Automotive Technology AS Degree

The Associate of Science in Automotive Technology degree program offers students the opportunity to learn the academic and occupational skills needed by entry-level technicians in the automotive industry.  The degree is aligned with the standards of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). The program is NATEF certified, a member of the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), and a Local Mopar College Automotive Program (Mopar CAP Local).

The curriculum was developed with industry guidance and prepares students with foundation courses. A key focus is on electronic technologies and other advanced diagnostic technologies used in light-duty vehicles currently produced and serviced by the major manufacturers.

The degree program’s emphasis is on key vehicle systems including electrical, engine performance, emissions, braking, steering & suspension, engine, transmission, and heating and air conditioning. Within each system, the student is taught to understand its operation, function, maintenance, repair, and diagnosis. In addition to the degree option, the automotive technology certificate programs are designed to be as flexible as possible in offering students and working technicians the opportunity to gain the needed knowledge and skills with a short term commitment

As students progress through the program, they will be exposed to other aspects of the transportation industry that include personal planning, development of individual and team working skills, development of advanced technical knowledge, health and safety, and environmental issues.

Required CoursesUnits
AUTO 010Introduction to Automotive Technology4
AUTO 011BAuto Electronics & Electrical Systems4
AUTO 011CAdvanced Automotive Electrical Systems5
AUTO 012AAutomotive Suspension & Steering Systems4
AUTO 013AAutomotive Braking Systems4
AUTO 014AAutomotive Engine Management4
AUTO 015Automotive Engine Diagnosis & Repair4
AUTO 020AAutomotive Quick Service3
AUTO 021AAutomotive Diagnosis & Troubleshooting2
AUTO 095AAutomotive Technology Work Experience 12
AUTO 099Auto/Advanced Transportation Summation1
Select 6 units from the following:6
Advanced Engine Management
Automotive Manual Transmissions & Drive Train Systems
Automatic Transmissions & Transaxles
Automotive Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning
Intro to Hybrid, Electric & Fuel-Cell Vehicle Technology
Hybrid, Fuel-Cell & Electric Vehicle Diagnosis & Repair
Intro to Alternative Fuel Vehicles
Smog Check Inspector Training Level 1&2
Smog Check Diagnostic & Repair Technician
Intro to Light & Medium Duty Diesel Systems
Light/Medium Duty Diesel Systems
Advanced Light/Medium Duty Systems
Diesel Diagnostics & Troubleshooting
Automotive Technology Work Experience (1-2 units in addition to required) 1
Air Conditioning & Refrigeration I
Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Electricity I
Shielded Metal Arc Welding
Basic Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG)
Required Courses43
COD General Education Pattern18
Kinesiology Activities2