AAS, Transportation Technologies, Automotive Certified Technician

This is a draft edition of the 2022-2023 catalog. Information is subject to change.

Program Description

Associate of Applied Science, Transportation Technologies, Automotive Certified Technician program is 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.

Recommended Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
AUTO 101 Introduction to General Mechanics 4
AUTO 111 Automotive Electricity 4
AUTO 112 Automotive Electricity II 4
OSH 222 General Industry Safety 1
ENG 107 Technical Communications I 3
 Semester Total16
2nd semester
AUTO 136 Engine Repair 5
AUTO 145 Automotive Brakes 5
AUTO 150 Steering and Suspension Systems 5
Science 2 3
 Semester Total18
3rd semester
AUTO 225 Engine Performance I 4
AUTO 227 Engine Performance II 4
AUTO 265 Electrical/Electronic Systems III 4
Constitution 2 3
 Semester Total15
4th semester
Select from electives 3 7-9
Diversity 2 3
Communications 3 3
 Semester Total13-15
 Total Units62-64

See approved General Education list for the AAS Degree. 


 See program recommendations or requirements. 

ASE Education Foundation

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]
Communications - Recommended:
Business Speech Communications
English - Recommended:
Technical Communications I
Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science3
Human Relations 1[3]
Requirement is satisfied through embedded curriculum in the following courses:
Engine Repair
Automotive Brakes
Steering and Suspension Systems
Engine Performance I
Engine Performance II
Mathematics 1[3]
Requirement is satisfied through embedded curriculum in the following courses:
Automotive Electricity
Engine Repair
Automotive Brakes
Steering and Suspension Systems
Engine Performance I
Engine Performance II
Introductory Physics
U.S./Nevada Constitutions3
Core Requirements
AUTO 111Automotive Electricity4
OSH 222General Industry Safety1
Emphasis Requirements
AUTO 101Introduction to General Mechanics4
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 Requirements7-9
Auto Heating and Air Conditioning
Engine Performance III
Manual Drive Trains and Axles
Automatic Transmissions
Introduction to Alternative Fueled Vehicles
Hybrid Vehicle Service Techniques
Internship in Automotive Level I
Total Units62-64

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

Students completing the degree 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.