Automotive Technology Diploma (AT14)  Diploma

Campus Locations: Vidalia

The Automotive Technology Diploma program is a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for careers in the automotive service and repair profession. Learning opportunities enable students to develop academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of automotive mechanics theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive an Automotive Technology Diploma that qualifies them as well-rounded entry-level technicians.

The standard curriculum for the Automotive Technology Diploma program is designed for the semester system. Students may enter the Automotive Technology program each semester. The program generally takes five (5) semesters to complete. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 55 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: $5,651
  • Books/Supplies: $1,000
Curriculum Outline (55 hours)
General Core (11 hours) 11
COLL 1040

(Prerequisite: None) This course is designed to provide tools to assist students to acquire skills necessary to achieve academic and professional success in their chosen occupational/technical program of study. Topics include: Computer Applications/Technology Skills, Getting off to a Good Start, Learning and Personality Styles, Time and Money Management, Study and Test Taking Skills, Stress Management and Wellness, Communication Skills, and Career Exploration.

EMPL 1000

(Prerequisite: Provisional admission) Emphasizes human relations and professional development in today's rapidly changing world that prepares students for living and working in a complex society. Topics include human relations skills, job acquisition skills and communication, job retention skills, job advancement skills, and professional image skills.

ENGL 1010

(Prerequisite: ENGL 0097 OR Appropriate Placement Test Score AND READ 0097 OR Appropriate Placement Test Score) Emphasizes the development and improvement of written and oral communication abilities. Topics include analysis of writing, applied grammar and writing skills, editing and proofreading skills, research skills, and oral communication skills.

MATH 1012

(Prerequisites: MATH 0097 OR Appropriate arithmetic placement test score.) Emphasizes the application of basic mathematical skills used in the solution of occupational and technical problems. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, measurement and conversion, geometric concepts, technical applications, and basic statistics.

Occupational Courses (44 hours) 44
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 1030

(Prerequisite: None) (Co-requisites: AUTT 1010) This course introduces brake systems theory and its application to automotive braking systems and anti-lock brake system (ABS). Topics include: hydraulic system diagnosis and repair; drum brake diagnosis and repair; disc brake diagnosis and repair; power assist units diagnosis and repair; related systems (wheel bearings, parking brakes, electrical, etc.) diagnosis and repair; and electronic brake control systems. A $25 fee is associated with this course due to material costs (fluid, cleaner, hardware).

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.

AUTT 1050

(Prerequisite: None) (Co-requisites: AUTT 1010) This course introduces students to principles of steering, suspension, wheel alignment, electronic steering, and electronic active suspension. Topics include: general suspension and steering systems diagnosis; steering systems diagnosis and repair; suspension systems diagnosis and repair; related suspension and steering service; wheel alignment diagnosis, adjustment and repair, and wheel and tire diagnosis and repair. A $25 fee is associated with this course due to the increased cost of supplies.

AUTT 1060

(Prerequisite: AUTT 1020) This course introduces the theory and operation of automotive heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Students attain proficiency in inspection, testing, service, and repair of heating and air conditioning systems and related components. Topics include: a/c system diagnosis and repair; refrigeration system component diagnosis and repair; heating, ventilation, and engine cooling systems diagnosis and repair; operating systems and related controls diagnosis and repair; and refrigerant recovery, recycling, and handling.

AUTT 2010

(Prerequisite: None) (Co-requisites: AUTT 1010) This course introduces the students to automotive engine theory and repair, placing emphasis on inspection, testing, and diagnostic techniques for both 2 cycle and 4 cycle internal combustion engines. Topics include general engine diagnosis; removal and reinstallation; cylinder heads and valve trains diagnosis and repair; engine blocks assembly diagnosis and repair, lubrication and cooling systems diagnosis and repair. A $25 fee is associated with this course due to the cost of oil, antifreeze, and engine parts.

AUTT 2020

(Prerequisite: None) (Co-requisites: AUTT 1010) This course introduces the basics of rear-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, and four-wheel drive driveline operation, diagnosis, service, and related electronic controls. Topics include: general drive train diagnosis; clutch diagnosis and repair; manual transmission/transaxles diagnosis and repair; drive shaft and half shaft, universal and constant velocity (CV) joint diagnosis and repair; drive axle diagnosis and repair; and four-wheel drive/all wheel drive component diagnosis and repair. A $25 fee is associated with this course due to the increased cost of supplies.

AUTT 2030

(Prerequisite: AUTT 1020) This course 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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