Automotive Mechanics Technology

About the Program

The Automotive Mechanics Technology Program at Pearl River Community College is a two-year program of study designed to lead to an Associate in Applied Science Degree or a Certificate of Proficiency.

The program prepares individuals to engage in the servicing and maintenance of all types of automobiles. Instruction includes the diagnosis of malfunctions and repair of engines, fuel, electrical, cooling, brake systems, and drive train and suspension systems. Instruction is also provided in the adjustment and repair of individual components such as transmissions and fuel systems. The program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation.

Pearl River Community College boasts one of the finest automotive laboratories in the south. The state of the art complex was completed in 1978 and has been continuously updated since then. The 11,900 square foot facility contains two shops, offices, classroom, storage area, covered work areas, and a cleaning area.

Applicants for the Automotive Technology Program must have a high school diploma or a GED.

Career Opportunities in the Field

The demand for skilled automotive technicians is excellent. Nationally, there is a shortage of about 60,000 automotive technicians and the number is expected to increase. The experienced technician can expect to earn from $30,000 to $60,000 annually.

Course Descriptions

Course TitleCourse DescriptionCourse Number
Applied Mathematics for Automotive Technicians. (3) This course covers situations encountered by automotive technicians during routine service work. Topics include whole numbers, decimal fractions, common fractions, percentages, measurement, ratio and proportion, powers and roots, formulas, graphs, and invoices. Three lecture hours per week.ATT1113
Basic Electrical/Electronic Systems. (4) A course to provide advanced skills and knowledge related to all components of the vehicle electrical system including lights, instruments and charging components. Two lecture and four lab hours per week.ATT1124
Advanced Electrical/Electronic Systems. (4) A course to provide advanced skills and knowledge related to all components of the vehicle electrical system including gauges, driver information systems, horn, wiper/wiper systems, and accessories. Two lecture and four lab hours per week.ATT1134
Brakes. (3) A course to provide advanced skills and knowledge related to the repair and maintenance of brake systems on automobiles. Includes instruction and practice in diagnosis of braking systems problems and the repair of brake systems. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.ATT1213
Manual Drive Trains/Transaxles. (4) A course to provide advanced skills and knowledge related to the maintenance and repair of manual transmissions, transaxles and drive train components. Includes instruction in the diagnosis of drive train problems and the repair and maintenance of transmissions, transaxles, clutches, CV joints, differentials and other components. Two lecture and four lab hours per week.ATT1315
Engine Performance I. (4) Prerequisites: ATT 1124 A course to provide advanced skills and knowledge related to the maintenance and adjustment of gasoline engines for optimum performance. Includes instruction, diagnosis and correction of problems associated within these areas. Two lecture and four lab hours per week.ATT1424
Engine Repair. (5) A course to provide advanced skills and knowledge related to the repair and rebuilding of automotive-type engines. Includes instruction and practice in the diagnosis and repair of engine components including valve trains, block, pistons and connecting rods, crankshafts and oil pumps. Two lecture and six lab hours per week.ATT1715
Introduction, Safety, and Employability. (1) A course to provide knowledge of classroom and lab policies and procedures. Safety practices and procedures associated with the automotive program and automotive industry. One lecture hour per week.ATT1811
Automatic Transmission/Transaxles. (5) Prerequisite: ATT 1315 A course to provide technical skills and knowledge related to the diagnosis and repair of automotive-type automatic transmissions and transaxles. Includes instruction and practice in testing and inspecting these devices and in disassembly, repair and re-assembly. Three lecture and four lab hours per week.ATT2325
Steering and Suspension Systems. (5) Prerequisite: ATT 1315 A course to provide advanced skills and knowledge related to the inspection and repair of steering and suspension systems on automobiles. Includes instruction and practice in the diagnosis of steering system problems and the repair/replacement of steering systems components. Two lecture and six lab hours per week.ATT2335
Engine Performance II. (4) A course to provide advanced skills and knowledge related to the ignition system, fuel, air induction, and exhaust systems. It includes instruction, diagnosis, and correction of problems associated within these areas. Two lecture and four lab hours per week.ATT2434
Engine Performance III. (4) A course to provide advanced skills and knowledge related to the emissions control systems and engine related service. It includes instruction, diagnosis and correction of problems associated within these areas. Two lecture and four lab hours per week.ATT2444
Heating and Air Conditioning. (4) A course to provide advanced skills and knowledge associated with the maintenance and repair of automotive heating and air conditioning systems. Includes instruction and practice in the diagnosis and repair of air conditioning system components, heater lines and cores and control systems. Two lecture and four lab hours per week.ATT2614
Special Project in Automotive Mechanics Technology. (1-3) Prerequisite: Consent of instructor A course to provide students with an opportunity to utilize skills and knowledge gained in other Automotive Technology courses. The instructor and student work closely together to select a topic and establish criteria for completion of the project. Two to six lab hours per week.ATT291(1-3)
Supervised Work Experience in Automotive Mechanics Technology. (1-6) Prerequisite: Consent of instructor This internship course provides actual work experience in an automotive mechanics business under the direction of the employer and the instructor. Three to eighteen hours internship per week.ATT292(1-6)
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