Automotive Technology
The Automotive Technology program prepares students for maintenance and repair employment opportunities in the automotive industry. Today's automotive technicians need proficient mechanical skills plus a thorough understanding of automotive computer and electrical systems.

Clark College's program utilizes current advanced diagnostic equipment and techniques to prepare students for employment in this increasingly technical industry. Program benefits are as follows:
  • Students receive comprehensive instruction consisting of both classroom theory and "real world" shop lab experience in all major automotive systems.

  • Learning emphasizes safety, proper work habits, human relations skills, and technical abilities necessary for employment.

  • Graduates demonstrate in depth knowledge and skills through demonstrated evaluations that meet required NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) competencies.

  • Graduates will be trained for successful completion of industry certification exams.

  • Clark College is a National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) certified institution that has been training automotive technicians for over 50 years.

Our Toyota Partnership


Clark College is an award-winning Toyota Technical Education Network (T-TEN) training center. Besides being the basis for Clark's Automotive Technology training curriculum, Toyota's affiliation offers additional options for students to specialize in Toyota vehicle servicing.

Note: The numbers in parentheses on the following curricula represent the course numbers included in the Toyota Certified Technician Program. A student completing the T-TEN Program will receive TCTP credit for the Clark College auto courses also identified with a Toyota course number.

Students must complete all Major Area Requirements with a minimum grade of "C" or better in order to successfully complete the program and earn the award.

Refer to the Degree & Certificate Requirements Section in the Clark College Catalog to identify the courses needed to satisfy the General Education Requirements.
Basic Automotive Technician Skills (CP)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (3 credits required)
 
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
 
Human Relations (3 credits required)
 
Major Area Requirements
AUTO 110
AUTOMOTIVE BASICS (TCTP 623, 553)
15 cr.
or AUTO 108
SAFETY, BASICS AND ELECTRIC (TCTP 623)
8 cr.
and AUTO 109
BRAKES (TCTP 552)
7 cr.
AUTO 120
CHASSIS SYSTEMS (TCTP 453, 652)
15 cr.
or AUTO 141
CHASSIS SYSTEMS (TCTP 453, 553, 652) (15 credits required)
1-15 cr.
AUTO 130
ENGINE PERFORMANCE (TCTP 852)
15 cr.
or AUTO 142
ENGINE PERFORMANCE (TCTP 852) (15 credits required)
1-15 cr.
Total Required Credits: 54
To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College.
  • Interpret and verify driver's complaint; verify improper vehicle operation; diagnose and determine needed repairs.
  • Restore malfunctioning automotive component(s) or system(s) to operating condition.
  • Work collaboratively, professionally, and ethically by expressing opinions with tact, listening to others, shouldering an appropriate share of the workload, and complying with all automotive shop policies.
  • Evaluate and use technical information from a variety of resources.
  • Comply with personal and environmental safety practices that relate to the automotive industry in accordance with local, state, and federal safety and environmental regulations.
General Education Outcomes
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
Advanced Automotive Technician Skills (CP)
General Education Requirement
Communication Skills (3 credits required)
 
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
 
Human Relations (3 credits required)
 
Major Area Requirements
AUTO 210
DRIVE TRAINS AND ENGINES (TCTP 302) (15 credits required)
1-15 cr.
or AUTO 240
MANUAL TRANSMISSIONS, AXLES AND ENGINES (TCTP 302)
1-15 cr.
(15 credits required)
AUTO 220
ADVANCED POWER TRAINS (TCTP 274)
15 cr.
or AUTO 241
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS AND ADVANCED ELECTRICAL (TCTP 274)
1-15 cr.
(15 credits required)
AUTO 230
ADVANCED CHASSIS SYSTEMS (TCTP 752, 256)
15 cr.
or AUTO 242
A/C AND ADVANCED CHASSIS SYSTEMS (TCTP 752, 256)
1-15 cr.
(15 credits required)
Total Required Credits: 54

To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College.
  • Interpret and verify driver's complaint; verify improper vehicle operation; diagnose and determine needed repairs.
  • Restore malfunctioning automotive component(s) or system(s) to operating condition.
  • Work collaboratively, professionally, and ethically by expressing opinions with tact, listening to others, shouldering an appropriate share of the workload, and complying with all automotive shop policies.
  • Evaluate and use technical information from a variety of resources.
  • Comply with personal and environmental safety practices that relate to the automotive industry in accordance with local, state, and federal safety and environmental regulations.
General Education Outcomes
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
Automotive Technology (AAS)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (6 credits required)
 
Health & Physical Education (3 credits required)
 
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
 
Human Relations (3 credits required)
 
Humanities (3 credits required)
 
Social Sciences (3 credits required)
 
Natural Sciences (3 credits required)
 
Major Area Requirements
AUTO 110
AUTOMOTIVE BASICS (TCTP 623, 553)
15 cr.
or AUTO 108
SAFETY, BASICS AND ELECTRIC (TCTP 623)
8 cr.
and AUTO 109
BRAKES (TCTP 552)
7 cr.
AUTO 120
CHASSIS SYSTEMS (TCTP 453, 652)
15 cr.
or AUTO 141
CHASSIS SYSTEMS (TCTP 453, 553, 652) (15 credits required)
1-15 cr.
AUTO 130
ENGINE PERFORMANCE (TCTP 852)
15 cr.
or AUTO 142
ENGINE PERFORMANCE (TCTP 852) (15 credits required)
1-15 cr.
AUTO 199
COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE
1-5 cr.
AUTO 210
DRIVE TRAINS AND ENGINES (TCTP 302) (15 credits required)
1-15 cr.
or AUTO 240
MANUAL TRANSMISSIONS, AXLES AND ENGINES (TCTP 302)
1-15 cr.
(15 credits required)
AUTO 220
ADVANCED POWER TRAINS (TCTP 274)
15 cr.
or AUTO 241
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS AND ADVANCED ELECTRICAL
1-15 cr.
(TCTP 274, 256) (15 credits required)
AUTO 230
ADVANCED CHASSIS SYSTEMS (TCTP 752, 256)
15 cr.
or AUTO 242
A/C AND ADVANCED CHASSIS SYSTEMS (TCTP 752, 256)
1-15 cr.
(15 credits required)
WELD 105
RELATED WELDING FOR AUTOMOTIVE
3 cr.
Total Required Credits: 115-122
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College.
  • Interpret and verify driver's complaint; verify improper vehicle operation; diagnose and determine needed repairs.
  • Restore malfunctioning automotive component(s) or system(s) to operating condition.
  • Work collaboratively, professionally, and ethically by expressing opinions with tact, listening to others, shouldering an appropriate share of the workload, and complying with all automotive shop policies.
  • Evaluate and use technical information from a variety of resources.
  • Comply with personal and environmental safety practices that relate to the automotive industry in accordance with local, state, and federal safety and environmental regulations.
General Education Outcomes
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Health and PE: Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Humanities: Analyze, interpret, and evaluate works and ideas in the Humanities within appropriate global and historical contexts as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Social Science: Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Science: Apply fundamental principles and relationships from the Natural Sciences to solve problems as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
Automotive Technology (AAT)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (5 credits required)
 
Computational Skills (5 credits required)
 
Human Relations (5 credits required)
 
Major Area Requirements
AUTO 110
AUTOMOTIVE BASICS (TCTP 623, 553)
15 cr.
or AUTO 108
SAFETY, BASICS AND ELECTRIC (TCTP 623)
8 cr.
and AUTO 109
BRAKES (TCTP 552)
7 cr.
AUTO 120
CHASSIS SYSTEMS (TCTP 453, 652)
15 cr.
or AUTO 141
CHASSIS SYSTEMS (TCTP 453, 652)
1-15 cr.
AUTO 130
ENGINE PERFORMANCE (TCTP 852)
15 cr.
or AUTO 142
ENGINE PERFORMANCE (TCTP 852)
1-15 cr.
AUTO 199
COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE
1-5 cr.
AUTO 210
DRIVE TRAINS AND ENGINES (TCTP 302)
1-15 cr.
or AUTO 240
MANUAL TRANSMISSIONS, AXLES AND ENGINES (TCTP 302)
1-15 cr.
AUTO 220
ADVANCED POWER TRAINS (TCTP 274)
15 cr.
or AUTO 241
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS AND ADVANCED ELECTRICAL (TCTP 274)
1-15 cr.
AUTO 230
ADVANCED CHASSIS SYSTEMS (TCTP 752, 256)
15 cr.
or AUTO 242
A/C AND ADVANCED CHASSIS SYSTEMS (TCTP 752, 256)
1-15 cr.
Total Required Credits: 109-113
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College.
  • Interpret and verify driver's complaint; verify improper vehicle operation; diagnose and determine needed repairs.
  • Restore malfunctioning automotive component(s) or system(s) to operating condition.
  • Work collaboratively, professionally, and ethically by expressing opinions with tact, listening to others, shouldering an appropriate share of the workload, and complying with all automotive shop policies.
  • Evaluate and use technical information from a variety of resources.
  • Comply with personal and environmental safety practices that relate to the automotive industry in accordance with local, state, and federal safety and environmental regulations.
General Education Outcomes
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
Toyota Technology (AAS)
The Toyota curriculum is inclusive within the Automotive Technology curriculum. An additional Toyota dealer cooperative work experience or internship is also necessary to complete the Toyota program.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (6 credits required)
 
Health & Physical Education (3 credits required)
 
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
 
Human Relations (3 credits required)
 
Humanities (3 credits required)
 
Social Sciences (3 credits required)
 
Natural Sciences (3 credits required)
 
Major Area Requirements
AUTO 110
AUTOMOTIVE BASICS (TCTP 623, 553)
15 cr.
AUTO 120
CHASSIS SYSTEMS (TCTP 453, 652)
15 cr.
AUTO 130
ENGINE PERFORMANCE (TCTP 852)
15 cr.
AUTO 199
COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE
1-5 cr.
AUTO 210
DRIVE TRAINS AND ENGINES (TCTP 302) (15 credits required)
1-15 cr.
AUTO 220
ADVANCED POWER TRAINS (TCTP 274)
15 cr.
AUTO 230
ADVANCED CHASSIS SYSTEMS (TCTP 752, 256)
15 cr.
WELD 105
RELATED WELDING FOR AUTOMOTIVE
3 cr.
Total Required Credits: 115-122
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College.
  • Use Toyota's 6-step process to verify complaints, determine related symptoms, analyze symptoms, isolate and correct problems, and check for proper operation.
  • Represent Toyota/Lexus and their dealers by being competent, highly trained, and ethical Toyota technicians.
  • Achieve, maintain, and advance as a Toyota Certified Technician to a Toyota Certified Expert Technician.
  • Work as an effective team member in a Toyota/Lexus dealership environment.
General Education Outcomes
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Health and PE: Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Humanities: Analyze, interpret, and evaluate works and ideas in the Humanities within appropriate global and historical contexts as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Social Science: Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Science: Apply fundamental principles and relationships from the Natural Sciences to solve problems as appropriate for a career and technical education program.