Associate of Applied Science - Transportation Technologies - Automotive Certified Technician Emphasis

Location: 475 Edison Way
Phone: 775-856-5300
Fax: 775-856-5320

Certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), the TMCC automotive program prepares graduates for highly skilled apprentice positions as service, repair and maintenance technicians. The automotive certified technician emphasis meets the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) standards necessary for a career in repair shops in new car dealerships or independent businesses. The program emphasizes skills in diagnosis, troubleshooting, repair and maintenance of passenger vehicles and light duty trucks.

Degree Outcomes

Students completing the degree will:

  • Fulfill the requirements for the Associate of Applied Science.
  • Demonstrate competency in their specified emphasis.

Emphasis Outcomes

Students completing the emphasis will:

  • Identify and implement safety procedures involved in diagnosis, service, and repair of all major light vehicle components and systems.
  • Analyze and interpret diagnostic and test information to formulate correct repair procedures.
  • Demonstrate correct repair strategies and techniques by applying knowledge of system operation and demonstrating mechanical skills to accomplish repair tasks.

AAS degrees are generally non-transfer degrees that are designed for students to enter the workforce.

To earn an AAS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AAS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Diversity 1[3]
Technical Communications I
Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science3
Human Relations3
Workplace Readiness
Math for Technicians (or higher)
Introductory Physics
U.S./Nevada Constitutions3
Core Requirements
AUTO 111Automotive Electricity4
DT 211Light Duty Performance2
OSH 222General Industry Safety1
Emphasis Requirements
AUTO 101General Auto4
AUTO 112Automotive Electricity II4
AUTO 136Engine Repair5
AUTO 145Automotive Brakes5
AUTO 150Steering and Suspension Systems5
AUTO 225Engine Performance I4
AUTO 227Engine Performance II4
AUTO 265Electrical/Electronic Systems III4
Elective Requirements
Select Track 1 or Track 29
Track 1 - Engine Performance
Select 9 units of the following:
Auto Heating and Air Conditioning
Engine Performance III
Internship in Automotive Level I
Track 2 - Drive Trains
Select 9 units of the following:
Manual Drive Trains and Axles
Automatic Transmissions
Internship in Automotive Level I
Total Units72

Course may also count toward degree requirements. Please consult with Academic Advisement.

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
AUTO 101 General Auto 4
Communications/English 2 3
OSH 222 General Industry Safety 1
 Semester Total8
2nd semester
AUTO 111 Automotive Electricity 4
AUTO 112 Automotive Electricity II 4
AUTO 136 Engine Repair 5
Mathematics 3 3
 Semester Total16
3rd semester
AUTO 145 Automotive Brakes 5
AUTO 150 Steering and Suspension Systems 5
AUTO 225 Engine Performance I 4
AUTO 227 Engine Performance II 4
 Semester Total18
4th semester
AUTO 265 Electrical/Electronic Systems III 4
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 2 3
Science 3
Select an elective from Track 1 or Track 2 3 4
 Semester Total14
5th semester
Diversity/Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science 2 3
Human Relations 3 3
DT 211 Light Duty Performance 2
Select an elective from Track 1 or Track 2 3 5
Communications/English 3 3
 Semester Total16
 Total Units72

See approved General Education list for the AAS Degree. 


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