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Program Coordinators

Brad McCombs
Brad.McCombs@gcccd.edu

Phone: (619) 660-4267
Cell: (619) 701-1226


Ignacio Castaneda Garcia

Ignacio.Garcia@gcccd.edu

Phone: (619) 660-4213

Automotive Degrees and Certificates Offered

 

 

Cuyamaca College offers a variety a degrees and certificates in automotive areas. All degrees and certificates align with the National Standard for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and are taught using manufacturer’s technology and equipment. Students who complete their selected program and general education requirements will receive a degree. Those who do not complete the general education portion are able to receive an official state certificate of program completion. All students who complete a degree or certificate will be recognized during commencement ceremony. The following degrees and certificates are offered:

 

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I. AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY

The Automotive Technology degree has nine ASE core competencies for students without a sponsoring business. There is no work experience requirement. All laboratory courses are taught on campus using state of the art vehicles and equipment. The curriculum provides the necessary skills needed to join and advance in the automotive field. Students may further their education and skills.

 

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II. AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY– AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE COUNCILS OF CALIFORNIA ASCCA

The Automotive Service Councils of California Association (ASCCA) sponsored degree program offers a unique, on-the-job training opportunity for students accepted by a sponsoring Automotive Repair Dealer (ARD) or affiliate. Students will be required to further their studies in an ASCCA sponsoring repair facility as a paid apprentice, technician. Successful students will gain over 1000 hours of documented and evaluated paid work experience relating to the learning objectives of the program, Automotive Service Excellence Certifications, and California Smog Inspector and Repair Technician licensing training. This is an excellent major for students wanting to own or operate an independent business.

 

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III. AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY CHASSIS SPECIALIST

Many businesses need technicians with very specific skills to diagnose and repair complex problems of brakes, suspension, and dynamic vehicle driving systems. This specialized degree includes antilock braking, electronic suspension, and alignment training. Successful students will qualify to take the California Bureau of Automotive Licensing exams for Brake and Lamp licensing. Work experience is a requirement for this major, which ensures student competency and success. All students are required to complete a digital portfolio resume used for assessment and practicum. Students completing all courses and general education courses will receive and Associates of Science during Commencement. Students completing all automotive course requirements will receive a Certificate of Achievement during Commencement.

 

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IV. AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY DRIVETRAIN SPECIALIST  

Many businesses need technicians with very specific skills to diagnose and repair complex problems of transmissions, transaxles, and differential vehicle power systems. This specialized program includes electronic controlled valve bodies, electronic differentials, four wheel drive, and all-wheel drive systems. Successful students will obtain a highly desired specialty set of skills. Work experience is a requirement for this major, which ensures student competency and success. All students are required to complete a digital portfolio resume used for assessment and practicum. Students completing all automotive course requirements will receive a Certificate of Achievement during Commencement.

 

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V. AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY ELECTRONICS AND ELECTRIC VEHICLE SPECIALIST

Many businesses need technicians with very specific skills to diagnose and repair complex problems in the Electric Vehicle and Hybrid Vehicle specialty. The high voltage battery and vehicle power systems require extremely fast computer multiplexing. This specialized program includes electronic controlled autonomous drive systems, electronic motor drive, four wheel motor drive, and hybrid drive systems. Successful students will obtain a highly desired specialty set of skills. Work experience is a requirement for this major, which ensures student competency and success. All students are required to complete a digital portfolio resume used for assessment and practicum. Students completing all automotive course requirements will receive a Certificate of Achievement during Commencement.

 

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VI. AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY ENGINE PERFORMANCE SPECIALIST

Many businesses need technicians with very specific skills to repair emission system failures or complex problems relating to the fuel, ignition, and/or engine systems. This specialized degree includes hybrid and electric vehicle, and gasoline and diesel fuel systems training. Successful students will qualify to take the California Bureau of Automotive Licensing exams for Smog Inspector and Repair licensing. Work experience is a requirement for this major, which ensures student competency and success. All students are required to complete a digital portfolio resume used for assessment and practicum. Students completing all courses and general education courses will receive an Associates of Science during Commencement. Students completing all automotive course requirements will receive a Certificate of Achievement during Commencement.

 

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VII. AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY ENGINE REPAIR SPECIALIST

Many businesses need technicians with very specific skills to diagnose and repair complex problems in the diesel and gasoline engine specialty. Engines have very complex electro mechanical controls, and use hydraulic oil systems. This specialized degree includes variable cam timing, in-vehicle engine repair, diagnosis strategies, and related systems. Successful students will obtain a highly desired specialty set of skills. Work experience is a requirement for this major, which ensures student competency and success. All students are required to complete a digital portfolio resume used for assessment and practicum. Students completing all courses and general education courses will receive and Associates of Science during Commencement. Students completing all automotive course requirements will receive a Certificate of Achievement during Commencement.

 

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VIII. AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY– FORD ASSET

The Ford sponsored Automotive Student Service Education Training (ASSET) degree program offers a unique job training opportunity to students sponsored by a Ford dealership. The training includes all major content areas of Ford automotive systems. Students will demonstrate competency by efficiently performing prescribed tasks for Ford certification through laboratory or work experience assessments. Students who have previous college credit or an associate degree or higher may be exempt from all or part of the general education and Ford ASSET major credit requirements. Furthermore, students may use previous military training, automotive classes from accredited colleges, trade schools, or manufacturers training for credit by examination. Please contact the department coordinator for more details.

 

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IX. AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY – GENERAL MOTORS ASEP

The General Motors sponsored Automotive Service Education Program (ASEP) degree program offers a unique job training opportunity to those students who are accepted. Training includes all systems of GM automobiles. In addition, students will be required to further their studies in a sponsoring dealership as a paid GM student technician. Students who have previous college credit or an associate degree or higher may be exempt from all or part of the general education requirements; please see a counselor or coordinator.

 

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X. AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY SERVICE MANAGEMENT  

Many businesses need technicians with very specific skills to communicate with customers, management, and technicians about complex problems in all vehicle specialties. This specialized program emphasizes effective and equitable communication skills, and additionally includes specific compliance standards training and business management training unique to the automotive industry. Successful students will obtain highly desired skills in professional communication and industry compliance. Work experience is a requirement for this major, which ensures student competency and success. All students are required to complete a digital portfolio resume used for assessment and practicum. Students completing all courses and general education courses will receive and Associates of Science during Commencement. Students completing all automotive course requirements will receive a Certificate of Achievement during Commencement.

 

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Related Resources 

Ford ASSET Program

General Motors ASEP Program

Smog Inspector Training

Automotive Resources

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