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Advanced Automotive Electrical / Electronics Certificate - Academic Plan


This program is designed as an apprenticeship program for those interested in a job as an advanced driveability specialist or would like to further their knowledge and training in advanced engine performance. Dealers are particularly interested in this specialty due to advances in technology on current model vehicles with increasing electrical/electronic devices. All entrance eligibility requirements for the certificate program are the same as the degree programs.

All tracks are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, dependent upon satisfactory MVR, criminal background checks, and drug screening.

Students wishing to pursue the two-year degree or the certificate programs must be signed into courses by the program director at the beginning of each semester to ensure that they are on track academically to graduate in the prescribed two-year period. Classes for the corporate tracks will be filled with dealer sponsored students first. General program students may be allowed to fill any remaining seats. All students, regardless of their chosen track, should be aware of automotive repair industry expectations, specifically that technicians must drive customer's vehicles as part of the repair process; thus, the technician and the student must have a clean motor vehicle record and valid driver's license. The hiring process at reputable repair shops and dealerships will include a drug screen and a thorough background investigation.

Course Availability

Required Courses - Major Courses Credits Pre or Co Reqs Required Course Available Fall? Course Available Spring? Course Available Summer?
ASE 1001 - Auto Shop Orientation 2 No Yes No Yes
ASE 1020 - Basic Automotive Electricity 2 No Yes No Yes
ASE 1022 - Automotive Electrical Safety Systems 1 No Yes Yes No
ASE 1023 - Starting and Charging System 2 Yes Ye Yes No
ASE 1030 - General Engine Diagnosis 2 No Yes Yes No
ASE 1034 - Automotive Fuel and Emissions Systems I 2 Yes Yes Yes No
ASE 1070 - Laboratory Experience I 2 Yes Yes Yes No
ASE 1071 - Laboratory Experience II 4 Yes Yes Yes No
ASE 1072 - Laboratory Experience III 2 Yes Yes Yes No
ASE 2021 - Automotive and Diesel Body Electrical 4 Yes Yes Yes No
ASE 2031 - Automotive Computers and Ignition Systems 2 Yes Yes Yes No
ASE 2033 - Auto Fuel Injection and Emissions Systems II 4 Yes Yes Yes No
ASE 2035 - Driveability and Diagnosis 2 Yes Yes Yes No
ASE 2050 - Automatic Transmission / Transaxle Service 1 No Yes No Yes
ASE 2064 - Introduction Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning 1 No Yes Yes No
ASE 2065 - Heating and Air Conditioning Systems 4 Yes Yes Yes No
ELT 1206 - Fundamentals of DC/AC 4 No Yes No No
ELT 1246 - Digital Devices in Computers 3 Yes Yes Yes No
ENG 1021 - English Composition GT-CO1 or
ENG 1020 - Technical Writing GT-CO1*
3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
MAT 1150 - Technical Mathematics or Higher* 4 Yes Yes Yes Yes


  • *This course requires college level readiness as measured by Accuplacer, ACT, or SAT scores; approved high school course work that is less than five years old; or successful completion of appropriate college-readiness course.
  • Course availability is subject to change.
  • In order to meet program requirements, students registered for ENG 1021 or ENG 1020 must also register for ENG 0094​ unless they can demonstrate otherwise meeting the ENG 0094 standard through assessment testing, prior college coursework, or recent high school coursework. See an advisor for details.
  • Recommended courses may be listed above for certain electives; consult with the Academic Advising Office (advising [at] arapahoe [dot] edu or 303.797.5664) for additional elective recommendations.
  • Refer to 22/23 catalog for specific requirements and important information about this certificate.
  • The Automotive program requires full time attendance. This certificate is in addition to the degree and cannot be taken separately. Please see Associate of Applied Science degree sheet for more information.