Automotive Technology, Associate in Science

The Associate in Science in Automotive Technology is designed to provide students with a solid foundation for technician positions in automotive dealerships, independent repair facilities, customizing shops, and other auto-related industries. The program also offers technical training for automotive professionals who seek to upgrade their technical skills and knowledge.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Perform service, diagnosis, and repair operations on modern automobiles.
  • Practice professional habits required for entry-level employment and advancement in trades associated with automotive maintenance and repair.

Associate in Science Degree Major Requirements

Required Core
AUTO 100Introduction to Automotive Technology4
AUTO 101Engine Repair4
AUTO 102Basic Automotive Electricity and Electronics4
AUTO 103Engine Performance4.5
AUTO 104Automotive Electrics2.5
AUTO 105Automotive Electrical Circuits2.5
AUTO 106Automotive Brake Systems and Safety Inspection4
AUTO 107Automatic Transmissions and Transaxle4
AUTO 108Manual Transmissions and Drivetrains4
AUTO 111Automotive Steering and Suspension4
AUTO 161Supervised Automotive Trade Experience I2-4
or COOP 99 Career-Focused Work Experience
AUTO 162Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Trade Experience 2
Additional Requirements20
Complete Competency Requirements, general education pattern (MPC General Education, CSU General Education, or IGETC), and electives, if needed, for a total of 60 degree-applicable units.
Total Units61.5-63.5

Note: COOP 99 may be offered for 0.5-4.0 units. 2.0 Units of COOP 99 are required to satisfy the work experience certificate requirement. 

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  

The model sequence of coursework below is one pathway for students to complete the program. The information below is not an official educational plan. An MPC Counselor can assist you with creating a personalized education plan based on your academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling and up-to-date program requirements.

Suggested 2-Year Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
ENGL 1A College Composition 3
AUTO 100 Introduction to Automotive Technology 4
AUTO 102 Basic Automotive Electricity and Electronics 4
AUTO 104 Automotive Electrics 2.5
AUTO 162 Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Trade Experience 2
LIBR 50 Introduction to Library and Research Skills 1
MPC GE Area C 3
AUTO 105 Automotive Electrical Circuits 2.5
AUTO 106 Automotive Brake Systems and Safety Inspection 4
AUTO 111 Automotive Steering and Suspension 4
Year 2
MPC GE Area A2 (MATH 10 or MATH 16 Recommended) 3
MPC GE Area B & Lab 4
AUTO 101 Engine Repair 4
AUTO 103 Engine Performance 4.5
MPC GE Area D 3
MPC GE Area F 3
AUTO 107 Automatic Transmissions and Transaxle 4
AUTO 108 Manual Transmissions and Drivetrains 4
AUTO 161
Supervised Automotive Trade Experience I
or Career-Focused Work Experience
 Total Units61.5-63.5

Ready to Work!MPC “Ready to Work” Career Education programs offer students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills needed for employment and job advancement.

All students should consult with a Counselor to discuss career pathways, for support with career exploration and planning, and to create a personalized education plan to help them meet their academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling services provided by MPC and to connect with a Counselor.

Additional resources are available through MPC’s Career & Transfer Resource Center (CTRC). The CTRC offers career resources, workshops, guidance and referrals. Visit the CTRC for support finding online career information and other resources to explore majors, occupations, and employment information.