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2017-2018 Catalog Year
Technology-Automotive Mechanics
Associate of Applied Science

The Automotive Mechanics program offers students an opportunity to acquire the necessary skills and technical theory for a successful career as an automotive mechanic. Individuals who are now employed in the automotive mechanics field will be able to upgrade their knowledge. Students obtaining this associate degree will have completed courses of a very technical nature, chosen to complement each other and provide breadth and depth of diagnostic and repair skill abilities necessary to work in a service facility.

Salary: $29,990–$50,960 / year (Nevada)

Career Outlook: Average growth

Good To Know: Mechanics can be certified in as many as eight service areas. Most jobs are at repair shops and auto dealerships.


The mission of the Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Mechanics is to provide employment-related knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in automotive field.

Student Outcomes:

Students who complete an Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Mechanics are expected to:

  • Know the subject matter appropriate to the emphasis of the automotive field
  • Acquire skills and perform tasks necessary for employment or career enhancement
  • Present themselves effectively to a potential employer
  • Utilize appropriate resources to remain current in the automotive field

A minimum of 60 total credits chosen from the following categories:

Program Requirements36 Units (Credits)

AUTO 101Introduction to General Mechanics3
AUTO 115Auto Electricity & Electronics I4
AUTO 117Advanced Auto Electronics4
AUTO 130Engine Reconditioning3
AUTO 145Automotive Brakes4
AUTO 155Steering & Suspension4
AUTO 160Auto Air Conditioning & Heating3
AUTO 210Automatic Transmission & Transaxles I3
AUTO 225Engine Performance I/Fuel & Ignition4
AUTO 227Engine Performance II/Emission Control4

General Education Requirements24 Units (Credits)

English/Communications Requirements
Recommended: BUS 107 & BUS 108; Must include a writing course
Human Relations Requirement
Recommended: BUS 110
Humanities/Social Science Requirements3
Mathematics Requirement
Recommended: MATH 110
Science Requirement6
U.S. and Nevada Constitution Requirements3

Suggested Course Sequence

Program Requirements: 60 Credits. Please see a counselor or academic advisor for more information.

1st Year

First Semester: 16 Credits

AUTO 101 3
AUTO 115 4
AUTO 130 3
BUS 107 3
Mathematics Course 3

Second Semester: 15 Credits

AUTO 117 4
AUTO 145 4
AUTO 225 4
Humanities/Social Science Course 3

2nd Year

Third Semester: 14 Credits

AUTO 155 4
AUTO 160 3
AUTO 227 4
Science Course 3

Fourth Semester: 15 Credits

AUTO 210 3
BUS 108 3
BUS 110 3
Science Course 3
U.S./Nevada Constitution 3