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Automotive Technology Degree

Associate in Science Degree

The automotive technology program prepares students for employment in the field and provides upgrade opportunities for currently employed personnel. By completing the degree and/or certificate requirements, the student will gain proficiency in safety practices, automotive service, testing, troubleshooting, brakes, suspension, wheel alignment, engine tune-up, electrical systems, fuel systems (carburetion and fuel injection), emission systems, transmissions, drive trains, engine repair, engine rebuilding, automotive machining, or air conditioning. Competencies will be assessed regularly in accordance with Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) standards. A student completing degree requirements may expect to enter industry as a technician in automotive service, repair, tune-up, smog certification, or automotive air conditioning.

Preparation for the Automotive Technology Transfer Major: For information on specific university major requirements consult with your counselor, or visit the Transfer Center. You may use the transfer major requirements to help you fulfill your associate degree requirements.

Program Goals and Objectives:

  • ASE Certification Test Exam Given an in class exam, based on readings, classroom discussions and demonstrations, the student will be able to take a Pass/No Pass practice exam, or an official ASE Certification Test exam with a grade equivalent of “pass”.
  • Skills for Entry Level Positions: Upon completion of a course of study in ATEC, the student will develop knowledge and skills for job entry positions in the automotive
  • Updated Knowledge and Skills: Upon completion of a course of study in ATEC, the student working in the field will develop updated knowledge and skills in the automotive
  • A student completing degree or certificate requirements may expect to enter industry as a technician in automotive service, repair, tune-up, smog certification, or automotive air Competencies will be assessed regularly in accordance with Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

Program Requirements for A.S. Degree:

Required Core: 32 units
8 units from:

ATEC 111     Brakes, Suspension and Four Wheel Alignment (8)

ATEC 114     Brakes (4)

ATEC 116     Suspension and Four Wheel Alignment (4)

8 units from:

ATEC 122     Introduction to Engine Performance, Electrical and Fuel Systems (8)

ATEC 123     Engine Performance, Electrical and Fuel Systems (4)

ATEC 124     Computer Controlled Engine Management, Fuel Systems and Emissions (4)

8 units from:

ATEC 125     Automotive Electrical Systems (4)

ATEC 127     Electrical, Electronics and Computer Controlled Systems (8)

ATEC 128     Automotive Testing and Diagnosis (4)

8 units from:

ATEC 133     Transmissions, Drive Train & Drive Axles (8)

ATEC 134     Automatic Transmissions (4)

ATEC 135     Manual Transmission, Drive Train and Drive Axles (4)

One course from:

ATEC 141     Engine Rebuilding (8)

ATEC 142     Engine Repair (8)

ATEC 143     Introduction to Engine Repair (4)

ATEC 145    Automotive Machining (4)

Total Units: 36-40

Recommended Elective:

WELD 105 Basic Welding for Allied Fields (3)

 

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