Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Service

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The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Automotive Service prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, service, and maintain automobiles. Instruction is in both the theoretical and practical aspects of automotive repair, service and maintenance, and includes brake systems, electrical systems, engine performance, engine repair, suspension and steering, automatic and manual transmissions and drivetrains, and heating and air conditioning systems. The curriculum within this certificate aligns with the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Automobile Certification Tests (A1 - A8). 

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Automotive Service (AAS)
Academic Plan Code
3180
Total Credits Required
62-67
Catalog Year
2019-2020

What You’ll Learn

1. Demonstrate safe personal and workplace habits according to industry standards 
2. Comply with federal, state and local regulations with respect to the handling, storage, recycling and disposal of hazardous and toxic materials 
3. Locate and interpret appropriate service information 
4. Apply industry relevant strategies to properly diagnose the root cause of customer reported concerns in automotive systems 
5. Apply industry relevant procedures to properly repair automotive systems 
6. Apply industry relevant procedures to properly service automotive systems 
7. Prepare the vehicle for delivery to the customer according to industry standards 
8. Use, maintain, and store automotive tools, equipment and workspace according to professional standards
9. Practice industry accepted ethical behavior 
10. Demonstrate industry standard professionalism that includes dress, attendance, communication and customer service 
11. Effectively communicate with diverse audiences orally, visually, and in writing 
12. Demonstrate the ability to learn and adapt in an evolving technical environment 

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the Automotive Service program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this program. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers for Motor Vehicles

$44,633

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

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 may be required to successfully complete a College Success Course (CPD150 or CPD/AAA115) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • 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.

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Fall Semester (Term 1)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 1)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ASE101 Introduction to Automotive Critical course Gateway course 2
ASE131AU Manual Drive Trains and Axles 4
ASE141AU Steering, Suspension and Pre-Alignment 2
ASE241AU Advanced Steering, Suspension and Alignment 2
ASE161AU Basic Automotive Electrical/Electronics Critical course 2
ASE162AU Automotive Battery, Starting and Charging Systems 2
ASE111AU Engine Diagnosis and Inspection 2
ASE102AU Automotive Express Service 2
CPD150 or
AAA115
Strategies for College Success or Creating College Success 0–3

Spring Semester (Term 2)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 2)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ASE181AU Introduction to Engine Performance 2
ASE182AU Fundamentals of Automotive Fuel/Air and Ignition Systems 2
ASE261AU Automotive Electrical Diagnostics and Repair 2
ASE262AU Automotive Electronic Control Systems 2
ASE121AU Automatic Transmission and Transaxle 4
ASE171AU Automotive Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems 3
ASE151AU Introduction to Brake Systems 2
ASE251AU Advanced Brake Systems 2

Summer Semester (Term 3)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Summer Semester (Term 3)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ASE281AU Computerized Automotive Engine Control Systems 2
ASE282AU Advanced Engine Performance Diagnosis 2
ASE298AA Special Projects 1
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3

Fall Semester (Term 4)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 4)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L or SB 3
HU Humanities, Arts and Design 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 3
SB
ASE298AB Special Projects 2
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142 or
MAT145 or
MAT146 or
MAT150 or
MAT151 or
MAT152 or
GTC107
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics with Review or College Mathematics with Review or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or Technical Mathematics I MA 3–6

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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.

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