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Automotive and Diesel Technology – AOS Degree (60 Credits)

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Automotive and Diesel Technology Associate’s Degree in Jamaica, New York

AOS Degree (60 Credits)

Earn your associate’s degree in as little as 15 months at NYADI The College of Transportation Technology in Jamaica, New York. Our students can:

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EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVE

NYADI’s Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) Degree Program in Automotive and Diesel Technology prepares students to meet the demand for skilled technicians in the transportation industry. This four-semester, 60-credit program prepares students in seven areas of ASE Medium/Heavy Truck Certification and five areas of ASE Education Foundation Automotive Certification. Graduates will be ready to:

  • Assess engine performance
  • Diagnose vehicular issues
  • Repair diesel and non-diesel engines, brakes, steering, suspension, and heavy-duty chassis
  • Perform preventative maintenance
  • Inspect vehicles

After completing the AOS degree program, students are ready to begin careers as automotive or diesel technicians or work in related roles.

PROGRAM SNAPSHOT
  • 15 months
  • AOS – Associate in Occupational Studies Degree, Career Program (60 Credits)
  • 1440 hours of total training
  • Excellent faculty to student ratio
  • Prepares for Student ASE Certification
  • NYADI has joined forces with industry leaders and is currently offering stackable certification from Mercedes-Benz, Isuzu Trucks, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Get Ahead, NC3, ALL Data
COURSE SCHEDULE
60 CREDITS
SEMESTER 1
15 – Credits

AT100 – Performance Fundamentals
TD100 – Heavy Duty Steering & Suspension
AT105 – Manual Drive Trains & Axles
AT108 – Automotive Electrical Foundations
AT101 – Engine Repair

SEMESTER 2
15 – Credits

TD101 – Heavy Duty Braking Systems
TD102 – Diesel Engine
AT110 – Electrical/Electronic Systems
TD202 – Diesel Fuel Systems
EG101 – College Reading and Writing

SEMESTER 3
15 – Credits

AT202 – Advanced Electronic Systems
TD204 – Heavy Duty Undercarriage
AT208 – Automatic Transmissions I
AT215 – Climate Control
EG102 – Technical Communications

SEMESTER 4
15 – Credits

AT112 – Engine Electronics
AT209 – Automatic Transmissions II
TD210 – Diesel Engine Accessories
MA100 – Technical Mathematics
SS100 – The Automobile and Society

DIESEL TECHNICIAN JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Earning an associate’s degree opens up a wide range of career opportunities. Students in this program go on to work in jobs including:

  • Auto parts store manager or owner
  • Electrical/electronic systems specialist
  • Fleet maintenance manager
  • Heavy-duty engine repair specialist
  • Heavy equipment maintenance technician
  • Hybrid drive technician
  • Industrial research and development specialist
  • Master diesel technician
  • Service advisor

Plus, as an NYADI student, you have access to job search resources from our Career Services department.

DIESEL TECHNICIAN AVERAGE SALARY – ZIP RECRUITER

According to data reported by Zip Recruiter, diesel technicians enjoy an annual salary of $46,458 on average – though the highest bracket of technicians can earn up to $63,500/year. Earnings for diesel technicians can vary based on their work experience and geographic location.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

A career in automotive and diesel technology can offer competitive pay and job satisfaction in an exciting field. Students at NYADI can boost their hiring potential with stackable certifications thanks to our many industry partnerships. And thanks to our Employment Skill Enhancement Program, NYADI students gain essential math and communications skills to prepare them for the business and customer service aspects of the auto industry.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for admission, applicants to NYADI must:

  • Complete an interview with an Admissions Representative.
  • Be able to read and write in English.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent education level.
  • Be at least 18 years of age, or 17 years of age if they have parental consent to enroll.

Note: NYADI The College of Transportation Technology is open to all students without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, creed, origin, sexual orientation, disability, or marital status.

PROGRAM COURSES

AT100 – Performance Fundamentals

AT100 – Performance FundamentalsThis course introduces the student to the fundamentals of engine operation. Students will learn to identify engine components and to have a thorough understanding of the four-stroke cycle principle. Once engine operating principles are understood, the student will then learn to properly identify engine mechanical problems and perform pinpoint testing using state-of the-art equipment and diagnostic procedures.

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TD100 – Heavy Duty Steering & Suspension

TD100 – Heavy Duty Steering & Suspension This course combines lecture and laboratory hands-on activities, focusing on the fundamental operation of medium and heavy duty vehicle steering and suspension systems. Topics discussed include safety practices, tires, wheels, wheel bearings, steering systems and suspension systems.

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AT105 – Manual Drive Trains & Axles

AT105 – Manual Drive Trains & AxlesThis course provides classroom and laboratory hands-on activities concerning the theory of operation, inspection, construction, diagnosis and repair of clutch assemblies, manual transmissions/transaxles; drive lines, universal joints constant velocity joints and final drive assemblies. Students will learn to identify manual transmission components, explain fundamental operation, understand gear principles and trace power flow.  Emphasis will be placed on problems solving and diagnosis of power train malfunctions.

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AT108 – Automotive Electrical Foundations

AT108 – Automotive Electrical FoundationsThis course combines lecture and laboratory hands-on activities, focusing on the fundamentals of an automobile electrical system. Emphasis will be placed on direct current electricity, basic electrical theory, series and parallel circuits, power distribution, electrical test equipment and the understanding of wiring diagrams.

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AT101 – Engine Repair

AT101 – Engine RepairThis course combines lecture and laboratory hands-on activities, focusing on the fundamentals of automotive engine repair and rebuilding.  Students will learn how to disassemble, diagnose, measure and repair cylinder heads, engine blocks, pistons and connecting rods, crankshafts and valve trains.

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TD101 – Heavy Duty Braking Systems

TD101 – Heavy Duty Braking SystemsThis course combines lecture and laboratory hands-on activities, focusing on the fundamental operation and servicing of medium and heavy duty vehicle braking systems. Essential topics include a discussion of drum brakes, disc brakes, brake components, system operation, hydraulic and air braking systems.

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TD102 – Diesel Engines

TD102 – Diesel EnginesThis course combines lecture and laboratory hands-on activities, focusing on the fundamentals of diesel engine repair and rebuilding. Students will learn how to disassemble, diagnose, measure and repair cylinder heads, engine blocks, pistons and connecting rods, crankshafts and valve trains on Caterpillar and Mack diesel engines.

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AT110 – Electrical/Electronic Systems

AT110 – Electrical/Electronic SystemsThis course provides classroom and laboratory hands-on activities where students building on material learned in AT108 Automotive Electrical Foundations use wiring diagrams to examine headlight, taillight, stoplight and turn/hazard light for operation and repair. Students are taught to use advanced diagnostic techniques to diagnose and repair electrical circuits associated with instrumentation, horn systems and wiper/washer systems. Students will learn on modern training aids using factory service procedures

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TD202 – Diesel Fuel Systems.

TD202 – Diesel Fuel SystemsThis lecture/laboratory course begins with the discussion diesel engine fuel composition from crude oil to the distillation and compounding of fuels in accordance with American Petroleum Institute’s standards. Fuel delivery systems are discussed in detail including fuel tanks, pumps, fuel lines and filtration devices.

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EG101 – College Reading and Writing

EG101 – College Reading And WritingThis course focuses on the development of critical reading and effective writing for college course work. Students are introduced to essay reading and writing that is useful for college academic programs and workplace settings. The course emphasizes the student’s ability to read and understand professional articles and essays as well as to express ideas in clear, succinct, Standard English prose in a variety of rhetorical patterns.

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AT202 – Advanced Electrical Systems

AT202 – Advanced Electrical SystemsThis is a comprehensive lecture and laboratory class which builds on the two previous electrical/electronic courses. Emphasis is placed on the theory, operation, component identification and repair of audio and entertainment systems, power accessories such as power windows and locks, keyless entry, anti-theft systems and cruise control systems.

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TD204 – Advanced Heavy Duty Undercarriage

TD204 – Advanced Heavy-Duty UndercarriageThis course combines lecture and laboratory hands-on activities, focusing on the theory of operation, construction, diagnosis and repair of heavy duty clutch assemblies, manual transmissions, drive lines and final drive assemblies. The laboratory component of the course includes the practical aspects of maintenance, troubleshooting and overhaul procedures used in heavy duty power train components.

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AT208 – Automatic Transmissions I

AT208 – Automatic Transmissions IThis is a comprehensive lecture and laboratory class which focuses on the operation, diagnosis and repair of automatic transmissions and transaxles. In order to help the student understand how an automatic transmission accomplishes multiple gear ranges, power flow through the transmission will be stressed. The operation of electronic transmission controls will be discussed and diagnostic procedures will be taught and implemented.

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AT215 – Climate Control

AT215 – Climate ControlThis course provides classroom and laboratory hands-on activities concerning the theory and operation of heating and air conditioning systems. Students will learn about heat transfer, temperature/pressure relationships and control systems. Heating, air conditioning and passenger comfort will be looked at using multi-zone automatic climate control trainers.

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EG102 – Technical Communications

EG102 – Technical Communications

This course continues the advancement of reading and writing in the context of the technical environment in which most students will work after achieving their degrees. Students will read and write technical reports, memos, personnel commentary and other documents of value in automotive work. Students will continue to advance their skills in research-based writing and will be required to submit a research-based report.

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AT112 – Engine Electronics

AT112 – Engine Electronics

This lecture/laboratory course utilizes the students’ prior understanding of electrical/electronic principles to better comprehend the complex electronically controlled systems used to monitor engine operation and emission compliance. Additionally students will study the theory of operation, design and problem diagnosis of modern ignition systems.

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AT209 – Automatic Transmissions II

AT209 – Automatic Transmissions II

This course provides classroom and laboratory hands-on activities concerning the inspection, construction, diagnosis and disassembly/assembly of automatic transmissions and transaxles. This builds on the material taught in AT208 Automatic Transmissions I and includes the construction, inspection and rebuilding of apply devices, planetary gear sets, oil pumps, valve bodies and one-way clutches.

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TD210 Diesel Engine Accessories

TD210 Diesel Engine Accessories

This lecture/laboratory course focuses on the diesel engine accessories that aid in the enhancement of engine power, performance and lower diesel emissions. Topics discussed include air induction and exhaust systems, turbochargers, superchargers and engine braking systems.

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MA100 – Technical Mathematics

MA100 – Technical Mathematics

This course is designed to give an overview of the mathematical skills necessary to function in a technical environment while developing reasoning and problem solving skills. Topics taught in this course, in addition to the basic arithmetic skills dealing with whole numbers, fractions and decimals; include ratios and proportions, percent’s, standard and metric measurements and conversions, angle measurements, displacement levers, proportion of volume and measurement of tolerances. An emphasis is placed on technical and automotive applications like automotive business and statistics, repair orders, engine systems, electrical systems, drive train, chassis and automobile heating, ventilation and air conditioning throughout the course.

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SS100 – The Automobile and Society

SS100 – The Automobile and Society

Over the course of its history the automobile rapidly developed from an expensive toy for the rich into the standard for passenger transport in most of the world. In this course students will learn about the effect of the automobile on society, especially during the 20th century.

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Are you ready to jump into a hands-on automotive technology degree program? You’ll fit right in at NYADI. We welcome students to visit our campus in Jamaica, NY, or participate in an online information session. For more information, contact our admissions team today.