Curriculum & Outcomes

Auto Repair Technician 

Associate of Applied Science Degree

117 Credits

Program Mission: The Auto Repair Technician AAS degree prepares students for employment in automotive dealership service centers, independent repair shops, and specialty or customized shops.

Today’s automobile is designed and engineered at a higher level of technology than ever before. This produces a high demand for trained repair technicians who can meet the increased technical challenges and demonstrate advanced knowledge–particularly in the electrical and electronics areas. As a well-trained technician with current skills, you can expect rapid employment and a steady rising income. In addition, this program includes preparation for the ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certification.

Auto Repair Technician AAS degree graduates will:

  • Be prepared for employment in automotive dealership service centers, independent repair shops, and specialty or customized shops
  • Be prepared to succeed on the ASE Certification exam
  • Diagnose mechanical malfunctions and performance problems and make necessary repairs
  • Operate precision automotive diagnostic and repair equipment
  • Interpret repair manuals and computer-based programs dealing with specifications and repair procedures
  • Demonstrate good public relations with customers and colleagues
  • Skillfully use tools and equipment
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, teamwork, communication, intercultural appreciation , and technical and information literacy skills
  • Meet Social Science, Humanities, Written Communication, and Quantitative Reasoning distribution area outcomes

It is the student’s responsibility to discuss sequencing and work out their individual schedule with a counselor or advisor. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

  • TRAN 110, 112, 113, and 125 must be taken in the first term.
  • AUTO 120 Electrical/Electronics must be completed before Engine Performance Series (AUTO 134, 135, 136 and 138).
  • AUTO 298 must be completed in the last term of training.

ACADEMIC PLAN

Admission Dates: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring

Program Requirements

TRAN 110 Computer Basics/ Transportation Trades 2
TRAN 112 Shop & Business Practices 5
TRAN 113 Basic Electrical Systems 4
TRAN 125 Mechanical Principles 5
AUTO 120 Electrical/Electronics Systems1 14
AUTO 124 Maintenance Procedures 2
AUTO 134 Engine Performance -Ignition 4
AUTO 135 Engine Performance -Fuel 4
AUTO 136 Engine Performance -Emission 4
AUTO 138 Engine Performance - Computer Controls 4
AUTO 140 Brake Systems 10
AUTO 144 Suspension, Steering &Alignment 6
AUTO 210 Engine Repair1 10
AUTO 215 Heating & AirConditioning Service 6
AUTO 220 Automatic Transmission & Transaxles 8
AUTO 225 Manual Transmission &Axles 8
AUTO 298 Job Search 1

Academic Core Requirements - 20 Credits

Written Communication 5
Humanities 5
Quantitative Reasoning 5
Social Science 5
Total Program Credits117

See Academic Core for a list of all applicable courses for each of the categories listed above.

Auto Repair Technician

Certificate of Proficiency

89 Credits

Today’s automobile is designed and engineered at a higher level of technology than ever before. This produces a high demand for trained repair technicians who can meet the increased technical challenges. This program prepares students for employment in independent repair shops, and specialty or customized shops. The auto repair technician field is rapidly changing and relies more and more on advanced knowledge – particularly in the electrical and electronics areas. As a well-trained technician with current skills, you can expect rapid employment and a steadily rising income. In addition this program includes preparation for parts of the ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certification.

Auto Repair Technician certificate graduates will:

  • Be prepared for employment in automotive dealership service centers, independent repair shops, and specialty or customized shops
  • Diagnose mechanical malfunctions and performance problems and make necessary repairs
  • Operate precision automotive diagnostic and repair equipment
  • Interpret repair manuals and computer-based programs dealing with specifications and repair procedures
  • Demonstrate good public relations with customers and colleagues
  • Skillfully use tools and equipment
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, teamwork, communication, intercultural appreciation , and technical and information literacy skills

It is the student's responsibility to discuss sequencing and work out their individual schedule with a counselor or advisor. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

  • TRAN 110, 112, 113, and 125 must be taken in the first term.
  • AUTO 120 Electrical/Electronics must be completed before Engine Performance Series (AUTO 134, 135, 136 and 138).
  • AUTO 298 must be completed in the last term of training.
  • CWEX Cooperative Work Experience may be completed in the student's last 2 terms of training, used as a requirement for classes within the term the student is registered for by instructor permission only.

ACADEMIC PLAN

Admission Dates: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring

Program Requirements

TRAN 110 Computer Basics/ Transportation Trades 2
TRAN 112 Shop & Business Practices 5
TRAN 113 Basic Electrical Systems 4
TRAN 125 Mechanical Principles 5
AUTO 120 Electrical/ElectronicsSystems1 14
AUTO 124 Maintenance Procedures 2

Technical Electives: Select a minimum of 42 credits with Instructor approval

AUTO 134 Engine Performance - Ignition Systems 4
AUTO 135 Engine Performance - Fuel Systems 4
AUTO 136 Engine Performance - Emission Systems 4
AUTO 138 Engine Performance - Computer Controls 4
AUTO 140 Brake Systems 10
AUTO 144 Suspension, Steering &Alignment 6
AUTO 210 Engine Repair 10
AUTO 215 Heating & AirConditioning Service 6
AUTO 220 Automatic Transmission & Transaxles 8
AUTO 225 Manual Transmission &Axles 8
AUTO 298 Job Search 1

Academic Core Requirements - 15 Credits

Written Communication 5
Quantitative Reasoning 5
Social Science 5
Total Program Credits89

See Academic Core for a list of all applicable courses for each of the categories listed above.

General Service Technician

Certificate of Completion

32 Credits

Today's automobile is designed and engineered at a higher level of technology than ever before. According to many automotive industry estimates, there is a critical shortage of technicians. Industry is turning to education to attract individuals into the career field and provide the training needed for employment. Many employers say they need entry-level technicians who have the essential knowledge and skills required for fundamental service and maintenance tasks including a general understanding of all automobile systems with a solid foundation in electrical/electronic systems, while others prefer to hire technicians with a broad skill set from an automotive program with more depth and breadth. The General Service Technician certificate is intended to be an articulation option to the Automotive Repair Technician Certificate of Proficiency or AAS degree program.

In addition, this program includes preparation for two of the ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certifications.

It is the student’s responsibility to discuss sequencing and work out their individual schedule with a counselor or advisor. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

  • TRAN 110, 112, 113, and 125 must be taken before AUTO 120 and 124.

ACADEMIC PLAN

Admission Dates: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring

Program Requirements

TRAN 110 Computer Basics/ Transportation Trades 2
TRAN 112 Shop & Business Practices 5
TRAN 113 Basic Electrical Systems 4
TRAN 125 Mechanical Principles 5
AUTO 120 Electrical/ElectronicsSystems1 14
AUTO 124 Maintenance Procedures 2
Total Program Credits32

I-BEST General Service Technician

Certificate of Completion

38 Credits

Today's automobile is designed and engineered at a higher level of technology than ever before. According to many automotive industry estimates, there is a critical shortage of technicians. Industry is turning to education to attract individuals into the career field and provide the training needed for employment. Many employers say they need entry-level technicians who have the essential knowledge and skills required for fundamental service and maintenance tasks including a general understanding of all automobile systems with a solid foundation in electrical/electronic systems, while others prefer to hire technicians with a broad skill set from an automotive program with more depth and breadth. The I-BEST General Service Technician certificate prepares an increasingly diverse workforce to meet employer demands in the automotive industry and is intended to be an articulation option to the Automotive Repair Technician Certificate of Proficiency or AAS degree program. It provides ESL and ABE students with the opportunity to pursue the General Service Technician Certificate while continuing their progress in Basic Skills.

In addition, this program includes preparation for two of the ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certifications. It is the student’s responsibility to discuss sequencing and work out their individual schedule with a counselor or adviser. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

  • TRAN 110, 112, 113, and 125 must be taken before AUTO 120 and 124.
  • EASL 074 is a corequisite for TRANS 110, 112, 113, and 125.
  • EASL 076 is a corequisite for AUTO 120 and AUTO 124.

ACADEMIC PLAN

Admission Dates: Summer, Winter

Program Requirements

TRAN 110 Computer Basics/ Transportation Trades 2
TRAN 112 Shop & Business Practices 5
TRAN 113 Basic Electrical Systems 4
TRAN 125 Mechanical Principles 5
AUTO 120 Electrical/ElectronicsSystems 14
AUTO 124 Maintenance Procedures 2
EASL 074 ESL TransportationApplications I 3
EASL 076 ESL TransportationApplications II 3
Total Program Credits38