Many businesses need technicians with very specific skills to diagnose and repair complex problems in the Electric Vehicle and Hybrid Vehicle specialty. The high voltage battery and vehicle power systems require extremely fast computer multiplexing. This specialized degree includes electronic controlled autonomous drive systems, electronic motor drive, four wheel motor drive, and hybrid drive systems. Successful students will obtain a highly desired specialty set of skills. Work experience is a requirement for this major, which ensures student competency and success. All students are required to complete a digital portfolio resume used for assessment and practicum. Students completing all courses and general education courses will receive and Associates of Science during Commencement. Students completing all automotive course requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion during Commencement.
Enrollment completers are projected to be 20 per year.
The automotive technology program offers innovative instruction alongside work-based experience, where students gain real world expertise. Education planning is the key to the automotive major pathways, as each student is provided a customized vision for the future. Majors and certificates are Automotive Service Excellence Education Foundation (ASE) accredited. Students working toward an Associates of Science (A.S.) degree gain work competency by participating in a community of practice that includes mentoring technicians, managers, business owners, field service engineers, government representatives, faculty, counselors, and other student services. The program uses competency documentation through a digital portfolio, which generates a vast resume of industry and college certifications for a rewarding career. Consistent communication with industry leaders through required advisory meetings has created innovations to improve job placement and wage earnings. The Automotive Associates of Science specializations gained through work and study are transferable to many industries, making graduates valuable technical experts and future industry leaders through continuing education as lifelong learners.
Revision due to changes in AUTO course numbers.
The specialization allows students an optional focus area mirroring Industry practices.
Course Title Units
AUTO 161 Electrical Diagnosis and Repair 2
AUTO 161L Electrical Diagnosis and Repair Laboratory 1
AUTO 161T Electrical Diagnosis and Repair Assessment Test Out 0.5
AUTO 162 Electronics Diagnosis and Repair 2
AUTO 162L Electronics Diagnosis and Repair Laboratory 1
AUTO 162T Electronics Diagnosis and Repair Assessment Test Out 0.5
AUTO 143 Steering and Suspension Diagnosis and Repair 2
AUTO 143L Steering and Suspension Diagnosis and Repair Laboratory 1
AUTO 143T Steering and Suspension Diagnosis and Repair Assessment Test Out 0.5
AUTO 153 Advanced Brake System Diagnosis and Repair 2
AUTO 153L Advanced Brake System Diagnosis and Repair Laboratory 1
AUTO 153T Advanced Brake System Diagnosis and Repair Test Assessment Out 0.5
AUTO 121 Automatic Transmission Theory and Operation 2
AUTO 121L Automatic Transmission Theory and Operation Laboratory 1
AUTO 121T Automatic Transmission Theory and Operation Assessment Test Out 0.5
AUTO 132 Differential and 4WD System Diagnosis and Repair 1
AUTO 132L Differential and 4WD System Diagnosis and Repair Laboratory 1
AUTO 132T Differential and 4WD System Diagnosis and Repair Assessment Test Out 0.5
AUTO 171 Climate Control Systems Diagnosis and Repair 1
AUTO 171L Climate Control Systems Diagnosis and Repair Laboratory 1
AUTO 171T Climate Control Systems Diagnosis and Repair Assessment Test Out 0.5
AUTO 181 Engine Performance I Ignition and Fuel Systems 2
AUTO 181L Engine Performance I Ignition and Fuel Systems Laboratory 1
AUTO 181T Engine Performance I Ignition and Fuel Systems Assessment Test Out 0.5
AUTO 183 Engine Performance II Intake Exhaust and Emission Systems 2
AUTO 183L Engine Performance II Intake Exhaust and Emission Systems Laboratory 1
AUTO 183T Engine Performance II Intake Exhaust and Emission Systems Assessment Test Out 0.5
AUTO 263 Advanced Electronics 1
AUTO 263L Advanced Electronics Laboratory 1
AUTO 263T Advanced Electronics Assessment Test Out 0.5
AUTO 264 Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Operation and Diagnosis 1
AUTO 264L Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Operation and Diagnosis Laboratory 1
AUTO 264T Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Operation and Diagnosis Assessment Test Out 0.5
AUTO 283 Advanced Engine Performance 1
AUTO 283L Advanced Engine Performance Laboratory 1
AUTO 283T Advanced Engine Performance Assessment Test Out 0.5
*AUTO 212 Automotive Technology Work Experience 12
Total Required 49
Plus General Education Requirements
*Must be taken for a total of 12 units.
Certificate of Achievement
Students who complete only the major requirements above qualify for a Certificate in Automotive Technology Electronics and Electric Vehicle Specialist. An official request must be filed with the Admissions and Records Office prior to the deadline as stated in the Academic Calendar.
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Jennifer Lewis · 03/12/21 Southwestern supports this program endorsement. Jesse Lopez · 03/11/21 Based on available LMI and COE's endorsement, Miramar College also supports the program. Nichol Roe · 03/11/21 Palomar College supports this program Tina Recalde · 03/11/21 SD Mesa supports this program recommendation. Dr. Javier Ayala · 03/10/21 Endorse Dr. Al Taccone · 03/08/21 MiraCosta college recommends. Presumably all of the colleges still report gainful employment data, in some way, to our potential students, so, this should inform students' decisions. Tina Ngo Bartel · 03/06/21 Cuyamaca College submitted the appropriate LMI from the COE. There is a supply gap (110 annual job openings), entry-level wages are $14.69 and median wages are $20.74. Based on available LMI, the COE recommends to proceed with a new program, but recommends that colleges communicate to students that the occupation’s entry-level wages are below the living wage, suggesting that more training and experience are needed for workers in this occupation to reach median wage levels.
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