Automotive Technology Degree (ATD)

The Automotive Technology Degree prepares you for a variety of technical and managerial positions in transportation-related industries. MWCC’s comprehensive program in computerized automotive service technology is not manufacturer specific. The combination of specialized and general training gives students maximum employment flexibility. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, opportunities are expected to be very good for those who complete formal automotive training. The Automotive Technology program has National ASE Certification in the areas of brakes, electrical/electronic systems, engine performance, and suspension and steering from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), in accordance with standards developed and recognized by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

Number Suggested Course Order


Semester Grade Prerequisites/Notes
AUT120 Performance and Diagnosis I


    FYE101, MAT090 (or co-requisite), RDG098, or placement
AUT122 Brakes


    FYE101, MAT090 (or co-requisite), RDG098, or placement
AUT123 Electrical Systems I


    FYE101, MAT090 (or co-requisite), RDG098, or placement
AUT125 Engine Repair


    FYE101, MAT090 (or co-requisite), RDG098, or placement
AUT121 Performance and Diagnosis II


    AUT120 or permission of division dean
AUT124 Electrical Systems II


    AUT123 or permission of division dean
AUT127 Suspension and Steering


    FYE101, MAT090 (or co-requisite), RDG098, or placement
AUT130 Automatic and Manual Drive trains


    FYE101, MAT090 (or co-requisite), RDG098, or placement
ENG101 English Composition I


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
MGT110 Small Business Management


    ENG098, FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement
CIS127 Computer Technologies


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
ENG102 English Composition II


MAT126 Topics in Mathematics (or higher)


    MAT096 or placement
  Health Elective




Electives: BIO101, BIO103, BIO112, BIO230, CHC101, CHC102, CHC108, CHC220, EXS102, EXS201, PER126, PER127, PER130
  Humanities Elective


    Electives: ART, ASL, DAN, ENG, FRE, HUM, MUS, PHL, SPA, SPC, THE
  General Elective


    Electives: Any course (see page 67 for exceptions)

Note: AUT204 recommended

  Social Science Elective


  Science Elective


    Electives: BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, PHY
                                                Total: 64/66 credits

Campus/format: A majority of this program can be completed during the day at the Gardner Campus.

Helpful hints: Students enrolled in the Automotive Technology Degree curriculum may gain work experience through cooperative education.

Transfer options: This program prepares students for immediate career entry. However, for a complete list of transfer agreements visit MWCC’s transfer services website: and

Special requirements: Students are required to purchase safety glasses, safety shoes, and a basic tool set which can cost $2,500. Also, students will be required to enroll in late afternoon classes.  Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options: Service technician; service manager; race team pit crew member; diesel mechanic; shop manager or owner; repair service writer; motorcycle, boat, and small engine mechanic; or other automotive industry career.

Earning potential: $11.96 to $21.56 per hour.

Auto Tech Program Tool List

Program Competencies for ATD

Upon graduation from this program, students shall have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Diagnose and repair steering and suspension systems.
  • Diagnose and repair wheel alignment, wheel, and tire.
  • Diagnose and repair hydraulic system.
  • Diagnose and repair brake drum and disc.
  • Diagnose and repair power assist units.
  • Diagnose and repair wheel bearings, parking brakes, and electrical.
  • Diagnose general electrical system.
  • Diagnose and service battery.
  • Diagnose and repair gauges, warning devices, and driver information systems.
  • Diagnose and repair horn, wiper washer, and accessories.
  • Perform general engine diagnosis and related service.
  • Diagnose and repair ignition and fuel/exhaust systems.
  • Diagnose and repair emission control systems.
  • Remove and reinstall engine.
  • Diagnose and repair cylinder head, valve train, engine block, lubrication, and cooling systems.
  • Diagnose and repair clutch, transmission, trans axle, drive shaft, universal joint, rear axle, and 4-wheel drive component.

Technical Standards* for ATC and ATD

* For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see page 66.

Students entering these programs must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Stand, stoop, and walk for a minimum of three hours.
  • Lift 25 pounds to waist high, shoulder high, and above the head.
  • Manipulate small objects without dropping or damaging them.
  • Determine by touch: hotness/coldness, wetness/dryness, or
  • motion/non-motion.
  • Distinguish all colors.
  • Work indoors in the presence of loud, repetitious noise levels (not to exceed regulatory standards).
  • Function in a standard workplace environment that contains monitored hydrocarbons and vehicle emission vapors.