Automotive Technology

Bachelor of Science

Description

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Automotive Technology is designed to prepare an individual for a wide variety of technology-based careers within the Transportation Industry Sector.  This innovated career designation means that the overall knowledge and skills attained by students within the program center on persistent enhancement in post-production support within today’s high-tech Automotive Technology environment, specializing in after-sales Automotive Technical Service, Business Management and Support.

The Bachelor of Science in Automotive Technology builds on the college’s existing Automotive Technology Program. Our current program—which is well aligned with the automotive industry both regionally and nationally—provides a solid foundation for the development of the new bachelor’s program. Successful candidates for employment within organizations requiring a baccalaureate degree in this field need high level advanced Automotive Technology skills and knowledge. Graduates need to be technically competent and possess strong interpersonal skills, such as the ability to communicate effectively, solve problems, work in teams, and pursue continued professional development. The primary goal of the proposed Bachelor of Science in Automotive Technology Degree (ATD) is to provide the automotive industry with employees with these skills. Students will receive training in various business, management and technical courses such as Managerial Accounting, Leadership, Marketing, Advanced Vehicle Systems Design and Performance. Other courses will emphasize soft skills, such as communication, business and technical writing, and human relations.

Lower Division Courses Required for the Degree*:
* courses in other transportation areas from other California Community Colleges and/or accredited institutions of higher education will be accepted at the discretion of the Bachelor of Science Automotive Technology Program.

Program Tracks:

TECHNICAL STUDIES

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Automotive Technology is designed to prepare an individual for a wide variety of technology-based careers in a pathway emphasizing Technical Studies.

This innovated career designation means that the overall knowledge and skills attained by students within the program center on persistent enhancement in post-production support within today’s high-tech Automotive Technology environment, specializing in after-sales Automotive Technical Service and Support.

The courses will enhance the student’s level of technical competency, computer, math, and science skills, effective communication and interpersonal skills, substantiate workplace and social ethics, the ability to work in teams, and to continue to pursue professional development and lifelong learning.

The program will provide Junior- and Senior-level students with high-level knowledge and skills that will enable them to advance their employment in Transportation Technology-based business and industry opportunities such as Customer Service Specialist, Technical Researcher/Writer, Technical Service Expert, Technical Trainer, Service and Parts Manager, Fleet Service Manager, and other related careers.

BUSINESS & MARKETING

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Automotive Technology is designed to prepare an individual for a wide variety of technology-based careers in a pathway emphasizing Business & Marketing.

This innovated career designation means that the overall knowledge and skills attained by students within the program center on persistent enhancement in post-production support within today’s high-tech Automotive Technology environment, specializing in after-sales Automotive Business Management and Support.

The courses will enhance the student’s level of skills within service operations, computer, math, and leadership skills, effective communication and interpersonal skills, substantiate workplace and social ethics, the ability to work in teams, and to continue to pursue professional development and lifelong learning.

The program will provide Junior- and Senior-level students with high-level knowledge and skills that will enable them to advance their employment in Transportation Technology-based business and industry opportunities such as Customer Relations Specialist, Sales & Service Marketing Expert, Sales & Service Operations Manager, Fleet Operations Manager, and other related careers.

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Curriculum

I. Lower Division Coursework

Thirty-five units  or more of transportation related courses from a designated associate degree course sequence per California Community College Chancellor’s Office Taxonomy of Programs (TOP) codes 0948.00. Each course must be completed with a C or higher.

Programs at Rio Hondo College include: Advance Engine Performance, Alternative Fuels/Advance Transportation Technology, Automotive TechnologyElectric Vehicle and Fuel Cell Technology Technician, Heavy Equipment Technology, and Honda PACT.

Automotive Technology Sequence of Courses   

Pre-requisites
AUTO 101 Intro to Automotive Service and Repair: Underhood Service 3
AUTO 103 Intro to Automotive Service and Repair: Undercar Service 3
AUTO 106 Automotive Electrical Tools and Diagnostic Procedures 3
Courses Required for the Major
AUTO 107 Intro to Auto Light Service 3
AUTO 140 Chassis Electrical Systems 4
AUTO 150 Engine Electrical Systems 4
AUTO 160 Upper End Engine Rebuilding 4
AUTO 200 Suspension & Steering Systems 4
AUTO 210 Brakes Systems 4
AUTO 220 Manual Transmission & Drivetrain 4
AUTO 230 Automatic Transmission/Transaxle 4
AUTO 240 Heating & Air Conditioning Systems 4

Lower Division General Education: Students will be required to complete one of the following general education options:

  • California State University General Education Breadth pattern
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum pattern

Business/Marketing Track Pre-requisites:

  • Accounting 101: Financial Accounting
  • Management 146: Human Resources Management
  • Marketing 170: Elements of Marketing
  • or equivalent courses, consult with a counselor

II. Upper Division Coursework

Major Courses
AUTO 300 Assessment of the Automotive Industry 3
AUTO 310 Global Development of the Automobile 3
AUTO 320 The Progressive Growth of Automotive Technology 3
AUTO 499 Directed Studies in Automotive Technology 4

Student will select one Track

Business & Marketing Track
AUTO 350 Principles of Automotive Service Management 3
AUTO 370 Standard Accounting Systems of the Automotive Industry 3
AUTO 410 Digital Marketing for the Automotive Industry 3
AUTO 430 Finance and Insurance Regulations for the Automotive Industry 3
AUTO 450 Variable and Fixed Operations of the Automotive Industry 3
Technical Track
AUTO 340 Analyzing Vehicle Electrical/Electronic Systems 3
AUTO 360 Analyzing Vehicle Fuels, Lubricants, and Combustion 3
AUTO 400 Analyzing Vehicle Stability, Dynamics, and NVH 3
AUTO 420 Analyzing Dynamic Functions of Vehicle Drivetrain Systems 3
AUTO 440 Analyzing Vehicle Safety, Comfort, and Security Systems 3
Upper Division General Education

Students must select 12 units from the courses below

GEOG 310 Environmental Geography 3
HIST 325 History of Technology 3
ENGL 325 Technical Writing 3
PHIL 325 Applied and Professional Ethics 3
SOC 325 Analysis of Social Change 3

Admission Requirements

The information provided in this section does not replace the counseling process. Students must meet with a counselor frequently to ensure proper selection of courses.

Admission Pathways 

 

1.Entering as a Sophomore:
Designed for students that have completed all of the transportation related courses (35 units or more) at California Community Colleges or at a regionally accredited institution of higher education and are missing 12 units or less of CSU GE/IGETC courses.

Applicants must have completed the following requirements:

  • 35 units or more of transportation related courses from a regionally accredited institution
  • Must have completed transferable level math
  • Must have completed transferable level English
  • Must have completed transferable level critical thinking course
  • Completed 30 or more general education courses CSU GE/IGETC
  • Transportation related courses must be completed with a C or higher
  • 2.0 or above GPA

 

2.  Entering as a Junior: 
Designed for students that have completed all of the transportation related courses (35 units or more) at California Community Colleges or at a regionally accredited institution of higher education and have completed the general education requirements from CSU GE/IGETC).

Applicants must have completed the following requirements prior to applying:

  • CSU or IGETC General Education Pattern
  • Must include transferable level math
  • Must include transferable level English
  • Completion of 35 units or more in transportation related courses
  • Transportation related courses must be completed with a C or higher
  • 2.0 or above GPA

Upper Division Coursework Fee:

Upper division coursework fee = $84.00 per unit in addition to enrollment fee, health fee and other student fees.

 ($ 46.00 + $ 84.00 = $ 130.00 per unit + additional fees)

For more information regarding fees, please contact Admissions & Records.

International Students please contact the  International Student Specialist 

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for eligible students admitted into the Bachelor’s of Science in Automotive Technology, for more information contact the Financial Aid Office .

To learn more about the program learning outcomes for the bachelor’s of science degree click on the link Program Learning Outcomes

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