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Ford Maintenance & Light Repair Technician AAT Degree

degree Info at a Glance
Type
AAT Degree
Admission Dates
Fall, winter, and spring quarters or by instructor permission.
Prerequisites
Valid driver’s license is required.

Designed by Ford Motor Company to prepare students with the basic skills needed to gain employment as a maintenance and light repair technician. In addition to Ford training, students receive hands-on experience working with Ford vehicles and using the latest Ford diagnostic tools.  The program is also designed to prepare students for entry-level positions as automotive technicians. Students participate in realistic training experiences that prepare them for pre-apprenticeship training and ASE certification. Cooperative work experience is available with instructor permission. Credits will depend on time spent in co-op.

Included in this program are academic courses in communication, quantitative reasoning, and social sciences that provide knowledge and abilities that enhance personal development and serve as a foundation for technical skills.

To receive a certificate or degree in an automotive program, all courses must be completed with a 2.0 GPA or higher. To remain in the program, all students must have the required textbooks by the start of the third week of classes and the required tools by the start of the second quarter. They must also successfully complete ENG 094 and MAT 094 by the end of the third quarter.

Students pursuing an AAT degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the capstone project, diversity and computer literacy requirements. 

Program Length: This program is approximately seven quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements. Students transferring to the Automotive Technician degree program may need to withdraw for one or two quarters to finish their program of study.

Optional Course:
AUT 295, On-the-Job Training/Work-Based Learning............................................... 1-12

Optional Electives:
Students may also choose to take any course in the following programs as an optional elective for this program: Auto Collision, Auto Restoration and Customization, and Automotive Hybrid.

Degree Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
FAUT 120Ford Introduction to Automotive2
FAUT 144Ford Basic Electrical Systems Diagnosis and Testing6
FAUT 147Ford Automotive Brakes6
FAUT 149Ford Automotive Suspension, Steering, & Wheel Alignment7
FAUT 157Ford Automotive Brakes, Suspension, Steering & Alignment Lab5
FAUT 172Ford Base Steering, Suspension, & Alignment6
FAUT 179Automotive General Maintenance & Tires7
FAUT 185Ford Brake Systems Diagnosis2
FAUT 209Ford Electronic Systems7
FAUT 212Ford Electrical Systems9
FAUT 255Ford Air-Conditioning, Heating & Ventilation6
IAUT 139Basic Automotive Welding5
AUT 174Engine Minor Mechanical Repair6
AUT 175Engine Major Mechanical Repair7
AUT 178Engine Mechanical Lab3
AUT 217Automotive Ignition Systems7
AUT 223Automotive Fuel Systems7
AUT 236Automotive Emissions Systems7
AUT 239Automotive Clutches & Manual Transmissions9
AUT 243Automotive Axles, Drivelines, Differentials & Transfer Cases6
AUT 246Manual Drive Trains & Axles Lab4
AUT 247Automatic Transmissions7
AUT 250Automatic Transaxles7
AUT 251CAPAutomatic Transmission/Transaxle Lab4
AUT 270Introduction to Hybrid Safety4
English Composition (or higher) or Public Speaking5
Any 100-Level Math Class5
General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class)5
Computer Literacy Requirements3
COLL 102College Success for All3
 Technical Credits167

Ford Introduction to Automotive

Item #
FAUT 120
Total Credits
2

Students will be preparing for working in a shop environment by covering HAZMAT issues, equipment safety and operation, hand tool selection and use, and service information selection and use.  Students will also become familiar with employment opportunities and expectations, and certification requirements.

Prerequisites
Students must have required textbooks and tools prior to entering this course. Students must have a valid driver’s license per the Ford MLR agreement.
Co-requisites
Concurrent enrollment in FAUT 149, FAUT 179 and FAUT 172 required.
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Ford Basic Electrical Systems Diagnosis and Testing

Item #
FAUT 144
Total Credits
6

Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems using the Symptom-to-System-to-Component-to-Cause process. Use special tools and service equipment associated with electrical diagnosis and repair. Use all service publications in their available formats to obtain needed information for diagnosis.

Perform diagnosis test procedures. Perform repair procedures. Students will become familiar with the tools, terminology, basic theory, diagnostics, removal and installation procedures used during common service operations and will have the opportunity to practice procedures identified as priority tasks in the NATEF (ASE) task list.

Prerequisites
Students must have required textbooks and tools prior to entering this course. Students must have a valid driver’s license per the Ford MLR agreement.
Co-requisites
Concurrent enrollment in FAUT 212 and FAUT 209 is required.
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Ford Automotive Brakes

Item #
FAUT 147
Total Credits
6

Covers brake system theory and operation, diagnostic strategies, and component removal/reinstallation.  Students will become familiar with the tools, terminology, and procedures used during routine brake service operations and have the opportunity to practice procedures identified as priority tasks in the NATEF (ASE) task list. (See syllabus).

Prerequisites
Students must have required textbooks and tools prior to entering this course. Students must have a valid driver’s license per the Ford MLR agreement.
Co-requisites
Concurrent enrollment in FAUT 157, FAUT 185, and FAUT 255 is required.
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Ford Automotive Suspension, Steering, & Wheel Alignment

Item #
FAUT 149
Total Credits
7

Students will learn suspension and steering principles, diagnostic strategies, and component removal/reinstallation.  Alignment geometry and serice procedures are also covered.  Students will become familiar with the tools, terminology, and procedures used during routine brake service operations and have the opportunity to practice procedures identified as priority tasks in the NATEF (ASE) task list (see syllabus).

Prerequisites
Students must have required textbooks and tools prior to entering this course. Students must have a valid driver’s license per the Ford MLR agreement.
Co-requisites
Concurrent enrollment in FAUT 120, FAUT 172, and FAUT 179 is required.
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Ford Automotive Brakes, Suspension, Steering & Alignment Lab

Item #
FAUT 157
Total Credits
5

Provides students with the opportunity to practice the skills covered in FAUT 147 and FAUT 149. Students will become familiar with the tools, terminology, and procedures used during common service operations and have the opportunity to practice procedures identified as priority tasks in the NATEF (ASE) task list.

Prerequisites
Students must have required textbooks and tools prior to entering this course. Students must have a valid driver’s license per the Ford MLR agreement.
Co-requisites
Concurrent enrollment in FAUT 147, FAUT 185, and FAUT 255 is required.
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Ford Base Steering, Suspension, & Alignment

Item #
FAUT 172
Total Credits
6

Students will learn suspension and steering principles, alignment geometry and service procedures to diagnose and correct excessive tire wear and pull concerns. Students will perform suspension adjustments using an alignment machine; perform power steering service and tests; correctly inspect steering and suspension system components; and flush, fill and inspect power steering systems.  Students will become familiar with the tools, terminology and procedures used during common steering and suspension service operations, and will have the opportunity to practice procedures identified as priority tasks in the NATEF (ASE) task list.

Prerequisites
Students must have required textbooks and tools prior to entering this course. Students must have a valid driver’s license per the Ford MLR agreement.
Co-requisites
Concurrent enrollment in FAUT 120, FAUT 149, and FAUT 179 is required.
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Automotive General Maintenance & Tires

Item #
FAUT 179
Total Credits
7

Topics covered include shop safety practices, general automotive maintenance, vehicle checkups and multi-point inspections.

Students will perform scheduled maintenance on items such as fluid and filter changes, and learn wheel and tire service procedures.  Students will use all available service publications to identify automotive systems and components and become familiar with the tools, terminology and procedures used during routine maintenance, inspections and wheel and tire service. Students will have the opportunity to practice the procedures identified as priority tasks in the NAFEF (ASE) task list.

Prerequisites
Students must have required tools and textbooks. Students must have a valid driver’s license per the Ford MLR agreement.
Co-requisites
Concurrent enrollment in FAUT 120, FAUT 149, and FAUT 172 is required.
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Ford Brake Systems Diagnosis

Item #
FAUT 185
Total Credits
2

Topics covered include brake-system diagnosis and testing and brake-system service.  Students will diagnose brake concerns using all available service publications. Identify brake-system components and perform brake-system inspections; machine rotors using an on-car lathe; and become familiar with the tools, terminology, and procedures used during routine brake service operations. Students will have the opportunity to practice procedures identified as priority tasks in the NATEF (ASE) task list.

Prerequisites
Students must have required tools and textbooks. Students must have a valid driver’s license per the Ford MLR agreement.
Co-requisites
Concurrent enrollment in FAUT 147, FAUT 157, and FAUT 255 is required.
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Ford Electronic Systems

Item #
FAUT 209
Total Credits
7

Diagnose and repair automotive electronic systems and basic application of computerized electronic systems.  Students will become familiar with the tools, terminology, basic theory, diagnostics, removal, and installation procedures used during common service operations and have the opportunity to practice procedures identified as priority tasks in the NATEF (ASE) “TASK LIST”.

Prerequisites
Students must have required tools and textbooks. Students must have a valid driver’s license per the Ford MLR agreement.
Co-requisites
Concurrent enrollment in FAUT 144 and FAUT 212 is required.
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Ford Electrical Systems

Item #
FAUT 212
Total Credits
9

Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems and basic application of electrical systems.  Students will become familiar with th tools, terminology, basic theory, diagnostics, removal, and installation procedures used during common service operations and have the opportunity to practice procedures identified as priority tasks in the NATEF (ASE) “TASK LIST”.

Prerequisites
Students must have required tools and textbooks. Students must have a valid driver’s license per the Ford MLR agreement .
Co-requisites
Concurrent enrollment in FAUT 144 and FAUT 209 is required.
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Ford Air-Conditioning, Heating & Ventilation

Item #
FAUT 255
Total Credits
6

Provides students with theory, troubleshooting, and repair of automotive air-conditioning systems, heating systems, and ventilation systems.  Also covers recovery and recycling of both R-12 and R-134A refrigerants and procedures used during common service operations and gives students the opportunity to practice procedures identified as priority tasks in the NATEF (ASE) “TASK LIST”.

Prerequisites
Students must have required tools and textbooks. Students must have a valid driver’s license per the Ford MLR agreement .
Co-requisites
Concurrent enrollment in FAUT 147, FAUT 157 and FAUT 185 is required.
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Basic Automotive Welding

Item #
IAUT 139
Total Credits
5

This course is an introduction to automotive welding. Includes basic welding using Oxy-Fuel, MIG, and other processes used in automotive repair.

Co-requisites
IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, and IAUT 130.
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Engine Minor Mechanical Repair

Item #
AUT 174
Total Credits
6

Diagnose and repair general engine mechanical, lubrication and cooling-system problems. Upon completion of this course, students will be familiar with the terminology, basic theory, diagnostics and minor engine mechanical service and repair procedures. 

Prerequisites
Must have required tools and textbooks. Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, and IAUT 139.
Co-requisites
AUT 175 and AUT 178.
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Engine Major Mechanical Repair

Item #
AUT 175
Total Credits
7

Diagnose and repair engine blocks, heads, and valve trains. Upon completion of this course, students will be familiar with the terminology, basic theory, diagnostics, and removal and installation procedures to successfully diagnose and repair automobiles and light truck engines.

Prerequisites
Must have required tools and textbooks.
Co-requisites
AUT 174.
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Engine Mechanical Lab

Item #
AUT 178
Total Credits
3

Repair engine components by applying knowledge attained in required courses. This is a hands-on class that uses live projects. Upon completion of this course, students will be familiar with diagnosis, maintenance and repair of automobile and light truck engines. 

Prerequisites
Must have required tools and textbooks.
Co-requisites
AUT 174 and AUT 175.
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Automotive Ignition Systems

Item #
AUT 217
Total Credits
7

Diagnose and repair electronic and computer-controlled automotive ignition systems. Upon completion of this course, students will be familiar with the terminology, basic theory, and diagnostic and repair procedures used on automobiles and light trucks. 

Prerequisites
Must successfully complete courses AUT 174, 175, 178, 204, and 209 and must have required tools and textbooks.
Co-requisites
AUT 223 and AUT 236.
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Automotive Fuel Systems

Item #
AUT 223
Total Credits
7

Diagnose and repair fuel management systems. Upon completion of this course, students will be familiar with the terminology, basic theory, and diagnostic and repair procedures used on automobiles and light trucks. 

Prerequisites
Must successfully complete courses AUT 174, 175, 178, 204, and 209, and must have required tools and textbooks.
Co-requisites
AUT 217 and AUT 236.
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Automotive Emissions Systems

Item #
AUT 236
Total Credits
7

Diagnose and repair emissions control systems. Upon completion of this course, students will be familiar with the terminology, basic theory, and diagnostic and repair procedures used on automobiles and light trucks. 

Prerequisites
Must successfully complete courses AUT 174, 175, 178, 204, and 209, and must have required tools and textbooks.
Co-requisites
AUT 217 and AUT 223.
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Automotive Clutches & Manual Transmissions

Item #
AUT 239
Total Credits
9

Provides students with the knowledge and skills to competently repair automotive clutches and manual transmissions/transaxles. Upon completion of the course, students will be familiar with the terminology, basic theory, diagnostics, maintenance, and repair of automobile/light truck clutches and manual transmissions/transaxles.

Prerequisites
Must have required tools and textbooks. Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, and IAUT 139.
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Automotive Axles, Drivelines, Differentials & Transfer Cases

Item #
AUT 243
Total Credits
6

Provides students with the knowledge and skills to competently repair automotive axles, drivelines, differentials and transfer cases. Upon completion of the course, students will be familiar with the terminology, basic theory, diagnostics, maintenance and repair of automobile/light truck axles, drivelines, differentials and transfer cases. 

Prerequisites
Must successfully complete AUT 239 and have required tools and textbooks.
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Manual Drive Trains & Axles Lab

Item #
AUT 246
Total Credits
4

This course is designed to teach students to competently repair drive-train components by applying knowledge attained in required courses. This is a hands-on class that uses live projects. Upon completion of this course, students will be familiar with diagnosis, maintenance and repair of automobile/light truck manual drive trains. 

Prerequisites
Must successfully complete courses AUT 239 and 243, and must have required tools and textbooks.
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Automatic Transmissions

Item #
AUT 247
Total Credits
7

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to competently repair automatic transmissions. Upon completion of the course, students will be familiar with the terminology, basic theory, diagnostics, maintenance and repair of automobile/light truck automatic transmissions. 

Prerequisites
Must have required tools and textbooks. Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, and IAUT 139.
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Automatic Transaxles

Item #
AUT 250
Total Credits
7

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to competently repair automatic transaxles. Upon completion of the course, students will be familiar with the terminology, basic theory, diagnostics, maintenance and repair of automobile transaxles. 

Prerequisites
Must successfully complete AUT 247 and have required tools and textbooks.
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Automatic Transmission/Transaxle Lab

Item #
AUT 251CAP
Total Credits
4

This course is designed to teach students to competently repair automatic transmission/transaxle assemblies by applying knowledge attained in required courses. This is a hands-on class that uses live projects. Upon completion of this course, students will be familiar with diagnosis, maintenance, and repair of automobile/light truck drive trains by applying academic knowledge to hands-on projects. 

Prerequisites
Must successfully complete courses AUT 247 and 250, and must have required tools and textbooks prior to entering this course.
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Introduction to Hybrid Safety

Item #
AUT 270
Total Credits
4

This course is an introduction to the safety precautions required when working on hybrid and electric vehicles. Students will learn about the basics of hybrid electrical systems, personal protective equipment (PPE) and how to power down the most common hybrid vehicles. Offered only during winter quarter.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT and 139.
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English Composition (or higher) or Public Speaking

Total Credits
5
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Any 100-Level Math Class

Total Credits
5
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General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class)

Total Credits
5
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Computer Literacy Requirements

Total Credits
3
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College Success for All

Item #
COLL 102
Total Credits
3

College Success for All prepares students for success at Clover Park Technical College and beyond.  This class is offered Pass/Fail utilizes CANVAS CPTC’s online learning management system to familiarize students with this learning environment. Designed to provide students with the basic skills to be successful in college, by developing connections with campus resources, faculty, staff and peers.  The course includes 20 hours of classroom instruction and 20 hours of online and computer work. It includes, but is not limited to: study skills, learning styles, communication skills, time management, campus resources, test taking strategies, diversity and campus policies and procedures.  This class also includes mandatory safety and FERPA training along with SALT component for financial planning. 

Prerequisites
None, but required for all students.
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