Automotive Technology Certificate


The Automotive Technology Certificate allows the student flexibility to study in all areas of automotive repair or to focus on a series of courses in a particular area of repair. It incorporates electives for students to acquire skills in other Career Technical Education areas that are often required in the automotive career path. The Automotive Technology Certificate Program is designed to prepare students for employment in the automotive industry as automotive technicians, apprentice mechanics, automotive parts distributor or salesperson, or specialists in one of the many areas in, or jobs related to, the automotive industry. This certificate requires a total of 33-41 units. A grade of C or better is required in each course taken. At least half the units toward the certificate must be taken at Fullerton College.

Required Courses - Select 28-35 units of Auto Courses:28-35
Automotive Specialty Practice2
Internship in Automotive2-4
Automotive Powertrains5
Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems5
Engine Reconditioning7
Automotive Engine Performance7
Brake Systems Repair7
Engine Rebuilding and Repair8
Engine Performance and Drivability8
Brake and Suspension Systems Repair8
Automatic Transmissions8
Automatic Transmission Fundamentals3
Fuel Systems and Advanced Drivability Diagnosis4
Automotive Air Conditioning4
Emission Control Systems and Advanced Diagnosis6
Cylinder Head Repair4
Automotive Fundamentals4
Restricted Electives - Select an additional 5-6 units from the list below:5-6
Machine Tools2
Technical Mathematics I3
Introduction to Welding (formerly WELD 121AF)3
Gas Shielded Arc Welding3
Total Units33-41

Outcome 1: Demonstrate safe work habits associated with automotive repair shop employment and safely operate a wide array of hand and power tools to accomplish vehicle repairs.

Outcome 2: Perform diagnostic procedures to determine the cause of vehicle malfunctions and recommend the corrective actions to be taken.

Outcome 3: Estimate the cost of a vehicle repair including parts and labor and write it in a clear and concise manner.

Outcome 4: Conduct a wide range of vehicle repairs of the various automotive systems.

Outcome 5: Compose a summary of work performed on a vehicle using the industry-recognized concern, cause, and correction format.