Many businesses need technicians with very specific skills to repair emission system failures or complex problems relating to the fuel, ignition, and/or engine systems. This specialized degree includes hybrid and electric vehicle, and gasoline and diesel fuel systems training. Successful students will qualify to take the California Bureau of Automotive Licensing exams for Smog Inspector and Repair licensing. 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 an Associates of Science during Commencement. Students completing all automotive course requirements will receive a Certificate of Achievement 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 144 Noise Vibration and Harshness Diagnosis 0.5
AUTO 144L Noise Vibration and Harshness Diagnosis Laboratory 1
AUTO 144T Noise Vibration and Harshness Diagnosis 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 111 Engine Diagnosis and Repair 2
AUTO 111L Engine Diagnosis and Repair Laboratory 1
AUTO 111T Engine Diagnosis and Repair Assessment Test Out 0.5
AUTO 194 Diesel Engine Performance and Diagnosis 2
AUTO 194L Diesel Engine Performance and Diagnosis Laboratory 1
AUTO 194T Diesel Engine Performance and Diagnosis Assessment Test Out 0.5
*AUTO 212 Automotive Technology Work Experience 12
Total Required 37.5
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 Engine Repair Specialist. An official request must be filed with the Admissions and Records Office prior to the deadline as stated in the Academic Calendar.
Molly Ash · 04/29/21
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 the program recommendation Dr. Javier Ayala 03/10/21: Endorse Cassandra Storey 03/10/21: SDCCE support the program recommendation 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 (below the living wage) and median wages are $20.74. Based on available LMI, the COE report supports the development of a new program. The COE also 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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