AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY (ATECH)
about AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY (ATECH)
The Automotive Technology curriculum is designed to prepare students for employment as apprentice auto mechanics or to allow students to continue toward a Baccalaureate degree in other advanced schools of technology in preparation for future management and teaching careers in the automotive industry.
The College of Alameda ATECH program is certified by the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Educational Foundation as a Master-Level program.
Instruction covers safety trade ethics, use of hand and power tools, as well as the theory repair and testing of automobiles and their components. Special emphasis is placed on the diagnosis and repair of electronic and computer control systems in late model automobiles.
What you will learn:
In this course, you’ll learn safety techniques, trade ethics, use of hand and power tools, theory, and repair and testing of automobiles and their components. Special emphasis will be placed on the diagnosis and repair of electronic and computer systems in late model automobiles. You will also learn to communicate effectively and apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the process of diagnosing and repairing vehicles.
Recommended Course Sequence
To earn an Associate in Science (AS) or a Certificate of Achievement, most ATECH programs require the same core courses to be completed in the first semester. The required core courses are:
- ATECH 21 – Transportation Technology Principles – 4 units
- ATECH 22 – Introduction to Auto Mechanics – 4 units
- BUS 208* – Communication Skills for Technicians – 3 units
- MATH 225* – Math for Technicians – 3 units
After completion of the first semester, you will be able to take courses that apply to your specialty, whether that is Chassis and Drivetrain, Engine Repair Specialist, etc.
What can I do with a degree in AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY (ATECH)
You will be prepared to get a job as an Auto Mechanic specializing in any of the following areas: Engine Performance, Chassis and Drivetrain, Chassis Specialist, Engine Repair, Specialist, Automotive Electronics Specialist, Drivetrain Specialist, and Light-Duty Auto Technician.
Rick Greenspan, Automotive Technology Faculty
Candido Mejia, ATECH Facility Supervisor