Automotive Technology

The Automotive Technology degree program is designed for individuals preparing for positions utilizing a combination of automotive technology skills including troubleshoot, analyze, diagnose, repair, and rebuild along with business management skills including service managers, insurance adjusters, and small business owners. This degree program will prepare students for the National Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification examinations to become an ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician and a Certified Engine Machinist, required for most entry-level opportunities in the industry. ASE certification requires hands-on working experience as well as completion of written examinations.

Two years of post-high school educational training, such as that offered in this automotive degree program at Yavapai College, may be substituted for up to one year of the hands-on work experience requirement of the ASE certification.


 
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 Program Facts

ASE logoNational Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification is essential to individuals preparing for positions in the automotive industry. ASE certification requires hands-on working experience as well as completion of written examinations. Two years of post-high school educational training, such as that offered in the automotive certificate and degree programs at Yavapai College, may be substituted for up to one year of the hands-on work experience requirement of the ASE certification.

This course program is designed to prepare students for entry level positions within the automotive repair industry. Students will become proficient in electrical systems, automatic power trains, manual power trains, steering and suspension, advanced auto computer systems, heating-A/C and engine rebuilds. Course requirements for auto and diesel have been combined in 12 of the required course credits allowing students to easily obtain degrees and or certificates combined in auto and diesel programs.

 Degree Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Automotive Technology Degree program, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify the parts and rebuild a basic engine and a modified performance engine. (AUT 108, AUT 151)
  • Explain and diagnose electrical circuits, electrical components, and computer related problems. (AUT 100, AUT 109, AUT 252)
  • Rebuild an automatic transmission and transaxle manual transmission, and transaxle driveline and differential. (AUT 122, AUT 124)
  • Replace steering and suspension components and align a front-end. (AUT 126)
  • Diagnose and repair automotive air conditioning and heating systems. (AUT 128)
  • Tune up, adjust and diagnose an internal combustion engine system. (AUT 131)
  • Diagnose, remove, and replace an entire automotive brake system including ABS and traction control system. (AUT 123)
 AAS in Applied Automotive Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degrees:

AAS - Automotive Technology

The Automotive Technology degree program is designed for individuals preparing for positions utilizing a combination of automotive technology and business management skills including service managers, insurance adjusters, and small business owners. This degree program will prepare students for the National Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification examinations to become an ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician and a Certified Engine Machinist. ASE certification requires hands-on working experience as well as completion of written examinations. Two years of post high school educational training, such as that offered in this automotive degree program at Yavapai College, may be substituted for up to one year of the hands-on work experience requirement of the ASE certification.

 Certifications

Certifications:

Automotive Technician

The purpose of this certificate program is to prepare students with the technical skills to obtain direct employment in the automotive industry and to upgrade the skills of individuals already employed in the industry. The courses within this certificate program prepare students for the National Automotive Service Excellence certification examinations which are required for most entry-level employment opportunities in the industry. Upon completion of each course, the student will receive an Award of Completion which will identify the competencies achieved.

Automotive Master Technician

Completion of this certificate program will prepare students for the National Automotive Service Excellence Certification examinations to become a Certified Master Automobile Technician and a Certified Engine Machinist. In addition, students will develop troubleshooting and analysis skills that will increase their diagnostic and repair abilities. Applied computer skills and information distribution within repair facilities are incorporated in this certificate.

 Employment Data

Program was re-established in 2005. The Auto programs at Yavapai are currently the largest enrolled program’s at Yavapai College. Automotive student graduates can make from $15-$20 an hour starting wages.

Job opportunities are abundant in the area with several grads working at independent and dealerships in and around Prescott.

From the United States Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor:

From American Job Center Network:

  • 49-3023.02 - Automotive Specialty Technicians
  • 49-3023.01 - Automotive Master Mechanics
  • 49-3093.00 - Tire Repairers and Changers
  • 13-1032.00 - Insurance Appraisers, Auto Damage
  • 49-3023.00 - Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
  • 17-3027.01 - Automotive Engineering Technicians
  • 49-2096.00 - Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles
  • 51-9061.00 - Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers
  • 49-1011.00 - First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
 Facilities and Features

CTEC Campus:

The Auto/Diesel shop is a 15,000 square foot shop housing the latest in auto/ diesel repair equipment. The program has an estimated 2 million dollars in state of the art trainers and equipment. Currently all tools and equipment for students are provided by the program.


Contact Information

Jerrad Smith
Ron Luellen