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Powertrain Development Technician (APPDT)

Associate in Applied Science Degree


In this program, students will develop the knowledge and skills to perform in-car powertrain testing in unique testing environments. Jobs in this area require knowledge of automotive engine and electrical systems and experience with an automotive dynamometer. Students will learn about dynamometer setup and testing including the operation of complex analytical test equipment and test software.

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Adv Tech/Public Serv Careers
Transportation Technologies
Allen Day
Julie N. (Niki) Lee


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First Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
ASV 131 Automotive Electrical 4
ASV 132 Automotive Engines 4
MTT 102 Machining for the Technologies 2
WAF 109 Welding Safety and OSHA Regulations 2
Elective(s) Writing/Composition 3
Total 15
Second Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
ASV 256 Electrical and Electronic Systems 4
WAF 105 Introduction to Welding Processes 2
Elective(s) Writing/Composition or Communication 3
Elective(s) Natural Sciences 3
Restricted Electives select a minumum of 4 credits: ABR 111, ASV 174, ASV 251, ASV 258, ASV 270, MEC 101, MEC 120, MST 110, WAF 125 4
Total 16
Third Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
ABR 114 Applied Auto Body Welding 2
ASV 277 Automotive Powertrain Systems 4
ASV 279 Automotive Dynamometer and Test 4
Elective(s) Math 3
Restricted Electives select a minimum of 2 credits: ASV 251 or ASV 258 2
Total 15
Fourth Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
CST 185 Local and Mobile Networking Essentials 4
MST 220 Dynamometer Operations 4
Elective(s) Arts and Humanities 3
Elective(s) Social and Behavioral Science 3
Total 14
Total Credits Required


*Students may elect to take optional courses in Semester 5 to meet MTA. Please refer to the WCC MTA Transfer Agreement web page www.wccnet.edu/services/transferresources/mta/ for more information.

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