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Hybrid & Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technician AAT and AAS-T Degrees

degree Info at a Glance
Type
AAT and AAS-T Degree
Estimated # of Quarters
This degree is approximately 8 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Fall and spring quarters. Summer and winter quarters with instructor permission only. Hybrid courses are taught summer quarter only.
Prerequisites
Successful completion of Introduction to Automotive or equivalent.

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

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. 

Degree Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
IAUT 102Introduction to Automotive Trades3
IAUT 104Introduction to Automotive Electrical4
IAUT 115Introduction to Automotive Steering, Suspension & Brakes5
IAUT 130Automotive HVAC2
IAUT 139Basic Automotive Welding5
AUT 120Automotive Basics2
AUT 132Automotive Welding4
AUT 147Automotive Brakes6
AUT 149Automotive Brakes, Suspension, Steering & Wheel Alignment7
AUT 156Automotive Brakes, Suspension, Steering & Wheel Alignment Lab5
AUT 174Engine Minor Mechanical Repair6
AUT 175Engine Major Mechanical Repair7
AUT 178Engine Mechanical Lab3
AUT 203Electrical Systems11
AUT 209Electronic Systems7
AUT 217Automotive Ignition Systems7
AUT 223Automotive Fuel Systems7
AUT 236Automotive Emissions Systems7
AUT 239Automotive Clutches & Manual Transmissions9
AUT 243Automotive Axles, Drivelines, Differentials & Transfer Cases6
AUT 246Manual Drive Trains & Axles Lab4
AUT 247Automatic Transmissions7
AUT 250Automatic Transaxles7
AUT 251CAPAutomatic Transmission/Transaxle Lab4
AUT 255Automotive Air Conditioning, Heating & Ventilation6
AUT 270Introduction to Hybrid Safety4
AUTH 105Hybrid/Alternate Fuel Introduction & Safety2
AUTH 110Alternate Fuel Vehicle Systems2
AUTH 115Toyota Hybrid System Overview2
AUTH 120Toyota Prius Hybrid System2
AUTH 125Honda Hybrid System Overview2
AUTH 130Honda Civic IMA Hybrid System2
AUTH 135Ford Escape/Mercury Mariner Hybrid System Overview2
AUTH 140General Motors & Other Hybrid Systems Overview2
AUTH 145Advanced Lab & Final Exam Preparation2
 Technical Credits163

Introduction to Automotive Trades

Item #
IAUT 102
Total Credits
3

This course is an introduction to the automotive industry. Students will learn about the industry, automobile safety, pollution and hygiene, basic hand tools, fasteners and resume preparation.

Co-requisites
IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT 139.
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Introduction to Automotive Electrical

Item #
IAUT 104
Total Credits
4

This course is an introduction to automotive electrical systems. Students will learn electrical theory, basic electrical testing equipment and procedures and proper wire splicing and repairs.

Co-requisites
IAUT 102, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT 139.
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Introduction to Automotive Steering, Suspension & Brakes

Item #
IAUT 115
Total Credits
5

This course is an introduction to automotive steering, suspension and braking systems. Students will learn the basic theory of these systems, how to put a vehicle on a lift and perform inspections, and how to perform a four-wheel alignment.

Co-requisites
IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 130, IAUT 139.
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Automotive HVAC

Item #
IAUT 130
Total Credits
2

Students will learn auto HVAC system diagnosis and proper service techniques.

Co-requisites
IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 139.
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Basic Automotive Welding

Item #
IAUT 139
Total Credits
5

This course is an introduction to automotive welding. Includes basic welding using Oxy-Fuel, MIG and other processes used in automotive repair.

Co-requisites
IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130.
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Automotive Basics

Item #
AUT 120
Total Credits
2

Provides information on basic shop safety, hazardous-material handling, industry trends and opportunities, tools and fasteners. Upon completion of this course, students will be familiar with safety, hazardous-material handling and disposal procedures, the future of the industry, and employment potential. The student will also be familiar with automotive tools, fasteners and their usage. 

Prerequisites
Must have required textbooks, coveralls and eye protection. Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT and 139.
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Automotive Welding

Item #
AUT 132
Total Credits
4

Provides the knowledge and skills for industry-standard requirements in welding, brazing and soldering within the automotive industry. Also included in the course is instruction in oxygen/acetylene and wire-feed welding. 

Prerequisites
Must have required textbooks, coveralls and eye protection. Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT and 139.
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Automotive Brakes

Item #
AUT 147
Total Credits
6

Theory and troubleshooting of hydraulic systems, disc brake systems, drum brake systems, power booster systems and antilock brake systems. 

Prerequisites
Must have required tools and textbooks. Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT and 139.
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Automotive Brakes, Suspension, Steering & Wheel Alignment

Item #
AUT 149
Total Credits
7

Theory and troubleshooting of front suspension systems, steering systems, rear suspension systems, and computer-controlled systems. This course will also cover basic wheel alignment, including two- and four-wheel alignment. 

Prerequisites
Must successfully complete AUT 147 and have required tools and textbooks. Completion of introduction to automotive courses.
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Automotive Brakes, Suspension, Steering & Wheel Alignment Lab

Item #
AUT 156
Total Credits
5

Repair automotive brakes, steering and suspension systems by applying knowledge attained in required courses. This is a hands-on class that uses live projects. 

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Engine Minor Mechanical Repair

Item #
AUT 174
Total Credits
6

Diagnose and repair general engine mechanical, lubrication and cooling-system problems. Upon completion of this course, the student will be familiar with the terminology, basic theory, diagnostics and minor engine mechanical service and repair procedures. 

Prerequisites
Must have required tools and textbooks. Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT and 139.
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Engine Major Mechanical Repair

Item #
AUT 175
Total Credits
7

Diagnose and repair engine blocks, heads, and valve trains. Upon completion of this course, the student will be familiar with the terminology, basic theory, diagnostics, and removal and installation procedures to successfully diagnose and repair automobiles and light truck engines.

Prerequisites
Must have successfully completed AUT 174 and have required tools and textbooks.
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Engine Mechanical Lab

Item #
AUT 178
Total Credits
3

Repair engine components by applying knowledge attained in required courses. This is a hands-on class that uses live projects. Upon completion of this course, the student will be familiar with diagnosis, maintenance and repair of automobile and light truck engines. 

Prerequisites
Must have successfully completed AUT 174 and 175 and have required tools and textbooks.
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Electrical Systems

Item #
AUT 203
Total Credits
11

Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems and study basic application of computerized electronic control systems. Upon completion of this course, the student will be familiar with the terminology, basic theory, diagnostics, removal and installation procedures used on automobiles and light trucks. 

Prerequisites
Must have required tools and textbooks. Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT and 139.
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Electronic Systems

Item #
AUT 209
Total Credits
7

Diagnose and repair automotive electronic systems and study basic application of computerized electronic control systems. Upon completion of this course, the student will be familiar with the terminology, basic theory, diagnostics, removal and installation procedures used on automobiles and light trucks. 

Prerequisites
Must successfully complete AUT 203 and must have required tools and textbooks.
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Automotive Ignition Systems

Item #
AUT 217
Total Credits
7

Diagnose and repair electronic and computer-controlled automotive ignition systems. Upon completion of this course, students will be familiar with the terminology, basic theory, and diagnostic and repair procedures used on automobiles and light trucks. 

Prerequisites
Must successfully complete courses AUT 174, 175, 178, 203, and 209 and must have required tools and textbooks.
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Automotive Fuel Systems

Item #
AUT 223
Total Credits
7

Diagnose and repair fuel management systems. Upon completion of this course, the student will be familiar with the terminology, basic theory, and diagnostic and repair procedures used on automobiles and light trucks. 

Prerequisites
Must successfully complete courses AUT 174, 175, 178, 203, 209, and 217, and must have required tools and textbooks.
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Automotive Emissions Systems

Item #
AUT 236
Total Credits
7

Diagnose and repair emissions control systems. Upon completion of this course, the student will be familiar with the terminology, basic theory, and diagnostic and repair procedures used on automobiles and light trucks. 

Prerequisites
Must successfully complete courses AUT 174, 175, 178, 203, 209, 217, and 223, and must have required tools and textbooks.
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Automotive Clutches & Manual Transmissions

Item #
AUT 239
Total Credits
9

Provides the student with the knowledge and skills to competently repair automotive clutches and manual transmissions/transaxles. Upon completion of the course, the student will be familiar with the terminology, basic theory, diagnostics, maintenance, and repair of automobile/light truck clutches and manual transmissions/transaxles.

Prerequisites
Must have required tools and textbooks. Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT and 139.
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Automotive Axles, Drivelines, Differentials & Transfer Cases

Item #
AUT 243
Total Credits
6

Provides the student with the knowledge and skills to competently repair automotive axles, drivelines, differentials and transfer cases. Upon completion of the course, the student will be familiar with the terminology, basic theory, diagnostics, maintenance and repair of automobile/light truck axles, drivelines, differentials and transfer cases. 

Prerequisites
Must successfully complete AUT 239 and have required tools and textbooks.
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Manual Drive Trains & Axles Lab

Item #
AUT 246
Total Credits
4

This course is designed to teach the student to competently repair drive-train components by applying knowledge attained in required courses. This is a hands-on class that uses live projects. Upon completion of this course, students will be familiar with diagnosis, maintenance and repair of automobile/light truck manual drive trains. 

Prerequisites
Must successfully complete courses AUT 239 and 243, and must have required tools and textbooks.
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Automatic Transmissions

Item #
AUT 247
Total Credits
7

This course provides sstudents with the knowledge and skills to competently repair automatic transmissions. Upon completion of the course, students will be familiar with the terminology, basic theory, diagnostics, maintenance and repair of automobile/light truck automatic transmissions. 

Prerequisites
Must have required tools and textbooks. Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT and 139.
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Automatic Transaxles

Item #
AUT 250
Total Credits
7

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to competently repair automatic transaxles. Upon completion of the course, students will be familiar with the terminology, basic theory, diagnostics, maintenance and repair of automobile transaxles. 

Prerequisites
Must successfully complete AUT 247 and have required tools and textbooks.
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Automatic Transmission/Transaxle Lab

Item #
AUT 251CAP
Total Credits
4

This course is designed to teach students to competently repair automatic transmission/transaxle assemblies by applying knowledge attained in required courses. This is a hands-on class that uses live projects. Upon completion of this course, students will be familiar with diagnosis, maintenance, and repair of automobile/light truck drive trains by applying academic knowledge to hands-on projects. 

Prerequisites
Must successfully complete courses AUT 247 and 250, and must have required tools and textbooks prior to entering this course.
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Automotive Air Conditioning, Heating & Ventilation

Item #
AUT 255
Total Credits
6

Theory, troubleshooting and repair of automotive air-conditioning systems, heating systems and ventilation systems. Also covers recovery and recycling of both R-12 and R134A refrigerants. 

Prerequisites
Must successfully complete AUT 203 and 209 and have required tools and textbooks.
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Introduction to Hybrid Safety

Item #
AUT 270
Total Credits
4

This course is an introduction to the safety precautions required when working on hybrid and electric vehicles. Students will learn about the basics of hybrid electrical systems, personal protective equipment (PPE) and how to power down the most common hybrid vehicles. Offered only during winter quarter.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT and 139.
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Hybrid/Alternate Fuel Introduction & Safety

Item #
AUTH 105
Total Credits
2

Covers the history, evolution and general safety precautions for servicing. 

Prerequisites
Students must have completed an ASE/NATEF certified automotive training program or have instructor’s permission with two years of automotive experience.
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Alternate Fuel Vehicle Systems

Item #
AUTH 110
Total Credits
2

Covers diesel, E85, CNG, and hydrogen systems in use today.

Prerequisites
Students must have completed an ASE/NATEF-certified automotive training program or have instructor’s permission with two years of automotive experience.
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Toyota Hybrid System Overview

Item #
AUTH 115
Total Credits
2

Covers the Toyota systems in use today with a focus on the Prius model. 

Prerequisites
Students must have completed an ASE/NATEF-certified automotive training program or have instructor’s permission with two years of automotive experience.
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Toyota Prius Hybrid System

Item #
AUTH 120
Total Credits
2

Covers the Toyota systems in use today with a focus on the Prius model. 

Prerequisites
Students must have completed an ASE/NATEF-certified automotive training program or have instructor’s permission with two years of automotive experience.
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Honda Hybrid System Overview

Item #
AUTH 125
Total Credits
2

Covers the Honda hybrid systems in use today with a focus on the Civic model.

Prerequisites
Students must have completed an ASE/NATEF-certified automotive training program or have instructor’s permission with two years of automotive experience.
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Honda Civic IMA Hybrid System

Item #
AUTH 130
Total Credits
2

Covers the Honda Civic Integrated Motor Assist systems in use today. 

Prerequisites
Students must have completed an ASE/NATEF-certified automotive training program or have instructor’s permission with two years of automotive experience.
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Ford Escape/Mercury Mariner Hybrid System Overview

Item #
AUTH 135
Total Credits
2

Covers the Ford Escape/Mercury Mariner Hybrid systems in use today with a focus on the Escape model. 

Prerequisites
Students must have completed an ASE/NATEF-certified automotive training program or have instructor’s permission with two years of automotive experience.
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General Motors & Other Hybrid Systems Overview

Item #
AUTH 140
Total Credits
2

Covers General Motors and other systems in use today with a focus on the GM Dual Mode model system. 

Prerequisites
Students must have completed an ASE/NATEF-certified automotive training program or have instructor’s permission with two years of automotive experience.
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Advanced Lab & Final Exam Preparation

Item #
AUTH 145
Total Credits
2

Gives students a hands-on opportunity for preparation for the final exam. 

Prerequisites
Students must have completed an ASE/NATEF-certified automotive training program or have instructor’s permission with two years of automotive experience.
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AAT Program Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
 Technical Course Requirements163
Computer Literacy Requirements3
AAT General Education Requirements15
 Total Credits181

Computer Literacy Requirements

Total Credits
3
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AAT General Education Requirements

Total Credits
15
To receive an AAT degree students must meet the following requirements
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AAS-T Program Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
 Technical Course Requirements163
Computer Literacy Requirements3
AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements20
 Total Credits186

Computer Literacy Requirements

Total Credits
3
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AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements

Total Credits
20
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:
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This page was last updated on July 23, 2015.