Information on the alignment requirements for the Automotive Technology Program

CIP Code: 47.0604
CIP Name: Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Definition: A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, service, and maintain all types of automobiles. Includes instruction in brake systems, electrical systems, engine performance, engine repair, suspension and steering, automatic and manual transmissions and drive trains, and heating and air condition systems.

Approval Status

The Automotive Technology Alignment was originally approved by the Kansas Board of Regents on April 14, 2010. During the 2013 summer, the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) made changes to accreditation policies and procedures resulting in the alignment changes.  On August 21, 2014 the Technical Education Authority approved the amended Automotive Technology Alignment.  Colleges are granted one year from the approval date to implement the alignment. 

State Business and Industry Committee recommendation

The eight modules included in NATEF were discussed, but the group felt that one year would be insufficient to teach all those modules; however the four basic modules – Suspension and Steering; Brakes; Electric/Electronic Systems; Engine Performance – could probably be taught in one year, with a more advanced program (two year degree) covering all eight modules.  More specialized training could be added on to completion of a course consisting of either the four or all eight modules.  The group did agree that all colleges should be NATEF certified. 

For KS, a one year, entry level technical college program would consist of the four modules: Suspension and Steering; Brakes; Electric/Electronic Systems and Engine Performance.  The NATEF EOP tests for those areas would provide an end of program assessment.  A two year (or year and half) program would likely consist of all eight modules.

Alignment Map

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Common Courses (12 credit hours)
Common Courses serve as potential articulation and transfer of coursework between secondary and postsecondary partners.   These courses shall have the same title, credit hour allocation, and competencies.  Institutions may add additional competencies based on local demand.  The sequencing of common courses is determined by the institution.

Brakes 1 3 credit hours (pdf)
Electrical 1 3 credit hours (pdf)
Engine Performance 1 3 credit hours (pdf)
Suspension and Steering 1 3 credit hours (pdf)

To learn where this program is available in Kansas, visit the Kansas Career Technical Education Program Search.