Automotive Test Technician (APATT)

Associate in Applied Science

In this program you will learn about the exciting technology-filled world of data acquisition processes used in automotive testing. You will learn the skills to fabricate and instrument-testing systems used for transportation development. You will utilize Washtenaw Community College's updated facilities to learn about technology rich topics such as chassis dynamometer testing and carbon fiber part construction. The skills you will acquire from this program will launch your career in one of our region's many research and development facilities.

This is a high demand, high skill and high wage program as defined by the Michigan Community College Network.

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2024-2025 Academic Requirements

In this program, students will be introduced to the test and data acquisition processes used in automotive testing. Students will learn to assemble and disassemble components for automotive testing. Diagnosis, maintenance and proper operation of complex data acquisition equipment are essential. Students will learn to monitor and calibrate testing instruments. Job possibilities include working in a crash lab or other testing facility.

Adv Tech/Public Serv Careers
Transportation Technologies
Allen Day
Niki Lee
Janine Militello
First Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
ASV 130   Automotive Maintenance 4
ASV 131   Automotive Electrical 4
CST 185   Local and Mobile Networking Essentials 4
Elective   Writing Elective(s) 3
Total 15
Second Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
ASV 256   Electrical and Electronic Systems 4
CSS 285   Essentials of Automotive Penetration Testing 4
Elective   Math Elective(s) 3
Elective   Speech/Comp. Elective(s) 3
Total 14
Third Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
ASV 258   Engine Drivability 2
ASV 277   Automotive Powertrain Systems 4
MST 220   Dynamometer Operations 4
Elective   Nat. Sci. Elective(s) 3
Elective   Soc. Sci. Elective(s) 3
Total 16
Fourth Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
ABR 201   Lightweighting Composite Repair 4
MST 225   Advanced Dynamometer Tuning Systems 4
Elective   Arts/Human. Elective(s) 3
Elective   Restricted Elective(s): ABR 111, ASV 134, ASV 135, ASV 174, ASV 257, ASV 274, ASV 279, CSS 200, CSS 205, MST 110 4
Total 15

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 for more information: .