Program Description

The curriculum prepares the student for entry-level employment in the automotive areas such as an apprentice mechanic, assistant technician, mechanic’s helper, predelivery technician, installer, service technician, service attendant, or trainee smog technician.

Students enrolling in the curriculum of Automotive Technology will have the opportunity to receive instruction and hands-on experience in diagnosis and repair of late model automobiles. Students must provide or purchase their own required hand tools.

Instruction includes automotive engines, transmissions and drive lines (RWD & FWD) for both automatics and manual, suspension systems, braking systems (including ABS), air conditioning systems, engine performance, California State automotive emission laws, and diagnostic testing of computer control automotive systems.

Upon successful completion of the curriculum a student receives credit for one year of work experience when applying for certification by the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.

Program Outcomes

  1. Describe automotive systems’ fundamentals of operation in order to apply the theory to practical diagnostic scenarios encountered during automotive service and repair.
  2. Demonstrate and integrate the safe set-up and operation of diagnostic, hand, special service and machine tools utilized by standard automotive repair industry.
  3. Develop diverse skill sets pertaining to the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) standards and performance tasks.
  4. Develop a technician with the knowledge of basic customer service and writing skills to follow the legal aspects outlined by the State of California Bureau of Automotive Repair standards.
  5. Prepare students to successfully complete Automotive Service Excellence examinations.

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Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

Required Units: 55

  • AUTO 200 - Automotive Fundamentals for Technicians (4)
  • ELTN 130 - Introduction to Electronics (3)
  • AUTO 050 - Automotive Electrical Systems (3)
  • AUTO 151 - Automotive Electronics (4)
  • AUTO 220 - Engine Operation and Testing (5)
  • AUTO 221 - Engine Machining and Rebuilding (6)
  • AUTO 222 - Manual Transmission, Transaxle and Drivetrain (5)
  • AUTO 223 - Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles (5)
  • AUTO 224 - Automotive Brake Systems (5)
  • AUTO 225 - Suspension and Steering (5)
  • AUTO 226 - Engine Performance (5)
  • AUTO 227 - Advanced Engine Performance (5)

Recommended Electives

  • BUS 011A - Business Communications (3)
  • BUS 160 - Customer Service (3)
  • AUTO 215 - Automotive Air Conditioning (4)
  • AUTO 228 - Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Theory, Operation and Basic Service (4)

Earn an Associate of Science Degree With Your Certificate of Achievement

An AS Degree prepares you with the unique skills needed to enter a specialized career field. Earned in conjunction with a Certificate of Achievement, it will open up further opportunities for career advancement.

To earn your AS degree, you will need to complete the general education requirements for an AS degree in addition to the above listed Certificate of Achievement Requirements.

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