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 smog technician trainee.

Students in the Automotive Technology program gain valuable hands-on experience in diagnosis and repair of vehicles while using the National Education Technicians Foundation (NATEF) task list as a guide.

Instruction includes automotive engines, transmissions and drive lines (RWD & FWD) for both automatics and manual, suspension systems, braking systems (including ABS), air conditioning systems, and engine performance including most state and federally mandated requirements.

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). This certificate prepares students for the ASE 1-8 Professional Exams. ASE Student Examinations are administered within program courses.

This program has lab fees, uniform, and DMV requirements. This curriculum is National Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) approved and renewed in 2016.

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

Program Outcomes

  1. Apply theories of automotive system fundamentals operation to practical diagnostic scenarios encountered during automotive service and repair. 
  2. Demonstrate 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. Demonstrate technical and diagnostic skills while following the proper documentation process as required by the Bureau of Automotive Repair.

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Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

Required Units: 50

  • AUTO 200 - Automotive Fundamentals for Technicians (4)
  • AUTO 201 - Engine Operation & Testing (6)
  • AUTO 202 - Automatic Transmission and Transaxles (5)
  • AUTO 203 - Manual Transmission, Transaxle, and Drivetrain (5)
  • AUTO 204 - Automotive Suspension & Steering (5)
  • AUTO 205 - Automotive Brake Systems (4)
  • AUTO 206A - Basic Automotive Electrical Systems (4)
  • AUTO 206B - Automotive Electrical Systems (4)
  • AUTO 207 - Automotive Heating & Air Conditioning (3)
  • AUTO 208A - Engine Performance (5)
  • AUTO 208B - Advanced Engine Performance (5)

Recommended Electives

  • BUS 011A - Business Communications (3)
  • BUS 160 - Customer Service (3)
  • MIT 101 - Introduction to Robotics (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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