Arapahoe Community College

2016-2017 Catalog

Automotive Service Technology AAS

Associate of Applied Science

CIP 470604 (ATC)

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Automotive Service Technology and related certificate programs are NATEF certified and taught by ASE certified Instructors.

The two-year Automotive A.A.S. and certificate programs train students for employment in the automotive service industry as professional technicians and prepare students for the ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certification examinations. This program includes ASE certification or manufacturer-specific training. Each class in the program requires 5-45 additional hours of hands-on and/or web based training (under supervision of the instructor) in addition to scheduled class hours.

The automotive training program at ACC is organized into the following "Tracks:"

  • ATEC – The general apprenticeship program for professional automotive technicians
  • ASEP – General Motors-specific program called GM Automotive Service Educational Program
  • CAP – Chrysler-specific program called the Chrysler College Apprenticeship Program
  • Nissan – Nissan-specific Nissan Denver Technician Apprenticeship Program
  • PACT – Honda-specific program called Professional Automotive Career Training

The ATEC program allows students to obtain an apprenticeship position with any dealership or independent automotive repair facility. Incoming freshmen can begin in the summer, fall or spring semester. This track also requires students to maintain an apprenticeship position in automotive repair for the duration of the program, and is a degree-seeking program only.

The corporate sponsored apprenticeship programs (ASEP, CAP, Nissan, and PACT) require the student to obtain and maintain an apprenticeship position at a manufacturer dealership for the duration of the program. Program faculty will assist the student in finding suitable placement. Additionally, students will take web-based manufacturer technician training courses; their sponsoring dealership will receive training credit for that student upon his or her graduation with the A.A.S. degree. The corporate programs are degree-seeking programs only.

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 customers’ 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.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to Arapahoe Community College
  • To be eligible for acceptance into the Automotive Service Technology program, students must:
    • pass an industry standard MVR, criminal, background, and urinalysis, and
    • take a department administered mechanical assessment test
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Program Requirements

General Education Courses

(17 credit hours)

COM 115

Public Speaking OR


COM 125

Interpersonal Communication


ENG 121

English Composition I (GT-CO1) OR


ENG 131

Technical Writing


ELT 146

Digital Devices in Computers


MAT 108

Technical Mathematics (or higher)


PHY 105

Conceptual Physics (GT-SC1) (or higher)


Major Courses

(71 credit hours)

ASE 101

Auto Shop Orientation


ASE 103

Auto Maintenance I


ASE 110

Brakes I


ASE 111

Auto Brakes II


ASE 120

Basic Automotive Electricity


ASE 122

Auto Electrical Safety Systems


ASE 123

Starting and Charging Systems


ASE 130

General Engine Diagnosis


ASE 134

Automotive Fuel and Emissions Systems I


ASE 140

Steering and Suspension I


ASE 141

Suspension and Steering II


ASE 150

Manual Drive Train and Axle Maintenance


ASE 151

Manual Transmission/Transaxles & Clutches


ASE 152

Manual Transmission/Transaxles & Clutches II


ASE 153

Automatic Drive Axle Overhaul


ASE 154

Manual Trans/Axle Diagnosis & Repair


ASE 160

Automotive Engine Repair


ASE 161

Engine Repair and Rebuild


ASE 162

Automotive Engine Service


ASE 170

Laboratory Experience I


ASE 171

Laboratory Experience II


ASE 172

Laboratory Experience III


ASE 210

Automotive Power and ABS Brake Systems


ASE 221

Auto/Diesel Body Electrical


ASE 231

Automotive Computers and Ignition Systems


ASE 233

Auto Fuel Injection & Emissions Systems


ASE 235

Driveability & Diagnosis


ASE 240

Suspension and Steering III


ASE 250

Automatic Transmission/Transaxle Service


ASE 251

Automotive Transmission & Transaxle Repair


ASE 252

Advanced Auto Transmission/Transaxles


ASE 264

Introduction to HVAC Systems


ASE 265

Heating and Air Conditioning Systems



88 credit hours

Graduation Requirements

  • To graduate, students must apply for graduation and complete the graduation survey (available via myACC). (form available at
  • After applying for graduation, all correspondence to a student about the status of their program conferral will be sent to their student email address only.
  • As a graduate of a Career and Technical Education program you will be contacted by an ACC employee in approximately six months to verify your employment information. This information gathering is a federal requirement to ensure that ACC receives certain federal funding.

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