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Certificate of Achievement
Tesla Student Automotive Technician (START)

This Certificate of Achievement is intended to educate the entry-level technician in Tesla Motors technology. Topics will include: safety when working in or around high voltage, maintenance, regeneration braking, inverter power transfer, battery technologies, battery management systems, high-voltage bus and charging, pack connector and penthouse controls, and autonomous technology. Electric vehicle applications and their integrated systems from Tesla Motors will be used to discuss physics of battery storage and material composition and high-voltage generation systems. This course is suitable for students already working in the battery electric vehicle/hybrid vehicle and energy technology field. Completion of this training is required by Tesla for employment as a Level I, Level II, or Level III technician, Mobile Service Technician, or a Field Service 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
TESL 100 - Tesla Student Automotive Technician (START) ProgramM15.0
TESL 100 - Tesla Student Automotive Technician (START) Program (15.0 units)

Prerequisite:AUTO 265
Transfers to: CSU

This course is intended to educate the entry-level technician to the technology used in Tesla motors. Topics will include: safety when working in or around high voltage, maintenance, regeneration braking, inverter power transfer, battery technologies, battery management systems, high voltage bus and charging, pack connector and penthouse controls, and autonomous technology. Electric vehicle applications and their integrated systems from Tesla motors will be used to discuss physics of battery storage, material composition, and high-voltage generation systems. This course is suitable for students already working in the battery electric/hybrid vehicle and energy technology field. The Tesla START program provides students with the skills necessary for a successful career with Tesla.

AUTO 290 - Cooperative Work Experience/Internship for Automotive Technology Related FieldsM1.0
AUTO 290 - Cooperative Work Experience/Internship for Automotive Technology Related Fields (1.0 units)

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

This course supports and reinforces on-the-job training in business and industrial establishments under the supervision of a college instructor, and is facilitated by the use of learning objectives. The student will be working in a skilled or professional level assignment in their area of vocational interest, and will meet performance objectives related to instruction that are above and beyond the conditions of regular employment. This course is intended for students whose job is related to the automotive/transportation field and have completed or enrolled in the appropriate coursework. Contact the CWE office regarding re-enrollment procedures.

Student Unpaid Internship:
1 Unit/60 hours; 2 Units/120 hours;
3 Units/180 hours; 4 Units/240 hours
Student Paid Internship:
1 Unit/75 hours; 2 Units/150 hours;
3 Units/225 hours; 4 Units/300 hours.

Total Semester Units:16.0 
Total Units for Tesla Student Automotive Technician (START) COA program 16.0 
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
   

Program Learning Outcomes

Gainful Employment Disclosures

  • This program is designed to be completed in ______
  • This program will cost $______ if completed within normal time (including books, materials, and additional fees). There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but are subject to change.
  • Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $0* of debt. *Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.
  • License Requirements. This program qualifies students to sit for licensure exam in California.

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

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