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Automotive Technology

  • Associate in Applied Science Degree with 84 total credit hours
    • 20 credits of general education required
  • Diploma in Automotive Technology with 70 total credit hours
    • 2.0 GPA required to successfully complete diploma requirements
  • Certificate with 38 total credit hours completed in two semesters
  • Offered at Devils Lake Campus
  • Eligible for Financial Aid
 

Program Description 

Automotive Technology has become an industry driven by science and technology. The Automotive Technology program at Lake Region State College is nationally certified by NATEF (National Automotive Education Foundation), which ensures that instruction is provided by qualified faculty, with proper tools and equipment and up-to-date curriculum. Technicians are trained in the latest testing equipment and special tools needed to repair all types of automobiles.

The Automotive Technology program at Lake Region State College is student-centered with both classroom lectures and hands-on experiences. Our graduates leave as highly qualified and motivated individuals that work in a variety of fields in the automotive industry including automotive dealerships, independent shops and service centers. The Certificate and Diploma are offered under a competency based career and technical education format which provides self-paced, individualized instruction.

Curriculum is structured to include training in the eight areas of skills as stated by the National Institution for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Voluntary certification testing with ASE upon completion of the program is strongly encouraged. Clickherefor more information about ASE testing.

Course Overview

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

AUTO 111 Engine Fundamentals 6
AUTO 112 Engine Overhaul 6
AUTO 148 Suspension and Steering 4
AUTO 158 Brakes 4
AUTO 161 Electronics 3
AUTO 162 Electrical Systems 6
AUTO 181 Fuel Systems 3
AUTO 182 Computer Controls 3
AUTO 208 Hybrid and Light Duty Diesel 4
AUTO 221 Auto Transmission Fundamentals 4
AUTO 222 Auto Transmission Diagnostic and Repair 4
AUTO 238 Manual Drivelines 6
AUTO 278 Heating and Air Conditioning 3
AUTO 288 Engine Performance II 6
ENGL 105 Technical Communications 3
TECH 238 Basic Welding 2
*General Education Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences 6
*General Education English and Communications 3
*General Education Math, Science and Computer Science 6
*General Education Physical Education (HPER) 2
TOTAL CREDITS 84

 

Diploma

AUTO 111 Engine Fundamentals 6
AUTO 112 Engine Overhaul 6
AUTO 148 Suspension and Steering 4
AUTO 158 Brakes 4
AUTO 161 Electronics 3
AUTO 162 Electrical Systems 6
AUTO 181 Fuel Systems 3
AUTO 182 Computer Controls 3
AUTO 208 Hybrid and Light Duty Diesel 4
AUTO 221 Auto Transmission Fundamentals 4
AUTO 222 Auto Transmission
Diagnostic and Repair
4
AUTO 238 Manual Drivelines 6
AUTO 278 Heating and Air Conditioning 3
AUTO 288 Engine Performance II 6
ENGL 105 Technical Communications 3
MATH 100 Or higher 3
TECH 238 Basic Welding 2
TOTAL CREDITS 70

Certificate

AUTO 111 Engine Fundamentals 6
AUTO 112 Engine Overhaul 6
AUTO 148 Suspension and Steering 4
AUTO 158 Brakes 4
AUTO 161 Electronics 3
AUTO 162 Electrical Systems 6
AUTO 181 Fuel Systems 3
AUTO 182 Computer Controls 3
MATH 100 Or higher 3
TOTAL CREDITS 38
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Admission Process

1. Application for Admission:

  • Choose your student type. If unsure of your student type clickherefor more information
  • A one time application fee of $35 is required

2. High School Transcript Request Form or GED test results
3. ACTorCompass Testing
4. College Transcripts, if applicable:

  • College transcripts can be requested from Registrar's Office of the institution granting the credits, or
  • Order transcripts from theNational Student Clearinghouse. Cost is $5 per transcript with a possible fee for shipping and handling

In North Dakota, bachelor programs are offered at Valley City State University and Mayville State University. The Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology has recently become a transfer degree. Once you have earned AAS degree, you can transfer to baccalaureate program, which will prepare you for management and/or instructional positions.

"Transfer Friendly"

Universities throughout the country are "transfer friendly". It is not uncommon for the AA and AS degrees to be accepted as a block of study in place of specific first and second year course requirements. All first and second year (100 and 200 level) education courses have common names and numbers throughout the North Dakota University System, eliminating the chance of confusion about course equivalence.

Course Planning

Students with the expectation of entering a baccalaureate college should consult the catalog of the degree-granting college and should examine the prerequisites in the fields in which they are interested. Students should confer with their advisor and plan their entire community college courses early in their college career. Students working toward an Associate in Arts degree or Associate in Science degree who do not intend to transfer their credits to another college may select electives from any department provided they meet Lake Region State College requirements.

The Lake Region State College Catalog contains curriculum which attempt to meet the requirements of many different baccalaureate colleges. The curricula are aids in planning your program. In many instances, substitutions or changes may be made, depending upon the needs and background of the student and the specific requirements of the baccalaureate college to which the student intends to transfer. Check with Student Services for specific Articulation Agreements with the four-year college.

General Education Transfer Agreement (GERTA)

The North Dakota University System (NDUS) General Education Transfer Agreement (GERTA) was developed to assist students who transfer within NDUS. This agreement states that students who complete their general education coursework at any NDUS institution will be deemed to have completed their general education requirements at any other NDUS institution.

The GERTAs are published in a document called the GERTA Gold and Silver Guide. Students who plan to transfer within the NDUS are encouraged to reference this guide, which can be found on the NDUS website at www.ndus.edu.

How do I become an ASE Certified Technician?
There are a variety of certification tests from engine repair to brakes to engine performance.  To become ASE-certified, you must pass an ASE test and have at least two years of relevant full-time hands-on work experience in the motor vehicle service industry. You can substitute one year of experience by successfully completing the AAS in Automotive Technology or Diploma in Automotive Technology.

What kind of day will I have in the Automotive Program?
As an automotive technology student, you will spend a majority of your time working on real life projects. Your typical 6 hours day would include one to two hours of instruction in the classroom and the remainder spent in the shop.

Are there any advanced classes?
You can customize your education! Our program is built to include flexibility that allows you to learn at your own pace. By working with your instructors and choosing special topics courses that allow you to work on the projects that interest you!

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