Many businesses need technicians with very specific skills to diagnose and repair complex problems of brakes, suspension, and dynamic vehicle driving systems. This specialized degree includes antilock braking, electronic suspension, and alignment training. Successful students will qualify to take the California Bureau of Automotive Licensing exams for Brake and Lamp 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 and 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. Program was formerly "Brakes and Front End. So this is a new program by name, but a modification due to course number changes and industry alignment in naming.
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 151 Brake System Diagnosis and Repair 2
AUTO 151L Brake System Diagnosis and Repair Laboratory 1
AUTO 151T Brake System 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 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 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 131 Manual Transmission and Transaxle Repair 1
AUTO 131L Manual Transmission and Transaxle Repair Laboratory 1
AUTO 131T Manual Transmission and Transaxle Repair 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 212 Automotive Technology Work Experience 12
Total Required 36.5
Plus General Education Requirements
*Must be taken for a total of 12 units.
Certificate of Achievement
Students who complete the requirements above qualify for a Certificate in Automotive Technology Chassis 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. 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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