Sep 21, 2023  
2023-2024 Catalog SVC 
2023-2024 Catalog SVC

Automotive Technology

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The Automotive Technology (AT) program holds a master certification from the Automotive Service Excellence Education (ASE). The program has been a first place winner of the “Award for Excellence” and received recognition as the best college independent automotive program in the nation.

Automotive Technology (AT) is a competency-based program designed to prepare students for a career in the automotive industry. The program’s ASE Education Foundation accreditation provides students with instructors and a facility that meets national standards. These standards assist graduates in acquiring excellent job placement in the automotive career of their choice. Rapid advancement of new technology has created a need for highly skilled automotive technicians. Excellent employment opportunities exist in new vehicle dealerships, independent repair facilities, and various other areas of the industry.

The Automotive Technology program combines theory and practical experience during six quarters of instruction. Students develop diagnostic and repair skills on late model vehicles in a well-equipped shop. Subjects include brake and suspension systems, electrical/electronic systems, automatic and manual transmissions, heating and air conditioning, engines, engine performance, light-duty diesel, engine machining, and hybrid-electric/electric vehicles.

Learning Outcomes

General Education Learning Outcomes  

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Automotive Technology program will be able to:

  • Develop the skills and knowledge to work safely in the lab/shop environment.
  • Demonstrate professional conduct as an individual and as a member of a group in a workplace environment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to access and interpret technical information using various sources for use in vehicle testing, diagnosis and repair.
  • Demonstrate the ability to correctly test, diagnose, repair and verify mechanical and electrical systems.
  • Develop knowledge and retention of entry-level skills necessary to gain employment and certification in the automotive industry. 

Program Admissions

Program entry begins with an application through Enrollment Services. Students may enter the Automotive Technology program at the beginning of Fall quarter. Advanced standing may be requested for prior education or experience.

Specialized Program Information

Career & Technical Education (CTE)

Please see Academic Information  for information regarding CTE.

Industry Professional Courses

A series of courses to assist technicians currently employed in the field are offered throughout the academic year during regular degree courses. Classes are designed in several week blocks to accommodate working professionals and are taken alongside degree seeking students. Current offerings include (but are not limited to): AT 101 , AT 121 , AT 124 , AT 131 , AT 133 , AT 205 , AT 206 , AT 215 , and AT 226 .

Work-Based Learning

Students will integrate classroom learning with work-based learning experience in Cooperative Education (AT 199 ) at a supervised work site. Department Chair approval is required. Credits and grades are based on job-hours worked, work performance, and completion of the learning objectives specified in the learning contract. Concurrent enrollment in a Cooperative Education Seminar or equivalent is required. A special project (AT 255) may be substituted for Cooperative Education with approval of the Department Chair.

Degree and Certificate Options

An Associate in Applied Science Degree, AAS  is awarded upon completion of a minimum of 90 credits of specified technical and related education coursework above 100-level with both an overall 2.0 college level grade point average and a 2.0 grade point average in the technical major. The technical major consists of all of the “AT” labeled courses and MANF 121 , WT 133  WT 231 .

Students who are not pursuing an AAS degree may earn a certificate focusing on specific skills within the Automotive Technology program. A Certificate in Automotive Technology is awarded to students who complete the following courses with an accumulated grade point average of 2.0 and achieve technical competency. 


    Associate Degrees: Workforce

    Intended to give students the skills needed to move directly into employment.


    Certificates are intended to provide students with specialized training and skills.


    Typically two quarters or less, micro-certificates are focused on providing training in a specific skill. 

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