The Automotive Technology program at Golden West College is designed to provide students with the opportunity to successfully prepare for careers in the automotive service industry as entry-level technicians or other related occupations. For those technicians presently working in the field, advanced course work is also available to meet state licensing requirements or to pursue promotional opportunities.

GWC is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and its courses and instructions align with NATEF requirements and standards.

Program Highlights

  • The best in Auto Technology training! Golden West College is NATEF certified through evaluation by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).
  • Auto Technology courses align with high industry standards identified by NATEF
  • Instructors are well qualified to teach in their areas of expertise and are certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), which has national prominence and recognition by the automotive industry.
  • The lab facilities, operations and equipment reflect industry standards, enabling students an easier transition into employment opportunities.
  • We offer internships, also scholarship opportunities with the Orange County Auto Dealers Association (OCADA).

Chassis and Drivetrain Specialist

Required courses | Semester at a Glance

Engine Performance and Emission Specialist

Required courses Semester at a Glance


Automotive: Chassis And Drivetrain Specialist – Associate In Arts

Students are given two options in order to prepare for a specialized field of study within the Automotive Technology program, the Chassis and Drivetrain option and the Engine Performance and Emissions option. New students entering either option are encouraged to consider taking preparation classes in automotive theory and computer skills before enrolling in the regular required courses for the certificate. This is intended to ensure successful performance in the required courses unless students have received prior training or education related to the recommended courses that would fulfill preparation expectations. These courses may normally be available in sequential patterns that would allow completion of the certificates within a two-year time frame.

Students will be responsible for providing their own textbooks, personal safety equipment, protective clothing, a basic hand tool set, and project related materials. The cost of these items will vary according to the place of purchase.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Measure and convert assigned unit pieces to interpret the appropriate SAE and metric unit. (Celsius to Fahrenheit and inches to millimeters).
  • Identify a fault (ac no air) and will perform a (repair) to then evaluate a successful (fix) in a lab situation.
  • Analyze and diagnose automotive engines and related components for correct system operation.
  • Demonstrate mastery of diagnostic tools and equipment used for automotive repair.
Required courses

Automotive Technology G120 – Electrical / Electronic Systems, Intro – 5 units
Automotive Technology G140 – Automotive Chassis: Brakes – 5 units
Automotive Technology G150 – Manual Drive Trains and Axles – 4 units
Automotive Technology G141 – Automotive Chassis: Steering / Suspension – 4.5 units
Automotive Technology G151 – Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles – 4 units

Total units: 22.5


Semester At A Glance – Chassis and Drivetrain Specialist

Semester 1
Auto G120 Electrical/Electronic Systems, Intro – 5 Units
Auto G140 Automotive Chassis: Brakes – 5 Units
General Education – TBD

Semester 2
Auto G150 Manual Drivetrains and Axles – 4 Units
Auto G141 Automotive Chassis: Steering/Suspension – 4.5 Units
General Education – TBD

Semester 3
Auto G151 Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles – 4 Units
General Education – TBD

Semester 4
General Education – TBD

Major Total: 22.5
GE Pattern GWC AA, CSU General Education Breadth
or IGETC Pattern: 21-39 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units


Performance And Emission Specialist – Associate In Arts

Students are given two options in order to prepare for a specialized field of study within the Automotive Technology program, the Chassis and Drivetrain option and the Engine Performance and Emissions option. New students entering either option are encouraged to consider taking preparation classes in automotive theory and computer skills before enrolling in the regular required courses for the certificate. This is intended to ensure successful performance in the required courses unless students have received prior training or education related to the recommended courses that would fulfill preparation expectations. These courses may normally be available in sequential patterns that would allow completion of the certificates within a two-year time frame.

Students will be responsible for providing their own textbooks, personal safety equipment, protective clothing, a basic hand tool set and project related materials. The cost of these items will vary according to the place of purchase.

PROGRAM LEVEL LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Measure and convert assigned unit pieces to interpret the appropriate SAE and metric unit. (Celsius to Fahrenheit, and inches to millimeters).
  • Diagnose and identify a fault, and will perform the necessary steps to complete an accurate repair.
  • Analyze and diagnose automotive engines and related components for correct system operation.
  • Demonstrate mastery of diagnostic tools and equipment used for automotive repair.

Required courses

Automotive Technology G110 – Engine Repair – 5 units
Automotive Technology G120 – Electrical / Electronic Systems: Intro – 5 units
Automotive Technology G130 – Engine Performance: Basic Theory/Diagnosis – 4.5 units
Automotive Technology G131 – Engine Performance: Advanced – 4.5 units

Total units: 19


Semester At A Glance – Engine Performance and Emissions Specialist

Semester 1
Auto G110 Engine Repair – 5 Units
Auto G120 Electrical/Electronic Systems: Intro – 5 Units
General Education – TBD

Semester 2
Auto G130 Engine Performance: Basic Theory/Diagnosis – 4.5 Units
General Education – TBD

Semester 3
Auto G131 Engine Performance: Advanced – 4.5 Units
General Education – TBD

Semester 4
General Education – TBD

Major Total: 19

GE Pattern GWC AA, CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 21-39

DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units

Chassis and Drivetrain Specialist

Required courses | Semester at a Glance

Engine Performance and Emission Specialist

Required courses Semester at a Glance


Automotive: Chassis and Drivetrain Specialist – Certificate of Achievement

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Measure and convert assigned unit pieces to interpret the appropriate SAE and metric unit. (Celsius to Fahrenheit, and inches to millimeters).
  2. Identify a fault (ac no air) and will perform a (repair) to then evaluate a successful (fix) in a lab situation.
  3. Analyze and diagnose automotive engines and related components for correct system operation.
  4. Demonstrate mastery of diagnostic tools and equipment used for automotive repair.
Required Courses

Automotive Technology G201 – Chassis and Drivetrain Specialist 1 – 14 units
or
Automotive Technology G120 – Electrical / Electronic Systems, Intro – 5 units

Automotive Technology G140 – Automotive Chassis: Brakes – 5 units
Automotive Technology G150 – Manual Drive Trains and Axles – 4 units

Automotive Technology G202 – Chassis and Drivetrain Specialist 2 – 9 units
or
Automotive Technology G141 – Automotive Chassis: Steering / Suspension – 4.5 units

Automotive Technology G151 – Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles – 4 units

Total units: 22.5-23


Semester At A Glance – Chassis and Drivetrain Specialist

Semester 1
Auto G201 Chassis and Drivetrain Specialist 1 – 14 units
or
Auto G120 Electrical/Electronic Systems, Intro – 5 units

Auto G140 Automotive Chassis: Brakes – 5 units
Auto G150 Manual Drivetrains and Axles – 4 units

Semester 2
Auto G202 Chassis and Drivetrain Specialist 2 – 9 units
or
Auto G141 Automotive Chassis: Steering/Suspension – 4.5 units

Auto G151 Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles – 4 units

Total units: 22.5-23


Automotive: Engine Performance and Emission Specialist – Certificate of Achievement

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Measure and convert assigned unit pieces to interpret the appropriate SAE and metric unit. (Celsius to Fahrenheit, and inches to millimeters).
  2. Identify a fault (ac no air) and will perform a (repair) to then evaluate a successful (fix) in a lab situation.
  3. Analyze and diagnose automotive engines and related components for correct system operation.
  4. Demonstrate mastery of diagnostic tools and equipment used for automotive repair.
Required Courses

Automotive Technology G203 – Engine Performance Specialist 1 – 14.5 units
or
Automotive Technology G110 – Engine Repair – 5 units

Automotive Technology G120 – Electrical / Electronic Systems: Intro – 5 units
Automotive Technology G130 – Engine Performance: Basic Theory/Diagnosis – 4.5 units

Automotive Technology G204 – Engine Performance Specialist 2 – 9.5 units
or
Automotive Technology G131 – Engine Performance: Advanced – 4.5 units

Automotive Technology G145 – Basic Clean Air Car Course – 5.0 units

Total units: 24


Semester At A Glance – Engine Performance and Emission Specialist

Auto G110 Engine Repair – 5 units
Auto G120 Electrical/Electronic Systems: Intro – 5 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 2
Auto G130 Engine Performance: Basic Theory/Diagnosis – 4.5 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 3
Auto G131 Engine Performance: Advanced – 4.5 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 4
General Education – TBD

Major Total: 19 units
GE Pattern GWC AA, CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 21-39 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units

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AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G101 – 3 Units
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Introduction to Automotive Technology
This course is designed to teach the student about the operation and maintenance of modern automobiles. There is an emphasis on the theory of the basic operating systems, including engine, electrical, chassis, and driveline systems. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G110 – 5 Units
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Engine Repair
This is an introductory course that provides students with theory, knowledge and skills necessary to perform minor and major service on automotive gasoline powered engines. Instruction is given and lab experience provided in engine diagnosis, removal, disassembly, analysis and inspection, precision measurements, re-assembly and installation. Information presented is based on the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A-1 Engine Repair Tasks and Standards intended to prepare students for the ASE Certification Examination. Lecture and Lab. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G120 – 5 Units
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Electrical/Electronic Systems, Introductory
Advisories: Automotive Technology G101
This is an introductory course that provides students with theory, knowledge, and skills necessary to understand electrical flow and electronic concepts. Instruction is given and lab experience provided which will enable students to successfully perform diagnostics and repair on vehicle electrical and electronic circuits. Information presented is based on the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A-6 Electrical/Electronics Tasks and Standards intended to prepare students for the ASE Certification Examination. Lecture and Lab. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G121 – 5 Units
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Electrical/Electronic Systems, Advanced
Advisories: Automotive Technology G120
This is an advanced course that provides students with theory, knowledge, and skills necessary to understand electrical flow and advanced automotive electronic diagnostic and repair concepts. Coursework presented is based on the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A-6 Electrical/Electronics Tasks and Standards intended to prepare students for the ASE Certification Examination. Lecture and Lab. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G130 – 4.5 Units
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Engine Performance: Basic Theory/Diagnosis
Advisories: Automotive Technology G101 and G120
This is an introductory course that covers theory, knowledge, and skills necessary to understand engine performance concepts. Instruction is given and lab experience provided which will enable students to successfully perform diagnostics and repair on engine management and related systems. Information presented is based on the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Engine Performance Tasks and Standards intended to prepare students for the ASE A-8 Engine Performance certification examination. Lecture & Lab. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G131 – 4.5 Units
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Engine Performance, Advanced
Advisories: Automotive Technology G130
This is an advanced course that covers theory, knowledge, and skills necessary to understand advanced engine performance concepts. Instruction is given and lab experience provided which will enable students to successfully perform diagnostics and repair on complex engine management and related systems. Information presented is based on the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Engine Performance Tasks and Standards intended to prepare students for the ASE A-8 Engine Performance certification examination. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G140 – 5 Units
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Automotive Chassis: Brakes
This is an introductory course that covers theory, knowledge, and skills necessary to understand automotive disc and drum brake systems, antilock-braking systems and related components. Instruction is given and lab experience provided which will enable students to successfully perform diagnostics and repair on automotive brake systems. Information presented is based on the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Engine Performance Tasks and Standards intended to prepare students for the ASE A-5 Brakes examination. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G141 – 4.5 Units
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Automotive Chassis: Steering & Suspension
This is an introductory course that covers theory, knowledge, and skills necessary to understand automotive steering and suspension systems and related components. Instruction is given and lab experience provided which will enable students to successfully perform related diagnostics and repair. The coursework is based on the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Tasks and Standards intended to prepare students for the ASE A-4 Suspension & Steering Certification examination. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G150 – 4 Units
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Manual Drive Trains & Axles
This is a course that provides the students with theory, knowledge, and skills necessary to understand automotive manual drive trains and transaxles concepts. Instruction is given and lab experience provided in diagnosis, removal, disassembly, analysis and inspection, precision measurements, re-assembly and installation. Information presented is based on the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A-3 Manual Drive Train and Axles Tasks and Standards intended to prepare students for the ASE Certification Examination. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G151 – 4 Units
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Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles
This is an introductory course that provides the students with theory, knowledge, and skills necessary to understand automotive automatic transmission and transaxle concepts. Instruction is given and lab experience provided in diagnosis, removal, disassembly, inspection, precision measurements, re-assembly and installation. The coursework is based on the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Tasks and Standards intended to prepare students for the ASE A-2 Automatic Transmission and Transaxle Certification examination. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G160 – 4 Units
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Heating and Air Conditioning
This is an introductory course that covers theory, knowledge, and skills necessary to understand automotive Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems. Instruction is given and lab experience provided which will enable students to successfully perform diagnostics and repair on both manual and automatic HVAC systems. EPA-accepted techniques for recovering and recycling R134 and R12 refrigerants will also be covered. Coursework is based on the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Tasks and Standards intended to prepare students for the ASE A-7 Heating and Air Conditioning certification examination. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G170 – 3 Units
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Hybrid Vehicles
This course is a hands-on approach to the world of hybrid, fuel cell and electric powered vehicles. Discover how this new technology works as it replaces existing fossil fueled engines. Examine existing technologies, conversion processes, testing, assembly, operation, and maintenance of hybrid-electric, fuel cell and battery powered electric vehicles. Appropriate safety related instruction is included . Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G173 – 5 Units
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Electric Vehicles
Prerequisites: Automotive Technology G120 and G170, minimum grade of B, or concurrently enrolled in Automotive Technology G170
Corequisites: Automotive Technology G170
This course furthers the student’s skills in electric vehicle (EV) theory and provides an introduction to advanced EV designs and propulsion systems. The course includes: EV design and construction; the testing, assembly, operation and maintenance of EVs; the influence of battery management design; advanced technology batteries and intelligent charging systems; and alternative EV drive systems. Appropriate safety related instruction will be included in each segment. This course is designed to help the field technician prepare for the Automotive Service of Excellence (ASE) Light Duty Hybrid / Electric Vehicle Specialist (L3) exam. Students will also need to complete Automotive Technology G170 to prepare for the ASE (L3) exam. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G175 – 5 Units
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Automotive Diesel
Prerequisites: Automotive Technology G110 and G120
Advisories: Automotive Technology G130
This is an introductory course that will allow students to understand diesel engines, diesel fuel systems, and the theory and operation of related diesel systems. Instruction will be given in the classroom setting as well as hands on laboratory learning. This will allow students to successfully perform diagnostics and repair on light duty trucks and passenger cars equipped with diesel engines. This course will prepare students to pass the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A9 Light Vehicle Diesel Engines test. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G181 – 4 Units
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Honda PACT 1
Advisories: Automotive Technology G101, G120 and G140
This introductory course aligns with Honda’s Professional Automotive Career Training (PACT) curriculum. The course covers Honda-specific fundamental theory and maintenance procedures, including research on American Honda Motor’s interactive network for learning modules and service information. Honda recognizes the completion of this course as part of their core training program. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

Properly trained individuals stand to earn a good living working as automotive technicians.  And there are stepping stone opportunities that begin with a solid background in auto service and repair training. With vehicles lasting longer, good technicians are needed to service and repair these vehicles.

There is work out there for those individuals willing to work hard and acquire the proper training. Here at Golden West Auto Technology, we are training students not only how to properly fix cars, but we’re also encouraging them to develop the mindset for future supervisor and manager positions in the auto service and repair industry.  One of these individuals might be you!

GWC  Career Center
http://www.goldenwestcollege.edu/career-center/

Career Café
www.cacareercafe.com

Simply Hired
http://www.simplyhired.com/a/jobs/list/q-auto+mechanic

Jobs Monster
http://jobs.monster.com/v-automotive.aspx

Bureau of Labor Statistics
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/automotive-service-technicians-and-mechanics.htm

Wiki Answers
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_job_outlook_on_auto_mechanic

Chair: John Kasabian
Instructor, Automotive Technology
A.S.E. Certified Master Automobile Technician
B.A. Degree in Sociology University of California, Santa Barbara, A.A. Degree Automotive Technology Cerritos College,
Certificate of Achievement Automotive Technology Manufacture Specialty General Motors ASEP graduate
jkasabian@gwc.cccd.edu


Bryan Kramer
Instructor, Automotive Technology
Master’s Degree in Education – National University
Teaching Credential in Industrial Arts – National University
Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish – Calif. State University, Long Beach
Certificate of Achievement in Machine Technology, Orange Coast College
bkramer@gwc.cccd.edu,

Mike Russell
Instructor, Automotive Technology
A.S.E. Certified Master Automobile Technician
B.A. Degree in Career and Technical Education – CSUSB
Teaching Credential for Automotive Repair
mrussell@gwc.cccd.edu

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