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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

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

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

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

INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY (10809196)

Credits: 3.00

Introduces students to the basic concepts of sociology: culture, socialization, social stratification, multi-culturalism and the five institutions, including family, government, economics, religion and education. Other topics include demography, deviance, technology, environment, social issues, social change, social organization and workplace issues.

NTC Assessments Offered:

National Exams Accepted:

  • CLEP® Introductory Sociology

INTRODUCTION TO WELDING (10442101)

Credits: 2.00

Compares equipment and techniques used in the major arc welding and thermal cutting processes. Learners perform introductory level welds in the SMAW, GMAW, FCAW and GTAW processes. Learners also perform material preparation skills including shearing, grinding and thermal cutting.

NTC Assessments Offered:

Industry Credentials Accepted:

  • Youth Apprenticeship Certificate

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 is 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.