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Automotive Technology, A.A.S.

Program Description

This program is a cooperative program between Union County Vocational-Technical School and Union College. All courses are taught by Union College faculty. The AUT professors are ASE certified. The AUT courses will be offered only on the Scotch Plains campus of Union College at the state-of-the-art automotive facility of the Vocational-Technical School.

The Automotive Technology Program is a competency-based course of study designed to train and prepare the serious student in eight automotive areas: A/C & Heating, Brakes, Steering & Suspension, Electrical & Electronic Repair, Engine Performance, Engine Repair, Manual Drive Trains, and Automatic Transmissions. Eligible Auto Technology students may participate in work activities such as internships, mentoring, apprenticeships and Cooperative Industrial Education.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate theoretical and practical competency in each of the ASE areas covered within the Automotive Technology Curriculum;
  • Perform laboratory procedures and assess the validity of experimental/ diagnostic data;
  • Use automotive computer software applications to diagnose automotive problems and to generate technical service bulletins and procedures for repair of automotive problems;
  • Employ critical thinking to solve automotive problems and apply automotive repair methods to satisfy business and industry standards;
  • Interpret both technical and non-technical concepts orally and in written and electronic formats;
  • Demonstrate information literacy through the effective use of technical literature in the areas of automotive maintenance and repair;
  • Examine the various issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion impacting the Automotive Technology industry.

After Union College

Upon graduating the student will be eligible to take ASE certification exams. Union County Vocational School is an ASE certified testing center. Graduates are qualified to work in all automotive service facilities. Employment opportunities include dealerships, independent & specialty shops, chain stores, municipalities, fleet and corporate facilities as well as self employment. This AAS degree may not be transferable to a four-year institution, but many of the non-technology courses may transfer.

Recommended Sequence

First Year

Second Year

Total Program Credits: 60

Milestone Courses

The milestones (in bold) identify critical courses for timely progress and the semester in which the course should be completed for on-time graduation.  Milestone course grades < 2.0 should be discussed with an advisor.

Career and Transfer Information