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Automotive Tech Degree (ATA)

This curriculum prepares students for employment as automotive technicians. Through classroom study of automotive principles combined with hands-on experience, students learn about design, function, diagnosis and proper repair procedures for all major systems related to the automobile. These include engines, engine controls, electrical, braking, steering, suspension and air conditioning systems, transmissions and transaxles.

Program Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the Morton College Automotive Technology program, a graduate will be able to:

  1. Apply critical thinking skills to properly diagnose vehicle concerns.
  2. Demonstrate the proper use of tools, equipment, and procedures when performing vehicle repairs.
  3. Demonstrate the proper documentation of vehicle diagnosis and repairs.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to work both independently and in a group.
  5. Utilize common service information software programs to gather vehicle repair information.
  6. Demonstrate competency in the eight ASE certification areas as found within the ATM curriculum.

Requirements

First Semester

ATM 101Automotive Engine Design

5

ATM 104Automotive Brakes

3

General Education Requirements

6

Total Credit Hours:14

Second Semester

ATM 122Automotive Air Conditioning

3

ATM 102Fuel Sys and Emission Controls

3

ATM 105Automatic Transmissions

4

General Education Requirements

6

Total Credit Hours:16

Third Semester

ATM 201Manual Trans and Transaxles

3

ATM 202Automotive Electrical Systems

4

ATM 208Automotive Computer Systems

3

PHS 103Physical Science I

4

General Education Requirements

2

Total Credit Hours:16

PHS 103: This course may be applied toward general education requirements.

Fourth Semester

ATM 203Engine Performance

5

ATM 206Steering and Suspension

3

ATM 204Advanced Elec Syst & Accessori

3

ATM 253Successful Career & Life Strategies

2

General Education Requirements

5

Total Credit Hours:18

Total Credit Hours: 64

NOTE: Candidates for the Associate in Applied Science degree must earn a minimum of 23 semester hours in general education courses.