Automotive Engine Performance Technician (AE51)  Technical Certificate of Credit

Campus Locations: Vidalia

The Automotive Engine Performance Technician Certificate program introduces students to the knowledge and skills they will need as entry-level automotive engine performance technicians. Topics covered include shop safety, electrical/electronics diagnosis, and diagnosis and service of fuel, ignition, emission, and electronic engine controls.

The standard curriculum for the Automotive Engine Performance Technician Certificate program is designed for the semester system. Students may enter the program in any semester term in which any of the three (3) required courses are offered. The program may be completed in as little as two (2) semesters. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 16 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: $1,848
  • Books/Supplies: $500
Curriculum Outline (16 hours)
Occupational Courses (16 hours) 16
AUTT 1010

(Prerequisite: None) This course 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) This course introduces automotive electrical systems emphasizing the basic operating principles, diagnosis, and service/repair of batteries, starting systems, charging systems, lighting systems, instrument cluster and driver information systems, and body electrical systems. A $25 fee is associated with this course due to the cost of electrical components.

AUTT 1040

(Prerequisite: AUTT 1020) This course introduces basic engine performance systems which support and control four stroke gasoline engine operations and reduce emissions. Topics include: general engine diagnosis, computerized engine controls and diagnosis, ignition system diagnosis and repair, fuel and air induction, exhaust systems, and emission control systems diagnosis and repair.


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

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