2021-2022 Catalog 
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Automotive Engine Service Specialist Associate of Science

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The Automotive Engine Service Specialist Associate of Science degree provides students with a comprehensive background in the engine rebuilding and machining process. Emphasis is on detailed instruction in all phases of engine operation, diagnosis, measurement, machining, blueprinting and assembly procedures. Students will rebuild a complete engine in a two-semester course sequence. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to work as automotive engine machinists, automotive engine service technicians, engine service shop managers, or general automotive technicians. Graduates of the Automotive Engine Service Specialist Program will be qualified to take the related National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams and Automotive Engine Repair Association (AERA) machining exams.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Seek employment in the automotive industry as an engine service vehicle technician.
  • Demonstrate current industry-specific skills related to the safety, operation, service, maintenance and repair of gasoline powered vehicle engines.
  • Apply knowledge in the workplace of the different engine designs along with the operation, service and repair of light duty foreign and domestic engines.
  • Take the related Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams. Graduates will also be prepared to take the Automotive Engine Repair Association (AERA) machining exams.
  • Meet the qualifications for an entry level career in the maintenance, machining, diagnosis and repair of passenger vehicle and light truck engines. This includes the theory, diagnostics and repair of domestic and foreign engine systems.


Course ID Title Units
AUTO 100   Automotive Fundamentals 3
AUTO 102  * Automotive Engine Performance-Electronics and Ignition 3
AUTO 103  * Automotive Engine Performance-Fuel and Emission Systems 3
AUTO 104A * Automotive Engines 5
AUTO 104B  * Automotive Engines 5
AUTO 204A  * High Performance Engine Blueprinting - Rotating Assembly 3
AUTO 204B * High Performance Engine Blueprinting - Cylinder Heads 3
AUTO 207 * Automotive Engineering Fundamentals 3
  Select One Course from Restricted Electives .5-5



Restricted Electives  
AUTO 108  * Automotive Air Conditioning 3
AUTO 109  * California B.A.R. Basic Area Clean Air Car Course 5
AUTO 205  * Advanced Smog Update Training 0.5
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
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 Engine Service Specialist Associate of Science degree program.

Associate of Science Degree

Complete a minimum of 60 units including the total number of units described above and the General Education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 to qualify for the Associate of 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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