Automotive Technology


Whether you’re planning to enter the field as an automotive technician or would like to advance your career with certifications in specialty areas, MTC has the path that’s right for you. MTC provides educational experiences supported by intensive classroom and hands-on lab training utilizing state-of-the-art tools for diagnostics and repair.

The automotive curriculum at Midlands Technical College provides students with an up-to-date training program that will develop their knowledge of automotive theory and operational skills. Students prepare to enter the career field through hands-on training emphasizing:

  • electrical service
  • engine overhaul
  • heating and air conditioning repair
  • brakes, steering, suspension and four wheel alignment 
  • engine performance and diagnosis
  • automatic and manual transmissions drive train/axle repair

In addition to general career training in automotive technology, MTC prepares students to become certified in a specialty by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (A.S.E.). A.S.E. certifies technicians in eight specialty areas in automotive technology and is nationally recognized by the automotive industry as the foremost organization for professional certification. Certification examinations are administered many times throughout the year at selected Prometric sites throughout the United States.

Areas of certification include

  • Automatic and Manual Transmission/Transaxle and Drive Train
  • Brakes, Steering, Suspension and Four Wheel Alignment
  • Engine Repair
  • Electrical Systems
  • Heating and Air Conditioning Systems
  • Engine Performance and Diagnosis

Articulation opportunities may provide qualified high school graduates with advanced placement in the program. There's no need to wait. MTC accepts new students into the program every semester and works around a student's busy schedule by offering day or evening courses.

Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all of the courses offered within the Automotive Services Technology Department for the grade to be counted toward graduation.

Learning experiences for students in the Automotive Technology program and related certificates are provided in the classrooms and automotive bays on the Beltline Campus in the Automotive Building and Garage. Students are required to purchase their own safety equipment and tools. A tool list is available.

The South Carolina Automobile Dealers Association's Auto Tech Development Program provides students with scholarships, job placement, and a free set of tools worth almost $10,000. The article "Expanding access to automotive careers in South Carolina" details how it is fill openings for automotive technicians in South Carolina.

How to Enroll

To pursue this degree, you must apply to MTC using our online application.

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Print Plan

Sample Program Plan and Costs

Because students can enter the Automotive Technology program at any semester (Fall, Spring, Summer), the sequencing of the semesters will vary to manage class and lab loading. The sequence listed below is a sample only. The student's advisor will help the student choose the sequence that will be best for them.


On-Campus Traditional. Classes meet on campus.
Virtual 100% online. Meets with a live instructor and classmates on specific days, at specific times. Uses web conferencing software, like Zoom.
Hybrid Some classes on campus. Some classes online or virtual.
Online 100% online. Due dates for projects and assignments. Self-paced work on your time.
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual Credits
Semester 1
(14 Credit Hours)
COL-101 College Orientation

College Orientation

ID: COL-101

Credit Hours: 1

This course may include selected topics such as career planning, study skills, stress management, tutoring, group guidance, and other subjects to facilitate student success.

AUT-131 Electrical Systems

Electrical Systems

ID: AUT-131

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the individual systems and components that when combined form the entire automobile electrical system. The course includes starting and charging systems, ignition, engine, chassis, and accessory systems as well as instruction in the proper use of electrical schematics.

AUT-133 Electrical Fundamentals

Electrical Fundamentals

ID: AUT-133

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the theories of electricity, including magnetism, series and parallel circuits, ohm's law and an introduction to the use of various electrical test equipment.

AUT-132 Automotive Electricity

Automotive Electricity

ID: AUT-132

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a study of electricity as used in automotive applications. This course includes dc and ac principles and their various uses in the automobile. The relationship between ohm's law and actual automotive circuits is demonstrated.

MAT-155 Contemporary Mathematics

Contemporary Mathematics

ID: MAT-155

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes techniques and applications of the following topics: elementary number theory; algebra; geometry; measurement; graph sketching and interpretations; and descriptive statistics.

Semester 2
(12 Credit Hours)
AUT-112 Braking Systems

Braking Systems

ID: AUT-112

Credit Hours: 4

This course covers hydro-boost power brakes and vacuum power brakes as well as master cylinders and caliper rebuilding.

AUT-221 Suspension and Steering Diagnosis

Suspension and Steering Diagnosis

ID: AUT-221

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the diagnosis and repair of front and rear suspension, using suspension diagnostic charts, shop manuals, and alignment equipment.

AUT-222 Four Wheel Alignment

Four Wheel Alignment

ID: AUT-222

Credit Hours: 2

This course is a review of alignment angles and adjusting procedures used in four wheel alignment, including the use of four wheel alignment equipment.

ENG-160 Technical Communications

Technical Communications

ID: ENG-160

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of various technical communications such as definitions, processes, instructions, descriptions, and technical reports.

Semester 3
(8 Credit Hours)
AUT-141 Intro to Heating and Air Conditioning

Intro to Heating and Air Conditioning

ID: AUT-141

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a basic study of the principles of heat transfer and refrigeration in automotive technology.

AUT-241 Automotive Air Conditioning

Automotive Air Conditioning

ID: AUT-241

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a study in the principles of refrigeration, operation, and testing procedures to determine the cause of malfunction, servicing or repairing by approved methods. Emphasis is on special tools, equipment, and safety procedures.

Semester 4
(14 Credit Hours)
AUT-105 Beginning Engine Repair

Beginning Engine Repair

ID: AUT-105

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a basic study of minor engine repairs, including in-frame repairs and cylinder head reconditioning.

AUT-106 Intermediate Engine Repair

Intermediate Engine Repair

ID: AUT-106

Credit Hours: 4

This course includes an application of the fundamentals of engine diagnosis and repair, including engine removal and installation procedures.

CPT-101 Introduction to Computers

Introduction to Computers

ID: CPT-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers basic computer history, theory and applications, including word processing, spreadsheets, data bases, and the operating system.

HIS-202 American History: 1877 to Present

American History: 1877 to Present

ID: HIS-202

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of u.s. history from 1877 to the present. This course includes political, social, economic, and intellectual developments during this period.

Semester 5
(16 Credit Hours)
AUT-151 Automotive Transmission/Transaxle

Automotive Transmission/Transaxle

ID: AUT-151

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a basic study of automotive transmission and transaxle service, including proper procedures for doing minor transmission and transaxle removal and replacement procedures.

AUT-153 Automatic Transmission Diagnosis

Automatic Transmission Diagnosis

ID: AUT-153

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a basic study of powerflow charts and their use in diagnosing automatic transmissions, including the use of pressure testing in diagnosing automatic transmission concerns. Automatic transmission overhaul is included.

AUT-115 Manual Drive Train/Axle

Manual Drive Train/Axle

ID: AUT-115

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a basic study of clutches, gearing, and manual transmission operation, including the basic study of rear axles and rear axle set up.

AUT-116 Manual Transmission and Axle

Manual Transmission and Axle

ID: AUT-116

Credit Hours: 4

This course is an advanced study of manual transmissions and transaxles, including proper overhaul procedures for axles and manual transmissions and transaxles.

PSY-201 General Psychology

General Psychology

ID: PSY-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics and concepts in the science of behavior: scientific method, biological bases for behavior, perception, motivation, learning memory, development, personality, abnormal behavior, therapeutic techniques, and social psychology.

Semester 6
(12 Credit Hours)
AUT-145 Engine Performance

Engine Performance

ID: AUT-145

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the diagnosis of various performance problems using the appropriate diagnostic equipment and diagnostic manuals. Logical thinking is also included in the course.

AUT-262 Advanced Automotive Diagnosis and Repair

Advanced Automotive Diagnosis and Repair

ID: AUT-262

Credit Hours: 4

This course is an advanced study of the proper diagnostic and repair procedures required on newer computerized automobiles, including scan tool and digital multi-meter operation.

AUT-245 Advanced Engine Performance

Advanced Engine Performance

ID: AUT-245

Credit Hours: 5

This course includes hands-on diagnostics, including an in-depth study and use of the oscilloscope in diagnosing engine performance problems.

  Total Credit Hours 76
  Estimated Cost
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Not including fees and equipment


Automotive Service Technician

Technicians begin work in modern, well-equipped,  climate-controlled repair facilities. These professionals will use advanced technology to diagnose, service, and repair automobile and light truck problems.

Various areas include braking systems, steering and suspension systems, HVAC systems and controls, engine and transmission diagnosis and repairs as well as drivability diagnosis and repair.

Projected Job Growth


Average Annual Salary

According to EMSI data as of 2022

Where Can I Work?

  • Automotive Dealerships
  • Repair Shops


Truck/Fleet/Industrial Equipment Technician

Truck technicians may work in indoor repair facilities or may perform repairs offsite in remote locations. Much like automotive technicians, truck technicians diagnose, service, and repair truck/tractor problems.

Various areas include braking systems, steering and suspension systems, HVAC systems and controls, engine and transmission diagnosis and repairs, as well as drivability diagnosis and repair.

Projected Job Growth


Average Annual Salary

According to EMSI data as of 2022

Where Can I Work?

  • Industrial Equipment Production Companies
  • Transit Organizations
  • Repair Shops
  • Automotive Service Providers


Service Advisor/Parts Specialist/Counter Sales/Estimator

Customer service is crucial to ensuring the success of any repair facility. Parts specialists also ensure that the correct application is chosen for the prompt and complete repairs of today’s advanced vehicle systems.

Service advisors are crucial in communicating the needs of the operator to the service personnel to assure a satisfactory service experience.

Projected Job Growth


Average Annual Salary

According to EMSI data as of 2022

Where Can I Work?

  • Auto Parts Retailers
  • Automotive Service Providers

What’s next after I complete this program?

Enter the Workforce

MTC automotive graduates have a definite advantage when seeking employment. Employers know that our graduates are competent and prepared to enter the workforce ready to work. For over 45 years MTC has supplied the automotive repair community with highly skilled and expertly trained entry-level technicians to meet the growing demands of the industry. Your degree from MTC is your ticket to ride!

Further Your Education

Many of our graduates go on to open their own businesses. Successful alumni find that they can easily transition to competent entrepreneurs after completing some additional business classes here at MTC.

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