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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 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
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 certificate option.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this major, the student will be able to:
- 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
Recommended Course Sequence
The requirements for the Automotive Technology (AA) program are:
Complete 48 units from
- Automotive Technology Requirements
- Information Learning Resources Requirement
|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|
|Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units|
|LIR 10||Introduction to Information Literacy||1.00|
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.
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.