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Automotive Service Technology – Undergraduate Certificate (45 Credits)

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Automotive Service Technology

Want the skills you need to enter the auto industry in less than a year? The Automotive Service Technology Certificate Program at NYADI The College of Transportation Technology is the perfect fit.

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Quick Facts

  • 1,080 hours of hands-on training
  • Low faculty-to-student ratio allows for individual support
  • Industry certifications available  from leading partners like Mercedes-Benz, Isuzu Trucks, and more
  • Financial aid available to students who qualify
  • Job search assistance from our Career Services department

Students in the certificate program at our campus in Jamaica, New York, receive the foundational education they need to enter a career in automotive technology.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIAN JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Certificate holders can find job opportunities in the automotive industry. Some examples of potential positions include:

  • Master Automotive Technician
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Field Service Technician
  • Service Advisor
  • Industrial Research/Development
  • Automotive Machine Shop
  • Auto Parts Manager/Owner
  • Technical Representative
  • Wheel Alignment/Suspension Technician
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Fleet Maintenance Supervisor/Technician
  • Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technician
  • Automatic Transmission Technician
  • Hybrid Drive Technician
  • Engine Repair Specialist
  • Suspension and Steering Specialist
  • Braking System Specialist
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems Specialist
  • Heating and Air Conditioning Specialist

Students can access job search assistance and resources through the Career Services department at NYADI.

ASE CERTIFICATION

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is an independent nonprofit entity that tests and certifies automotive professionals. The Automotive Service Technology Certificate Program is designed to prepare students in all eight areas of the ASE Education Foundation Certification:

  • Automatic transmissions
  • Brakes
  • Electrical/electronic systems
  • Engine performance
  • Engine repair
  • Heating and air conditioning
  • Manual drive train
  • Steering and suspension

NYADI instructors are available to help students prepare for ASE Certification examinations.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVE

The Automotive Service Technology certificate program provide students with an opportunity to acquire professional skills and industry certification in all areas of transportation technology. The program is comprised of a hands-on curriculum consisting of 45 credits of automotive and transportation related courses over a span of three semesters.

This program is designed to prepare students in all eight areas of ASE Education Foundation Automotive Certification. Graduates will be able to correctly test, diagnose, repair and adjust as necessary the components in the areas of engine performance, brakes, steering and suspension, electrical/electronic systems, engine repair, heating and air conditioning, automatic transmissions, and manual drive trains & axles. The program is continually updated to provide the theoretical knowledge and “real-world” skills required to service the latest models such as the hybrid, electric and autonomous vehicles.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be prepared to meet the huge demands for skilled Automotive Technicians, driven by technological advances in the transportation industry.

PROGRAM SNAPSHOT
  • 11 months
  • Certificate Career Program (45 Credits)
  • 1080 hours of total training
  • Excellent faculty to student ratio
  • Prepares for Student ASE Certification
  • NYADI has join 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
45 CREDITS
SEMESTER 1
15 – Credits

AT100 – Performance Fundamentals: The basics of engine operating principles.
AT101 – Engine Repair: Fundamentals of automotive engine disassembly and repair.
AT102 – Steering & Suspension Systems: Theory, construction, and design behind vehicle steering and suspension systems.
AT105 – Manual Drive Trains & Axles: Operation, construction, inspection, and repair for manual transmission components.
AT108 – Automotive Electrical Foundations: Fundamentals of automobile electrical systems and wiring.

SEMESTER 2
15 – Credits

AT103 – Braking Systems: Fundamentals of hydraulics and braking system service and repair.
AT110 – Electrical/Electronic Systems: Builds on skills learned in AT108. Students will learn advanced techniques for repairing vehicle lights, horn systems, and wiper systems.
AT112 – Engine Electronics: Theory, design, and repair diagnosis for modern ignition systems.
AT210 – Fuel Systems: Fuel composition, distillation, and delivery methods.
AT208 – Automatic Transmissions I: Operation, inspection, diagnosis, and repair for automatic transmission systems.

SEMESTER 3
15 – Credits

AT201 – Advanced Undercarriage: Principles and practice of wheel alignment, design, and construction of anti-lock braking and traction systems.
AT202 – Advanced Electrical Systems: Advanced diagnosis and repair for audio systems, power accessories, cruise control, and keyless entry systems.
AT209 – Automatic Transmissions II: Builds on skills learned in AT208. Inspection and rebuilding of apply devices, planetary gear sets, oil pumps, valve bodies, and one-way clutches.
AT211 – Emission Control Systems: Covers engine performance, diagnosis of system failures, and component test procedures for emission compliance control devices.
AT215 – Climate Control: Theory and operation of vehicular heating and air conditioning systems.

Each semester is approximately 15 weeks long, so students can complete the certificate program in 11 months.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

NYADI is open to all students without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, creed, origin, sexual orientation, disability or marital status. Applicants must meet the following requirements for admission:

  • Be at least 18 years of age or 17 years of age with parental consent.
  • Know how to read and write in English.
  • Hold a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma.
  • Complete an initial interview with a member of our admissions team.

Complete information on admission requirements and tuition costs is available in our college catalog.

PROGRAM COURSES

Performance Fundamentals
Identify Engine Mechanical Problems This 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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AT102 – Steering & Suspension Systems

Steering & Suspension Systems
This course provides classroom and laboratory hands-on activities where students gain a thorough understanding of the theory, construction and design of vehicle steering and suspension systems. Topics discussed in this course include tires, wheels, wheel balance, wheel bearings and hubs.

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AT105 – Manual Drive Trains & Axles

Manual Drive Trains & Axles
This 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

Automotive Electrical Foundations
This 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

Engine Repair
This 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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AT103 – Braking Systems

Braking Systems

In this course students are provided classroom and laboratory hands-on activities concerning the fundamentals of hydraulics and how it relates to a vehicle’s braking system. Master cylinders and power assist units will be discussed, diagnosed and repaired. Disc and drum brakes will be discussed, diagnosed, serviced and repaired.

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AT110 – Electrical/Electronic Systems

Electrical/Electronic Systems
This 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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AT112 – Engine Electronics

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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AT210 – Fuel Systems

Fuel Systems
This lecture/laboratory course begins with the discussion spark ignition engine fuel composition from crude oil to the distillation and compounding of various gasoline grades. Fuel delivery methods including direct injection, port injection and throttle body injection systems as well as carburetors are discussed in great detail with an emphasis of their effects on engine performance

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AT208 – Automatic Transmissions I

Automatic Transmissions I
This 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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AT201 – Advanced Undercarriage

Advanced Undercarriage
This course combines classroom and laboratory hands-on activities concerning the design, construction and operation of the various types of anti-lock braking systems and traction/stability control systems. The student will also learn the principles of front and four wheel alignment and perform wheel alignments using computerized four-wheel alignment machines.

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AT202 – Advanced Electrical Systems

Advanced Electrical Systems
This 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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AT209 – Automatic Transmissions II

Automatic Transmissions II
This course provides classroom and laboratory hands-on activities concerning the inspection, construction, diagnosis and disassembly/assembly of automatic transmissions and trans axles. 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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AT215 – Climate Control

Climate Control
This 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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AT211 – Emission Control Systems

Emission Control Systems
This course focuses on the electronically controlled systems used to monitor engine operation and emission compliance control devices. Students will concentrate on engine performance, drivability concerns, analysis of system problems, diagnosis of system failures and component test procedures. Students will be able to diagnose emission related inspection failures and to understand PCM strategies.

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Are you ready to pursue a career in automotive technology? With a certificate from NYADI, you’ll have the skills you need to prepare for ASE certification. We offer daytime and evening courses for students at our campus in Jamaica, NY. For more information, contact our admissions office today.