Environmental Tectonics Corp. said today it was awarded a $1.4-million contract to supply air-handling equipment to a major domestic auto manufacturer, which was not identified.

The Southampton company said the contract, won by its Testing and Simulations Systems Division, will test engine performance and emissions by soaking engines to a desired temperature within a range of -48 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit. These highly specialized units are crucial in performing cold-start tests.

ETC designs and develops aircrew training systems, public entertainment systems, process simulation systems, and environmental testing and simulation systems. Its shares rose 10 cents to $4.17 in morning American Stock Exchange trading.