Honda Professional Auto Career Training (PACT), AAS

At Dunwoody College of Technology, the Honda PACT program prepares graduates to be technicians servicing Honda and Acura vehicles at authorized dealerships. Students train specifically on current model Honda and Acura vehicles, information systems, scan tools, and training materials. Students also complete an internship under the guidance of a master technician at a sponsoring American Honda or Acura dealership. These paid internships give students the opportunity to integrate their learning and further develop their skills in service technology.

Arts & Sciences curriculum supports the technical skills students learn as well as enhances their oral and written communication skills and critical thinking ability.

All Honda PACT instructors are certified by Honda in the areas that they teach, in addition to being certified as Master Technicians by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

Dunwoody’s Honda PACT program has received several awards from American Honda for being one of the best Honda PACT automotive schools in the nation.

Credential Earned: AAS
Length of Program: 2 years (4 semesters)
Classes Offered: Day
Available Starts: Fall Semester
Bachelor's Completion Option(s): Business Management Leadership (AMGT), Bachelor of Science
  • Identify and describe automobile components. 
  • Explain automotive systems' operations. 
  • Disassemble and assemble components. 
  • Diagnose vehicle conditions. 
  • Repair conditions and verify operation. 
  • Demonstrate effective customer satisfaction techniques. 
  • Evaluate component condition and recommend action. 
  • Demonstrate effective use of service information. 
General Requirements
Natural Science/Mathematics3
Social Sciences3
General Electives3
Technical Requirements
AUTO1111Fundamentals of Automotive Service I6
AUTO1121Fundamentals of Automotive Service II6
AUTO1211HVAC/Advanced Electrical6
AUTO1221Chassis Systems6
AUTO1254Exploration of Honda Automotive Systems1
PACT2112Engine Performance/Engine Repair12
PACT2132PACT Self Studies I2
PACT2232PACT Self-Studies II2
PACT2561PACT Internship6
Total Credits68

The following sample academic plan demonstrates how a student's schedule might look on a semester-by-semester basis, including elective courses. Your actual degree plan may differ from this sequence, depending on whether you start in the fall or spring semester, what transfer credits you may have (if any), and which General Education courses and electives you take and when you take them.

The sample academic plan is for informational purposes only. To determine your academic plan, please meet with an academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
AUTO1111 Fundamentals of Automotive Service I 6
AUTO1121 Fundamentals of Automotive Service II 6
Natural Science/Mathematics 3
 Total Credits15
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
AUTO1211 HVAC/Advanced Electrical 6
AUTO1221 Chassis Systems 6
AUTO1254 Exploration of Honda Automotive Systems 1
Communications 3
General Elective 3
 Total Credits19
Plan of Study Grid
Second Year
PACT2112 Engine Performance/Engine Repair 12
PACT2132 PACT Self Studies I 2
Social Sciences 3
 Total Credits17
Plan of Study Grid
Second Year
PACT2213 Transmission/Driveline 6
PACT2232 PACT Self-Studies II 2
PACT2561 PACT Internship 6
Humanities 3
 Total Credits17


AUTO1111 | Fundamentals of Automotive Service I | Lecture/Laboratory (6 Credits)

Introduction to automotive service, maintenance and repair, Part 1: Use of tools and measuring instruments. Identify fasteners and fittings. Removed damaged fasteners. Research service procedures using automotive information systems. Examine theory of design, principles of operation, and repair procedures of automotive chassis steering, suspension, and brake systems. Perform maintenance and service procedures in the following areas: tire/wheel service, four-wheel alignments, drivetrain inspection and fluid maintenance.

AUTO1121 | Fundamentals of Automotive Service II | Lecture/Laboratory (6 Credits)

Introduction to automotive service, maintenance and repair, Part 2: Research service procedures using automotive information systems. Disassemble, assemble component engines. Describe engine parts, systems, and operation. Perform vehicle oil changes and vehicle inspections. Identify HVAC system components. Perform OBD II code scan. Examine electrical systems. Introduction to Ohm's Law, theory and principles, circuits, magnetism, electromagnetism, induction, and basic electronics including semiconductors. Test batteries, test and replace starters. Practice use of digital multimeters and wiring schematics to trace, test, and diagnose circuits.

AUTO1211 | HVAC/Advanced Electrical | Lecture/Laboratory (6 Credits)

Apply Ohm's Law theory and principles. Explore electrical circuit principles, batteries, cranking motors, charging systems, in addition to accessory operation, lighting system design, and instrumentation. Use digital multimeters and wiring schematics to trace, test, and diagnose circuits. Inspect, test starters and alternators. On vehicle diagnosis of body electrical systems, including diagnosis of battery, starting, and charging systems; heating/air conditioning component operation and physics. Control system diagnosis, service, repair procedures, and pressure diagnosis. On vehicle procedures for recovery/recycling equipment.

Prerequisite(s): AUTO1111 And AUTO1121

AUTO1221 | Chassis Systems | Lecture/Laboratory (6 Credits)

Examine theory of design and principles of operation, diagnosis, and repair procedures of automotive brake, steering and suspension systems. Practice performing service procedures, four-wheel alignments.

Prerequisite(s): AUTO1111 And AUTO1121

AUTO1254 | Exploration of Honda Automotive Systems | Lecture (1 Credit)

Explore Honda/Acura mechanical and electrical systems through discussion and online self-studies, using Honda/Acura PACT specific resources.

Prerequisite(s): AUTO1111 And AUTO1121

PACT2112 | Engine Performance/Engine Repair | Lecture/Laboratory (12 Credits)

Analyze theory of operation, design, diagnosis, and repair procedures of engines. Computerized engine control systems electrical and electronic devices. Examine emerging engine performance and vehicle propulsion technology. Use standard and computerized test equipment on OBDII equipped vehicles to make a complete performance analysis and/or diagnose specific problems to determine work needed on vehicles. Make repairs to restore vehicle performance, emissions, and fuel economy to as near as possible to original factory and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards.

PACT2132 | PACT Self Studies I | Directed Study (2 Credits)

Directed Completion of Honda/Acura Self-Studies in the Areas of Engine Rebuilding, Engine Performance and Advanced Electrical.

PACT2213 | Transmission/Driveline | Lecture/Laboratory (6 Credits)

Theory and operation of gears, controls, components relating to transmissions, transfer case, and differentials. Operation, diagnosis, disassembly, reassembly, power flow of driveline components as well as testing of hydraulic and electronic controls using service information.

Prerequisite(s): AUTO1111, AUTO1121, AUTO1211, And AUTO1221

PACT2232 | PACT Self-Studies II | Directed Study (2 Credits)

Directed completion of Honda/Acura Self-studies in the areas of New Vehicle information, Electric Vehicles and Honda Electrical Systems. Additional Self-studies may be assigned as needed.

PACT2561 | PACT Internship | Internship (6 Credits)

Cooperative, paid on-the-job training at a sponsoring Honda or Acura repair facility. Preparation providing real life job skills and work habits in a variety of automotive areas. Document your experience and hours in a weekly internship report. Work under the supervision of service management. Student must secure their own employment. The PACT Coordinator will oversee the internship. Need department director approval and must meet acceptance criteria. (Application must be submitted at least 8 weeks prior to start of the Internship) Must follow approved guidelines listed in the internship packet. PACT students must take this course in lieu of AUTO2252 Production.

Prerequisite(s): AUTO1111, AUTO1121, AUTO1211, And AUTO1221