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Automotive Technology AUT.S.AAS

Associate of Applied Science - 65 Credit Hours

Division: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Department: Automotive Technology
Effective as of Fall 2016

The Comprehensive Automotive Service Technology (CAST) program is geared towards getting students internships at independent repair facilities and dealerships as entry level technicians. Students will attend Monday thru Friday morning classes with the availability to work in the afternoon and evenings!

Candidates for the comprehensive cohort program are selected by review of placement testing conducted at Sinclair Community College and/or past experience and personal interview with the comprehensive coordinator. Applicants should be prepared to create a resume, sign a FERPA release form, and work at least 20 hours per week in an approved automotive service shop.

Learn while you earn!

Students enrolled in the Automotive Technology program can gain valuable hands-on experience through the school's paid co-op internship program while achieving college credit for practical work experience.


Questions? Contact us!


Or for any questions regarding the enrollment process or this program contact the CAST Coordinator, Chris Murphy at 937-512-3172 or by emailing

What is the program about?

The Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology provides training for students aspiring to become automotive technicians. Training in automotive management and business operations is a component of the program. To earn the associate degree students must participate in a capstone course offered only during the day or complete four paid internship courses with an automotive service facility.This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify Registration and Student Records at

Program Outcomes

  • Apply effective customer communication skills in an automotive service environment. Apply good management skills in operating an automotive service business. Develop and analyze an automotive business facility layout. Demonstrate business computer skills.
  • Apply effective customer communication skills in an automotive service environment. Utilize safety and environmental skills in applying automotive service practices.
  • Diagnose and repair automatic transmission/transaxle systems, torque converters and 4 wheel drive/all wheel drive systems.
  • Diagnose fuel injection, delivery and emission control systems. Utilize scan tools, scopes, DVOM meters and other test equipment in troubleshooting engine and drivability problems.
  • Apply effective customer communication skills in an automotive service environment. Demonstrate analytical and logical thinking skills in diagnosing mechanical and practical problem scenarios.
  • Diagnose/repair brake, anti-lock and power booster systems. Diagnose/repair suspension and steering components. Perform vehicle alignments.
  • Diagnose and repair heating and air conditioning systems including automatic climate-control systems.
  • Diagnose automotive electrical and accessory system problems. Utilize DVOM meters, scopes and other electrical testing equipment to troubleshoot battery, charging and hybrid propulsion systems.
  • Diagnose and repair manual transmission systems, drivelines and differentials.
  • Perform entry-level engine overhaul, precision measurements; perform machining and engine mechanical service.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are finding excellent employment opportunities existing in dealerships, independent service facilities, machine shops and other automotive businesses. Graduates may also find employment as automotive instructors or sales, service and parts managers.


Formal articulation agreements with other colleges and universities indicate how Sinclair programs and courses will transfer to other institutions.


The automotive program prepares students to take the automotive ASE tests, which are required to be a certified technician.


Course Title Credits
Ohio Transfer 36: Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective 3
Ohio Transfer 36: Arts & Humanities Elective 3
Automotive Elective 2
AUT 1102 Introduction to Automotive Service 2
AUT 1108 Automotive Engine Systems 4
AUT 1114 Automotive Electrical/Electronic Systems I 3
AUT 1115 Automotive Engine Performance I 4
AUT 1116 Automotive Steering & Suspension Systems 3
AUT 1142 Automotive Manual Transmission & Driveline 3
AUT 1146 Automotive Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning Systems 3
AUT 1165 Automotive Brake Systems 3
AUT 2214 Automotive Electrical/Electronic Systems II 4
AUT 2215 Automotive Engine Performance II 4
AUT 2241 Automatic Transmission Systems 4
CAM 1109 (Fundamentals of Tooling & Machining) OR CAM 1180 (Welding & Metal Joining I) 3
COM 2206 Interpersonal Communication 3
ENG 1101 English Composition I 3
MAT 1110 Math for Technologists 3
AUT 2250 (Automotive Service Operations) OR AUT 1170 (Automotive Internship I) AND AUT 1171 (Automotive Internship II) AND AUT 1172 (Automotive Internship III) AND AUT 1173 (Automotive Internship IV) 8
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Program Accreditation Information

The Sinclair Automotive Technology program is an ASE Accredited Training Program at the Master Automobile Service Technology level by the ASE Education Foundation. The ASE Education Foundation was founded as an independent, nonprofit organization with a single mission: To evaluate technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry. The ASE Education Foundation accreditation process has resulted in certified automotive training programs in all 50 states at the secondary and post-secondary levels.

This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances.