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The Automotive Technology Certificate of Achievement offers both theoretical and hands-on training, including engine overhaul, ignition systems, fuel systems, pollution control systems, electrical systems, drive trains, brake systems and suspension 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.
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 mechanics.
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 program
This program of study is also available as an Associate Degree major option.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate safe operation of hand tools, power tools and specialized automotive tools and equipment;
- 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.
Recommended Sequence of Courses
Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence
The requirements for the Automotive Technology Certificate program are:
Complete 47 units from
- Automotive Technology Requirements
|Automotive Technology Requirements - complete 47.00 units|
|AUTO 51||Automotive Engines||7.00|
|AUTO 53||Automotive Drive Train||6.00|
|AUTO 54||Automotive Brakes, Steering and Suspension||7.00|
|AUTO 80||Introduction to Automotive Technology||3.00|
|AUTO 125||Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning Systems||1.50|
|AUTO 153||Automotive Engine Performance and Pollution Control||7.00|
|AUTO 156||Automotive Electrical System||5.00|
|AUTO 194||Introduction to Hybrid Vehicle Maintenance and Repair||4.00|
|IED 190||Industrial Mathematics||1.50|
|WELD 70||Beginning Welding: Fundamentals||2.00|
|Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:|
|AUTO 99||Automotive Occupational Work Experience||0.50-8.00|
|AUTO 108||Clean Air Car Course: BAR Levels 1 & 2||5.00|
|AUTO 120||Automotive Service Advisor, Business Ethics, and Management||3.00|
|ELEC 51A||Fundamentals of Electricity||3.00|
|MACH 51A||Beginning Machine Tool Technology||2.00|
|MACH 51B||Advanced Machine Tool Technology||2.00|
|WELD 171.1||Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding||2.00|
|WELD 171.2||Gas Metal Arc Welding and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding||2.00|
|WELD 171.3||Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW)||2.00|
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.