Program Description

The curriculum prepares students for entry-level employment in transmission repair. Students will gain valuable hands-on experience in removing, rebuilding, and adjusting manual and automatic transmissions and transaxles, clutches, drivelines, universal joints, constant-velocity (CV) joints and differentials. The use of precision equipment and specialty tools is emphasized. Students are encouraged to take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) examinations for Automatic Transmission/Transaxle (A2) and Manual Drive Train and Axles (A3). ASE Student Certifications are administered within the program courses.

This program has lab fees, uniform and DMV requirements. This curriculum is National 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 proper set up and operation of transmission diagnostic and service tools used in the automotive industry.
  2. Apply automatic and manual transmission theories of operation to practical diagnostic scenarios encountered during service and repairs of automatic and manual transmissions/transaxles and drive trains.
  3. Apply hands on skill sets pertaining to the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) standards and performance tasks for automatic and manual transmissions, transaxles, and drive trains. 

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

Required Units: 18

  • AUTO 200 - Automotive Fundamentals for Technicians (4)
  • AUTO 202 - Automotive Transmissions and Transaxles (5)
  • AUTO 203 - Manual Transmissions, Transaxle and Drivetrain (5)
  • AUTO  206A - Basic Automotive Electrical Systems (4)

 Recommended Electives

  • WELD 145 - Introduction to TIG Welding (1)

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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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