Automotive Diagnostics Engineering

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1 Year Program

Thinking about making automotive a part of your future?  Whether you want it as part of a future career or just to expand your working knowledge, UTC has the program for you!

Work and learn in an amazing and complete automotive lab as you prepare to meet the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) standards. Students receive instruction through the Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR) tasks by acquiring entry-level technical knowledge and skill development needed to enter the automotive industry and other related fields as well as continuing on with many post-secondary options.

Students split their time between automotive theory and instruction and real-life lab work. Students are encouraged to use their training and problem-solving skills to diagnose and repair vehicles. Students who excel in the program may have the opportunity to compete for additional advanced automotive (AST) service technician tasks, compete in the SkillsUsa competitions to test their skills against students in other automotive training programs and participate in the Automotive Youth Education System (AYES) work experience program at a sponsoring automotive business.

Automotive Suspension & Control Systems (AM SESSION – 1st Year STUDENTS!)The main components covered in this portion of the NATEF Program curriculum are best safety practices and:  Brakes – Disc & drum brakes, ABS operation, Steering & Suspension – Diagnosis & repair of steering & suspension system, Manual Drivetrain & Axles – System operation & repair, Automotive Transmission & Transaxles – Preventive maintenance & repair, Workplace employability skills development

Automotive Diagnostics & Systems Performance (PM SESSION – 2nd Year STUDENTS!)
The main components covered in this portion of the NAFTE Program curriculum are best safety practices and:  Engine Repair – General engine diagnosis, Electrical/Electronic System Repair – Reading & interpreting wiring diagnosis, Engine Performance – Engine, fuel & emission control systems, Heating & Air Conditioning – Operation & maintenance, Workplace employability skills development

Career Paths:  Automotive Service Technicians, Automotive Master Mechanics, Automotive Specialty Technicians, Facility Maintenance, Managers and Engineers, Electrical Repairers (Transportation Equipment), Engineering Technicians, Operations Technicians

3 high school credits for each year and college credits while still in high school

Dual Enrollments Agreements
EMCC – ATA100 – Automotive Safety & Light Vehicle Repair
EMCC – ATA110 –  Basic Electrical Systems
EMCC – ATA120 –  Automotive Shop Management
EMCC – ATA124 –  Automotive State Inspection Systems
EMCC – ATA125 –  Automotive Steering & Suspension I
EMCC – ATA126 –  Automotive Steering & Suspension II
EMCC – ATA145 –  Automotive Braking Systems I
EMCC – ATA146 –  Automotive Braking Systems II
EMCC – ATA150 –  Auto Engine Repair

For a complete list of the Program of Studies Agreements, please click here.

National/State Certifications/Licenses
ASE Student Certification Exam
State of Maine Motor Vehicle Inspection Course
OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Safety & Health Certificate
American Lift Institute (ALI) Automotive Lift Safety Certificate
Maine Oxy Fuel/Oxygen & Grinding Certificates
Valvoline Auto Oil & Fluids Certificates
S/P2 Automotive Mechanical Safety
Electude Automotive Certificates

Colleges and post secondary programs affiliated with this program include but are not limited to the following:
Eastern Maine Community College
Central Maine Community College
Northern Maine Community College
Southern Maine Community College
Washington County Community College
University of Southern Maine


Prerequisites Academic Courses:·

  • Strong basic math skills
  • Ability to read, comprehend, & write at a high school level
  • Basic science, especially physics




Paul Jones

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Click here to apply online as soon as possible. Please mention this program specifically in the "Tell us why you are interested in United Technologies Center" online form.


This course meets Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, and Fri from 8:30 am to 1:45 pm.


This course is held at United Technologies Center .

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Course ID: AUD