Nov 28, 2023  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Automotive Technology, A.A.A.S.

Academic Program Code:  922

The Automotive Technology Degree program prepares students for the fast-paced, highly-technical field of automotive diagnosis and repair.  Graduates are equipped for entry-level positions and advancement to Master Technician status.

This program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) to meet the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) standards of quality.

Graduates are prepared for the following State of Michigan or ASE certification tests:

  • Engine Repair (A1)
  • Automatic Transmission/Transaxle (A2)
  • Manual Drive Train and Axles (A3)
  • Suspension and Steering (A4)
  • Brakes (A5)
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems (A6)
  • Heating and Air Conditioning (A7)
  • Engine Performance (A8)

General Education Courses

Select a minimum of 15 credit hours of course work from the General Education Course list.  Course work must be selected as directed from the areas below.

English Composition and Communications


Select one (1) Humanities General Education Elective.

Social Sciences

Select one (1) Social Sciences General Education Elective.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Select one (1) Natural Sciences Lab/Non Lab General Education Elective or one (1) Mathematics General Education Elective.

General Education Total Credit Hours

15 (minimum)

Total Credit Hours


Program Notes

GRCC grants college credits for current Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications. For details, contact the department at (616) 234-3006 or the College Web site at

Transfer Notes

Students intending to transfer to Automotive Management at Ferris State University should elect to take both PH 125  and MA 107 .

In What Order Should I Take Classes?

Please select courses from the Priority I list.  Select courses based on the number of credits you are taking in the semester, for example, if you are a part time student you do not have to take all of the courses listed.  If you are unable to schedule Priority I courses, move to and select from the list of Priority II, Priority III, and Priority IV courses.

Priority I Priority II

AUT 102 - Introduction To Automotive Service   

AUT 110 - Auto Electrical Systems  

AUT 147 - Automotive Brake Systems    

AUT 148 - Automotive Suspension, Steering, and Alignment   

AUT 130 - Automotive Engine Performance I  

AUT 103 - Automotive Engine Design and Servicing      

AUT 143 - Automotive Air Conditioning and Heating   

AUT 160 - Automotive Driveability Diagnostics  

AUT 210 - Automotive Engine Performance II   

AUT 220 - Automotive Electrical Diagnostics   

AUT 245 - Automotive Chassis Systems  

Priority III  

AUT 180 - Applied Auto Servicing   


AUT 181 - Internship in Automotive Technology I   

Priority IV Priority V

MN 116 - Basic Welding  


AUT 155 - Automotive Detailing and Reconditioning  

AUT 140 - Manual Transmissions and Drivelines  

AUT 240 - Automatic Transmissions   

EN 101 - English Composition I  

MA 107 or Higher Elective - (min. of 4)  


General Education Elective-Nat Sciences

General Education Elective

AUT 260 - Advanced Drivetrains   

AUT 275 - Hybrid Vehicle Operation, Maintenance, and Diagnostics  

EN 102 - English Composition II  


COM 131 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking  


COM 135 - Interpersonal Communication  

General Education Elective

Priority VI  

AUT 180 - Applied Auto Servicing   


AUT 281 - Internship in Automotive Technology II   



NOTE: This priority schedule assumes the student is prepared to take the courses listed. If prerequisites are required, additional semesters may be required to complete this degree.

Meet with an Academic Program Advisor and consult my Academic Progress for specific degree requirements.