Average Length of Program: 16-117 credits, 1-6 quarters
Completion Award: A.A.S. degree, certificate
Enrollment: Fall, winter, spring
The Automotive Technology program prepares the student for employment in many areas of the automotive field including dealerships, independent
garages, fleet shops, service stations and specialty shops, which cover areas such as tune-ups and brakes. Students may enter the program in
any of the first five quarters. The one-year certificate requires completion of any three quarters of the Automotive Technology program and
the four related classes identified in footnote 1. This flexible schedule also enables students to receive short-term certificates while
pursuing their degree.
Brakes and Suspension Certificate: This short-term certificate provides students with both theory and practical lab
applications in automotive brake, suspension and hydraulic systems. Students gain experience in the diagnosis and repair of the following
systems and components: master cylinder and hydraulic systems, drum and disc brakes, parking brakes, machining of brake drums and rotors,
power brake units, and anti-lock brake systems.
Engine repair certificate: This short-term engine repair certificate program provides students with theory and operation
fundamentals of engine diagnosis. Students gain practical shop experience in engine repair, inspection of cylinder heads, valve trains,
engine blocks, and lubrication and cooling systems.
Electronics/Electrical Certificate: This short-term certificate program introduces students to basic electrical concepts
including Ohm's law, magnetism, analog and digital meters, and test equipment. Students gain practical shop experience in the testing of
such equipment as test lamps, voltmeters and ammeters. Hookup and testing of electronics and electrical components and circuits also are
Engine Performance/Air conditioning Certificate:This two-quarter certificate program emphasizes both engine performance
and air conditioning systems and components. Content areas include ignition systems, fuel and exhaust/emissions systems, theory of carburetion
and ignition systems. Students are introduced to heating and air conditioning systems and gain practical shop experience in their diagnosis
and repair procedures.
Automotive Transmissions/Transaxles Certificate:This short-term certificate
program introduces students to the theory and operation of both manual and automatic transmissions/transaxles, differential, drive line, and
constant velocity joints, late model transmissions, and transaxles components.
Toyota T-TEN: Students interested in receiving special training in Toyota T-TEN (Technical Education Network) may
substitute specialized courses specifically catering to Toyota T-TEN option.
Hybrid Cars: Spokane Community College is starting a Hybrid
class in the automotive program. This is a 16-credit course.
It will start winter quarter 2008 and can be taken after the completion of an A.A.S. degree or equivalent.
High Performance Cars: Spokane Community College has started a high performance class in the automotive program.
This is a 16-credit course. It will be offered during summer quarter and can be taken
after the completion of an A.A.S. degree or equivalent.