Automotive Fundamentals

Program Overview

The Automotive Fundamentals program is a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for careers in the automotive service and repair profession. Learning opportunities develop academic, occupational, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of automotive mechanics theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive an Automotive Fundamentals diploma that qualifies them as entry-level technicians.

Upon completion of this program, students are eligible to take the 609 Automotive Air Conditioning exam. Cost is $15. Students who complete this program have participated in an automobile technician training program that was certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

Students are accepted into the Automotive Fundamentals program every semester.  A full-time student can complete this program in 3 semesters.  To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 40 semester credit hours.

Career Traits/Requirements

Individuals wanting to enroll in the Automotive Fundamentals diploma program must have good eyesight, manual dexterity, hand eye coordination, critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, math skills, and the ability to apply technology to the work environment.

Offered at the Following Campus

South Campus (Dublin)

Salary Potential

$20,000.00 – $30,000.00

Program Costs

Tuition & Fees:  $4,993.00
Books & Supplies:  $275.00
(Costs are estimated and are subject to change.)

HOPE Career Grant:
The HOPE Career Grant, formerly known as the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant, is available to HOPE Grant-qualified students who enroll in select majors specifically aligned with one of 12 industries in which there are more jobs available in Georgia than there are skilled workers to fill them.

To qualify, an OFTC student must be fully admitted to the college, enrolled in one of the above programs and receiving the HOPE Grant for the same term. The amount of the HOPE Career Grant award is a fixed amount for each term of enrollment:

  • 9 or more credit hours – $500/semester
  • 3-8 credit hours – $250/semester
  • 1-2 credit hours – $125/semester
  • Commercial Truck Driving – $1,000 one time award

High School students in dual enrollment and joint enrollment are NOT eligible.

Employment Opportunities

Upon completing the Automotive Fundamentals program, graduates may gain potential employment in the following areas: Automotive Service and Sales Associate, Automotive Technician, Automotive Trainer or Instructor, Fleet Mechanic, Power Equipment Technician, or Tools, Parts and Accessory Sales.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Meet assessment requirements by taking the entrance placement test. In lieu of the placement test, official scores on COMPASS, ASSET, SAT, ACT, PSAT or GED may be substituted.



Course Overview

  • EMPL1000Interpersonal Relations & Prof Devlpmnt2 credit hours30 contact hours
  • ENGL1010Fundamentals of English I3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • MATH1012Foundations of Mathematics3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • AUTT1010Automotive Technology Introduction2 credit hours45 contact hours
  • Auto Electrical Course Options (7 Credit Hours Required):
  • Option #1:
  • AUTT1020Automotive Electrical Systems7 credit hours240 contact hours
  • Option #2:
  • AUTT1021Automotive Electrical Systems I4 credit hours138 contact hours
  • AUTT1022Automotive Electrical Systems II3 credit hours103 contact hours
  • AUTT1030Automotive Brake Systems4 credit hours105 contact hours
  • Auto Engine Performance Course Options (7 Credit Hours Required):
  • Option #1:
  • AUTT1040Automotive Engine Performance7 credit hours230 contact hours
  • Option #2:
  • AUTT1041Automotive Engine Performance I3 credit hours100 contact hours
  • AUTT1042Automotive Engine Performance II4 credit hours130 contact hours
  • AUTT1050Automotive Suspension and Steering Systems4 credit hours125 contact hours
  • AUTT1060Automotive Climate Control Systems5 credit hours110 contact hours
  • COLL1060Introduction to College and Computers3 credit hours50 contact hours
  • Credit Hours: 40