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Submitter's Information


Rachel Smith


Director, Workforce Programs and CTE Grants


Bay Area


Santa Rosa Junio College

CTE Dean

CTE Dean's Name

Brad Davis

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Program Details

Program Title

Automotive Fundamentals

Submission Type

New Program

TOPs Code

Alternative Fuels and Advanced Transportation Technology (094840)

Projected Start Date


Catalog Description

The Automotive Fundamentals Certificate offers both theoretical and hands-on training, including engine theory, fuel systems, heating ventilation and air conditioning, and electrical systems. Course work prepares students to take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) exams. Students enrolling in the program should have the desire and ability to work with their hands, demonstrate critical thinking, possess a high degree of mechanical aptitude, and enjoy working in a shop environment. Program completers should be able to find employment as advanced entry-level apprentice automotive technicians.

Enrollment Completer Projections

The former 7-unit certificate had an average of 40 completers per year; we anticipate the new certificate will have 30 completers.

Program Proposal Attributes

Program Award Type(s) (Check all that apply)
  • Certificate of Achievement: 16 or greater semester (or 24 or greater quarter) units (C)
Program Goal

1. Demonstrate the correct use of safety procedures utilized by a mobile equipment repair technician.
2. Locate and interpret technical manuals from online computerized databases.
3. Demonstrate the appropriate use and maintenance of hand, shop, and precision tools.
4. Prepare initial, revised, and final repair orders in compliance with California law (BAR).
5. Identify engine block assembly components and configurations.
6. Demonstrate the proper steps to remove a cylinder head; inspect gasket condition; install cylinder head and gasket; tighten according to manufacturer's specification and procedure.
7. Demonstrate the proper steps for performing a timing belt replacement and setting the timing belt, crankshaft, and camshafts in proper positions.
8. Demonstrate the proper use of a Digital Multimeter (DMM) during diagnosis of electrical circuit problems, including: source voltage, voltage drop, current flow, and resistance.
9. Analyze and diagnose a mobile equipment charging system using appropriate electrical tools and equipment.
10. Analyze and diagnose a mobile equipment starting system using appropriate electrical tools and equipment.
11. Analyze and diagnose a mobile equipment low-voltage battery system using appropriate electrical tools and equipment.
12. Test the Controller Area Network (CAN) BUS system signal with a Digital Storage Oscilloscope (DSO). Set up the DSO to capture the CAN hi (+) and CAN lo(-) signals.
13. Identify and describe the theory, service, and repair of common types of automotive heating and air conditioning systems.
14. Use industry standard recovery, recycling, and recharging equipment to diagnose and service automotive air conditioning systems.

Course Units and Hours

Total Certificate Units (Minimum and Maximum)


Units for Degree Major or Area of Emphasis (Minimum and Maximum)


Total Units for Degree (Minimum and Maximum)


Course Report

Program Requirements Narrative

This certificate is designed for the future Automotive Technician who wants to start their career and demonstrates technical knowledge skills to excel in their chosen field.

Program Requirements
(Y1 or S1)
ATL 101Transportation Information Systems and Shop Practices
ATL 105Service Writing and Shop Management
ATL 161Mobile Electrical Systems 1
ATL 162Mobile Electrical Systems 2
ATL 110Internal Combustion Engine Theory and Repair
ATL 170Mobile Heating and Air Conditioning Systems

Bay Area Regional Questions

Goal of Program


Include any other information you would like to share.
This Certificate replaces the existing Automotive Certificate and aligns with industry certifications.
Please list similar programs at other colleges in the service area which may be impacted, including the name of the college, the name of the program that may be impacted, the name of the person you contacted and the outcome of that contact.
Michael Pratt from Mendocino College serves on the SRJC ATL advisory committee and has confirmed support at the 4.14.23 and 11.17.23 meetings – minutes available if needed. Attempts were made by ATL program director, Jesse Kosten, to contact College of Marin as follows: 2.9.24 – First email sent to Ron Palmer, Department Chair - 2.21.24 – Called Ron at 628-234-8532 2.21.24 – Email forwarded to Alina Varona, Dean - 2.22.24 – Called Ron and left voicemail stated need to hear back from him on this issue. 628-234-8532

Submission Details

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03/01/24 - 01:09 PM



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