instructors. Graduates with practical experience, education, willingness to work and a high degree of professionalism may expect to find jobs in middle management or research occupations within major automotive corporations.


The automotive certificate program prepares students to take the automotive ASE tests, which are required to be a certified technician.


Course Title Credits
AUT 1102 Introduction to Automotive Service 2
AUT 1108 Automotive Engine Systems 4
AUT 1114 Automotive Electrical/Electronic Systems I 3
AUT 1115 Automotive Engine Performance I 4
AUT 1116 Automotive Steering & Suspension Systems 3
AUT 1142 Automotive Manual Transmission & Driveline 3
AUT 1146 Automotive Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning Systems 3
AUT 1165 Automotive Brake Systems 3
AUT 2214 Automotive Electrical/Electronic Systems II 4
AUT 2215 Automotive Engine Performance II 4
AUT 2241 Automatic Transmission Systems 4
- View the Master Syllabus - View the Course Schedule
This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances.