The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Engine Performance and Diagnosis program provides students the opportunity to learn the theory and practical skills necessary to service automotive vehicles. Will introduce students to the theory, diagnosis, and repair of engine performance systems in vehicles and help students gain insight into specific aspects of the automotive service industry. 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. The courses contained in the CCL can be combined with courses in other CCLs and be directly applied to the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Automotive Performance Technology.
Important information you’ll need when applying for admission:
- Field of Interest
- Applied Technology
- Academic Plan
- Engine Performance and Diagnosis (CER)
- Academic Plan Code
- Total Credits Required
- Catalog Year
- 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:
- Apply the practices of an automotive technician to be an effective employee.
- Diagnose, test, service, and repair electrical and electronic systems and devices.
- Practice automotive service techniques that are environmentally sound.
- Work and dress in a professionally safe manner.
- Diagnose, test, service, and repair fuel systems.
- Diagnose, test, service, and repair emission systems.
- Diagnose, test, service, and repair ignition systems.
- Diagnose, test, service, and repair engine mechanical malfunctions.
- Organize procedures necessary for completing all tasks related to diagnosis, testing, service, and repair of automotive systems.
- Solve problems in completing laboratory tasks.
- Explain the theory of how automotive components and devices function.
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.
Automotive Specialty Technicians
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.
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)
|APT101||Automotive Service Operations||Critical course||RC||3|
|APT161||Auto Electrical/Electronic Systems I||RC||4|
Spring Semester (Term 2)
|APT181||Engine Performance and Diagnosis I||RC||6|
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|
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Course Area Key
Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.
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 Engine Performance and Diagnosis (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=125888).
The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:
|Catalog Year||Effective Dates|
|2020-2021||(Current) 5/26/2020 – 5/24/2021|
|2019-2020||5/28/2019 – 5/25/2020|
|2018-2019||5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019|