Program Overview

The College's Automotive Technology program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

The program is conducted in a well-equipped facility with a large fleet of late model domestic and import vehicles. Automobile manufacturers provide substantial support for the program.

Students can pursue a certificate or degree in Automotive Technology or a specialty degree or certificate in Asian Automotive Technology. Our partnerships with Audi of America, Subaru of America, Nissan of America and Serramonte Ford provides employment opportunities for students enrolled in our programs. The College also provides numerous classes to update the knowledge and skills of practicing technicians.

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses Units
AUTO 758 Automotive Computer Controls 3 units
OR
AUTO 858 Automotive Computer Controls (Apprenticeship) 3 units
AND
AUTO 793 Engine Performance 2 units
OR
AUTO 893 Engine Performance (Apprenticeship) 2 units
AND
AUTO 520 Automotive Braking Systems 4.5 units
OR
AUTO 920 Automotive Braking Systems (Apprenticeship) 4.5 units
AND
AUTO 521 Manual Transmissions, Clutches and Differentials 4.5 units
OR
AUTO 921 Manual Transmission, Clutches and Differentials (Apprenticeship) 4.5 units
AND
AUTO 522 Automotive Steering, Suspension and Alignment Systems 4.5 units
OR
AUTO 922 Automotive Steering, Suspension and Alignment Systems (Apprenticeship) 4.5 units
AND
AUTO 523 Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems 4.5 units
OR
AUTO 923 Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems (Apprenticeship) 4.5 units
AND
AUTO 526 Automatic Transmission Principles, Repair and Diagnosis 4.5 units
OR
AUTO 926 Automatic Transmission Principles, Repair and Diagnosis (Apprenticeship) 4.5 units
AND
AUTO 529 Modern Engine Design, Troubleshooting And Repair 4.5 units
OR
AUTO 929 Modern Engine Design, Troubleshooting and Repair (Apprenticeship) 4.5 units
Plus a minimum of 9 units from the following: Units
AUTO 510 Basic Hybrid Powertrains 4 units
OR
AUTO 910 Basic Hybrid Powertrains (Apprenticeship) 4 units
AUTO 524 Smog Check Inspector Training Level I 3.5 units
OR
AUTO 824 Smog Check Inspector Training Level I (Apprenticeship) 3.5 units
AUTO 525 Smog Check Inspector Training Level II 1.5 units
OR
AUTO 825 Smog Check Inspector Training Level II (Apprenticeship) 1.5 units
AUTO 739 OBD II Evaporative Emission Systems 1 unit
OR
AUTO 839 OBD II Evaporative Emission Systems (Apprenticeship) 1 unit
AUTO 765 Ignition Systems I 0.5 units
OR
AUTO 865 Ignition Systems I (Apprenticeship) 0.5 units
AUTO 768 On-Board Diagnostics II (OBDII) 3 units
OR
AUTO 868 On-Board Diagnostics II (OBDII) (Apprenticeship) 3 units
AUTO 786 Automotive Air Conditioning Systems 2 units
OR
AUTO 860 Automotive Air Conditioning Systems (Apprenticeship) 2 units
AUTO 530 Engine Design with Cylinder Head Diagnosis and Repair 4.5 units
OR
AUTO 930 Engine Design with Cylinder Head Diagnosis and Repair (Apprenticeship) 4.5 units
AUTO 531 Engine Design with Block Diagnosis and Repair 4.5 units
OR
AUTO 931 Engine Design with Block Diagnosis and Repair (Apprentice) 4.5 units
AUTO 665S1 Oxyacetylene for Automotive Technicians
AUTO 665S2 Light Duty Diesel
Total Required Major Units: 41

And required General Education coursework and electives as needed to meet the minimum 60 units required for the Associate degree.

Please refer to the AA/AS Degree Requirements for more information.