Jul 20, 2024  
2022-23 Gaston College Catalog 

Automotive Systems Technology, A.A.S. (A60160)

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs of Study

This Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is a two-year program that prepares students for the workforce. However, there are some senior institutions where all or part of this degree is accepted as the first two years of a four-year program.  Students interested in pursuing a four-year degree should consult an advisor.

Curriculums in the Mobile Equipment Maintenance and Repair pathway prepare individuals for employment as entry-level transportation service technicians. The program provides an introduction to transportation industry careers and increases student awareness of the diverse technologies associated with this dynamic and challenging field.

Course work may include transportation systems theory, braking systems, climate control, design parameters, drive trains, electrical/electronic systems, engine repair, engine performance, environmental regulations, materials, product finish, safety, steering/suspension, transmission/transaxles, and sustainable transportation, depending on the program major area chosen.

Graduates of this pathway should be prepared to take professional licensure exams, which correspond to certain programs of study, and to enter careers as entry-level technicians in the transportation industry.

Automotive Systems Technology: A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, service, and maintain all types of automobiles. Includes instruction in brake systems, electrical systems, engine performance, engine repair, suspension and steering, automatic and manual transmissions and drive trains, and heating and air condition systems.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Communicate effectively, both written and orally.
  2. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of automotive systems technology through formative, summative, and performance assessments.
  3. Demonstrate proper use of automotive related tools and electronic equipment.
  4. Demonstrate good reasoning skills, troubleshooting various automotive drivability issues.
  5. Demonstrate good computer skills to locate automotive repair information.
  6. Demonstrate automotive knowledge that is current, complete, and applicable to today’s industry standards.
  7. Demonstrate professionalism and manual dexterity.

Course Selection Information

Students, to help you progress in your degree program, take prerequisite courses along with English and Math early in your academic career. This will align you for greater success in completing your program of study. Click on the courses listed below to ensure you are aware of prerequisites. The order shown below under the student program priorities is a guide.

Student Program Priorities:

  1. AUT 181  
  2. TRN 120  

Admission Information

A valid driver’s license is required for full participation in the program.



Total Program Hours: 69

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs of Study