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Automotive Technology

Business and Industrial Studies Guided Pathway Division

The automotive technology program prepares students for employment in the field and provides upgrade opportunities for currently employed personnel. By completing the degree and/or certificate requirements, the student will gain proficiency in safety practices, automotive service, testing, troubleshooting, brakes, suspension, wheel alignment, engine tune-up, electrical systems, fuel systems (carburetion and fuel injection), emission systems, transmissions, drive trains, engine repair, engine rebuilding, automotive machining, or air conditioning. Competencies will be assessed regularly in accordance with Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) standards. A student completing degree requirements may expect to enter industry as a technician in automotive service, repair, tune-up, smog certification, or automotive air conditioning.

Program Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the degree or certificate program, students will be able to:

  • Given an in-class exam, based on readings, classroom discussions and demonstrations, take a Pass/No Pass practice exam, or an official ASE Certification Test exam with a grade equivalent of "pass."
  • Develop knowledge and skills for job entry positions in the automotive field.
  • Working in the field, will develop updated knowledge and skills in the automotive field.

Certificate of Achievement:

Automotive Brakes/Suspension Transmission/Drive Train Technician

This Automotive Brakes/ Suspension, Transmission/Drive Train Technician certificate of achievement includes fundamental courses in automotive brake and suspension systems dealing with maintenance of the modern automobile. Emphasis is on the elementary operating principles and beginning skill development. This is designed to allow students to become familiar with automotive brake and suspension systems and enter the work environment with basic skills. Courses include fundamentals in automotive transmission and drive train systems dealing with maintenance of the modern automobile. Emphasis is on the elementary operating principles and beginning skill development.

Automotive Engine Rebuilding and Repair Technician 

The Automotive Engine Rebuilding and Repair Technician certificate of achievement trains students to work as professionals in this field, offering instruction in maintenance, diagnosis and overhaul procedures of electrical and fuel injection systems. By fulfilling the program requirements, students will have gained the skills necessary to maintain, repair, and diagnose electrical, fuel injection systems, and overhaul procedures, as well as basic shop practices needed to meet industry standards. This is theory/ practical course in Automotive Technology to include operating principles and descriptions of all components. The emphasis is on diagnosis and measurement of internal engine components. Complete disassembly and reassembly of engines will be accomplished with the emphasis on manufacturer's specialty tools and techniques of overhead cam engines.

Automotive Technician I 

The Automotive Technician certificates of achievement train students to work as professionals in this field, offering instruction in maintenance, diagnosis and overhaul procedures of electrical and fuel injection systems. By fulfilling the program requirements, students will have gained the skills necessary to maintain, repair, and diagnose electrical, fuel injection systems, and overhaul procedures, as well as basic shop practices needed to meet industry standards. This is theory/practical course in Automotive Technology to include operating principles and descriptions of all components.

Automotive Technician II 

The Automotive Technician certificates of achievement train students to work as professionals in this field, offering instruction in maintenance, diagnosis and overhaul procedures of electrical and fuel injection systems. By fulfilling the program requirements, students will have gained the skills necessary to maintain, repair, and diagnose electrical, fuel injection systems, and overhaul procedures, as well as basic shop practices needed to meet industry standards. This is theory/practical course in Automotive Technology to include operating principles and descriptions of all components.

Automotive Tune-Up Technician

The Automotive Tune-Up Technician certificate of achievement prepares students for employment in the field and provides upgrade opportunities for currently employed personnel. By completing the certificate requirements, the student will gain proficiency in safety practices, automotive service, testing, troubleshooting, brakes, suspension, wheel alignment, engine tune-up, electrical systems, fuel systems (carburetion and fuel injection), emission systems, transmissions, drive trains, engine repair, engine rebuilding, automotive machining, or air conditioning. Competencies will be assessed regularly in accordance with Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) standards. A student completing certificate requirements may expect to enter the industry as a technician in automotive service, repair, tune-up, smog certification, or automotive air conditioning.


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