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Automotive Specialist

2020-21 Automotive Specialist (PDF)*

Certificate of Completion
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.

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

Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of employer expectations and ethical work practice.

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 through the Placement Process. 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
CIS/CS__ Approved 3-4 credit Computer Information Science or
Computer Science class, CIS120/CS120 or above or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years
MTH20 Pre-algebra or designated placement score 0-4

College Reading/Fundamentals of Composition or
WR91 Fundamentals of Academic Literacy (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement score

  Total Prerequisite Credits 0-14
General Education Requirements
Course No.
Course Title
HE112 Emergency First Aid 1
MTH63 Applied Algebra I or
MTH60 Fundamentals of Algebra I or higher level math
BT101 Human Relations in Organizations or
PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations
BT113 Business English I or
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing
  Total General Education Requirements 11-12

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 54-55

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

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