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Automotive Specialist

2018-19 Automotive Specialist Grad Guide (PDF)

Certificate of Completion
Major Code: 470604
Courses for this Certificate

About the Program

The Automotive Specialist four-term certificate program is designed for students who wish to
acquire basic technical training to enter minor automotive industry positions. Students who desire
more in-depth industry training as automotive technicians and/or Automotive Service Excellence
(ASE) training at all levels should enroll in the Associate of Applied Science degree program.

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technical certificate programs to prospective students. Data includes Standard Occupational
Classification (SOC) codes, graduation rates, tuition and fees, typical costs for books and supplies,
job placement rates for students completing the programs, and median loan debt incurred by students
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Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for automotive technology are: 

Diagnose and repair all major vehicle systems.

Document repairs of vehicles accurately and descriptive of concern, cause and correction.

Effectively locate and utilize technical information required for vehicle repairs.

Work safely and responsibly within all shop standards and environmental guidelines.

Successfully pass at least two Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) technical skill assessments.

Function collaboratively as a member of a team to achieve specified and measurable results.

Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of employer expectations and ethical work practice.

Demonstrate accuracy, proficiency and quality in task performance.

Strategize professional growth in automotive industry.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined by the results of their placement assessment.  In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college
policies and the Automotive Technology Department chair’s approval. In order to ensure that
coursework is current, program courses over five years old must be reviewed and approved by the
appropriate department chair before being accepted toward core requirements. College Now credit
will be accepted in accordance with current agreement. Verified Automotive Service Excellence
(ASE) certification or industry experience may be substituted for some coursework in accordance
with college policies and the department chair’s approval.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all courses in this program with a grade of “C” or better to receive their
certificates. Certain required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for
these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade.

Course No.
Course Title
MTH20 Pre-algebra or designated placement test score 0-4
RD90 College Reading or designated placement test score 0-4
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing or designated placement test score 0-3
  Total Prerequisite Credits 0-11
General Education Requirements
Course No.
Course Title
CS__ Approved 3-4 credit computer science class, CS120 or above, or documented computer proficiency
Note: Successful completion of CS120, or otherwise meeting the proficiency requirement within the last 10 years, fulfills this requirement. Contact a computer science advisor to help determine placement.
HE112 Emergency First Aid 1
MTH63 Applied Algebra I or MTH60 Fundamentals of Algebra I or higher level math 4
PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations or BT101 Human Relations in Organizations 3
WR121 English Composition I 4
  Total General Education Requirements 12-16

Technical Requirements

Course No.
Course Title
First Term
AM122 Gasoline Engines Rebuild 7
AM120 Automotive Maintenance and Trades Practices 6
Second Term
AM111 Electricity for Automotive Technicians 7
AM131 Engine Dynamics and Diagnosis 7
Third Term
AM141 Manual Transmissions and Axles 6
AM151 Automotive Brake Systems 6
Fourth Term (Summer)
AM190 Automotive Repair Lab I 4
  Total Technical Credits 43
  Total Program Credits 55-59

For more information contact the Automotive Technology Department:

Grants Pass or Medford: 541-956-7140
Toll free in Oregon: 800-411-6508, Ext. 7140
Web address:
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711
3345 Redwood Highway • Grants Pass, OR 97527