This Certificate of Achievement does not count as a major for an Associate Degree.

Program Description

The curriculum prepares the student for entry-level employment as a lube technician, entry level mechanic, or fleet repair technician in an automotive engine repair facility. Students will gain valuable hands-on experience with basic diagnostic tools and procedures. Engine diagnosis testing will also cover the oiling, fuel, cooling, intake, and exhaust systems. Use of precision measuring equipment is practiced. Students are encouraged to take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Exam for Engine Repair (A1). ASE Student Examinations are administered within program courses.

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

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

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be assessed on their ability to

  1. Demonstrate the proper set up and operation of engine mechanical system diagnostic tools used in the automotive industry.
  2. Describe engine mechanical operating systems and control assemblies, their theories of operation, and practical diagnostic scenarios used to track failed components or systems encountered during engine repair.
  3.  Apply skill sets pertaining to the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) standards and performance tasks for automotive engine repair.

Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

Required Courses

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

Recommended Electives

  • MACH 101 - Beginning Metalworking Skills (3)
  • MACH 220 - Machine Shop Technology (9)
  • WELD 044A - Introduction to Gas Welding (1)
  • WELD 200C - Semi-Automatic and Gas Tungsten Welding (10)


Catalog Year
This information reflects the information from the 2020-2021 catalog. If you have questions about a previous version, please review our Catalog Archives and/or speak with a Counselor.