Program Description

The curriculum prepares the student for entry-level employment as a diagnostician or for various manufacturer training courses. Students will gain valuable hands-on experience in diagnosing and repairing automotive engine driveability problems. Fuel injection, ignition and emission systems testing, and applicable laws will also be covered. Use of precision equipment including lab scopes, engine and emission analyzers and other specialty tools is emphasized. Students are encouraged to take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Exams for Engine Performance (A8) Professional Examinations. ASE Student Certification Examinations are administered in these courses. 

This program has lab fees, program uniform, and driver license requirements. This curriculum is National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) approved and renewed in 2016.

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the safe and appropriate use of engine diagnostic tools used in the automotive industry.
  2. Apply fuel, ignition, and emission system theories of operation to practical diagnostic scenarios encountered during engine performance repairs.
  3. Apply testing procedures related to NATEF standards to diagnose vehicle drivability issues.

This program is designed to be completed in months.

This program will cost if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with of debt.

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This program has not passed standards established by the U.S. Department of Education. The Department based these standards on the amounts students borrow for enrollment in this program and their reported earnings. If in the future the program does not pass the standards, students who are then enrolled may not be able to use federal student grants or loans to pay for the program, and may have to find other ways, such as private loans, to pay for the program.

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Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

(24 units):

  • AUTO 200 - Automotive Fundamentals for Technicians (4)
  • AUTO 201 - Engine Operation & Testing (6)
  • AUTO 206A - Basic Automotive Electrical Systems (4)
  • AUTO 206B - Automotive Electrical Systems (4)
  • AUTO 208 - Engine Performance (6)

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Earn an Associate of Science Degree With Your Certificate of Achievement

An AS Degree prepares you with the unique skills needed to enter a specialized career field. Earned in conjunction with a Certificate of Achievement, it will open up further opportunities for career advancement.

To earn your AS degree, you will need to complete the general education requirements for an AS degree in addition to the above listed Certificate of Achievement Requirements.

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