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).
See program advisor for additional certificate offerings.
Important information you’ll need when applying to MCC:
- Academic Career
- Degree/Certificate Type
- Career and Technical Associate Degree
- Academic Plan
- Automotive Service (AAS)
- Academic Plan Code
- Total Credits Required
- Catalog Year
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
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.
Automotive Master Mechanics
Automotive Specialty Technicians
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers for Motor Vehicles
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)
|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|
|Strategies for College Success or Creating College Success||0–3|
Spring Semester (Term 2)
|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)
|ASE281AU||Computerized Automotive Engine Control Systems||2|
|ASE282AU||Advanced Engine Performance Diagnosis||2|
|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.||FYC||3|
Fall Semester (Term 4)
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG101. or Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG107.||FYC||3|
|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||SB or L or SB||3|
|HU||Humanities, Arts and Design||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).||L||3|
|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||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in each of the following courses: (MAT055, MAT056, and MAT057), OR a grade of C or better in MAT085 or MAT09+, OR an appropriate district placement. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in each of the following courses: (MAT055, MAT056, and MAT057), OR a grade of C or better in MAT085 or MAT09+, OR an appropriate district placement. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in each of the following courses: (MAT055, MAT056, and MAT057), OR a grade of C or better in MAT085 or MAT09+, OR an appropriate district placement. or Prerequisites: An appropriate mathematics placement or a grade of C or better in (MAT055, MAT056, and MAT057), or MAT085, or MAT090, or MAT091, or MAT092, or MAT095, or MAT096, or permission of Department or Division Chair. or No requisites or Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in MAT120, or MAT121, or MAT122, or satisfactory score on District placement exam. or Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in MAT120, or MAT121, or MAT122, or satisfactory score on District placement exam. or Prerequisites: A grade of "B" or better in MAT120, or MAT121, or MAT122, or satisfactory score on a placement test. or No requisites||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.
View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Service (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=137543).