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Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology

The Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology provides students with the technical education and training necessary to be successful in today’s automotive industry. Students will study the various vehicle systems, including electrical and electronics and computerized engine controls, along with the numerous mechanical components that make up today’s complex vehicles. The academic requirements of the program provide students with fundamental skills to enhance their written and oral communication skills. These courses also provide a foundation for continued studies should students decide to further their education or training.

These programs are modeled after a variety of very successful corporate training programs. Each program is four semesters long. The programs incorporate a prearranged, supervised, evaluated practicum in each of the first three semesters, with the possibility of an additional practicum during the last semester. Many students also choose to complete a summer practicum while enrolled in the program. In addition, there is a registered apprenticeship opportunity available for select students.

Students experience training on a wide variety of modern domestic and imported vehicles, light trucks, and vans. Laboratory and shop objectives are met on training vehicles, components and live shop projects. Automotive technology graduates have been placed in dealerships, independent shops, service stations, mass merchandisers, aviation ground support and fleet repair facilities. Employers require a current vehicle operator’s license and a good driving record. The student should have physical capabilities required of the trade which typically include standing long hours; lifting heavy objects; contacting hazardous materials; operating machinery; exposure to noise, heat, cold, vapors, and other workplace hazards; manipulating tools; and working with small parts in confined and awkward positions.

Technicians must be able to distinguish colors in minimal light, transcribe numbers up to 17 digits, and work up to 10 hours a day, six days per week. Equal opportunities are available for men and women.

The program is offered with two options: General Automotive 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 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.

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 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 WRTG A111 have sufficient proficiency for entry into the UAA GMASEP.


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 A225Mobile Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems3
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.