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 33.5-41.5 units. A minimum grade of C is required in each course taken. At least half the units toward the certificate must be taken at Fullerton College.

Restricted Electives - Select from the following AUTO courses (28.5-35.5 units):28.5-35.5
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 Fundamentals4.5
Select an additional 5-6 units from the list below:5-6
Machine Tools2
Introduction to Welding (formerly WELD 121AF)3
Gas Shielded Arc Welding3
Technical Mathematics I3
Total Units33.5-41.5

Outcome 1: Demonstrate safe work habits when using tools and equipment to repair automotive systems and comply with all local, state, federal, and international regulations regarding hazardous waste handling, disposal, and record keeping.

Outcome 2: Evaluate vehicle malfunctions, demonstrate diagnostic procedures, interpret diagnostic test results, recommend repair or corrective action, and proficiently perform vehicle repairs following vehicle manufacturers' specifications.

Outcome 3: Compose a written vehicle repair estimate including parts and labor, collaborate with other staff members to inform the customer, and summarize the repairs performed on a vehicle repair order using the industry standard.

Outcome 4: Plan and participate in automotive technology update training and certification testing on a regular basis to stay current with emerging automotive repair skills and industry needs.