2021-2022 Catalog 
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2021-2022 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Automotive Engine Performance Specialist Associate in Science

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This program allows a student to prepare for a career with an emphasis in engine performance. The student will be qualified to take the State of California Bureau of Automotive Repair Smog License exam upon completion of this program.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate skills for employment in the automotive industry.
  • Apply industry specific skills related to engine performance.
  • Apply knowledge of all phases of engine electrical system, computer system diagnostics and repair.
  • Demonstrate preparation for related ASE certification exams.


Course ID Title Units
AUTO 100   Automotive Fundamentals 3
AUTO 101  * Automotive Electrical Systems 3
AUTO 102  * Automotive Engine Performance-Electronics and Ignition 3
AUTO 103  * Automotive Engine Performance-Fuel and Emission Systems 3
AUTO 109  * California B.A.R. Basic Area Clean Air Car Course 5
AUTO 200  * Enhanced Area Clean Air Car Course 1
AUTO 201  * Advanced Automotive Electrical 3
AUTO 205  * Advanced Smog Update Training 0.5
AUTO 207  * Automotive Engineering Fundamentals 3
  Select from Restricted Electives 3



Restricted Electives  
AUTO 108  * Automotive Air Conditioning 3
AUTO 202  * Advanced Engine Performance Diagnosis 3
AUTO 220  * Alternative Propulsion Systems 3
AUTO 226  * Automotive Service Consultant 2
AUTO 227  * Automotive Service Management 3
AUTO 228  * Advanced Vehicle Performance 1
AUTO 229  * Diesel Technology 3
AUTO 231  * Hybrid and Electrical Vehicle Technology 3
AUTO 232  * Diesel Systems Technology 3
AUTO 240  * Automotive Lab 3
CWE 180  † Co-Op-Ed Auto 1

*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.

CWE 180  * should be taken after completing at least 9 units of the Automotive Tune-up Specialist Certificate program.

Associate in Science Degree

Completion of the certificate program and a minimum of 60 units including the general education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 qualifies the student for the Associate in Science degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees

Refer to the Graduation Requirements  or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to ASSIST.org and to the transfer institution’s catalog for transfer requirements.

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