Associate of Science
This two-year program prepares students to service and repair today's high-tech automobiles. This program includes instruction in component identification, removal and reassembly of components, and fault diagnosis in automatic transmission and transaxles, brakes, electrical and electronic systems, engine performance, engine repair, heating and air conditioning, manual drive-trains and rear axles, suspension and steering.
Emerging green technologies such as hybrids, plug-in electrics and natural gas powered vehicles will also be introduced. Academic courses included in the Associate's degree program provide students with the necessary background for effective communication and increased opportunities for career advancement.
Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:
- Identify each component and its purpose on all vehicle systems to include: automatic transmissions and transaxles, brakes, electrical and electronic systems, engine performance, engine repair, heating and air conditioning, manual drive-trains and rear axles, steering and suspension.
- Remove, dissemble and reassemble components and identify potential mechanical fault areas in vehicle control systems.
- Identify, diagnose and repair electrical faults within electronic vehicle control systems.
- Name all vehicle systems.
- Discuss the complaint, cause and correction process.
- Conduct effective communication with customers, suppliers and business associates in the automotive aftermarket repair industry.
CCAC's automotive curriculum prepares the student to take tests necessary to earn Pennsylvania Safety and Emission Inspection Licensing and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification. Some course sections may be manufacturer specific.
All CCAC instructors are ASE Certified Master Technicians with years of industry experience and manufactuer-trained automotive technology instructors.
The CCAC–North Campus Automotive program is available at the CCAC–West Hills Center. Credit for some courses may be awarded for work completed at an area career and technology center, trade school or in the military.