Certificate of Completion in Brakes, Alignment, Suspension and Steering

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Brakes, Alignment, Suspension and Steering program provides students the opportunity to learn the theory and practical skills necessary to service automotive vehicles. This CCL will introduce students to the theory, diagnosis, service and repair of automotive brake systems, powertrain systems, steering, and suspensions systems in vehicles. It also introduces students to vehicle alignment techniques and procedures. Courses in the CCL may include lecture and lab components to provide suitable classroom related material/theory, combined with hands-on learning experiences. Courses in the CCL are National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accredited and aligned with the professional certification standards from National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). This alignment can help prepare for ASE professional certification exams. Courses in this CCL are designed to help students gain insight into specific aspects of the automotive service industry. The courses contained in the CCL can be combined with courses in other CCLs and can be directly applied to the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Automotive Performance Technology.


Details icon Important information you’ll need when applying for admission:

Field of Interest
Applied Technology
Academic Plan
Brakes, Alignment, Suspension and Steering (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Fall 2018
Program Notes

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses within the program.

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Apply the practices of an automotive technician to be an effective employee.
  2. Diagnose, test, service, and repair power trains.
  3. Diagnose, test, service, and repair steering and suspension systems.
  4. Diagnose, test, service, and repair brake systems.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate 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 certificate. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

* 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:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • 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 current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

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

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
APT101 Automotive Service Operations RC 3
APT131 Automotive Manual Power Trains Course offered in Fall only RC 6
APT141 Alignment, Steering, and Suspension Course offered in Fall only RC 6

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
APT151 Automotive Brake Systems Course offered in Spring only RC 4

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Course Area Key


Students must earn a grade of C or better for each course listed in the Required Courses area

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an academic advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Brakes, Alignment, Suspension and Steering (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=125884).

Previous Catalog Years

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. All previous catalog years for this pathway map are available at the link below.

Previous catalog years for Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Brakes, Alignment, Suspension and Steering