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Certificate of Achievement
Electric Vehicle and Fuel Cell Technology Technician

The Electric Vehicle and Fuel Cell Technology Technician Certificate of Achievement is designed to prepare students to meet the emerging field of service and diagnosis of vehicles powered by electricity generated by any of the following sources, plug-in electric/hybrid-powertrain/fuel cell generation. The green technology can be transferred from vehicles to stationary back-up power systems. Students will need to apply for ASE L-3 testing and pay all applicable fees to take the final ASE exam. This certificate is intended to be the capstone of the Hybrid/Electric Vehicle/Fuel Cell Program.

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

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Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan for the 2023-2024 catalog year represents one possible pathway through the program. 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. Additional course descriptions may be found in the College Catalog.
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
AUTO 106 - Automotive Electrical Tools and Diagnostic ProceduresM3.0
AUTO 106 - Automotive Electrical Tools and Diagnostic Procedures (3.0 units)

Advisory:It is advised that students be able to engage in written composition at a college level and read college-level texts.
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:3.0 
2nd Semester
AUTO 157 - Automotive Specialized Electronics TrainingM4.0
AUTO 157 - Automotive Specialized Electronics Training (4.0 units)

Prerequisite:AUTO 106
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.

Total Semester Units:4.0 
3rd Semester
AUTO 147 - Introduction to Hybrid and Electric Vehicle TechnologyM3.0
AUTO 147 - Introduction to Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technology (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: AUTO 157
Transfers to:CSU

This course explores the use of hybrid and electric power for vehicle transportation. Topics will include safety when using high voltage, maintenance, drivability, inverter power transfer, battery technologies, hydrogen electric power, and fuel cell technology. The physics of battery storage, hybrid generation systems, and electric vehicle applications and their integrated systems from various manufacturers will be discussed. This course is suitable for students entering into the alternative fuels or power generation and energy technology fields.

Total Semester Units:3.0 
4th Semester
AUTO 260 - Advanced Hybrid/Electric VehicleM4.0
See CTE Counselor for course prerequisite clearance.

AUTO 260 - Advanced Hybrid/Electric Vehicle (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: AUTO 147
Advisory:AUTO 157
Transfer to: CSU

This course continues the study of the use and service of hybrid electronic generation and plug-in battery electric power for vehicle transportation. The course is not for beginner technicians. Topics will include Occupational Safety and Health Administration/National Electrical Code/National Fire Protection Association (OSHA/NEC/NFPA) safety when using high voltage; vehicle maintenance; drivability conditions; inverter power transfer; battery storage technologies; regeneration of electrical power from kinetic energy; and Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 battery charging and fuel cell technology. Dynamics of battery storage, hybrid generation systems, electric vehicle applications, and their integrated systems from many manufactures are discussed. High-voltage battery management systems including active/passive design to charging systems will be the primary focus of the course. This course is for students working in the hybrid and electric vehicle or power engineering and technology fields.

Total Semester Units:4.0 
5th Semester
AUTO 266 - Fuel Cell Technology FundamentalsM3.0
AUTO 266 - Fuel Cell Technology Fundamentals (3.0 units)

AUTO 260
Advisory: AUTO 147; Students are highly recommended to have completed the AUTO 147 course to understand the basic electronic powertrain theory.
Transfer to: CSU

This course addresses the fundamentals of the different types of fuel cells and their application for the generation of mobile, vehicular, and stationary power. Topics will include: safety standards (OSHA/NEC/NFPA) when developing, servicing, and working in a high voltage/power inverter transfer; battery storage technologies, and regeneration of electrical power from kinetic energy. A descriptive overview of key fuel cell technologies, including proton exchange membrane (PEM), direct methanol fuel cell, alkaline, and solid oxide fuel cell, will be provided together with potential applications for transportation, stationary, and portable power. Hydrogen production/storage and high voltage safety will also be covered.

Total Semester Units:3.0 
Total Units for Electric Vehicle and Fuel Cell Technology Technician COA program 17.0 
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
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Whittier, CA 90601

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