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Automotive Technology – AOS Degree (60 Credits)

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AOS Degree (60 Credits)

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Did you know.. NYADI offers both a certificate and an AOS degree in Automotive Technology?

The Associates degree and certificate program in Automotive Technology provides students with an opportunity to acquire professional skills and industry certifications in all areas of automotive technology. The Certificate Program is comprised of 15 classes (45 credits) that provides both hands on and classroom learning. The Associates Degree is 20 classes (60 credits) and is also comprised of hands-on and classroom learning with 4 additional courses that focus on General Education and a Hybrid Electric course. Many of our students begin with the certificate and continue on to earn their Associates degree by completing the 5 additional courses.

These programs are designed to train students in all eight areas of ASE Education Foundation Automotive Certification. Graduates will be able to correctly test, diagnose, repair, and adjust 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 programs are 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. The Associates degree also gives them the flexibility to pursue additional education at a four year college.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be prepared to meet the increasing demand for skilled Automotive Technicians that has been driven by technological advances in the transportation industry.

  • Complete an Associates in Occupational Studies Degree, Career Program (60 Credits) in as little as:
    – 16 months full time
    – 25 months part time
  • Excellent faculty to student ratio
  • Students can obtain financial aid if they meet qualifications
  • Prepare for ASE certification
  • Learn from experienced ASE-certified instructors
  • NYADI has joined forces with industry leaders and is currently offering factory certifications from Mopar, Mercedes-Benz, FORD, Fiat Chrysler, AC Delco, Toyota, Audi, Subaru, NC3, and ALL Data

Degree program graduates have the opportunity to find enjoyable, engaging careers in the automotive industry. The job outlook for automotive technicians is positive, as the increased production of hybrid and electric vehicles will lead to a growing demand for highly skilled technicians.

Current students and alumni can benefit from job search assistance through the Career Services department at NYADI.

Potential career paths for NYADI graduates include:

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


NYADI is open to all students without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, creed, origin, sexual orientation, disability, or marital status. To be eligible for admission, program applicants must:

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

Additional information about admission requirements, tuition, and more can be found in NYADI’s college catalog.


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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AT102 – Steering & Suspension Systems

AT102 – Steering & Suspension SystemsThis 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

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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CR103 – Unibody Analysis & Repair

CR103 – Unibody Analysis & RepairThis 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

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

CR104 – Non-Structural: Preparation & PlasticsIn 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

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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AT112 – Engine Electronics

AT112 – Engine ElectronicsThis 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

CR105 – Non-Structural: Panel Analysis & RepairIn 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

CR110 – Introduction To RefinishingThis 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

CR106 – Non-Structural: Body FillingThis 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

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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AT201 – Advanced Undercarriage

AT201 – Advanced UndercarriageThis 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

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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Contact Our Admissions Office for More Information

If you’re passionate about pursuing a career in automotive technology, consider NYADI The College of Transportation Technology in Jamaica, NY. With our career-focused training and low faculty-to-student ratio, we help you graduate ready to find a rewarding job in your field. To learn more, contact our admissions office today.