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Associate of Science Degree
Automotive/Advanced Engine Performance

The courses listed in the Associate of Science Degree are comprised of a comprehensive list of job skills needed to work in the specialized field of Automotive Advanced Engine Performance Diagnostics.  The skills developed during lecture and lab will enhance the student’s ability to complete the industry-recognized Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification Tests A6 (Electrical/Electronic Systems), A8 (Engine Performance),and L1 (Advanced Engine Performance).  The degree is designed to prepare an individual for transfer and/ or entry-level employment as an Automotive Engine Performance Diagnostic Technician.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan represents one possible pathway through the program. Be advised that each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements. Please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Map is for reference only for the 2020-2021 catalog year. Please refer to the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format) for additional course descriptions.
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CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
AUTO 101 - Introduction to Automotive Service and Repair: Underhood ServiceM3.0
AUTO 101 - Introduction to Automotive Service and Repair: Underhood Service (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU

This is an introductory course designed to provide the student with the fundamentals of the engine and its subsystems of the modern automobile. Students will learn basic automotive tool and equipment use and how to safely perform basic repair and maintenance operations. Students will have the opportunity to perform minor repair work on their own vehicles to complete required tasks. This course is designed to be a companion course to AUTO 103 and AUTO 106, and is one of the three prerequisite courses for AUTO 107. Students are encouraged to complete all three courses in order to obtain a firm foundation in this subject, and it is required for the General Service Technician Certificate Program.

AUTO 106 - Automotive Electrical Tools and Diagnostic ProceduresM3.0
AUTO 106 - Automotive Electrical Tools and Diagnostic Procedures (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU

This is an introductory course designed to provide the student with the fundamentals of the electrical systems of the modern automobile. Emphasis will be placed on electrical fundamentals, symbols and circuit diagrams, batteries, starting, charging, ignition, and lighting systems. Students will learn the proper use of automotive electrical tools and equipment, and how to safely perform basic vehicle electrical repair and maintenance operations. Students will have the opportunity to perform minor repair work on their own vehicles to complete required tasks. This course is designed to be a companion course to AUTO 101 and AUTO 103, and is one of the three prerequisite courses for AUTO 107. Students are encouraged to complete all three courses in order to obtain a firm foundation in this subject, and it is required for the General Service Technician Certificate Program.

RHC GE 4 - American InstitutionsGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
POLS 110, 110H;
HIST 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 170

ENGL 101 - College Composition and ResearchGE3.5
ENGL 101 - College Composition and Research (3.5 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This is a composition course that enables students to generate logical, coherent essays and reports necessary to academic and professional success. Students will become proficient in research techniques, learn critical reading and thinking skills through expository and persuasive reading selections, and apply these skills to creating original essays and a final research paper. The lab component of this course is designed to assist students in improving and refining their writing and language skills. Students will complete lab activities that enhance their ability to compose logical, well-supported arguments that exhibit grammatical fluency and correct documentation form. Students will meet with composition instructors through individual conferences that address students’ specific writing concerns. This course is designed for students who wish to fulfill the General Education requirement for Written Communication.

RHC GE 8b - Communication/Analytical ThinkingGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units.

Select one:
CIT 101, 125, 135;
ENGL 125, 201, 201H;
FIN 101;
LIB 101;
MATH 130, 130H, 140, 150, 160, 170, 175, 180, 190, 190H, 191, 250, 260, 270;
PHIL 110, 110H, 112, 112H, 115;
PSY 190;
SPCH 100, 101, 101H, 140;
READ 101;
VOCB 101

Total Semester Units:15.5† 
2nd Semester
Select one: AUTO 115 / AUTO 150 M3.0†
AUTO 115 - Computerized Engine Controls and Diagnostics (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: AUTO 150
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Advanced Engine Performance Specialist Certification Test (L1) "Composite Vehicle" by the use of simulator boards and computer-based training methods. This is an introductory study of computerized engine controls and diagnosis as it pertains to the function and control of the engine, fuel, ignition, and emission control systems. Emphasis will be placed upon system components and their operational characteristics. Basic troubleshooting techniques of the engine, fuel, ignition, and emission control systems will be demonstrated.

AUTO 150 - Engine Electrical Systems (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: AUTO 106
Advisory: AUTO 102; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides an overview of the modern automobile’s electrical system as related to the engine and engine-related systems. The theory of operation, operational characteristics, methods of problem diagnosis, and repair of the following systems are included: electronic ignition, electronic fuel injection, engine management, emission control, charging, cooling and starting. This course prepares the student for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A8 Engine Performance test and is intended for automotive majors. Students with permission from the division may re-enroll only one time for certification and licensure standards.

AUTO 157 - Automotive Specialized Electronics TrainingM4.0
AUTO 157 - Automotive Specialized Electronics Training (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: AUTO 106
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides an overview of the principles of automotive electronics. Topics covered include electrical theory, fundamentals of circuit construction, computers, semiconductors, microprocessors, integrated circuits (IC), types of output signals, wire repair techniques, meter usage and strategy based diagnostics. A demonstration General Motors circuit board will be used to illustrate circuit board function. This course is designed for entry level technicians or students who need an understanding of the basics of automotive electronics.

AUTO 130 - Level-I Smog Technician Training Course: Engine and Emission Control FundamentalsM3.0
AUTO 130 - Level-I Smog Technician Training Course: Engine and Emission Control Fundamentals (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; AUTO 065
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide the student with the ability to satisfy the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) Smog Check Technician training requirement to successfully complete the Level-I Smog Technician Training Course when applying for the California Smog Check Technician licensing examination. Course content includes engine theory, design and operation, ignition systems, fuel systems, engine management systems, and emission control systems. Emphasis is placed on proper engine diagnostic procedures and on-board diagnostic systems (OBD-I and OBD-II). Lab activities focus on the use of testing equipment, scan tools, and digital scopes and meters, as well as inspection and repair procedures of vehicles that fail the smog test. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will receive a certificate of completion from the Rio Hondo Automotive Technology Department. Students with permission from the division may re-enroll only one time for certification or licensure standards.

RHC GE 5 - Natural Science with LabGE4.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one Natural Science with Lab:
ANTH 101, 101H & 101L;
ASTR 110, 110H & 112;
BIOL 101, 105 & 105L, 111 & 111L, 112, 120 & 120L;
BIOT 100;
CHEM 110, 120, 130;
GEOG 101 & 101L;
GEOL 150 & 151;
PHY 120, 150, 160, 211, 212, 213

RHC GE 2 - Math CompetencyGE3.0†

† some classes may have higher units.
Select one:
Math 060 (F09), 062, 070 (F09), 070D, 072 (F10), 073, or 073B with a 'C' or better or higher level quantitative reasoning course or
Score of 3 or better on AP Calculus AB or BC or AP Statistics or RHC Proficiency Exam (Available in the MSCS-300) or
Score of 50 or higher on CLEP Calculus, College Algebra-Trig, or Trigonometry exam.

Note: Students intending to transfer should begin at transfer level math. Transfer math courses are numbered 100+. Please meet with a counselor to discuss course options.

Total Semester Units:17.0† 
Summer 1
RHC GE 3 - Physical EducationGE1.0

Select one: KINA or DANC activity course.
Students who have completed a Fire, Police, Wildland Fire, or Corrections Academy from an accredited institution are automatically waived from this requirement, as are students with a DD214 on file. Exemption may be granted to those students physically unable to complete this requirement. Exemption forms are available in Student Health & Psychological Services.

Total Semester Units:1.0 
3rd Semester
AUTO 065 - Smog Technician Diagnostic and Repair ProceduresM3.0
AUTO 065 - Smog Technician Diagnostic and Repair Procedures (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment

This course is designed to provide the student with the ability to satisfy the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) Smog Check Technician training requirement of successfully completing the Specified Diagnostic and Repair Training Course when applying for the California Smog Check Technician licensing examination. Course content includes diagnostic and repair strategies in Electrical and Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, and Advanced Engine Performance. This course is also intended for the student as a test preparation course for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A6, A8, and L1 certification exams. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will receive a certificate of completion from the Rio Hondo Automotive Technology Department. Students, with permission from the Division, may re-enroll only one time for certification or licensure standards.

AUTO 110 - Introduction to Engine Diagnosis and Tune-UpM3.0
AUTO 110 - Introduction to Engine Diagnosis and Tune-Up (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: AUTO 101, AUTO 150
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides an overview of automotive diagnosis and tune-up procedures as they pertain to the function and control of the engine, fuel, ignition, starting, and charging systems. It is the first in a series of engine diagnosis and tune-up classes and is designed for students who want to enter the field of tune-up, driveability, and emissions mechanics.

RHC GE 6 - Social and Behavioral ScienceGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
AJ 101
ANTH 102, 102H, 103, 104, 110, 115, 125;
CD 106, 208;
CHST 101, 146, 148,150;
ECON 101, 101H, 102, 102H, 106, 135;
GEOG 102, 103;
HIST 101, 102, 122, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167, 170;
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H, 130;
MSCM 128;
PHIL 128, 128H, 135;
POLS 110, 110H, 125, 128, 128H, 130, 135,140,150;
PSY 101, 101H, 112, 114;
SOC 101, 101H, 102, 105, 110, 114, 116, 120, 127, 130, 148;
SPCH 150

RHC GE 7a - Fine ArtsGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
ART 101, 104, 105, 105H, 106, 106H, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 113, 115, 120, 130, 135, 140;
DANC 179, 179H, 199, 199H;
GDSN 110:
MUS 101, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 135, 136, 141;
MUST 151;
PHTO 130, 185;
THTR 101, 105, 105H, 110

RHC GE 7b - HumanitiesGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units. 

Select one:
ASL 101, 124, 201, 202;
CHIN 101, 102;
CHST 146;
ENGL 126, 131;
FR 101, 102, 201, 202;
HIST 101, 102, 122, 131, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167, 170;
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H, 130, 140;
JAPN 101, 102;
LATN 101, 102;
LIT 102, 102H, 112A, 112AH, 112B, 112BH, 114, 114H, 117, 117H, 130, 130H,140, 140H, 141, 142, 142H, 144A, 144B, 145, 145H, 146A, 146AH, 146B, 146BH, 147, 147H, 148, 149;
MSCM 128;
PHIL 101, 101H, 120, 124, 126, 128, 128H, 135, 140;
SPAN 101, 101S, 102, 102S, 201, 201H, 202;
SPCH 130, 132;
POLS 128, 128H

Total Semester Units:15.0† 
4th Semester
AUTO 135 - Level-II Smog Technician Training Course: Smog Check Inspection ProceduresM3.0
AUTO 135 - Level-II Smog Technician Training Course: Smog Check Inspection Procedures (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; AUTO 130
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide the student with the ability to satisfy the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) Smog Check Technician training requirement to successfully complete the Level-II Smog Technician Training Course when applying for the California Smog Check Technician licensing examination. Course content includes customer awareness, program administration, equipment maintenance, inspection and testing procedures, and pass/fail reports. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of the loaded and non-loaded modes of emissions testing. Lab activities focus on vehicle identification, visual and functional inspections and calibration of testing equipment, as well as performing complete smog check inspections of vehicles. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will receive a certificate of completion from the Rio Hondo Automotive Technology Department. Students with permission from the division may re-enroll only one time for certification or licensure standards.

Select one: AUTO 180 / AUTO 256 M3.0
AUTO 180 - Advanced Automotive Diagnostic Procedures and Practices (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: AUTO 101
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to strengthen existing student skills in the field of modern automotive technology, service, and repair. Course content includes an advanced study emphasizing the latest theories and principles of automotive diagnosis and troubleshooting procedures. Emphasis will be placed on advanced powertrain and powertrain management systems, electronically controlled systems, and vehicle network systems diagnosis and repair. The use of a variety of modern diagnostic tools and equipment is included.

AUTO 256 - Automotive Scantools and Vehicle Network Systems (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: AUTO 106
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate assessment; AUTO 150
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to enhance the student’s electrical and electronic diagnostic skills in both the automotive powertrain management spectrum. This course emphasizes an in-depth study of various automotive computer systems, vehicle communication network systems, as well as the latest Scantools available to help aid in diagnostics of these systems. Course content includes advanced electrical and electronic systems theory and diagnosis, OBD-I and OBD-II engine and transmission management systems diagnostics, and basic vehicle network systems diagnostics. The majority of the course content focuses on proper Scantool usage, including proper tool selection, updating software, identifying and using data streams, and understanding the numerous serial data protocols, including CAN data communications.

AUTO 155 - Automotive On-Board Diagnostics Generations One and Two (OBD I and OBD II)M3.0
AUTO 155 - Automotive On-Board Diagnostics Generations One and Two (OBD I and OBD II) (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: AUTO 101
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment; AUTO 106; AUTO 120
Transfers to: CSU

This course will provide students with the fundamentals of Automotive On-Board Diagnostics, Generations One and Two (OBD-I and OBD-II). Students will discuss the history, regulations, vocabulary, and diagnostic strategies of OBD-I and OBD-II equipped vehicles. Topics of discussion include Safety, Service Information Systems, Electrical Circuits, Symbols & Circuit Diagrams, and other Fuel & Ignition-related subjects. This course requires the student to have a solid background regarding the technical knowledge of basic Gasoline Engine Fuel and Ignition Systems. This course is designed for all automotive majors with a background in advanced emission repair.

AUTO 120 - Engine Tune-Up/PerformanceM4.0
AUTO 120 - Engine Tune-Up/Performance (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: AUTO 101
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment; AUTO 110; AUTO 115
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to strengthen the student knowledge of modern automotive fuel and ignition systems and the functional knowledge of system components. The class is structured to provide ‘hands-on’ diagnostic experience in system failure analysis, troubleshooting of components utilizing modern service repair techniques. Emphasis is placed on electronic diagnosis using Scan-Tools, DVOM, Digital Volt Ohm Meters, Lab Scopes, Exhaust Analyzers, information retrieval systems and diagnostic flow charts.

RHC GE 3 - Physical EducationGE1.0

Select one: KINA or DANC activity course.
Students who have completed a Fire, Police, Wildland Fire, or Corrections Academy from an accredited institution are automatically waived from this requirement, as are students with a DD214 on file. Exemption may be granted to those students physically unable to complete this requirement. Exemption forms are available in Student Health & Psychological Services.

Total Semester Units:14.0 
Total Units for Automotive/Advanced Engine Performance AS program 62.5† 
Notes:
Some classes may have higher units
MMajor course; course may also meet a general education requirement
GEGeneral Education course
ELElective Course
† Some classes may have higher units.
** this course has prerequisite, please click on course name to view.
GE = General Education Course. Some of these courses also meet degree requirements. Please see a counselor to find out which ones meet both the general education and degree requirement
M = Major Course
EL = Elective Course
   

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Labor Market Information in California

Salary

Career as Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics has average salary of $22.32/hour

Career Growth

Career growth as Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics from 2016 - 2026 is 7.4%
7.4%
Career Growth

Annual Avg Openings

Annual Avg Job Openings for Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics from 2016 - 2026 is 7,610
7,610
Annual Avg Openings
Source: Employment Development Department (EDD), State of California.

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