Automotive Tech: Hybrid & Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technician Degree

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This ASE-certified program prepares students for entry-level positions as automotive technicians.

Certificate Info at a Glance

Type: AAT or AAS-T Degree

Approx. # of Quarters: 7

Estimated Cost: $13,231.64

Admission Dates: Fall and Spring quarters, or Summer and Winter quarters with Instructor permission. Hybrid courses are taught Summer Quarter only.

This degree builds upon the Automotive Technician program by providing an additional quarter of study focused specifically on hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles. Students participate in realistic training that prepares them for employment and ASE certification.

To receive a certificate or degree in an automotive program all courses must be completed with a 2.0 GPA or higher.

To remain in the program all students must have the required textbooks by the start of the third week of classes and must have the required tools by the start of the second quarter. Students must also successfully complete ENG 094 and MAT 091 by the end of the third quarter.

AAT Degree General Education Requirements (15 credits)

  • ENGL& 101 English Composition or CMST& 220 (or higher)
  • MAT 105 Math for Industrial Professions (or higher)
  • PSYC& 100DIV General Psychology (PSY 112DIV, SOC& 101DIV, or other humanities course that meets the diversity requirement)

AAS-T Degree general education requirements (20 credits):

All AAS-T degrees must have a minimum of 20 credits of transferable general education. These credits replace the academic courses required for the AAT degree. Required credits include:

  • 5 credits in communication: ENGL& 101
  • 5 credits in quantitative reasoning: MAT 110, MATH& 141, MATH& 142, MATH& 146 or MATH& 151
  • 5 credits in a social science that meets the diversity requirement (PSYC& 100DIV or SOC& 101DIV)
  • 5 credits in social science, humanities, or science (choose one from the following): PSYC& 100DIV, PSYC& 200, PSY 210, PSYC& 220, SOC& 101, ART& 100, MUSC& 105, ASL& 121, BIOL 118, BIOL& 160, BIOL& 175, BIOL& 241, BIOL& 242, CHEM& 121, CHEM& 110, GEOL& 110, PHYS& 114, ECON 101, ECON& 201 or ECON& 202

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all College degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the capstone project, diversity, and computer literacy requirements.

Program Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
AUT 120 Automotive Basics 2
AUT 132 Automotive Welding 4
AUT 147** Automotive Brakes 6
AUT 149** Automotive Brakes, Suspension, Steering and Wheel Alignment 7
AUT 156** Automotive Brakes, Suspension, Steering and Wheel Alignment Lab 5
AUT 174** Engine Minor Mechanical Repair 6
AUT 175** Engine Major Mechanical Repair 7
AUT 178** Engine Mechanical Lab 3
AUT 203** Electrical Systems 11
AUT 209** Electronic Systems 7
AUT 217** Automotive Ignition Systems 7
AUT 223** Automotive Fuel Systems 7
AUT 236**CAP Automotive Emissions Systems 7
AUT 239 Clutches & Manual Transmissions 9
AUT 243 Automotive Axles, Drivelines, Differentials, & Transfer Cases 6
AUT 246 Manual Drive Trains & Axles Lab 4
AUT 247 Automatic Transmissions 7
AUT 250 Automatic Transaxles 7
AUT 251CAP Automatic Transmission / Transaxle Lab 4
AUT 255*** Air-Conditioning, Heating & Ventilation 6
AUTH 105** Hybrid/Alternate Fuel Introduction & Safety 2
AUTH 110** Alternate Fuel Vehicle Systems 2
AUTH 115** Toyota Hybrid System Overview 2
AUTH 120** Toyota Prius Hybrid System 2
AUTH 125** Honda Hybrid System Overview 2
AUTH 130** Honda Civic IMA Hybrid System 2
AUTH 135** Ford Escape/Mercury Mariner Hybrid System Overview 2
AUTH 140** General Motors & Other Hybrid System Overview 2
AUTH 145** Advanced Lab & Final Exam 2
  Total Credits for Completion 140

*Articulated courses with High Schools for Dual Enrollment

**These courses must be taken in consecutive order

***Must take AUT 203 and AUT 209 prior to AUT 255

AAT Program Requirements

  Credits
Technical Course Requirements (Total) 140
General Education Requirements (See listing above) 15
Computer Literacy Requirement
Complete an approved computer literacy course or successfully pass the computer literacy exam.
3
Total Credits for Completion of AAT Degree 158

AAS-T Program Requirements

  Credits
Technical Course Requirements (Same as AAT) 140
Computer Literacy Requirement
Complete an approved computer literacy course or successfully pass the computer literacy exam.
3
General Education Requirements (See listing above) 20
Total Credits for Completion of AAS-T Degree 163

Optional Electives

Students may also choose to take any course in the following programs as an optional elective for this program: Auto Collision, Auto Restoration and Customization, and Auto Upholstery.