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Automotive Technology – AOS Degree (60 Credits)

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AOS Degree (60 Credits)

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The A.O.S. degree program in Automotive Technology provides 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 60 credits of automotive and transportation related courses over a span of four 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.

  • 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 join forces with industry leaders and is currently offering stackable certification from Mercedes-Benz, Isuzu Trucks, FORD, Fiat Chrysler, Get Ahead, NC3, ALL Data
15 – Credits

AT100 – Performance Fundamentals
AT102 – Steering and Suspension
AT105 – Manual Drive Trains & Axles
AT108 – Automotive Electrical Foundations
AT101 – Engine Repair

15 – Credits

AT103 – Braking Systems
AT110 – Electrical/Electronic Systems
AT112 – Engine Electronics
AT210 – Fuel Systems
EG101 – College Reading and Writing

15 – Credits

AT201 – Advanced Undercarriage
AT202 – Advanced Electronic Systems
AT208 – Automatic Transmissions I
AT215 – Climate Control
EG102 – Technical Communications

15 – Credits

AT209 – Automatic Transmissions II
AT211 – Emission Control Systems
AT250 – Hybrid Electric Drive Technology
MA100 – Technical Mathematics
SS100 – The Automobile and Society

  • 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

About 20% of the technicians are self-employed. Careers in the Automotive Technology field are very attractive to many because they afford the opportunity for higher compensation and the satisfaction of learning in a high demand industry.

The number of technicians is expected to increase because of the huge production of hybrid, electric and autonomous vehicles by all the major manufacturers and the increased number of motor vehicles on the road. The growing complexity of automotive technology, such as the use of computers, electronics, and emissions control equipment, increasingly necessitates that a car or truck be serviced by a skilled technician.


The institution is open to all students without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, creed, origin, sexual orientation, disability or marital status.

  • Applicant must be able to read and write English.
  • Be at least 18 years of age. Students who are 17 and have not yet reached their 18th birthday will need parental consent.
  • Have an initial interview with an Admissions Representative.
  • High school diploma or high school equivalency diploma.

AT100 – Performance Fundamentals

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

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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AT108 – 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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CR103 – Unibody Analysis & Repair

This course combines lecture and laboratory hands-on activities, focusing on the fundamentals of unibody type chassis damage and repaired. Students will learn to properly measure, straighten and align body panels while using the frame machine and to locate hidden damages.

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AT103 – 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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CR104 – Non-Structural: Preparation & Plastics

In this course students are provided classroom and laboratory hands-on activities concerning the preparation of body panels for repair. This will include the removal of trim and molding and protecting non-damaged panels. Repairs of rubber panels and bumpers will be demonstrated and students will learn how to repair movable glass.

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AT110 – 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

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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CR105 – Non-Structural: Panel Analysis & Repair

In this course students are provided classroom and laboratory hands-on activities concerning the removal, repair, replacement and adjustment of outer body panels. This will include the repair and alignment of doors, tailgates, trunk lids, hoods and fenders.

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CR110 – Introduction to Refinishing

This course provides classroom and laboratory hands-on activities where the student is taught the proper procedures for using automotive refinishing equipment and the materials used in surface preparation and finish application. Emphasis is placed on personal safety, refinishing equipment and materials, surface preparation, masking, application techniques and other related topics.

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CR106 – Non-Structural: Body Filling

This course provides classroom and laboratory hands-on activities where students gain a thorough understanding of the art of body filling. Panel straightening, body filling and proper sanding techniques will be the focus of this course.

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AT215 – 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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AT201 – 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

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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