America runs on four wheels, and it’s speeding up. Self-driving cars, electrics, hybrids, and new innovations every year means that now is a fantastic time to become a qualified Automotive Technician. Every day “under the hood” will bring you a new surprise or challenge, so it’s no wonder US News & World Report ranked Automotive Technicians as one of the “100 Best Jobs in America.”

Our program was designed in partnership with local industry to teach you the exact skills you need to get a great job. We’ll even help you find that job. Our hands-on full-time program is geared toward turning you into an Automotive Technician employers are eager to hire.

Automotive Technology Certificate

Program Coordinator, Jason Jones: 908-526-1200 x8507 or jason.jones@raritanval.edu

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AUTC 101
Automotive Introduction, Fundamentals, and Safety 4 Credits

Prerequisite(s):  Placement into MATH 020 Elementary Algebra and ENGL 060 Introduction to College Reading and Composition II.

This course will provide an overview of basic theory and functions of all automotive systems.  This course will also introduce students to automotive industry standard practices including shop safety, use of chemicals, documenting repair estimates and work orders, identifying careers in the auto industry, and learning employability skills. Upon completion of this course, the student will be familiar with the tools, service procedures, and safety customary to the automotive field. This course will prepare students for OSHA 10 hour certifications in general industry safety.

In the lab, students will learn a hands-on strategy using different types of lifting equipment, perform basic maintenance of the shop, and learn how to use a variety of hand tools, power tools, and precision measurement tools. Students will be required to wear clothing appropriate for auto shop safety at all classes.  Safety glasses will also be required at all classes.

AUTC 102
Automotive Brake Systems 4 Credits

Corequisite(s): AUTC 101 Automotive Introduction, Fundamentals, and Safety.

This course provides an overview of the brake system. Training will cover the entire brake system fundamentals, principles, and complete brake servicing to the mechanical and hydraulic braking system. Inspection diagnosis, adjustment, and repair of drum, disc, hydraulics, and anti-lock brake systems will be performed.  

In the lab, students will learn a hands-on strategy to perform basic maintenance of braking systems and learn how to use a variety of hand tools and diagnostic tools and processes. Students will be required to wear clothing appropriate for auto shop safety at all classes.  Safety glasses will also be required at all classes.

AUTC 104
Automatic Electrical Systems 4 Credits

Corequisite(s): AUTC 101 Automotive Introduction, Fundamentals, and Safety.

Principles of electricity, circuitry and service are included in this course.  It will cover batteries, starting and charging systems, lighting and accessory systems as well as laws relating to power and consumption of electricity including Kirchhoff’s Law, Ohm’s Law, and Watt’s Law.  Skills in trouble-shooting the automotive electrical system will be developed with the use of modern testing and service equipment.
 
In the lab, students will learn a hands-on strategy to perform basic maintenance of engines and learn how to use a variety of hand tools and precision measurement tools. Students will be required to wear clothing appropriate for auto shop safety at all classes.  Safety glasses will also be required at all classes.

AUTC 206
Automatic Transmissions & Drive Trains 2 Credits

Corequisite(s): AUTC 101 Automotive Introduction, Fundamentals, and Safety.

This course will cover the theoretical understanding of principles, maintenance and adjustments required to today’s automatic transmissions, transaxles, drive shafts, final drives and all-wheel drive units.

In the lab, students will learn a hands-on strategy to perform basic maintenance of engines and learn how to use a variety of hand tools and precision measurement tools. Students will be required to wear clothing appropriate for auto shop safety at all classes.  Safety glasses will also be required at all classes.

CISY 102
Computer Literacy 3 Credits

Prerequisite(s): Recommended student has appropriate typing skills.

This introductory course focuses on how productivity software (word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and data base management) can be used efficiently and effectively to gather, analyze, organize, and present information. The social, ethical, and privacy related aspects of computing are deliberated. Students will also learn how to develop effective online research techniques and will develop the skills required to successfully purchase a personal computer.

This course may not be used as a free elective in any Computer Science related program.

ENGL 111
English Composition I 3 Credits

Prerequisite(s): Grade of A in ENGL 050 Introduction to College Reading and Composition I or ENGL 060 Introduction to College Reading and Composition II, grade of B in ENGL 050 or ENGL 060 with corequisite of ENGL 070 English Composition I Workshop, or appropriate score on placement test.

English Composition I is the first in a two-course composition sequence. The central purposes of English Composition I are to develop critical reading and thinking skills and to write thesis-driven, text-based essays. The course takes a process-oriented approach to writing that incorporates prewriting, drafting, reviewing, and revising. Students in English Composition I learn basic research skills and apply them to at least one text-based research essay.

Second Semester

AUTC 106
Clutches & Manual Transmissions 2 Credits

Corequisite(s): AUTC 101 Automotive Introduction, Fundamentals, and Safety.

Fundamental principles and types of clutches and manual transmissions and their component parts are covered.  Students will experience the installation and adjustment of clutches, manual transmissions, universal parts and other components such as drive shafts.  Diagnosis and service of standard transmissions are included.  

In the lab, students will learn a hands-on strategy to perform basic maintenance of manual transmissions, clutches, and drive train and learn how to use a variety of hand tools and precision measurement tools. Students will be required to wear clothing appropriate for auto shop safety at all classes.  Safety glasses will also be required at all classes.

AUTC 201
Engine Systems & Emission Control 4 Credits

Corequisite(s): AUTC 101 Automotive Introduction, Fundamentals, and Safety.

This course will include a study of theories and practice of various automotive engine systems with respect to theory and operation of the internal combustible engine, the OTTO cycle, lubricating system, and coolant system.  Training is provided in diagnosing, repairing, and theory of the following subsystems: cylinder block, cylinder heads, and intake and exhaust systems with emphasis on emission control systems.

In the lab, students will learn a hands-on strategy to perform basic maintenance of engines and learn how to use a variety of hand tools and precision measurement tools. Students will be required to wear clothing appropriate for auto shop safety at all classes.  Safety glasses will also be required at all classes.

AUTC 202
Engine Performance and Diagnosis 2 Credits

Prerequisite(s): AUTC 101 Automotive Introduction, Fundamentals, and Safety, AUTC 201 Engine Systems & Emission Control, AUTC 104 Automotive Electrical Systems.

This course will include a study of theories and practice of various automotive engine control systems. The course will build diagnostic skills related to troubleshooting engine computer systems. The use of up-to-date testing equipment, including the scan tool and lab scope are used in checking the electrical, ignition, emissions system, and general engine conditions.

In the lab, students will learn a hands-on strategy to perform basic maintenance of engines and learn how to use a variety of hand tools and precision measurement tools. Students will be required to wear clothing appropriate for auto shop safety at all classes.  Safety glasses will also be required at all classes.

AUTC 203
Steering & Suspension Systems 4 Credits

Corequisite(s): AUTC 101 Automotive Introduction, Fundamentals, and Safety.

This course will cover the theory involved in front and rear suspension, steering geometric angles, weight distribution, wheel balancing and alignment. Practice is provided in diagnosing and servicing these systems of an automobile.  

In the lab, students will learn a hands-on strategy to perform basic maintenance of steering and suspension systems and learn how to use a variety of hand tools and precision measurement tools. Students will be required to wear clothing appropriate for auto shop safety at all classes.  Safety glasses will also be required at all classes.

AUTC 205
Automotive Cooling & Climate Control Systems 4 Credits

Corequisite(s): AUTC 101 Automotive Introduction, Fundamentals, and Safety.

This course includes a study of cooling, heating, defrosting and air conditioning systems. Maintenance, diagnosis and repair of the systems are covered using lecture and lab experiences. Electrical and/or vacuum circuits and controls are emphasized.

In the lab, students will learn a hands-on strategy to perform basic maintenance of engines and learn how to use a variety of diagnostic and appropriate tools. Students will be required to wear clothing appropriate for auto shop safety at all classes.  Safety glasses will also be required at all classes.

Total Credits 36

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION:

  • Complete the steps on the checklist.
  • Able to lift 50 lbs. and move from variable positions.
  • Have a valid driver’s license with 3 or fewer points against it, no moving violations within the past 12 months, and no suspensions of driving privileges within the last 5 years.
  • Able to stand for extended periods of time working with your arms over your head.
  • Willingness to work well in a team oriented learning and work environment. 
  • Be able to perform various physical tasks related to the automotive industry for technicians

Students in need of accommodations are encouraged to do so in advance by contacting the Office of Disability Services at (908) 526-1200 x8418 or x8921. 

Automotive Technology Program Application Checklist

Check each item below as you complete requirement(s).

  • Complete an Application for Admission.  There is a $25 application fee payable by credit card. If you have completed an application in the past 3 years, you will not need to pay this fee, however you must change your program selection to Automotive Technology.

  • Attend an Auto Tech Information Session. The session will explain in detail about the program and give you a chance to ask questions. You will receive an automotive technology program information packet during the session. Dates, times and locations can be found at Open Houses & Info Sessions.

  • Financial Assistance. If you seek financial aid, you must complete your Federal (FAFSA) and State (HESAA) Student Aid applications as soon as possible. If you need assistance filling out these applications, please contact the Financial Aid Office at finaid@raritanval.edu
     

  • Submit official final high school transcript after graduation which indicates date of graduation and has the official high school seal in an unopened envelope or a GED Score Report or diploma to the Admissions Office, PO Box 3300, Somerville, NJ 08876-1265.

  • Submit previous college official transcript(s) if any, to the Office of Enrollment Services, PO Box. 3300, Somerville, NJ 08876-1265.

  • Submit a copy of your driver’s license to the Admissions Office in person, or by fax to (908) 429-4314.

  • Submit a copy of your driver’s history abstract (DMV report) to the program coordinator in person, mail to: Jason Jones PO Box. 3300, Somerville, NJ 08876-1265, or by email to: Jason.Jones@raritanval.edu. A driver’s history abstract can be obtained online.

  • Submit immunization record (full-time students only). Submit to the Admissions Office that you’ve had two doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and three doses of Hepatitis B vaccinations in accordance with State of New Jersey immunization requirements. For more information on immunization and to download a form for your doctor, click here.

  • Register for Course and Obtain Orientation Information: Prior to the start of the program, you will need to pick up your uniform, register for courses, and visit the bookstore for your books/access pack. Please make sure you check your college email address for detailed correspondence after you complete your application.

  • Complete placement testing at the RV Testing Center (L029), located to the left of the main reception desk on the main campus. You will need a photo ID and our student ID (G#).  You will be given Math and English placement tests (Accuplacer).  Allow approximately 2 hours for the testing. We recommend that you prepare ahead of time by studying for the Math and English – for test prep go to https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students
    ** College transcripts or SAT scores, may exempt you from the Math and English parts of the testing.  Please contact Elizabeth Coccia, Workforce Outreach Manager at 908-526-1200 x 8529 or elizabeth.coccia@raritanval.edu for more information.