2022-2023 College Catalog

Automotive Technology Diploma

Automotive Technology Diploma (Major Code: AT14)

Program Description

The Automotive Technology Diploma program is a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for careers in the automotive service and repair profession. Learning opportunities enable students to develop academic, technical and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of automotive mechanics theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive an Auto Technology diploma that qualifies them as well rounded entry-level technicians.


Accredited by the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Education Foundation in both Maintenance and Light Repair, 1503 Edwards Ferry Rd., NE Suite 401, Leesburg, VA 20176.


Atlanta Technical College’s Automotive Technology program is a partner of the Nissan Technician Training Academy, and students enrolled in the program may participate to complete industry certifications in addition to earning a college credential.


About The Program

The Nissan Technician Training Academy (NTTA) prepares students for a career as a factory-trained technician at Nissan or INFINITI dealerships nationwide. Students gain hands-on automotive diagnosis and repair experience to step into one a growing career field as a certified Nissan and INFINITI automotive technician.


NTTA Program Benefits Include:

•       Factory-Specific Training

•       NISSAN & ASE Certification

•       Apprenticeship Opportunities

•       Tuition Reimbursement Incentive Program


In addition to earning a diploma in Automotive Technology from Atlanta Technical College, students will be eligible to receive industry certifications in the following:

•       Basic Electrical Concepts

•       Chassis

•       Engine Control Systems (ECS) Operations

•       Engine Mechanical

•       Heating, Ventilations & Air Conditioning

•       Transmissions Diagnosis & Repair


NTTA graduates who complete and pass all six ASE certifications have the potential to become a Specialist Technician at a Nissan or INFINITI dealership.


Website Link:    www.nissantechacademy.com

Programmatic Accreditation

Accredited by the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Education Foundation in both Maintenance and Light Repair, 1503 Edwards Ferry Rd., NE Suite 401, Leesburg, VA 20176

Career Information


Engine and Other Machine Assemblers 

Career Projections

The number of jobs in this field is expected to increase by -9.6% nationally and 11.6% in the State of Georgia over the next several years. Estimated salaries in this field start at $46,000 a year.
Labor market data was compiled using Economic Modeling Specialists, international and is updated annually.

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Admission Requirements

General College Admissions Requirements

Program Contact Information

Brian Ford

Automotive Technology Instructor

Academic Building C2324



Program Length and Cost

Minimum Program Length in Semester Terms: 5 terms

Credit Hours: 55

Estimated Program Cost: $8,122

Required Courses


General Education Courses - (8 Credits)

English Requirement - (3 Credits)

Select one of the following English courses


ENGL 1010Fundamentals of English I



ENGL 1005Applied Technical Communication


Math Requirement - (3 Credits)

Select one of the following Math Courses

MATH 1012Foundations of Mathematics



MATH 1005Applied Technical Mathematics


Social/Behavioral Science Requirement - (2 Credits)

EMPL 1000Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development


Occupational Courses (50 Credits)

FYES 1001First Year Experience Seminar


AUTT 1010Automotive Technology Introduction


AUTT 1020Automotive Electrical Systems


AUTT 1030Automotive Brake Systems


AUTT 1040Automotive Engine Performance


AUTT 1050Automotive Suspension and Steering Systems


AUTT 1060Automotive Climate Control Systems


AUTT 2010Automotive Engine Repair


AUTT 2020Automotive Manual Drive Train and Axles


AUTT 2030Automotive Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles


COMP 1000Introduction to Computer Literacy


Total Credit Hours: 58


Program Outcomes

1. Graduate should follow a methodical diagnostic process while performing all repairs in a service shop.
2. Graduate should display competence in performing basic maintenance procedures for all vehicles serviced in the shop.
3. Graduate should pursue update training to maintain current knowledge on vehicle systems.
4. Graduate should display ability to seek and use technical information to diagnose problems.
5. Graduate should communicate knowledgeably and professionally with peers and customers regarding all repairs.