Automotive Drivetrain Certificate

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Automotive Drivetrain Certificate

Program Code: C60160A

Our Automotive Systems Technology – Drivetrain program includes technical and academic coursework through classroom and lab experiences. Emphasis is placed on engine repair, auto transmissions and transaxles, manual transmissions, axles, drivetrains, and transport technology.

This is a certificate program and requires fewer credits and less time to complete than a degree or diploma program. Certificate programs can be taken alone but are often taken along with other Automotive programs.

The Automotive Systems Technology program also offers degree, diploma, and additional certificate options.

Skills You’ll Learn

The Automotive Systems Technology program is focused on job-related skills in the following areas:

  • Following recognized automotive industry standards to demonstrate proficiency in troubleshooting and repairing automotive transmissions, drivetrains, transaxles, and axles
  • Demonstrating the use of automotive industry standards for engine repair and performance
  • Demonstrating an understanding of transportation technologies, including climate control, electrical and electronic systems, and emerging technologies
  • Diagnosing and repairing suspension/steering and brakes systems

Career Opportunities

There are many employment opportunities for Automotive Systems Technology graduates, including:

  • Area garages
  • Automotive dealerships
  • Brake shops and tire stores
  • Self-employment
  • Service manager, parts manager, or service writer
  • View more career opportunities

Certificate requirements

14 Credit Hours

Courses in this program

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

This course covers the theory, construction, inspection, diagnosis, and repair of internal combustion engines and related systems. Topics include fundamental operating principles of engines and diagnosis, inspection, adjustment, and repair of automotive engines using appropriate service information. Upon completion, students should be able to perform basic diagnosis measurement and repair of automotive engines using appropriate tools, equipment, procedures, and service information.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course is an optional lab to be used as an alternative to co-op placement in meeting the NATEF standards for total hours. Topics include diagnosis, inspection, adjustment, and repair of automotive engines using appropriate service information. Upon completion, students should be able to perform basic diagnosis, measurement and repair of automotive engines using appropriate tools, equipment, procedures, and service information.

Lecture Hours: 0  Lab Hours: 3  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 1 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    Take AUT-116

This course covers operation, diagnosis, service, and repair of automatic transmissions/transaxles. Topics include hydraulic, pneumatic, mechanical, and electrical/electronic operation of automatic drive trains and the use of appropriate service, tools and equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to explain operational theory, diagnose and repair automatic drive trains.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course is an optional lab to be used as an alternative to co-op placement in meeting the NATEF standards for total hours. Topics include hydraulic, pneumatic, mechanical, and electrical/electronic operation of automatic drive trains and the use of appropriate service tools and equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to diagnose and repair automatic drive trains.

Lecture Hours: 0  Lab Hours: 3  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 1 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    Take AUT-221

This course covers the operation, diagnosis, and repair of manual transmissions/transaxles, clutches, driveshafts, axles, and final drives. Topics include theory of torque, power flow, and manual drive train servicing and repair using appropriate service information, tools, and equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to explain operational theory, diagnose and repair manual drive trains.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course is an optional lab for the program that needs to meet NATEF hour standards but does not have a co-op component in the program. Topics include manual drive train diagnosis, service and repair using appropriate service information, tools, and equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to diagnose and repair manual drive trains.

Lecture Hours: 0  Lab Hours: 3  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 1 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    Take AUT-231

This course covers workplace safety, hazardous materials, environmental regulations, hand tools, service information, basic concepts, vehicle systems, and common transportation industry terminology. Topics include familiarization with major vehicle systems, proper use of various hand and power tools, material safety data sheets, and personal protective equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate appropriate safety procedures, identify and use basic shop tools, and describe government regulations regarding transportation repair facilities.

Lecture Hours: 1  Lab Hours: 1  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 2 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

Questions others are asking.

We offer several credentials that provide the flexibility you need. Most degree programs last two years and provide the most in-depth study of a particular subject. Diplomas and certificates take less time and are often taken in conjunction with other degree programs. Specialized training is also available for workforce development programs that are completed in less than a year.

Contact Information

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Advanced Manufacturing Center
New Bern Campus
252-638-7370

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