Automotive Technology (AAS)

Program Information

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Automotive Technology is designed to prepare students for employment as automotive technicians. Instruction is given in both the theoretical and practical aspects of automotive operation, maintenance, and service. Directed lab activities provide experience in transmissions, differentials, fuel systems (both conventional and electronic), brakes, air conditioning, automotive electricity/electronics, diagnosis, emission control, engine service, suspension and steering systems. Modern, fully equipped facilities provide students with excellent opportunities for pre-employment experience.

Program Notes

You must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.

This program is organized as a sequence of intensive short-term AUT (Automotive Technology) courses for one year, followed by two semesters of general education course work, and an automotive internship. While evening AUT certificate and degree courses are offered, this sequence is currently available in this two-year time frame as a day program only.

By the end of the first year of study, you will be able to apply for three (3) Certificates of Completion (CCLs): Automotive Chassis,  Automotive Engine & Drive Trains, and Automotive Engine Performance Diagnosis & Air Conditioning.

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Recommended Course Sequence

Semester I 8 Credits Grade Sem/Year
AUT 106AA Engine Overhaul and Reconditioning 4    
AUT 123AA Automatic Transmissions 4    
Semester II 18 Credits Grade Sem/Year
AUT 101AA Internal Combustion Engines Theory 3    
AUT 103AB Automotive and Electrical/Electronic Systems I 4    
AUT 104AA Automotive Fuel Systems 3    
AUT 108AB Front-End Suspension, Steering, and Alignment 4    
AUT 109AC Automotive Brake Systems 4    
Semester III 17 Credits Grade Sem/Year

See an Academic Advisor or the Program Director during the first few weeks of the semester to apply for your three (3) Certificates of Completion (CCLs). (See Program Notes).

AUT 105AA Engine Performance & Diagnosis 3    
AUT 107AC Automotive Air Conditioning 3    
AUT 110AC Automotive Power Trains 4    
AUT 215AA Automotive and Electrical/Electronic Systems II 4    
AUT 233 Computerized Engine Control Systems 3    
Semester IV 12 Credits Grade Sem/Year
ENG 101 First-Year Composition OR 3    
ENG 107 First-Year Composition for ESL 3    
GTC 107 Technical Mathematics I 3    
COM 100 Introduction to Human Communication OR 3    
COM 110 Interpersonal Communication OR 3    
COM 225 Public Speaking OR 3    
COM 230 Small Group Communication 3    
HU ANY Any approved General Education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area. 3    
Semester V 7-12 Credits Grade Sem/Year

See an Academic Advisor or the Program Director during the first few weeks of the semester to apply for graduation.

AUT 270AA Automotive Technology Internship OR 1    
AUT 270AB Automotive Technology Internship OR 2    
AUT 270AC Automotive Technology Internship OR 3    
AUT 298AA Special Projects OR 1    
AUT 298AB Special Projects OR 2    
AUT 298AC Special Projects

(1-3 credits)

CRE 101 College Critical Reading OR

CRE111 Critical Reading for Business and Industry

(CRE111 is not offered at GCC, but may be available at another MCCCD college.)


Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0-3 credits)

ENG 102 First-Year Composition OR 3    
ENG 108 First-Year Composition for ESL OR 3    
ENG 111 Technical and Professional Writing 3    
SB ANY Any approved General Education course from the Social Behavioral Sciences area. 3    

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