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.

Course Code Title Units
Required CoursesUnits
AUTO 010Introduction to Automotive Technology4
AUTO 011BAuto Electronics & Electrical Systems4
AUTO 011CAdvanced Automotive Electrical Systems4
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 095A 12
Select 6 units from the following:
AUTO 014BAdvanced Engine Management4
AUTO 016Automotive Manual Transmissions & Drive Train Systems4
AUTO 017Automatic Transmissions & Transaxles4
AUTO 018Automotive Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning4
AUTO 043AIntro to Hybrid, Electric & Fuel-Cell Vehicle Technology3
AUTO 043BHybrid, Fuel-Cell & Electric Vehicle Diagnosis & Repair3
AUTO 045AIntro to Alternative Fuel Vehicles2
AUTO 054DSmog Check Inspector Training Level 1&24
AUTO 054ESmog Check Diagnostic & Repair Technician3
AUTO 093AIntro to Light & Medium Duty Diesel Systems2
AUTO 093BLight/Medium Duty Diesel Systems4
AUTO 093C4
AUTO 093DDiesel Diagnostics & Troubleshooting2
AUTO 095A (1-2 units in addition to required) 11-2
ACR 060Air Conditioning & Refrigeration I3
ACR 064Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Electricity I3
WELD 0113
WELD 0123
Required Subtotal35
Elective Subtotal6
COD General Education Pattern18
Kinesiology Activities2

For extenuating circumstances, as deemed by the automotive advisor, work experience may be fulfilled through a special shop project or an appropriate elective.