Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

Automotive Service Technology Degree

Explore certificates related to this degree...Degree conferred: Associate in Applied Science - 66 credits
Program contact: Division of Technical Programs,(815) 921-3000



Program overview

Graduates of the Automotive Service Technology (ATM) program are prepared to assume positions in the automotive industry as entry-level technicians. Students become adept in all aspects of the automobile, including electrical/electronics, engine repair, engine performance, heating/AC, suspension, brakes, and transmissions. Those with a 3.0 GPA should be able to pass the industry recommended ASE tests to enhance employability.

Work and employment

Successful graduates who become ASE-certified can move into positions as journeymen technicians. Technician training can lead to other career paths such as service managers, parts managers, jobber salespersons, insurance adjusters, and shop operators.

Transfer Opportunities

Graduates of this degree (or program) have limited transfer options.  Students are advised to contact the institution to which they plan to transfer to ensure course transfer credit availability.  Students should also consult with an academic advisor, or the Dean or Academic Chair of the Automotive Service Technology (ATM) program. 

Automotive Core Course Requirements (required for options A & B) (51 credits)

Number Title Credits
  ATM-105 Introduction to Brake and Chassis System (3)
  ATM-106 Intro to Auto Electrical Systm/Power Trn (3)
  ATM-107 Automotive Electronic Fundamentals (4)
  ATM-114 Brakes (4)
  ATM-140 Engine Diagnosis and Repair (6)
  ATM-203 Heating and Air Conditioning Systems (4)
  ATM-221 Steering and Suspension (4)
  ATM-222 Manual Transmission/Transaxles (4)
  ATM-223 Auto Electrical Circuits (4)
  ATM-242 Automatic Transmissions/Transaxles (5)
  ATM-228 Engine Performance I (5)
  ATM-229 Engine Performance II (5)


Option A:

Automotive Service Technician

If students are interested in pursuing the Automotive Service Technician option in this program, they should take the following General Education courses:

General Education Course Requirements: (15 credits)

Number Title Credits
  ENG-101 Composition I (3)
  ENG-103 Composition II, or
  ENG-110 Introduction to Technical Writing, or
  SPH-131 Fundamentals of Communication (3)
  MTH-115 General Education Mathematics (3)
  MTH-120 College Algebra (3)
  CIS-102 Intro to Computers & Info Systems (3)
  ATM-236 Advanced Computers/Control Sys (3)


Option B:

Automotive Management

If students are interested in pursuing the Automotive Management option in this program, they should take the following General Education and Business courses. Students must complete 15 credit hours from the following:

General Education Course Requirements: (12 credits)

Number Title Credits
  ENG-101 Composition I (3)
  ENG-103 Composition II, or
  ENG-110 Introduction to Technical Writing, or
  SPH-131 Fundamentals of Communication (3)
  BUS-101 Introduction to Business (3)
  ATM-236 Advanced Computers/Control Sys (3)

 

Electives (3 credits):

Select 3 credits from the following:

Note: Other General Education courses may be acceptable with the approval of the Technical Programs Associate Dean.

Number Title Credits
  ATG-106 Intro to Accounting Debits & Credits (1)
  ATG-107 Intro to Accounting Special Journals (1)
  ATG-110 Financial Accounting (4)
  MGT-270 Principles of Management (3)
  MTH-120 College Algebra (3)