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Automotive and Diesel Technology

Automotive Technology

Automotive technology prepares students for a variety of careers in the automotive and machining industry, including auto repair and sales. Automotive technology studies can prepare you for work in leadership and research careers that help advance the automotive industry.

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Degrees


The Automotive Technology degree program is designed for individuals preparing for positions utilizing a combination of automotive technology and business management skills including service managers, insurance adjusters, and small business owners. This degree program will prepare students for the National Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification examinations to become ASE Certified Automobile Technicians. ASE certification requires hands-on working experience as well as completion of written examinations. Two years of post high school educational training, such as that offered in this automotive degree program at Yavapai College, may be substituted for up to one year of the hands-on work experience requirement of the ASE certification.

This program offers two options for completion:

Option A: Diesel Technician - prepares the student to enter the diesel mechanics field as an entry-level apprentice diesel technician.

Option B: Mining Diesel Technician Track - Freeport McMoRan, Inc. sponsors a mining program which is designed to prepare students for direct employment in the mining industry.

Certificates


Completion of this certificate program will prepare students for the National Automotive Service Excellence Certification examinations to become a Certified Master Automobile Technician and a Certified Engine Machinist. In addition, students will develop troubleshooting and analysis skills that will increase their diagnostic and repair abilities. Applied computer skills and information distribution within repair facilities are incorporated in this certificate.

Note: National Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification is essential to individuals preparing for positions in the automotive industry. ASE certification requires hands-on working experience as well as completion of written examinations. Two years of post high school educational training, such as that offered in the automotive certificate and degree programs at Yavapai College, may be substituted for up to one year of the hands on work experience requirement of the ASE certification.

The Diesel Technician certificate is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in heavy diesel mechanics.

Short Term Certificates


The Auto Body Paint and Collision Technology certificate prepares students for entry-level employment in the auto body and collision industry. The program addresses all areas of basic auto body repair and refinishing including: frame and body repair, painting, special effects and graphic design, and upholstery.

The purpose of this certificate program is to prepare students with the technical skills to obtain direct employment in the automotive industry and to upgrade the skills of individuals already employed in the industry. The courses within this certificate program prepare students for the National Automotive Service Excellence certification examinations which are required for most entry-level employment opportunities in the industry. Upon completion of each course, the student will receive an Award of Completion which will identify the competencies achieved.

Note: National Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification is essential to individuals preparing for positions in the automotive industry. ASE certification requires hands-on working experience as well as completion of written examinations. Two years of post high school educational training, such as that offered in the automotive certificate and degree programs at Yavapai College, may be substituted for up to one year of the hands-on work experience requirement of the ASE certification.

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