Rock Valley College

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


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
  ENG-101 Composition I
  ENG-103 Composition II
  ENG-110 Introduction to Technical Writing
  MGT-170 Business Communications
  SPH-131 Fundamentals of Communication
  MTH-115 General Education Mathematics
  MTH-120 College Algebra
  CIS-102 Intro to Computers & Info Systems
  ATM-236 Advanced Computers/Control Sys


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
  ENG-101 Composition I
  ENG-103 Composition II
  ENG-110 Introduction to Technical Writing
  SPH-131 Fundamentals of Communication
  BUS-101 Introduction to Business
  ATM-236 Advanced Computers/Control Sys

 

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.