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Automotive Technology

2018-19 Automotive Technology Grad Guide (PDF)

Associate of Applied Science Degree
Major Code: 470604A
Courses for this Program

About the Program

The Automotive Technology two-year degree program is designed for students seeking a career in
today’s automotive service industry. The program builds rapidly from fundamentals and theory
into diagnosis and repair of today’s modern automobiles based upon Automotive Service Excellence
(ASE) standards.

The design of the program places heavy emphasis upon actual hands-on work in the automotive
labs. Approximately two-thirds of the time spent in the program is in a lab (shop) environment
where the student applies theory to diagnosis and repair of a wide variety of domestic and import
automobiles. As the level of student skill develops, so does the difficulty of the repairs performed.
If students intend to transfer to Oregon Tech’s Bachelor of Applied Science degree program, transfer
courses should be chosen from the list of electives where possible. See an advisor for more information,
or visit

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.

Students must also meet certain program requirements in the first and third terms, and complete any prerequisites before advancing in the program.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college
policies. 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 and industry experience may be substituted for
some coursework in accordance with college policy 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
degrees. 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.

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