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Automotive Light Duty Diesel Associate of Science (AS)

About the Program

The Associate of Science in Automotive Light Duty Diesel degree can provide the skills necessary for students to qualify as trained entry-level technicians, as well as for career advancement. Diesel technology is currently on the forefront of the automotive industry with the addition of several small diesel engines to the line up from most manufacturers. The emissions system on diesel are very complicated and this program will allow student to learn the emissions and drivability of diesel powered vehicles. Students work side-by-side and hands-on with industry professionals in a fully equipped and up-to-date facility.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities include Teaching, Automotive Technician, Automotive Parts Personnel, Automotive Management, Shop Owners, and Automotive Performance Personnel

Program Outcomes

  • Upon completion of the AS in Automotive Light Duty Diesel, students are able to diagnose electronic diesel systems.
  • Upon completion of the AS in Automotive Light Duty Diesel, students are able to repair diesel engine mechanical systems.
  • Upon completion of the AS in Automotive Light Duty Diesel, students are able to diagnose and repair diesel turbo systems.

Learning and Career Pathway Maps

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Required Core: (40 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
AUTO A1 Engine Repair 4
AUTO A2 Automatic Transmission/Transaxle 4
AUTO A3 Manual Drive Train and Axles 4
AUTO A4 Suspension and Steering 4
AUTO A5 Brakes 4
AUTO A6 Electrical/Electronic Systems 5
AUTO A7 Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning 4
AUTO A8 Engine Performance 5
AUTO A9 Light Vehicle Diesel Engines 4
AUTO LABA Automotive Lab 2

List A: Select One (4 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
Option 1    
AUTO INTR Automotive Service and Introduction 4
Option 2    
AUTO INTL Automotive Service and Introduction Hands-On Lab 2
AUTO INTZ Automotive Service and Introduction Lecture 2

Total Units for the Major: 44

The Associate Degree is conferred upon those students who complete the required 60 or more semester units of the degree pattern with a grade-point average of 2.0 or better, of which 12 units must be earned at Las Positas College. In addition, students must complete a General Education pattern in order to earn a degree: see the Las Positas College General Education Pattern for Associate of Science (AS) Degree, California State University General Education-Breadth, or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (for CSU) patterns for listing of areas and courses. Double counting courses in GE and the major is permissible. The number of units that may be double counted will depend on the entry point to the degree program, the optional course(s) taken, and the GE pattern selected. Elective units are degree applicable. Consult with an adviser or a counselor to plan the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.