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Automotive Technology Test-Out Options

Earn credit for what you already know by testing out of a class, or by providing national exam scores or industry credentials. If you have any questions, or would like to start the process, please contact Wendi Ludwig at 715.803.1023 or studentrecords@ntc.edu.

ADVANCED CHASSIS SYSTEMS (10602195)

Credits: 2.00

Develops the skills needed to diagnose and repair automotive antilock brake, electronic steering and electronic suspension systems.

Industry Credentials Accepted:

  • ASE® A5 Certification

AUTO SERVICE FUNDAMENTALS (10602107)

Credits: 2.00

Introduction to the automotive service facility. Safety and the use of basic hand and power tools helps the prospective automobile technician work safely and efficiently. Students learn to use both comprehensive and manufacturer's shop manuals to perform basic under-hood and under-car services.

Industry Credentials Accepted:

  • ASE® Certification G1
  • Youth Apprenticeship Certificate

AUTO TRANSMISSION/TRANSAXLE (10602109)

Credits: 4.00

This course develops a theoretical background in the operating principles governing automatic transmissions and transaxles. The emphasis is on diagnostic procedures and the problem-solving techniques associated with the servicing and repair of automatic transmissions and transaxles for automobiles and light trucks. The course stresses care and use of shop equipment hand tools, databases and the application of safe shop practices. Need to meet entry-level assessment standards to enroll.

Industry Credentials Accepted:

  • ASE® A2 Automatic Trans/Transaxle Certification

BRAKE SYSTEMS (10602104)

Credits: 3.00

This course is a study of design, construction and service of vehicle braking systems. Emphasis is placed on disc and drum applications, power brake units, the machining of brake drum and rotors, hydraulic systems and components along with maintenance and the parking brake system.

Industry Credentials Accepted:

  • ASE® A5 Certification

CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEMS (10602196)

Credits: 3.00

Repair automotive climate control systems. Learners will study the theory of operation, diagnosis, and service of heating and air conditioning systems used on automobiles and light trucks. Learners will get hands on training on late model cars to reinforce classroom theory. Learners will also be introduced to the use of scan tools, computer self-diagnostics, and A/C recharging equipment and refrigerant identifiers.

Industry Credentials Accepted:

  • ASE® A7 Certification

COLLEGE MATHEMATICS (10804107)

Credits: 3.00

This course is designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of mathematics pertinent to the areas of: 1) arithmetic and algebra; 2) geometry and trigonometry; and 3) probability and statistics. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical thinking and logical reasoning, making connections and using calculators. Topics include performing arithmetic operations and simplifying algebraic expressions, solving linear equations and inequalities in one variable, solving proportions and incorporating percent applications, manipulating formulas, solving and graphing systems of linear equations and inequalities in two variables, finding areas and volumes of geometric figures, applying similar and congruent triangles, converting measurements within and between U.S. and metric systems, applying Pythagorean Theorem, solving right and oblique triangles, calculating probabilities, organizing data and interpreting charts, calculating central and spread measures and summarizing and analyzing data.

NTC Assessments Offered:

National Exams Accepted:

  • CLEP® College Mathematics

COLLEGE PHYSICS 1 (10806143)

Credits: 3.00

Presents the applications and theory of basic physics principles. This course emphasizes problem solving, laboratory investigation and applications. Topics include laboratory safety, unit conversions and analysis, kinematics, dynamics, work, energy, power, temperature and heat.

National Exams Accepted:

  • AP Physics 1 and 2
  • AP Physics with Electricity and Magnetism
  • AP Physics with Mechanics

ECONOMICS (10809195)

Credits: 3.00

This course is designed to give an overview of how a market-oriented economic system operates, and it surveys the factors which influence national economic policy. Basic concepts and analyses are illustrated by reference to a variety of contemporary problems and public policy issues. Concepts include scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment and global economic issues.

NTC Assessments Offered:

National Exams Accepted:

  • CLEP® Principles of Microeconomics
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • CLEP® Principles of Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics

ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS 1 (10602125)

Credits: 2.00

Introduces diagnosis and repair of automotive electrical and electronic systems. Learners will develop the principles of basic electrical units and circuits, apply ohm’s law while interpreting wiring diagrams, and be introduced to the use electrical test equipment. Focusing on basic circuit concepts they will analyze customers concerns, diagnose basic lighting electrical circuits, research repair information, and verify completed repairs.

Industry Credentials Accepted:

  • ASE® Certification A6

ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS 2 (10602127)

Credits: 3.00

Develops skills needed to diagnose and repair automotive electrical and electronic systems. Applying knowledge of wiring diagrams along with manufactures descriptions and diagnostic procedures, Learners perform and evaluate testing and repairs on today’s computer controlled starting, charging, and battery systems.

Industry Credentials Accepted:

  • ASE® A6 Electrical/Electronic Systems Certification

ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS 3 (10602128)

Credits: 3.00

Expands on learners skills in diagnosing and repairing electrical and electronic systems. Emphasizing their knowledge of proper diagnostic routines, learners perform and evaluate testing and repairs on electrical and electronic accessories, controls, and sensors related to customer convenience, communication and safety.

Industry Credentials Accepted:

  • ASE® A6 Electrical/Electronic Systems Certification

ENGINE PERFORMANCE 1 (10602197)

Credits: 3.00

Diagnose engine ignition systems, computer control systems and engine sensors. This course will carry the learner beyond basic tune-ups into the world of computer controlled systems. Learners will study the engine sensors that feed data to an on-board computers. They will learn how the computer processes and then uses data to make a host of real time decisions concerning ignition and emission controls. Learners will get hands on training on late model cars to reinforce classroom theory. The use of DVOMs, scan tools, oscilloscopes, pressure transducers, and computer self-diagnostics will be covered.

Industry Credentials Accepted:

  • ASE® A8 Certification

ENGINE PERFORMANCE 2 (10602198)

Credits: 4.00

Diagnose fuel systems and emission control systems. This course will cover the theory of operation, diagnosis, service and repair of fuel systems including TBI, MPI and DI systems. Also vehicle emissions systems including PCV, EGR, EVAP, Catalytic Converters and OBD II computer systems will be taught. Learners will get hands on training on late model cars to reinforce classroom theory. Learners will also be trained in the use of: oscilloscopes, engine analyzers, gas benches, EGR testers, scan tools and various computer self-diagnostics tools.

Industry Credentials Accepted:

  • ASE® A8 Certification

ENGINE REPAIR 1 (10602103)

Credits: 2.00

Prepares Learners for rebuilding engine assemblies. Learners will disassemble, inspect components, and reassemble engines according to manufactures specifications. Four-stroke engine theory will be covered. Learners will be introduced to engine rebuilding specialty tools and engine machining processes. Emphasis is placed on out-of-vehicle engine repair including overhaul procedures and techniques.

Industry Credentials Accepted:

  • ASE® A1 Engine Repair Certification

ENGINE REPAIR 2 (10602123)

Credits: 3.00

Repair engine mechanical failures. Learners will test and diagnose engine problems using compression tests, cylinder leakage tests, and engine vacuum testing. Theory will include cooling and lubrication systems including cooling system pressure testing and oil pressure tests. Emphasis is placed on in-vehicle engine repair including timing belt/chain replacement, oil and coolant leak repair, and engine mount replacement.

Industry Credentials Accepted:

  • ASE® A1 Engine Repair Certification

ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 (10801136)

Credits: 3.00

This course is designed for learners to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of the writing process. Planning, organizing, writing, editing and revising are applied through a variety of activities. Students will analyze audience and purpose, use elements of research and format documents using standard guidelines. Individuals will develop critical reading skills through analysis of various written documents.

NTC Assessments Offered:

National Exams Accepted:

  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

HYBRID DRIVETRAINS (10602152)

Credits: 2.00

Introduces the learner to the repair, servicing and maintenance of hybrid systems and powertrains. The course will include: safety procedures and practices when working on hybrid components, study of hybrid electric system components and operation, exploration of current and future hybrid vehicles, service procedures and considerations of hybrid powertrains, and an introduction to hydrogen powered vehicles. Learners will be testing hybrid battery assemblies, measuring high voltage circuits, safely disabling the high voltage for vehicle servicing, and dissembling hybrid drivetrains.

Industry Credentials Accepted:

  • ASE® L3 Certification

INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY (10809198)

Credits: 3.00

This introductory course in psychology is a survey of the multiple aspects of human behavior. It involves a survey of the theoretical foundations of human functioning in such areas as learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. It directs the student to an insightful understanding of the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.

NTC Assessments Offered:

National Exams Accepted:

  • CLEP® Introductory Psychology
  • AP Psychology

MANUAL DRIVE TRAIN AND AXLES (10602149)

Credits: 4.00

Addresses the theory, diagnosis and repair of clutches, manual transmissions/transaxle, differentials, four wheel drive/all wheel drive and drivelines. Students develop these skills in a classroom and lab setting.

Industry Credentials Accepted:

  • ASE® A3 Certification

ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (10801196)

Credits: 3.00

Focuses upon developing speaking, verbal and nonverbal communication and listening skills through individual presentations, group activities and other projects.

NTC Assessments Offered:

SERVICE ADVISOR TECHNIQUES (10404126)

Credits: 2.00

This course prepares you for the front line position at a dealership or auto repair facility. Learn to write accurate shop repair orders and be able to quickly and effectively analyze a customer's problems. As a Service Consultant, you will play a key role in converting a customer's description of a problem into a shop repair order and sale.

Industry Credentials Accepted:

  • ASE® C1 Automobile Service Consultant Certification

STEERING & SUSPENSION SYSTEMS (10602124)

Credits: 3.00

This course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge and skills needed to service steering and suspension systems. This course includes component description and operation, diagnosis, replacement and wheel alignment diagnosis and adjustment.

Industry Credentials Accepted:

  • ASE® A4 Suspension & Steering Certification

WRITTEN COMMUNICATION (10801195)

Credits: 3.00

Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising and editing. A variety of writing assignments are designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

NTC Assessments Offered:

National Exams Accepted:

  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

Test-Out Option Term Definitions

Test
An exam that is scored by faculty or staff in NTC’s Testing Center.
Skill Demonstration
A performance of your expertise that is evaluated by faculty.
Combination: Test & Skill Demonstration
A combination of both a test and a skill demonstration.
Portfolio
A collection and explanation of your past learning through work or life experience.