Automotive Technology

Associate Degrees

A.S. in Automotive Analysis

This program prepares students for entry-level employment as smog and driveability service technicians. It also prepares students for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification in Engine Repair A1, Automatic Transmissions/Transaxles A2, Electrical A6, Engine Performance A8, and Advanced Engine Performance L1. This program also fulfills the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) requirements for California State Smog Check Inspector and California State Smog Check Repair Technician test candidates.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
AT 100 Technical Basics for the Automotive Professional 3
AT 105 Mathematics for Automotive Technology 3
AT 180 Automotive Data Acquisition 3
AT 181 Snap-On Multimeter Basics 1
AT 186 Snap-On MODIS – Automotive Diagnostic Use and Operation 2
AT 188 Snap-On SOLUS– Automotive Diagnostic Use and Operation 1
AT 189 Snap-On VERUS – Automotive Diagnostic Use and Operation 2
AT 330 Automotive Electrical Systems 6
AT 331 Advanced Automotive Electrical Systems 6
AT 332 Engine Performance & Electronic Engine Controls 6
AT 333 California State Smog Check Inspector Training 6
A minimum of 1 unit from the following: 1
AT 298 Work Experience in Automotive Technology (1 - 4)
   or AT 140 Advanced Automotive Skill and Speed Development (3)
Total Units: 40

The Automotive Analysis Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See ARC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • identify and implement safety procedures involved in the diagnosis, service, and repair of all major automobile and light truck systems.
  • describe the function, operation, and characteristics of all major components in the following automotive systems: engines, automatic transmissions, electrical, air conditioning, emission control and computerized engine controls.
  • identify and follow manufacturer's standards for proper automobile diagnosis and repair.
  • operate hand and power tools necessary for automobile and light truck repair.
  • operate diagnostic equipment and interpret test results.
  • analyze, diagnose, and repair automotive engines, automatic transmissions, electrical systems, fuel delivery systems, ignition systems, emissions control systems, and computerized engine controls.
  • operate a variety of aftermarket and factory scan tools.

Career Information

Automotive Technician Smog Check Technician


A.S. in Automotive Component Service Technician

This degree prepares the student for employment repairing of various automobile components including those requiring computer technology.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
AT 100 Technical Basics for the Automotive Professional 3
AT 105 Mathematics for Automotive Technology 3
AT 110 Automotive Brakes 3
AT 130 Manual Drive Trains and Axles 3
AT 140 Advanced Automotive Skill and Speed Development 3
AT 180 Automotive Data Acquisition 3
AT 310 Heating and Air-Conditioning Systems 3
AT 311 Suspension and Steering Systems 3
AT 313 Automatic Transmission and Transaxles 3
AT 314 Automotive Engine Repair 3
AT 330 Automotive Electrical Systems 6
A minimum of 1 unit from the following: 1
AT 298 Work Experience in Automotive Technology (1 - 4)
Total Units: 37

The Automotive Component Service Technician Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See ARC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • diagnose and repair major automotive components.
  • describe the relationships between automotive components.
  • complete service and repair work to industry time and quality standards.
  • follow federal EPA guidelines for handling and use of hazardous material found in an automotive shop.
  • demonstrate safe work practices in the auto shop.

Career Information

Employment as a technician, shop foreman, service manager for new car dealers, automotive repair shops, and fleet operators.


A.S. in Automotive Technology

This program prepares students for entry-level positions in the automotive industry with emphasis on engine management systems, emission controls, and complete automotive systems diagnosis and repair. It prepares students for all nine Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications including Advanced Engine Performance (L-1). This program also fulfills the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) requirements for California State Smog Check Inspector and California State Smog Check Repair Technician test candidates.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
AT 100 Technical Basics for the Automotive Professional 3
AT 105 Mathematics for Automotive Technology 3
AT 110 Automotive Brakes 3
AT 130 Manual Drive Trains and Axles 3
AT 180 Automotive Data Acquisition 3
AT 310 Heating and Air-Conditioning Systems 3
AT 311 Suspension and Steering Systems 3
AT 313 Automatic Transmission and Transaxles 3
AT 314 Automotive Engine Repair 3
AT 330 Automotive Electrical Systems 6
AT 331 Advanced Automotive Electrical Systems 6
AT 332 Engine Performance & Electronic Engine Controls 6
AT 333 California State Smog Check Inspector Training 6
A minimum of 1 unit from the following: 1
AT 298 Work Experience in Automotive Technology (1 - 4)
   or AT 140 Advanced Automotive Skill and Speed Development (3)
Total Units: 52

The Automotive Technology Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See ARC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • apply algebraic and mathematical concepts essential to advancement in the automotive industry.
  • operate equipment and tools safely.
  • evaluate, adjust, test, and diagnose components/system malfunctions.
  • diagnose, assess, and repair manual and automatic transmissions and transaxles.
  • locate, download, and analyze technical manuals from the Internet, digital, and text sources.
  • analyze, diagnose, and repair automotive electrical and electronic systems to ASE performance level.
  • diagnose, troubleshoot, and repair basic air conditioning (AC) systems.
  • diagnose, disassemble, inspect, clean, and reassemble components of the steering and suspension system.
  • analyze, diagnose, and repair engines to ASE performance levels.
  • analyze and repair fuel injection systems to ASE standards.
  • diagnose engine emission control systems to ASE standards.
  • prepare for the State Smog Check Inspector and California State Smog Check Repair Technician tests.

Certificates of Achievement

Air Conditioning Service Certificate

This certificate program prepares the student for an entry level position in the automotive industry. This program also prepares the student for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification in Air Conditioning A-7.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
AT 100 Technical Basics for the Automotive Professional 3
AT 105 Mathematics for Automotive Technology 3
AT 180 Automotive Data Acquisition 3
AT 310 Heating and Air-Conditioning Systems 3
AT 330 Automotive Electrical Systems 6
Total Units: 18

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Identify and implement safety procedures involved in the service and repair of Automotive Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems.
  • Describe the function, operation and characteristics of each component in automotive HVAC systems.
  • Operate diagnostic equipment and interpret results from the equipment.
  • Diagnose automotive HVAC systems including manual, semi-automatic, and automatic.
  • Repair automotive HVAC systems including manual, semi-automatic, and automatic.
  • Diagnose engine cooling systems.
  • Repair engine cooling systems.
  • Follow Federal EPA guidelines for the handling and use of refrigerants.

Gainful Employment

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Gainful Employment Information for Air Conditioning Service Certificate of Achievement


Alternative Fuels and Green Vehicle Technology Certificate

This certificate covers the various technologies used in the alternative fuels vehicles of today. Topics include biodiesel production, hybrid electric vehicles, and fuel cell technology.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
AT 100 Technical Basics for the Automotive Professional 3
AT 307 Biodiesel Technology 4
AT 309 Introduction to Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technology 4
AT 330 Automotive Electrical Systems 6
AT 331 Advanced Automotive Electrical Systems 6
AT 316 Alternative Fuels and Advanced Technology Vehicles 4
Total Units: 27

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • perform basic automotive services on alternative fuels vehicles.
  • describe different alternative fuels vehicle designs.
  • describe the process of making biodiesel.
  • analyze electrical and electronic components and identify failures.
  • use automotive test equipment such as digital multimeters and scan tools.
  • perform high voltage system disable procedures on hybrid electric vehicles.

Gainful Employment

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Career Information

Alternative fuels is an emerging career field that is rapidly growing. This certificate prepares automotive technology students for entrance into this field, from servicing alternative fuels vehicles to developing alternative fuels technology. Additional career opportunities are likely as the industry continues to grow.


Automotive Analysis Certificate

This program prepares students for entry-level employment as smog and driveability service technicians. It also prepares students for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification in Engine Repair A1, Automatic Transmissions/Transaxles A2, Electrical A6, Engine Performance A8, and Advanced Engine Performance L1. This program also fulfills the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) requirements for California State Smog Check Inspector and California State Smog Check Repair Technician test candidates.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
AT 100 Technical Basics for the Automotive Professional 3
AT 105 Mathematics for Automotive Technology 3
AT 180 Automotive Data Acquisition 3
AT 181 Snap-On Multimeter Basics 1
AT 186 Snap-On MODIS – Automotive Diagnostic Use and Operation 2
AT 188 Snap-On SOLUS– Automotive Diagnostic Use and Operation 1
AT 189 Snap-On VERUS – Automotive Diagnostic Use and Operation 2
AT 330 Automotive Electrical Systems 6
AT 331 Advanced Automotive Electrical Systems 6
AT 332 Engine Performance & Electronic Engine Controls 6
AT 333 California State Smog Check Inspector Training 6
A minimum of 1 unit from the following: 1
AT 298 Work Experience in Automotive Technology (1 - 4)
   or AT 140 Advanced Automotive Skill and Speed Development (3)
Total Units: 40

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • identify and implement safety procedures involved in the diagnosis, service, and repair of all major automobile and light truck systems.
  • describe the function, operation, and characteristics of all major components in the following automotive systems: engines, automatic transmissions, electrical, air conditioning, emission control, and computerized engine controls.
  • identify and follow manufacturer's standards for proper automobile diagnosis and repair.
  • operate hand and power tools necessary for automobile and light truck repair.
  • operate diagnostic equipment and interpret test results.
  • analyze, diagnose, and repair automotive engines, automatic transmissions, electrical systems, fuel delivery systems, ignition systems, emissions control systems, and computerized engine controls.
  • operate a variety of aftermarket and factory scan tools.

Gainful Employment

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any program that is eligible for financial aid that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The following link provides Gainful Employment Disclosure information for this certificate program:

Gainful Employment Information for Automotive Analysis Certificate of Achievement

Career Information

Automotive Technician Smog Check Technician


Automotive Component Service Technician Certificate

This certificate prepares the student for entry level employment in the repairing of various automobile components including those requiring computer technology.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
AT 100 Technical Basics for the Automotive Professional 3
AT 105 Mathematics for Automotive Technology 3
AT 110 Automotive Brakes 3
AT 130 Manual Drive Trains and Axles 3
AT 140 Advanced Automotive Skill and Speed Development 3
AT 180 Automotive Data Acquisition 3
AT 310 Heating and Air-Conditioning Systems 3
AT 311 Suspension and Steering Systems 3
AT 313 Automatic Transmission and Transaxles 3
AT 314 Automotive Engine Repair 3
AT 330 Automotive Electrical Systems 6
A minimum of 1 unit from the following: 1
AT 298 Work Experience in Automotive Technology (1 - 4)
Total Units: 37

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • diagnose and repair automotive major automotive components.
  • describe the relationship between automotive components.
  • complete service and repair tasks to industry time and quality standards.
  • follow federal EPA guidelines for handling and use of hazardous material found in an automotive shop.
  • demonstrate safe work practices in the auto shop.

Gainful Employment

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Gainful Employment Information for Automotive Component Service Technician Certificate of Achievement

Career Information

Employment as a technician for new car dealers, automotive repair shops, and fleet operators.


Automotive Emissions Inspection and Repair Technician Certificate

This certificate prepares students for entry-level positions in the automotive industry as emissions inspectors or emissions repair technicians. It meets the state of California requirements for students seeking to apply for a California state smog inspector and/or repair license(s).

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
AT 100 Technical Basics for the Automotive Professional 3
AT 105 Mathematics for Automotive Technology 3
AT 180 Automotive Data Acquisition 3
AT 314 Automotive Engine Repair 3
AT 330 Automotive Electrical Systems 6
AT 331 Advanced Automotive Electrical Systems 6
AT 332 Engine Performance & Electronic Engine Controls 6
AT 333 California State Smog Check Inspector Training 6
AT 334 BAR Specified Diagnostic and Repair Training 4
Total Units: 40

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • operate emission analyzers and tools safely.
  • evaluate, adjust, test, and diagnose components/system malfunctions.
  • research, download, and analyze technical manuals from the Internet, digital, and text sources.
  • inspect, diagnose, and repair automotive electrical and electronic systems at Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) performance level.
  • inspect, diagnose, and repair engines to ASE performance levels.
  • inspect, diagnose, and repair fuel injection systems to ASE and BAR standards.
  • diagnose engine emission systems to ASE and Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) standards.
  • prepare for state smog inspector and repair technician certifications.

Gainful Employment

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Gainful Employment Information for Automotive Emissions Inspection and Repair Technician Certificate of Achievement

Career Information

California State Smog Inspector and California State Smog Repair Technician.


Automotive Technology Certificate

This program prepares students for entry-level positions in the automotive industry with emphasis on engine management systems, emission controls, and complete automotive systems diagnosis and repair. It prepares students for all nine Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications including Advanced Engine Performance (L-1). This program also fulfills the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) requirements for California State Smog Check Inspector and California State Smog Check Repair Technician test candidates.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
AT 100 Technical Basics for the Automotive Professional 3
AT 105 Mathematics for Automotive Technology 3
AT 110 Automotive Brakes 3
AT 130 Manual Drive Trains and Axles 3
AT 180 Automotive Data Acquisition 3
AT 310 Heating and Air-Conditioning Systems 3
AT 311 Suspension and Steering Systems 3
AT 313 Automatic Transmission and Transaxles 3
AT 314 Automotive Engine Repair 3
AT 330 Automotive Electrical Systems 6
AT 331 Advanced Automotive Electrical Systems 6
AT 332 Engine Performance & Electronic Engine Controls 6
AT 333 California State Smog Check Inspector Training 6
A minimum of 1 unit from the following: 1
AT 298 Work Experience in Automotive Technology (1 - 4)
   or AT 140 Advanced Automotive Skill and Speed Development (3)
Total Units: 52

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • apply algebraic and mathematical concepts essential to advancement in the automotive industry.
  • operate equipment and tools safely.
  • evaluate, adjust, test, and diagnose components/system malfunctions.
  • diagnose, assess, and repair manual transmissions and transaxles.
  • locate, download, and analyze technical manuals from the Internet, digital, and text sources.
  • analyze, diagnose, and repair automotive electrical and electronic systems at ASE performance level.
  • diagnose and troubleshoot basic air conditioning (AC) systems.
  • diagnose, disassemble, inspect, clean, and reassemble all components of the steering and suspension system.
  • analyze, diagnose, and repair engines to ASE performance levels.
  • analyze and repair fuel injection systems to ASE standards.
  • diagnose engine emission systems to ASE standards.
  • prepare for the state smog inspector and repair technician certifications.

Gainful Employment

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any program that is eligible for financial aid that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The following link provides Gainful Employment Disclosure information for this certificate program:

Gainful Employment Information for Automotive Technology Certificate of Achievement


Extreme Tuner Certificate

This program covers advanced applications of emissions related principles including fuel control and efficiency management of modern automobiles. Topics include brakes, repair of electrical systems, suspension, steering, and engine repairs.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
AT 100 Technical Basics for the Automotive Professional 3
AT 110 Automotive Brakes 3
AT 130 Manual Drive Trains and Axles 3
AT 311 Suspension and Steering Systems 3
AT 330 Automotive Electrical Systems 6
AT 314 Automotive Engine Repair 3
AT 316 Alternative Fuels and Advanced Technology Vehicles 4
AT 325 Engine Performance Testing & Tuning 4
AT 327 Introduction to Motorsports 4
Total Units: 33

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • evaluate vehicle horsepower safely and effectively by use of diagnostic equipment.
  • analyze and demonstrate safe operating practices both in the shop and track environment with stock and modified vehicles.
  • validate and summarize outcomes of fuel, timing and power band modifications through hands-on exposure to live data derived before and after modifications.
  • apply performance based principles to construct and operate a vehicle for competition, including classification divisions within a sanctioned racing organization.
  • organize maintenance schedules and record keeping in order to keep vehicle competitive throughout a season.
  • accurately interpret computer software data to make adjustments and modifications to improve performance and/or economy of a modern vehicle.

Gainful Employment

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Career Information

The “Tuner” industry is a rapidly growing industry. Professional technicians today are modifying vehicles for both on and off road application. This certificate prepares the students for the following career opportunities: alternative fuels diagnostic technician, off-road performance tuner, and a racing team crew member.


Parts and Service Certificate

This certificate provides training for automotive parts and service advisors. Topics include parts knowledge, integrated computer management software, scheduling, inventory control, hazardous materials and warranty documentation requirements.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
AT 100 Technical Basics for the Automotive Professional 3
AT 105 Mathematics for Automotive Technology 3
AT 107 Employability Skills for Technical Careers 2
AT 143 Automotive Parts 3
AT 146 Automotive Service Consultant 3
AT 180 Automotive Data Acquisition 3
A minimum of 1 unit from the following: 1
AT 298 Work Experience in Automotive Technology (1 - 4)
Total Units: 18

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Apply established procedures in the automotive industry.
  • Ensure the satisfactory resolution of service-related customer issues.
  • Create a service work including dispatching and invoicing.

Gainful Employment

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Career Information

Various entry level positions in the automotive parts and service industry, such as service writers and parts specialists.


Small Engines Certificate

This certificate prepares students for employment in the automotive industry, specializing in small engines.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
AT 100 Technical Basics for the Automotive Professional 3
AT 180 Automotive Data Acquisition 3
AT 181 Snap-On Multimeter Basics 1
AT 301 Small Gas Engines, Outdoor Power Equipment (4) 4
   or HORT 330 Small Gas Engines, Outdoor Power Equipment (4)
A minimum of 1 unit from the following: 1
AT 298 Work Experience in Automotive Technology (1 - 4)
   or AT 140 Advanced Automotive Skill and Speed Development (3)
Total Units: 12

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate accepted safety and work procedures, including Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and proper hazardous materials disposal.
  • service and repair the starter systems of 2-cycle and 4-cycle small engines.
  • identify the external and internal parts of 2-cycle and 4-cycle small engines.
  • determine the proper lubrication and fuel requirements for 2-cycle and 4-cycle small engines using factory maintenance data.
  • service and repair the cooling and oil systems of 2-cycle and 4-cycle small engines.
  • remove, rebuild, install, adjust, and tune 2-cycle and 4-cycle small engine fuel delivery and ignition system components.

Career Information

The automotive small engines industry is growing and in need of technicians. This certificate prepares students for employment in many different areas, including horticulture, off road vehicles, marine applications, and many others.


Snap-On™ Certification Certificate

This certificate prepares students for entry-level positions in the automotive industry. It provides the knowledge and skills needed for certification using current Snap-On™ diagnostic tools.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
AT 100 Technical Basics for the Automotive Professional 3
AT 107 Employability Skills for Technical Careers 2
AT 180 Automotive Data Acquisition 3
AT 181 Snap-On Multimeter Basics 1
AT 188 Snap-On SOLUS– Automotive Diagnostic Use and Operation 1
AT 189 Snap-On VERUS – Automotive Diagnostic Use and Operation 2
A minimum of 1 unit from the following: 1
AT 140 Advanced Automotive Skill and Speed Development (3)
   or AT 298 Work Experience in Automotive Technology (1 - 4)
Total Units: 13

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate safe, accurate use of tools and equipment.
  • apply accurate measurement techniques.
  • explain screen orientation and how to navigate through different functions of the VERUS scanner.
  • perform the proper procedure to do an oil change on a vehicle.
  • locate and analyze technical manuals from online computerized databases.
  • apply retrieved data to specific vehicle conditions.

Career Information

The automotive industry is growing and in need of technicians. Snap-On™ certifications are in high demand.


Transmission Service Certificate

This certificate program prepares the student for an entry-level position in the automotive industry. This program includes Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification in A-2 automatic transmission and A-3 manual drive-train.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
AT 100 Technical Basics for the Automotive Professional 3
AT 105 Mathematics for Automotive Technology 3
AT 130 Manual Drive Trains and Axles 3
AT 140 Advanced Automotive Skill and Speed Development 3
AT 180 Automotive Data Acquisition 3
AT 317 Advanced Drivetrain 3
AT 330 Automotive Electrical Systems 6
AT 313 Automatic Transmission and Transaxles 3
Total Units: 27

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • analyze an automotive transmission, applying elements of drive-train theory.
  • investigate an automotive electrical malfunction by locating, testing and identifying the failure in order to make the necessary repairs.
  • research on-line and computer based automotive data sources in order to identify the correct repair procedure, and locate safety campaigns and bulletins.
  • describe the operation of drive-train components in order to report and justify a recommended repair procedure.
  • apply gear theory to drive-train malfunction.
  • evaluate and recognize the drive-train malfunction.

Gainful Employment

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Career Information

Entry-level positions in automatic transmission, clutch, and drive-train repair.


Undercar Service Certificate

The Undercar Service certificate provides entry-level training in performing repairs to automotive suspension, brake, and exhaust systems.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
AT 100 Technical Basics for the Automotive Professional 3
AT 106 Automotive Shop Operations 2
AT 110 Automotive Brakes 3
AT 145 Automotive Exhaust System 3
AT 180 Automotive Data Acquisition 3
AT 311 Suspension and Steering Systems 3
A minimum of 1 unit from the following: 1
AT 140 Advanced Automotive Skill and Speed Development (3)
   or AT 298 Work Experience in Automotive Technology (1 - 4)
Total Units: 18

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • develop a resume and cover letter to plan for future career opportunities.
  • perform run-out and parallelism evaluations on brake rotors and machine to manufacturer's specifications.
  • measure and analyze suspension angles of a modern automobile and make adjustments necessary to bring the angle within manufacturer's specifications.
  • identify modern exhaust system components and demonstrate how they relate to California emission control laws.
  • research and synthesize brake, suspension, and exhaust system information on electronic service manuals to provide information on repairs to meet industry standards.

Gainful Employment

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Career Information

This certificate provides students with knowledge for entry-level careers in the automotive suspension, brake, and exhaust repair facilities.

Certificates

Automotive Brakes Certificate

This certificate prepares students for employment in the automotive industry, specializing in brakes.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
AT 100 Technical Basics for the Automotive Professional 3
AT 110 Automotive Brakes 3
AT 180 Automotive Data Acquisition 3
AT 181 Snap-On Multimeter Basics 1
A minimum of 1 unit from the following: 1
AT 140 Advanced Automotive Skill and Speed Development (3)
   or AT 298 Work Experience in Automotive Technology (1 - 4)
Total Units: 11

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • describe shop orientation and safety issues.
  • discuss the basics of vehicle service including oil, lubrication, inspection, and replacement of fluids.
  • demonstrate proper handling, use, and disposal of hazardous materials in the automotive shop environment, combined with safety test.
  • practice safety precautions and procedures when inspecting and repairing braking systems.
  • analyze the various brake components used on automobiles and describe the functions of each.
  • evaluate and diagnose brake components/system malfunctions.
  • reassemble and adjust all components of the brake system following service manual procedures.
  • arrange, clean, inspect, and measure all components of brake systems following established service manual procedures.

Career Information

The automotive brakes industry is growing and in need of technicians.


Automotive Suspension and Steering Certificate

This certificate prepares students for employment in the automotive industry, specializing in suspension and steering.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
AT 100 Technical Basics for the Automotive Professional 3
AT 180 Automotive Data Acquisition 3
AT 181 Snap-On Multimeter Basics 1
AT 311 Suspension and Steering Systems 3
A minimum of 1 unit from the following: 1
AT 298 Work Experience in Automotive Technology (1 - 4)
   or AT 140 Advanced Automotive Skill and Speed Development (3)
Total Units: 11

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • analyze, describe, and avoid unsafe working conditions and unsafe acts, as well as observe safety regulations in an auto repair facility.
  • identify the various components used on automotive steering and suspension systems and describe the function of each.
  • perform geometric centerline and thrustline alignments.
  • disassemble, inspect, clean, and reassemble all components of the steering and suspension systems in accordance to service manual procedures.
  • determine the need for and perform four-wheel alignments.
  • diagnose any malfunction of the steering suspension components used on automobiles.

Career Information

The automotive suspension and steering industry is growing and in need of technicians.