Automotive Technology

Overview

Automotive Technology

Do you love working with your hands? Get the skills to start a long-term career in the competitive auto industry. Meet the latest standards in today’s market. Work with instructors who are Master ASE Certified or above.

Careers in Auto Tune-Ups, Emissions and Brakes

Repair and inspect all types of vehicles. Auto Mechanics are always in high demand. With seven certificates to choose from, you can specialize in many areas.

  • Start a career in air conditioning with a certificate in air conditioning and body electrical.
  • Work with brakes and alignment with the alignment and brake certificate.
  • Specialize in tune-ups with the emission and drivability tune-up certificate.

Academic Plans for Automotive Technology 

Each plan shows all the courses you need to take to complete your goal from start to finish. Map your education by clicking on the Academic Plan for the degree or certificate you’re interested in earning below. 

Note: The academic plans will give you an idea of the classes you need to take. However, please meet with a counselor to personalize the plan.

Automotive Analysis —AA/AS Degree

Term 1 
Course Units Notes                           
AUTO 0001                                                     0.5  
AUTO 0071A 4  
AUTO 0079 4  
AUTO 0150 0.5  
ENGL 0001A 3  
AUTO 0059 or BUS 0101 3-4  
TOTAL 15-16  
Term 2
Course Units Notes
AUTO 0061                      4          
AUTO 0066A 4  
MATH 0000B or MATH  0000D or MATH 0000E 4-6 If Math Learning Skills General Education Requirement has been met, students may take any degree-applicable Elective course instead of MATH 0000D.
MECH 0001 or AGRI 0156 or (PHYS 0010 and PHYS 0010L)                                                   3-4  
TOTAL 15-18  
Term 3
Course Units Notes
AUTO 0064  4  
MECH 0004 or BUS 0020 or BUS 0100 6-8 Choose two courses.
HED 0001 or HED 0002 or PDEV 0001 or PDEV 0070 or any KIN course 3 Choose any of these options or any Kinesiology course from Sierra College General Education Area E.
BUS 0085 or COMM 0003 or COMM 0001                        3  
TOTAL 16-18  
Term 4
Course Units
AUTO 0068A 4
GEOG 0090 or DES 0001 or any Elective course 3-4
ART 0022 or SPAN 0001 or PHOT 0060A or AAD 0012 3-5
NUTF 0010 or PSYC 0100 3
COMM 0010 or COMM 0007 or HIST 0017B 3
TOTAL 16-19

Air Conditioning and Body Electrical—Certificate of Achievement

Term 1
Course Units
AUTO 0001 0.5
AUTO 0061 4
AUTO 0071A 4
AUTO 0150 0.5
TOTAL 9
Term 2
Course Units
AUTO 0060 1
AUTO 0069 4
AUTO 0075 4
AUTO 0095 1
TOTAL 10

Alignment and Brake—Certificate of Achievement

Term 1
Course Units
AUTO 0001 0.5
AUTO 0064 4
AUTO 0079 4
AUTO 0150 0.5
TOTAL 9
Term 2
Course Units
AUTO 0060 1
AUTO 0071A 4
WELD 0015 2
BUS 0140 or (AUTO 0095 and AUTO 0028) 3
TOTAL 10

Automotive Engine Machining—Certificate of Achievement

Term 1
Course Units Notes
AUTO 0001 0.5  
AUTO 0066A 4  
AUTO 0150 0.5  
WELD 0015 2  
WELD 0020 3 WELD 0020 is recommended as an elective, but not required for this certificate. It has an advisory of WELD 0010 or WELD 0015 before taking course.
TOTAL 10  
Term 2
Course Units Notes
AUTO 0066B 4  
AUTO 0060 1  
AUTO 0095 3  
AUTO 0028 1  
WELD 0040 or WELD 0050 2-3

WELD 0040 has a prerequisite of completion of WELD 0010 or WELD 0015.

WELD 0050 has a prerequisite of completion of WELD 0020.

TOTAL 11-12  

Automatic Transmission—Certificate of Achievement

Term 1

Course Units
AUTO 0001 0.5
AUTO 0071A 4
AUTO 0080 4
AUTO 0150 0.5
WELD 0015 2
TOTAL 11
Term 2
Course Units
AUTO 0068A 4
AUTO 0060 1
AUTO 0095 2
AUTO 0028 1
TOTAL 8

Emission and Drivability Tune-Up—Certificate of Achievement

Term 1
Course Units Notes
AUTO 0062A 4  
AUTO 0071A 4  
AUTO 0031 4.5  
AUTO 0034 1.5 AUTO 0034 has a prerequisite of AUTO 0031. Take both courses in fast-track format within the same term, if possible.
TOTAL 14  
Term 2
Course Units
AUTO 0001 0.5
AUTO 0061 4
AUTO 0069 4
AUTO 0075 4
AUTO 0150 0.5
TOTAL 13
Term 3
Course Units
AUTO 0062B 4
AUTO 0060 or AUTO 0095 1
TOTAL 5
Term 4
Course Units
AUTO 0063 4
TOTAL 4

Master Automotive Technician—Certificate of Achievement

Term 1
Course Units
AUTO 0001 0.5
AUTO 0062A 4
AUTO 0064 4
AUTO 0071A 4
AUTO 0150 0.5
TOTAL 13
Term 2
Course Units Notes
AUTO 0061 4  
AUTO 0062B 4

Auto 0061 is a prerequisite for AUTO 0062B. Department will approve a prerequisite appeal so both courses can be taken at the same time.

AUTO 0075 4  
WELD 0015 2  
TOTAL 14  
Term 3
Course Units
AUTO 0031 4.5
AUTO 0066A 4
AUTO 0079 4
AUTO 0080 4
TOTAL 16.5
Term 4
Course Units
AUTO 0063 4
AUTO 0068A 4
AUTO 0069 4
AUTO 0095 3
TOTAL 15

Powertrain—Certificate of Achievement

Term 1
Course Units
AUTO 0001 0.5
AUTO 0071A 4
AUTO 0068A 4
AUTO 0150 0.5
WELD 0015 2
TOTAL 11
Term 2
Course Units
AUTO 0060 1
AUTO 0080 4
BUS 0140 or (AUTO 0095 and AUTO 0028) 3-4
TOTAL 8-9

Entry Level Automotive Service and Repair—Skills Certificate

Term 1
Course Units
AUTO 0150 0.5
AUTO 0079 4
AUTO 0071A 4
AUTO 0064 4
AUTO 0001 0.5
TOTAL 13

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