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Automotive Technician

Automotive students working on a car engineProgram Description

This program is designed to prepare graduates for employment in the automotive industry as apprentice mechanics, parts people, service station attendants or specialists in one of the many areas in, or jobs related to, the automotive industry. 

Gainful Employment Information: Automotive Technician

Certificate of Achievement and Associate in Science Degree

A Certificate of Achievement can be obtained by completing the 40-unit major below. The Associate in Science Degree can be obtained upon completion of 61 units, including the major, and the general education requirements. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or better, or a P if the course is taken on a Pass/No Pass basis.
Students will have the option to earn a Certificate, or Associate in Science Degree in the following:

  • Powertrain
  • Electronics
  • Emissions
  • Undercar
  • Hybrid and Alternative Fuels

Students will be trained to take the following ASE Certification Examinations:

  • A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, C1, & G1
  • Plus State Smog Inspector & Smog Check Repair Technician License Examination

Required Courses

  • ATEC 070 Automotive Fundamentals
  • ATEC 130 Automotive Suspension and Steering
  • ATEC 131 Automotive Electrical Systems
  • ATEC 132 Automotive Brakes Systems
  • ATEC 133 Engine Repair
  • ATEC 134 Automotive Transmissions/Transaxle
  • ATEC 135 Automotive Engine Performance
  • ATEC 136 Automotive Manual Drivetrain and Axles
  • ATEC 137 Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning
  • ATEC 138 Automotive Electronics
  • ATEC 139 Advanced Engine Performance
  • ATEC 140 Hybrid Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

Recommended Electives

  • BUS 005 Introduction to Business
  • IT 110 Modern Welding
  • IT 140 Industrial Materials
  • OCED 090 Occupational Work Experience
  • OCED 091 General Work Experience

See the College Catalog for information on individual classes.

Contact Information:

Paul Hidy
Professor, Auto Technology
707-864-7000 x5746