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Certificate of Achievement
Automotive Technology- General Automotive Service

The courses listed in the Certificate of Achievement are comprised of a comprehensive list of job skills needed to enter the automotive field.  The skills developed during class will enhance the student’s ability to complete the industry-recognized Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification Tests A-1 through A-8, Automotive Technician. The Certificate is designed to prepare an individual for entry-level employment as an Automobile 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.
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 103 - Introduction to Automotive Service and Repair: Undercar ServiceM3.0
AUTO 103 - Introduction to Automotive Service and Repair: Undercar 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 transmission, brakes, suspension, heating and air conditioning, engine performance, and emission control systems 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 101 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.

Total Semester Units:9.0 
2nd Semester
AUTO 210 - Automotive Brake SystemsM4.0
AUTO 210 - Automotive Brake Systems (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: AUTO 103
Transfers to: CSU

This course examines the theory of the operation, service and repair procedures, related tool and equipment use, and strategy-based problem diagnosis of modern disc and drum brakes. The procedures for imported and domestic automobiles and light trucks are developed through classroom discussions, demonstrations, and laboratory experiences. The course is designed for students who want to work in the automotive sector or automotive technicians needing to improve their skills and knowledge in brake service. Students with permission from the Division of Career and Technical Education (CTE) may reenroll only one time for certification or licensure standards.

AUTO 140 - Body and Chassis Electrical SystemsM4.0
AUTO 140 - Body and Chassis Electrical Systems (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: AUTO 102 or AUTO 106
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate assessment; AUTO 157
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides an overview of the modern automobile’s electrical system as related to the body and chassis of the vehicle. The theory of operation, operational characteristics and methods of problem diagnostics and repair for the following systems are included: lighting, instruments, windshield wipers, power windows/seats/mirrors, audio systems, convertible tops, safety restraints, (SRS) Supplemental Restraint Systems, and anti-theft systems. This course prepares the student for the (ASE) Automotive service Excellence A-6 exam and is intended for Automotive majors. Students with permission from the Division may re-enroll only one time for certification or licensure standards.

AUTO 230 - Automatic Transmission/TransaxleM4.0
AUTO 230 - Automatic Transmission/Transaxle (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: AUTO 103
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment; AUTO 065
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide instruction in Automatic Transmission/Transaxle systems. Included will be the application of friction materials, planetary gear components, hydraulic components; both hydraulically controlled and electronically controlled, fluid types and sealing materials. The student will achieve skill in diagnosis, removal, disassembly, reassembly and rebuilding transmission units to manufacturer’s specifications and learn part nomenclature and function. Students with permission from the Division may reenroll only one time for certification and licensure standards.

Total Semester Units:12.0 
Summer 1
AUTO 107 - Introduction to Automotive Light ServiceM3.0
AUTO 107 - Introduction to Automotive Light Service (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: AUTO 101, AUTO 103, and AUTO 106
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU

This is an introductory course to provide students with working knowledge of light duty service. Students will learn underhood and undercar systems service, battery and basic electrical service, pre-delivery inspection procedures, and preventative maintenance operations. Emphasis will be placed on the safe operation of light-duty service tools and equipment, and general repair procedures of wheels and tires, suspension & steering components, engine and transmission components, engine & vehicle electrical components, and brake system components. This course offers further practice and more experience in the subjects taught in three other introduction courses (AUTO 101, AUTO 103, & AUTO 106).

Total Semester Units:3.0 
3rd Semester
AUTO 200 - Suspension, Steering, and Alignment ServiceM4.0
AUTO 200 - Suspension, Steering, and Alignment Service (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: AUTO 103
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment;
Transfers to: CSU

This course discusses the principles of suspension, steering and wheel alignment for modern imported and domestic automobiles and light trucks. Emphasis is placed on developing skills required in the diagnosis, and/or repair and adjustment to steering systems and wheel alignment angles. Complete suspension and steering system overhaul will be covered in the laboratory. Computerized wheel alignment and computerized wheel balancing equipment will be used / demonstrated. This course is designed for students wanting to work in the automotive sector or automotive technicians needing to improve their skills and knowledge in suspension, steering and alignment. Students with permission from the Division may reenroll only one time for certification or licensure standards.

AUTO 220 - Manual Drive Trains and AxlesM4.0
AUTO 220 - Manual Drive Trains and Axles (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: AUTO 103
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment; AUTO 125
Transfers to: CSU

This course discusses modern manual transmissions, transaxles, drivelines, differentials, and 4WD/AWD systems theory of operation, methods of repair, service, equipment operation and techniques of problem diagnosis. Procedures for import and domestic vehicles are developed through classroom discussion, demonstrations and laboratory experiences. This course prepares the student for the (ASE) Automotive Service Excellence A-3 Exam and is intended for automotive majors. Students with permission from the Division may re-enroll only one time for certification or licensure standards.

AUTO 240 - Heating and Air ConditioningM4.0
AUTO 240 - Heating and Air Conditioning (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: AUTO 102 or AUTO 103
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment, READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide instruction on the operating principles of common automotive heating and air conditioning systems. Topics include new service equipment, contamination issues, servicing and diagnosing manual and automatic systems, and retrofitting R-12 systems to R-134a, as well as the rules of AQMD/EPA. Students will be given the opportunity to earn their certification license (EPA Rule 1411). Students with permission from the Division may enroll in this course only one time for certification or licensure standards.

Total Semester Units:12.0 
4th Semester
AUTO 150 - Engine Electrical SystemsM4.0
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 160 - Upper End Engine Rebuilding and MachiningM4.0
AUTO 160 - Upper End Engine Rebuilding and Machining (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: AUTO 101 or AUTO 102
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides occupational preparation in the skills required in the adjustment and repair of the modern automobile engine upper end and valve train assembly. Emphasis is placed on problem diagnosis, repair techniques, service procedures, and machining operations. This course prepares the student for the (ASE) Automotive Service Excellence A-1 exam and is intended for automotive majors. Students with permission from the Division may re-enroll only one time for certification or licensure standards.

Total Semester Units:8.0 
Total Units for Automotive Technology- General Automotive Service COA program 44.0 
Notes:
MMajor course; course may also meet a general education requirement
† 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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