The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Automotive Performance Technology prepares students to work as automotive mechanics and technicians who diagnose, service, test, and repair complex, computer-controlled automotive electrical systems. The program emphasizes knowledge and skills in reading, math, problem solving, and writing that are necessary to perform automotive diagnosis and service.
Important information you’ll need when applying to MCC:
- Academic Career
- Degree/Certificate Type
- Career and Technical Degree
- Academic Plan
- Automotive Performance Technology (AAS)
- Academic Plan Code
- Total Credits Required
- Catalog Year
This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below is a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.
|Occupation / Title||Annual Median Wage|
|Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics||$40,460|
|Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.|
Course Sequence by Term
The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:
- The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
- Initial course placement is determined by placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
- Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
When to Start Taking Classes
It is suggested that you begin taking the courses found in this course sequence starting in a Fall Semester.
Fall Semester (Term 1)
|APT101||Automotive Service Operations||Gateway course||RC||3|
|APT131||Automotive Manual Power Trains||RC||6|
|APT141||Alignment, Steering, and Suspension||RC||6|
|APT161||Auto Electrical/Electronic Systems I||RC||4|
Spring Semester (Term 2)
|APT111||Internal Combustion Engines Theory||RC||3|
|APT151||Automotive Brake Systems||RC||4|
|APT171||Automotive Air Conditioning||RC||4|
|APT181||Engine Performance and Diagnosis I||RC||6|
|APT262||Auto Electrical/Electronic Systems II||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in APT161 or permission of Instructor.||RC||4|
Summer Semester (Term 3)
|APT282||Engine Performance and Diagnosis II||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in APT181 or permission of Instructor.||RC||6|
|Students are eligible for the Certificate of Completion in Engine Performance (5478) and Diagnosis and Automotive Electrical Systems (5449)|
|Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication||No requisites or No requisites or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG101, or ENG107, or equivalent. or No requisites||Oral Comm||3|
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of "C" or better in ENG091 or ESL097. or Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097.||Critical course||FYC||3|
|GTC107||Technical Mathematics I||OR any approved general education course in the Mathematics area.||Mathematics||3|
|Humanities & Fine Arts||Any approved General Education course in the Humanities & Fine Arts area||HU||2–3|
|CRE101||College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking||Prerequisites: (A grade of C or better in ENG101 or ENG107) and (appropriate reading placement test score or a grade of C or better in RDG095 or RDG100 or RDG111 or RDG112 or RDG113 or permission of Instructor).||OR equivalent as indicated by assessment||Critical Rdg||3|
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL or Technical and Professional Writing||Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG101. or Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG107. or Prerequisites: ENG101 with a grade of C, or better, or permission of Instructor.||FYC||3|
|Natural Sciences||Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area||NS||4|
|Social & Behavioral Sciences||Any approved General Education course in the Social & Behavioral Sciences area||SB||3|
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Program Area Key
- Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
- FYC = First Year Composition
- HU = Humanities, Arts and Design
- Mathematics = Mathematics
- NS = Natural Science
- Oral Comm = Oral Communication
- PP = Program Prerequisite
- SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
- RC = Required Courses
- RE = Restricted Electives
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.
Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.
All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.
View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Performance Technology (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=122979).
* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.