Automotive Transmission/Transaxle Tech Specialist (AA71)  Technical Certificate of Credit

Campus Locations: Vidalia

The Automotive Transmission/Transaxle Tech Specialist Certificate program provides students with the skills to enter the automotive industry as entry-level transmission, transaxle, and drive line technicians. Topics covered include shop safety, basic electrical/electronic theory and diagnosis, manual transmission/transaxle operation and diagnosis, automatic transmission/transaxle operation and diagnosis, axles operation and diagnosis, differentials operation and diagnosis, and 4WD/AWD systems operation and diagnosis.

The standard curriculum for the Automotive Transmission/Transaxle Tech Specialist Certificate program is designed for the semester system. Students may enter the program in any semester term in which any of the four (4) required courses are offered. The program may be completed in as little as two (2) semesters. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 18 credit hours.


  • Submit a completed application;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school/high school equivalent transcripts;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Satisfy Placement Testing requirements.

Program Costs

Costs are estimates and are subject to change.

  • Tuition/Fees: $2,018
  • Books/Supplies: $500
Curriculum Outline (18 hours)
Occupational Courses (18 hours) 18
AUTT 1010

(Prerequisite: Provisional Admission) Introduces basic concepts and practices necessary for safe and effective automotive shop operations. Topics include: safety procedures; legal/ethical responsibilities; general service; hand tools; shop organization, management, and work flow systems. A $25 fee is associated with this course due to the cost of fluids.

AUTT 1020

(Prerequisite: None) (Co-requisites: AUTT 1010) Introduces automotive electricity, emphasizes the basic principles, diagnosis, and service/repair of batteries, starting systems, starting system components, alternators and regulators, lighting system, gauges, horn, wiper/washer, and accessories.   A $25 fee is associated with this course due to the cost of electrical components.

AUTT 2020

(Prerequisite: None) (Co-requisites: AUTT 1010) This course introduces basics of rear-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, and four-wheel drive drive line related operation, diagnosis, service and related electronic controls. Topics include: drive shaft and half shaft, universal and constant-velocity (CV) joint diagnosis and repair; ring and pinion gears and differential case assembly; limited slip differential; drive axle shaft; four-wheel drive/all-wheel drive component diagnosis and repair. Introduces basics of front and rear-wheel drive. Clutch operation, diagnosis and service is included. Electronic controls related to transmission/transaxles operation are discussed. Topics include: clutch diagnosis and repair; transmission/transaxles diagnosis and repair. A $25 fee is associated with this course due to the increased cost of supplies.

AUTT 2030

(Prerequisite: AUTT 1020) Introduces students to basic automatic transmission/transaxle theory, operation, inspection, service, and repair procedures as well as electronic diagnosis and repair. Topics include: general automatic transmission and transaxle diagnosis; in vehicle and off vehicle transmission and transaxle maintenance, adjustment and repair. A $25 fee is associated with this course due to the increased cost of supplies.


Automotive Technology Instructor
Vidalia Campus - Southeastern Early College & Career Academy (SECCA)

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