This certificate program is part of the Dealer-Specific Automotive Technology AAS degree program (0647060407).
A College Credit Certificate consists of a program of instruction of less than sixty (60) credits of college-level courses, which is part of an AS or AAS degree program and prepares students for entry into employment (Rule 6A-14.030, F.A.C.).
This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics career cluster; provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics career cluster.
The content includes but is not limited to instruction in diagnosis of malfunctions in the repair of electrical, brake systems, steering and suspension systems; troubleshooting skills; and servicing, maintaining and repairing all mechanical systems on gasoline automobiles including electrical, brake, suspension and related systems. The course content should also include training in communication, leadership, human relations and employability skills; and safe, efficient work practices. This program focuses on broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of the Automotive Service industry; technical and product skills, underlying principles of technology, and health, safety, and environmental issues.
The content includes but is not limited to a written business plan that establishes a partnership agreement between the educational institution and the automotive industry.
Additional Information relevant to this Career and Technical Education (CTE) program is provided at the end of this document.
This program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of 27 credit hours.
Diagnose incorrect operation of motor-driven accessory circuits; repair as needed.
Diagnose incorrect heated glass operation; repair as needed.
Diagnose incorrect electric door and hatch/trunk lock operation; repair as needed.
Diagnose incorrect operation of cruise control systems; repair as needed.
Diagnose supplemental restraint system (SRS) problems; repair as needed. (NOTE: Follow manufacturer’s safety procedures to prevent accidental deployment.)
Diagnose radio static and weak, intermittent, or no radio reception.
Service product specific electrical/electronic systems.
Perform product specific diagnostic procedures.
Disable and enable an airbag system for vehicle service; verify indicator lamp operation.
Remove and reinstall door panel.
Laboratory investigations that include scientific inquiry, research, measurement, problem solving, emerging technologies, tools and equipment, as well as, experimental, quality, and safety procedures are an integral part of this career and technical program/course. Laboratory investigations benefit all students by developing an understanding of the complexity and ambiguity of empirical work, as well as the skills required to manage, operate, calibrate and troubleshoot equipment/tools used to make observations. Students understand measurement error; and have the skills to aggregate, interpret, and present the resulting data. Equipment and supplies should be provided to enhance hands-on experiences for students.
The purpose of this program is to prepare students for employment and/or specialized training in the automotive industry. The program provides specialized corporate/association job preparatory training.
Automotive Technology Programs sponsored by automobile manufacturers require an internship at a dealership.
The program must be NATEF Master Certified and have a business plan approved by the appropriate industry affiliated organization. Instructors must be ASE Certified in all areas that they teach in addition to being certified in Engine Performance and Electrical/Electronic Systems. ASE Master Technician and Advanced Engine Performance (L1) ASE Certification is preferred. Instructors must meet the specific product certification as specified in the business plan.
Program must meet the equipment and specialty tool requirement as specified in the business plan. Must offer Federally recognized refrigerant-recycling certification training.
Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO)
SkillsUSA is the intercurricular career and technical student organization for providing leadership training and reinforcing specific career and technical skills. Career and Technical Student Organizations provide activities for students as an integral part of the instruction offered. The activities of such organizations are defined as part of the curriculum in accordance with Rule 6A-6.065, F.A.C.
Federal and state legislation requires the provision of accommodations for students with disabilities to meet individual needs and ensure equal access. Postsecondary students with disabilities must self-identify, present documentation, request accommodations if needed, and develop a plan with their counselor and/or instructors. Accommodations received in postsecondary education may differ from those received in secondary education. Accommodations change the way the student is instructed. Students with disabilities may need accommodations in such areas as instructional methods and materials, assignments and assessments, time demands and schedules, learning environment, assistive technology and special communication systems. Documentation of the accommodations requested and provided should be maintained in a confidential file.
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