Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology

The Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology prepares students to understand the theory of, diagnose and repair engines, transmissions, transaxles, suspension, steering, brake systems, electrical/electronic systems, heating and air conditioning systems, as well as fuel and ignition systems of modern vehicles.

The program is offered with three options: General Automotive, Ford ASSET and General Motors ASEP. Each option has different admissions requirements based on the policies of the program sponsors.

Students admitted to the program in any option complete the same courses with the exception of their final semester. Students in the General Automotive option may complete either ADT A260 or ADT A295. Students in the Ford ASSET option or the General Motors ASEP option must complete both ADT A260 and ADT A295.

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Associate Degree Programs.

General Automotive Option

Specific admission requirements apply to this option. See department for criteria.

Ford ASSET Option

The Ford ASSET (Automotive Student Services Educational Training) path for the Automotive Technology AAS degree is a joint venture with Ford Motor Company and sponsoring Ford Lincoln-Mercury dealerships. Admission to Ford ASSET is only in odd-numbered years and has specific admission requirements. Please contact the Ford ASSET advisor, the department or sponsoring dealership for details. Students enrolled in this option attend class for the first 10 weeks of the semester and complete paid work experience the balance of the semester. General Education Requirement courses (English, Communications, etc.) are conducted on a half semester format by special arrangement through the College of Arts and Sciences.

Specific admission requirements apply to this option. Student selection occurs up to three months prior to the start of the program. Accepted students will have met admission criteria and been selected by a sponsoring Ford Lincoln-Mercury dealership.

General Motors ASEP Option

The GMASEP (Automotive Student Education Program) option for the Automotive Technology AAS degree is a joint venture with General Motors Company and its sponsoring General Motors dealerships. Admission to GMASEP is only in even-numbered years and has specific admission requirements. Please contact the GMASEP advisor, the department or sponsoring dealership for details. Students enrolled in this option attend class for the first 10 weeks of the semester and paid work experience the balance of the semester. General Education Requirement courses (English, Communications, etc.) are conducted on a condensed semester format by special arrangement through the College of Arts and Sciences.

Applicants must complete the following procedures:

  • Instructor approval is required for admission to the GMASEP option. Prospective students should provide the UAA GMASEP instructor with a resume and a copy of their driving record.
  • Admission to GMASEP requires employment by a sponsoring Alaska General Motors dealership or authorized repair facility.
  • Apply for admission to UAA and to the UAA GMASEP program by contacting the Automotive and Diesel Technology Department at 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508 or (907) 786-1485.
  • Have official high school transcripts, or official GED, and any vocational-technical training certificates sent to the UAA Office of Admissions, 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508.
  • Present evidence to UAA GMASEP of math competency equivalent to completion of MATH A055. This may be accomplished by presentation of college transcripts for department evaluation, or by achieving an appropriate score on a UAA-approved placement test administered by the Advising and Testing Center. Call (907) 786-4500 to make testing arrangements.
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency through appropriate score on a UAA-approved placement test administered by Advising and Testing or through presentation of transcripts for Department of English evaluation. Generally, applicants prepared for entry into ENGL A111 have sufficient proficiency for entry into the UAA GMASEP.

Advising

Students should consult the ADT faculty for assistance in curriculum planning toward the Associate of Applied Science.

Computer Competency Requirement

The AAS in Automotive Technology requires demonstrated computer competency. Computer competency may be demonstrated in any of the following ways:

  • A 3-credit course in a computer language or an introductory course in data processing or microcomputers.
  • Work-related experience verifying computer competency as approved by the faculty advisor.
  • Self-initiated computer competency as approved by the faculty advisor.

Graduation Requirements

Program Requirements

First Semester
ADT A102Introduction to Automotive Technology3
ADT A121Basic Electrical Systems3
ADT A131Auto Electrical II3
ADT A150Brake Systems4
ADT A195Automotive Practicum I2
One AAS General Course Requirement3
Second Semester
ADT A122Engine Theory and Diagnosis3
ADT A160Manual Drive Trains and Axles4
ADT A162Suspension and Alignment4
ADT A195Automotive Practicum I2
One AAS General Course Requirement3
Third Semester
ADT A140Automotive Engine Repair3
ADT A225Auto Heating and A/C3
ADT A227Auto Electrical III3
ADT A195Automotive Practicum I2
One AAS General Course Requirement3
Fourth Semester
ADT A202Auto Fuel and Emissions Systems4
ADT A222Automotive Engine Performance3
ADT A260Electronic and Automatic Transmissions *3
or ADT A295 Automotive Practicum II
Two AAS General Course Requirements6
Total Credits64
*

Students admitted to the ASSET or the ASEP options must complete both ADT A260 and ADT A295.

A minimum of 64 credits is required for the degree.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this Associate of Applied Science degree program, students are able to:

  • Demonstrate technical knowledge and skills necessary for success in the automotive maintenance and repair industry.
  • Demonstrate academic proficiency necessary to pass national examinations.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in performing occupationally related tasks in a professional setting.
  • Integrate knowledge from diverse areas to develop effective diagnostic and repair strategies involving complex systems.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills necessary for success in the workplace.