This department is in the division of Applied Technology, Transportation & Culinary Arts.

Automotive Technology

The Automotive Technology Department offers courses designed to provide the skills and knowledge required for immediate employment as well as for students with a personal interest in automotive technology.

Overview

Students are given the opportunity to develop the needed skills to begin their careers in the high tech automotive field, with the emphasis on theory and hands-on training. Instruction supports the student’s needs, from the very basic fundamentals to the upgrade technical skills, and the preparation for ASE certification tests.

Degrees/Certificates

Basic Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing Certificate

This certificate is designed to prepare students for entry-level work as an auto collision repair and painter apprentice, or in related areas of an automotive dealership or shop, such as chassis, front end, brake, or frame repair, and parts counter clerk. Students working for certificates must have a basic knowledge of arithmetic, reading and writing in order to learn and work in the occupations they select.
REQUIRED COURSES: Units
AUTO 038x3 Non-structural Analysis and Damage Repair 9
AUTO 024 Structural Analysis and Damage Repair 6
AUTO 026 Auto Collision Refinishing 6
 
Total Units 21
AUTO 038x3 may be waived through the Articulation 2+2+2 program with prior agreement with the auto collision and refinishing instructor.  
 

Automatic and Manual Transmission Certificate

This certificate is designed to prepare students for entry-level work as an automatic transmission technician.

REQUIRED COURSES: Units
AUTO 064 Auto/Truck Electrical Systems 4
  or
DIESEL 064 Auto/Truck Electrical Systems 4
  or
AUTO 065 Electrical Systems Diagnosis and Repair 5
AUTO 075 Automatic Transmissions Rear Wheel Drive 4
AUTO 076 Automatic Transaxles Front Wheel Drive 4
AUTO 077 Manual Transmissions and Transaxles 4
AUTO 084 General Automotive Technology 4
AUTO 090 Engine Repair 6
TECALC 087 Technical Calculations 4
  or
MATH 942 Arithmetic 3
  or
Eligibility for MATH 952 as determined by the SBVC assessment process 0
 
Total Units 26 - 31

Automotive Technician Certificate

This certificate is designed to prepare students for entry level work as automotive technicians working in areas such as general automotive repair and service.
REQUIRED COURSES: Units
AUTO 050 Automotive Brakes 4
AUTO 052 Automotive Suspension and Steering 4
AUTO 056 Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning 4
AUTO 064 Auto/Truck Electrical Systems 4
  or
DIESEL 064 Auto/Truck Electrical Systems 4
AUTO 065 Electrical Systems Diagnosis and Repair 5
AUTO 068 Engine Performance - Ignition Systems 5
AUTO 069 Engine Performance - Fuel and Exhaust Systems 5
AUTO 075 Automatic Transmissions Rear Wheel Drive 4
  or
AUTO 076 Automatic Transaxles Front Wheel Drive 4
AUTO 077 Manual Transmissions and Transaxles 4
AUTO 084 General Automotive Technology 4
AUTO 090 Engine Repair 6
TECALC 087 Technical Calculations 4
  or
MATH 942 Arithmetic 3
  or
Eligibility for Math 952 as determined by the SBVC assessment process. 0
 
Total Units 49 - 53

Basic Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing Certificate

Students working for certificates must have a basic knowledge of arithmetic, reading and writing in order to learn and work in the occupations they select. This certificate is designed to prepare students for entry-level work as an auto collision repair and painter apprentice, or in related areas of an automotive dealership or shop, such as chassis, front end, or frame repair, and parts counter clerk.

REQUIRED COURSES: Units
AUTO 020 Non-Structural Body Repair 6
AUTO 022 Non-Structural Collision Repair 6
AUTO 024 Structural Analysis and Damage Repair 6
AUTO 026 Auto Collision Refinishing 6
 
Total Units 24
AUTO 20 may be waived through the Articulation 2+2+2 program with prior agreement with the auto collision and refinishing instructor.  
 
PROGRAM LEVEL OUTCOMES:
  1. Upon completion of this program students will obtain and recognize damage sustained by each of the three sections of the vehicle
  2. Upon completion of this program students will use common resources to identify the damage sustained by the vehicle
  3. Upon completion of this program student will be able to measure and evaluate structural damage
  4. Upon completion students will have the ability to identify and analyze types of damage to a vehicle

ENGINE PERFORMANCE Certificate

This certificate is designed to prepare students for entry-level work as engine performance specialists in areas such as computer systems, electrical systems, engine fuel and exhaust systems, and basic engine diagnosis.  Students working for certificates must have a basic knowledge of arithmetic, reading and writing in order to learn and work in the occupations they select.

REQUIRED COURSES: Units
AUTO 063 Emission Systems 4
AUTO 064 Auto/Truck Electrical Systems 4
AUTO 065 Electrical Systems Diagnosis and Repair 5
AUTO 066 ASE Alternative A-6, A-8, L-1 Prep or Certificate 4
AUTO 067 Engine and Emission Control Fundamentals 4
AUTO 068 Engine Performance - Ignition Systems 5
AUTO 069 Engine Performance - Fuel and Exhaust Systems 5
AUTO 084 General Automotive Technology 4
AUTO 090 Engine Repair 6
TECALC 087 Technical Calculations 4
  or
MATH 942 Arithmetic 3
  or
Eligibility for MATH 952 as determined by the SBVC assessment process 0 - 4
 
Total Units 41 - 45

Preventative Maintenance Technician Certificate

This certificate is designed to prepare students for employment as technicians performing entry-level preventative maintenance and minor repairs. Typical duties include new car prep, vehicle inspections and assisting master technicians.

Units
AUTO 050 Automotive Brakes 4
AUTO 052 Automotive Suspension and Steering 4
AUTO 064 Auto/Truck Electrical Systems 4
AUTO 084 General Automotive Technology 4
 
Total Units 16

Wheel Alignment and Brakes Certificate

This certificate is designed to prepare students for entry level work as an automotive technician working in the area of wheel alignment and brake repair. Students working for certificates must have a basic knowledge of arithmetic, reading and writing in order to learn and work in the occupations they select.
REQUIRED COURSES: Units
AUTO 050 Automotive Brakes 4
AUTO 051 Advanced Automotive Brakes 4
AUTO 052 Automotive Suspension and Steering 4
AUTO 053 Advanced Automotive Suspension and Steering 4
AUTO 064 Auto/Truck Electrical Systems 4
  or
DIESEL 064 Auto/Truck Electrical Systems 4
AUTO 084 General Automotive Technology 4
TECALC 087 Technical Calculations 4
  or
MATH 942 Arithmetic 3
  or
Eligibility for MATH 952 as determined by the SBVC assessment process 0
 
Total Units 24 - 28

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