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Automotive Technology Drivetrain Specialist Associate in Science and Certificate of Achievement

Many businesses need technicians with very specific skills to diagnose and repair complex problems of transmissions, transaxles, and differential vehicle power systems. This specialized program includes electronic controlled valve bodies, electronic differentials, four wheel drive, and all-wheel drive systems. Successful students will obtain a highly desired specialty set of skills. Work experience is a requirement for this major, which ensures student competency and success. All students are required to complete a digital portfolio resume used for assessment and practicum. Students completing all courses and general education courses will receive an Associate in Science during Commencement. Students completing all automotive course requirements will receive a Certificate of Achievement during Commencement.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  • Accurately describe and demonstrate knowledge of various automotive automatic, manual, electric and electronic drivetrain systems.
  • Diagnose and repair automotive power transmission systems by performing necessary actions.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally in a diverse setting that includes colleagues, clients, and supervisors.
  • Comply with environmental health and safety regulations at the state and federal levels.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

AUTO-121Automatic Transmission Theory and Operation2
AUTO-121LAutomatic Transmission Theory and Operation Laboratory1
AUTO-121TAutomatic Transmission Theory and Operation Assessment Test Out0.5
AUTO-126Automatic Transmission Diagnosis and Testing2
AUTO-126LAutomatic Transmission Diagnosis and Testing Laboratory1
AUTO-126TAutomatic Transmission Diagnosis and Testing Assessment Test Out0.5
AUTO-131Manual Transmission and Transaxle Repair1
AUTO-131LManual Transmission and Transaxle Repair Laboratory1
AUTO-131TManual Transmission and Transaxle Repair Assessment Test Out0.5
AUTO-132Differential and 4WD Systems Diagnosis and Service1
AUTO-132LDifferential and 4WD Systems Laboratory1
AUTO-132TDifferential and 4WD Systems Assessment Test Out0.5
AUTO-161Electrical Diagnosis and Repair2
AUTO-161LElectrical Diagnosis and Repair Laboratory1
AUTO-161TElectrical Diagnosis and Repair Assessment Test Out0.5
AUTO-162Electronics Diagnosis and Repair2
AUTO-162LElectronics Diagnosis and Repair Laboratory1
AUTO-162TElectronics Diagnosis and Repair Assessment Test Out0.5
AUTO-263Advanced Electronics1
AUTO-263LAdvanced Electronics Laboratory1
AUTO-263TAdvanced Electronics Assessment Test Out0.5
AUTO-264Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Operation and Diagnosis1
AUTO-264LHybrid and Electric Vehicle Operation and Diagnosis Laboratory1
AUTO-264THybrid and Electric Vehicle Operation and Diagnosis Assessment Test Out0.5
AUTO-212Automotive Work Experience 112
Total Units36

Plus General Education Requirements


Must be taken for a total of 12 units.

Certificate of Achievement

Students who complete the requirements above qualify for a Certificate in Automotive Technology Drivetrain Specialist. An official request must be filed with the Admissions and Records Office prior to the deadline as stated in the Academic Calendar.