The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.
Associate Degree Requirements:
The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:
For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter,
a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis,
is required for each course applied toward the major.
The Automotive Technology major offers both theoretical and hands-on
training, including engine overhaul, ignition systems, fuel systems, pollution control systems,
electrical systems, drive trains, brake systems, suspension systems, and hybrid & electric vehicle systems. Course work prepares
students to take the eight Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) exams. Students enrolling in the
program should have the desire and ability to work with their hands, possess a high degree of
mechanical aptitude and enjoy working in a shop environment. Program completers should be able to
find employment as advanced entry-level apprentice automotive technicians.
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
Those who complete the Automotive Technology program, pass ASE tests A6 and A8 and successfully complete AUTO 108 (Clean Air Car Course Basic & Enhanced), will meet the requirements to take the Basic Area Smog
Check test required to become a Licensed Basic Area Smog Check Technician.
Automotive mechanics repair and service automobiles and other gas-powered vehicles. Automobile
mechanics have many duties, depending on the size and kind of shop in which they work. In smaller
shops, mechanics do all kinds of repair work, from simple engine tune-ups to the tearing down,
repairing and rebuilding of complete power systems. They also service and repair electrical
systems; align and service suspension, braking and steering systems; repair and adjust
transmissions and differentials; repair and service air conditioning, heating and engine-cooling
systems; and do all necessary mechanical checks. In larger shops, some of this work may be done
by specially trained mechanics who primarily perform one type of repair or service and may be
assigned by their specialty, such as brake repairers, transmission mechanics or front-end
Technological advances and continued expansion of the automotive industry have increased the
demands for well-trained entry level technicians both locally and state wide.
Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please check with the department.
This program of study is also available as a certificate option.
- Demonstrate safe operation of hand tools, power tools and specialized automotive tools and
- Perform entry level diagnoses and repair of automotive engines, electrical systems, transmissions, engine performance, brakes, chassis and emissions control systems;
- Demonstrate basic maintenance and welding skills; and
- Access and interpret automotive service information and schematics both manually and on the computer.
It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.
It is recommended that students with no automotive work experience or high school auto shop begin with course AUTO 80 Introduction to Automotive Technology.