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Auto Mechanic Program

Offered at: Larimer, Westminster

A.A.S. in
Automotive Technology

74 credits
(2 years)

This A.A.S. degree provides students with entry-level technical skills to test, diagnose, and repair the complex mechanical, chemical, and electronic equipment found in today’s automobiles. This includes an understanding of the principles associated with engines and drive trains, brakes and alignment, and fuel and emission controls.

Our program is ASE and NATEF certified.

You may complete some of the courses, enter the workforce, then return at any time either to complete the program or to upgrade specific skills.

Auto Tech degree: See required courses.

See automotive course descriptions.

Automotive Certificates

Automatic Transmission/

10 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate program studies the operating principles and repair procedures relating to axle-shaft and universal joints, automotive differentials, and four-wheel and all-wheel drive units. Students will perform minor adjustments on an automatic transmission and transaxle. They will learn diagnosis, principles of hydraulics, principles of electronic components, power flow, theory of operation, removal of transmission/transaxle, tear down, replacement of components, measurement and subsequent adjustment of components and replacement of transmission/transaxle.

Transmission certificate: See required courses.


10 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate program covers the basic operation of automotive braking systems, including the operation, diagnosis, and basic repair of disc brakes, drum brakes, and basic hydraulic systems. Students will be prepared to work on modern automotive braking systems, including operation, diagnosis, service, and repair of the anti-lock braking systems, power assist units and machine operations.

Brakes certificate: See required courses.


Electronic Systems

13 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate program teaches students the operation, testing, and servicing of vehicle battery, starting, charging systems, generators, and the diagnosis, service, adjustments and repair of various automotive ignition systems and vehicle accessories. Typical computerized engine control systems are inspected and tested.

Electrical Systems certificate: See required courses.

Engine Performance

17 credits
(1 year)

This certificate program provides students with an overview of electrical systems, general engine diagnosis, ignition systems diagnosis and repair, emissions systems, fuel injection, and exhaust systems. Students use diagnostic scan tools, oscilloscopes, lab scopes, multi-meters and gas analyzers to diagnose live vehicle drivability problems.

Engine Performance certificate: See required courses.

See gainful employment information.

Engine Repair

13 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate program focuses on the removal and installation procedures of the automotive engine from and into front-wheel and rear-wheel drive vehicles. Students will disassemble, diagnosis, and reassemble an automotive engine. Topics include the diagnostic and repair procedures for the engine block and head assemblies.

Engine Repair certificate: See required courses.

Heating & A/C

9 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate program prepares students to diagnose and service vehicle heating and air conditioning systems and their components.

Heating & A/C certificate: See required courses.

Light Diesel

Engine Repair

16 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate program introduces students to the many types of diesel-powered vehicles. Students learn the theory and operation of diesel engines. The certificate covers cylinder head and valve train diagnosis and repair, cooling system diagnosis and repair, cylinder block in big bore engines, and the dis-assembly, inspection and reassembly of diesel engines.

Offered at Larimer Campus only.

Diesel Engine certificate: See required courses.

See gainful employment information.

Manual Drivetrain

& Axles

10 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate program introduces students to U-joint and axle shaft service, manual transmissions/transaxles and clutches, differentials, and four-wheel- and all-wheel-drive service.

Manual Transmission certificate: See required courses.

Suspension &

10 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate program prepares students to diagnose and service suspensions and steering systems and their component, including electronic suspensions and steering systems.

Suspension & Steering certificate: See required courses.

Auto Mechanic Salary

Entry Average Experienced
Automotive Service Technician
$24,122 $41,361 $49,980
Colorado Dept. of Labor & Employment
 Occupational Employment Statistics Survey (2013)

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