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Automatic transmission program curriculum

Our automatic transmission program curriculum aligns with National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) standards for this fast-evolving field. Through your coursework, you will develop valuable skills for maintaining automobiles and light trucks and prep for ASE-Certified Master Automobile Technicians test A2-Automatic Transmission/Transaxle.

Curriculum Lessons

Safe Work Practices and Emergency Procedures  

Remaining safe from personal injury, not damaging the vehicles you service or the environment around you, and using tools and equipment properly are critical elements of a career in Automotive Repair.


  • Identify and describe the safety practices and procedures used in an automotive shop.
  • Describe the tools used in an automotive shop and explain how they’re used, including online service information.
Automotive Engine Basics  

In this course, you’ll learn about gasoline and engine operation. You’ll also review engine issues as well as how to remove, disassemble, measure, repair, assemble, and install an internal combustion gasoline-fueled engine.

  • Explain gasoline and diesel engine operation, including cooling and lubrication systems and intake and exhaust systems
  • Define typical engine-related complaints and engine smoke diagnosis
  • Identify the detailed process of removing, disassembling, measuring, repairing, assembling, and installing an internal combustion gasoline-fueled engine

Additional Course Materials:
Textbook: Automotive Technology

Automotive Automatic Transmissions  

In this course, you’ll learn how to identify and interpret the construction and operation of automatic transmissions and transaxles. You’ll also learn how to rebuild transmissions/transaxles and perform in-vehicle routine maintenance, inspections, repairs, and external adjustments.

  • Define how automatic transmissions and transaxles operate
  • Explain how to diagnosis, service, and repair automatic transmissions and transaxles

Program Description

The Automotive Automatic Transmissions program provides students with maintenance and repair knowledge specific to automatic transmissions used in automobiles and light trucks. This Automotive Automatic Transmissions program, comprised of NATEF-aligned content, is appropriate for students desiring to expand their career options in the automotive repair industry and to prepare for specific industry certifications such as ASE Certification Exam A2 - Automatic Transmissions/Transaxle.

Program Objectives

After completing the Automotive Automatic Transmissions Career Certificate program, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the hand and power tools, lift equipment, and diagnostic equipment used to evaluate, repair, and maintain automobiles and explain the procedures required for the safe use of each item.
  2. Describe the various engine types, body styles, and drive systems that are used to classify cars and light trucks.
  3. Identify the major components and systems used in Automatic Transmissions and axles.
  4. Describe the basic mechanical and hydraulic principles used in automotive automatic transmissions.
  5. Identify and describe the safe application of specialty tools used for automatic transmission repair.
  6. Outline common repair and maintenance procedures used for automatic transmissions in automobiles and light trucks.
  7. Identify the parts and subassemblies of several common servo systems.

Shifting toward career goals

You'll gain job skills from every lesson in the Automotive Automatic Transmissions Career Certificate course and prep for your job search at the same time. The online tools available through the Ashworth College Central Network are integrated into your studies so you'll be ready to deliver a polished presentation of your qualifications to potential employers as soon as you graduate. You'll also be able to revisit the Ashworth College Central Network whenever you need to after you've earned your certificate. Learn more about it at the Ashworth College Career Services page.

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