Automotive Technology

Division: Career Technical Education

Division Dean

Dr. Kathleen Reiland

Faculty

Russell Bacarella
Michael Beard
Luciano Orozco
Paul Kelley
Michael Klyde

Counselor

Dr. Jane Jepson
Jeannie Mitsch
Cassie Rodriguez

AT 050 C  Automotive Technology Special Projects. 0.5-3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent enrollment in AT 120 C or AT 130 C or AT 140 C or AT 150 C or AT 200 C with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 27 lecture and 162 laboratory TBA. This course will include supervised independent lab work on lab units and "live" vehicles. It is designed to allow the student to gain more practical experience repairing components and servicing automotive systems. Only approved project work will be allowed. May be taken for credit 4 times. $30.00 Material Fee - Payable at Registration.

AT 100 C Technician Safety 1 Unit

Term hours: 18 lecture and 54 laboratory. This course covers the concepts and practices of a safe industrial work environment, including the use of tools and equipment, handling materials, rigging, fire prevention, power tools, accident investigation, personal protective equipment, hearing safety and the correct use of body mechanics will be covered. Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option. (CSU)

AT 101 C Survey of the Automobile 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course provides basic knowledge of the automobile, including engines, power trains, suspension and brakes, electrical and fuel systems. Other areas of instruction will be in the discussion of services typically required to maintain modern automobiles and the use of tools and equipment normally used in the care of the automobile. (CSU)

AT 102 C Automotive History 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course details the growth of the automotive industry in the U.S. from the late 1890's through the global business climate of today. Topics include biographical sketches of industry pioneers, geographical why's and where's of the industry, the roots of automotive design, and an in depth review of major engineering achievements. The course includes visits to historical automotive collections at a cost not to exceed $40.00. (CSU)

AT 104 C Automotive Tech Repair Lab 2 Units

Prerequisite(s): At 120 C or AT 130 C or AT 140 C or AT 150 C with minimum grades of "B" or AT 200 C.

Term hours: 108 laboratory. This course provides the opportunity for students to gain experience working on customer vehicles in a simulated repair environment. (CSU)

AT 105 C Automotive Electrical I 4 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture and 54 laboratory. This course introduces the concepts of electrical systems and electronic control of the automobile. Areas covered will include basic electrical concepts, batteries, starting systems, charging systems, and body electrical diagnosis. Course instruction will consist of lecture, demonstration, web based learning with student application in the use of test equipment on simulator boards and "on-car" diagnosis with electrical wiring diagrams, charts, and schematics. $25.00 Material Fee-Payable at Registration. (CSU)

AT 106 C Automotive Electrical II 4 Units

Prerequisite(s): AT 105 C with a grade of B or better.

Term hours: 54 lecture and 54 laboratory. This course covers the concepts of body electrical systems and electronic control of the automobile. Areas covered will include vehicle body electrical system diagnosis, batteries, starting systems, charging systems, extensive use of service information and wiring diagrams, and computer control of electronic systems. Course instruction will consist of lecture, demonstration, web based learning with student application in the use of test equipment on simulator boards and "on-car" diagnosis with electrical wiring diagrams, charts, and schematics. $25.00 Material Fee - Payable at Registration. (CSU)

AT 107 C Automotive Electrical III 4 Units

Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent enrollment in AT 106 C.

Term hours: 54 lecture and 54 laboratory. This course covers the concepts of advanced diagnostic principles of power train and body electrical systems as they relate to modern vehicle network systems including CAN, Powernet, and other manufacturer's network systems. Course instruction will consist of lecture, demonstration, web based learning with student application in the use of test equipment on simulator boards and "on-car" diagnosis with electrical wiring diagrams, charts, and schematics. $25.00 Materials Fee - Payable at Registration. (CSU)

AT 109 C  Introduction to Toyota Automotive Technology 4 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture and 54 laboratory. This course provides essential knowledge for Toyota/Lexus automobiles. Also included will be instruction in the use of tools, equipment and processes normally used in Toyota/Lexus dealer service departments. Emphasis will be on the operating principles, nomenclature of car care, vehicle inspection, preventive maintenance and minor repair procedures. $25 materials fee payable at registration. (CSU)

AT 110 C  Introduction to Automotive Technology 4 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture and 54 laboratory. This course provides essential knowledge of the automobile. Also included will be instruction in the use of tools, equipment and processes normally used in automotive service and repair. Emphasis will be on the operating principles, nomenclature of car care, inspection, preventive maintenance, and minor repair procedures. (CSU)

AT 111 C Automotive Quick Service 6 Units

Prerequisite(s): AT 110 C with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 81 lecture and 81 laboratory. This course covers the essential content and skill practice for a technician to perform quick service skills including, shop safety, correct use of required tools, service information use, repair order write up/documentation, vehicle inspection, oil change, fluid flush and other quick service maintenance work. $25 Material Fee - Payable at Registration. (CSU)

AT 112 C Toyota Electrical Systems 12 Units

Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent enrollment in AT 109 C or AT 110 C, with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 162 lecture and 162 laboratory. This course emphasizes operating principles, design and repair procedures of automotive electrical/electronic systems. In addition, lighting systems, power windows, power door locks, under dash components, charging systems, starters, batteries, and computerized vehicle networks systems will be covered. Modern test equipment such as scan tools and oscilloscopes will be used. Skill competency development will be simulated under shop conditions on OBD II and newer vehicles. $10 materials fee payable at registration. (CSU)

AT 115 C Automotive Air Conditioning 4 Units

Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent enrollment in AT 105 C with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 54 lecture and 54 laboratory. This course emphasizes the acquisition of the practical skills needed to both understand principles of refrigeration and perform system diagnosis and repair. Demonstrated lecture, shop lab simulators and "live" vehicles will be used to learn service diagnosis, repair and installation of air conditioning systems including automatic temperature control. Safety and environmental concerns along with CFC recovery, recycling, retrofitting R12 systems to R-134A and new refrigerant types will be covered. $25 materials fee payable at registration. (CSU)

AT 120 C Auto Engine Repair/Machining 12 Units

Prerequisite(s): AT 105 C and AT 109 C or AT 110 C with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 162 lecture and 162 laboratory. This course covers the acquisition of practical skills needed for accurate internal combustion engine diagnosis and repair and all phases of engine rebuilding machine work. Demonstrated lecture, simulated problem diagnosis, and practical application on "live" vehicles will be used. Individualized instruction on Automotive rebuilding tools and machinery is an integral part of this course. Engine theory, design, repair, practical and theoretical high performance modifications are part of the course. Preparation for ASE certification test A1 will be covered. $30 Material Fee-Payable at Registration. (CSU)

AT 121 C Auto Engine Mechanical Concept 6 Units

Prerequisite(s): AT 105 C and AT 109 C or AT 112 C with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 81 lecture and 81 laboratory. This course introduces engine designs and concepts used in current automotive applications by Toyota Motor Sales. Extensive lab experience will be provided. Preparation for ASE A1 will be covered. $30.00 Material Fee - Payable at Registration. (CSU)

AT 130 C Auto Chassis and Brake Systems 12 Units

Prerequisite(s): AT 110 C or AT 109 C and AT 105 C or AT 112 C with a grade of C or better.

Term hours 162 lecture and 162 laboratory. This course emphasizes the design, operating principles, service, repair and diagnosis of chassis and brake systems used on current production vehicles. Major topics of study will be wheel alignment procedures, tire and wheel balance, suspension and steering system repair, hydraulics, and brake system service and repair. Application will be applied under simulated repair shop procedures using "live" vehicles. Preparation for ASE (A4 and A5) certification is covered. $30.00 Materials Fee - Payable at Registration. (CSU)

AT 140 C  Auto Drivetrains/Transmissions 12 Units

Prerequisite(s): AT 110 C or AT 109 C and AT 105 C or AT 112 C with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 162 lecture and 162 laboratory. This course will include operation principles, design, repair, rebuild and service procedures for manual transmissions, automatic transmissions, clutch assemblies, drive lines, final drive axles and trans-axles units. Demonstrated lectures and shop laboratory work on drive train components will be covered with emphasis on procedures to industry standards. Practical application will be under simulated shop conditions on "live" and "lab" vehicles. Preparation for ASE certification will be covered. $30.00 Materials Fee - Payable at Registration (CSU)

AT 141 C  T-TEN Drivetrain and Transmissions 6 Units

Prerequisite(s): AT 109 C and AT 112 C with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 81 lecture and 81 laboratory. This course will include operation principles, design, repair and service procedures for manual transmissions, automatic transmissions, clutch assemblies, drive lines, final drive axles and trans-axles units. Demonstrated lectures and shop laboratory work on drive train components will be covered with emphasis on procedures to industry standards. Practical application will be under simulated shop conditions on "live" and "lab" vehicles. Preparation for ASE certification will be covered. (CSU)

AT 150 C  Auto Performance and Driveability 12 Units

Prerequisite(s): AT 110 C or AT 109 C and AT 105 C or AT 112 C with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 162 lecture and 162 laboratory. This course will include operating principles, design, and repair procedures of the computerized engine management system and the application of related diagnostic tools and equipment. In addition, alternators, starters, batteries, ignition systems, emission control systems, 5 gas analysis, and scan tool use will be covered. Skill competency development will be under simulated shop conditions on "live" vehicles. Preparation for ASE certification test A8 will be covered. $30.00 Materials Fee - Payable at Registration (CSU)

AT 170 C Clean Air Car Level 1 and 2 4 Units

Advisory: AT 105 C

Term hours: 54 lecture and 54 laboratory. This course prepares students for the State of California Smog Check license for level 1 and 2 applicants. Course includes safety, BAR rules and regulations, engine performance, and emission control devices. Modern diagnostic equipment including a BAR 5 gas analyzer, low pressure EVAP tester,and scan tools will be covered as applicable to California's emissions inspection program $15.00 Material Fee - Payable at Registration. (CSU)

AT 171 C Advanced Clean Air Car Course 2 Units

Term hours: 36 lecture. This course covers operating procedures, diagnostic strategies, and repair procedures for loaded mode emissions testing. Course emphasizes baseline techniques, five gas analysis and lab scope use. Course meets California BAR Smog Check licensing requirements. (CSU)

AT 195 C Automotive Service Advisor 4 Units

Advisory: AT 110 C

Term hours: 54 lecture and 54 laboratory. This is a course in the concepts and application of the Service Advisor's job duties primarily as they apply to job skills required in the service department of new vehicle dealerships. Course instruction will include lecture, role playing, repair order writing, interactive computer based assignments, use of dealer management software, site visits and demonstration of knowledge in a simulated work environment. (CSU)

AT 200 C  Electronic and Electrical Diagnostics 12 Units

Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent enrollment in AT 109 C and

Advisory: AT 110 C with minimum grades of "C".

Term hours: 162 lecture and 162 laboratory. This course emphasizes operating principles, design and repair procedures of automotive electrical/electronic systems. In addition, lighting systems, power windows, power door locks, under dash components, charging systems, starters, batteries, and computerized vehicle networks systems will be covered. Modern test equipment such as scan tools and oscilloscopes will be used. Skill competency development will be simulated under shop conditions on OBD II and newer vehicles. $30.00 Materials Fee - Payable at Registration. (CSU)

AT 209 C Toyota Portfolio TPORT 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): AT 109 C with a grade of C or better or consent of Toyota T-TEN Coordinator.

Term hours: 18 lecture. This course monitors the progress of T-TEN students through the program. This course will also prepare the student for placement in the dealership internship. Course may be taken four times for credit and must be taken every semester the student is in the T-TEN program. (CSU)

AT 211 C Toyota Professional Series I 4 Units

Advisory: AT 105 C. Automotive work experience is recommended for entry into this course. content is geared towards working automotive technician.

Automotive work experience is recommended for entry into this course. Content is geared towards working automotive technician. Term hours: 54 lecture and 54 laboratory. This course is designed to familiarize the technician with a basic understanding in three of the Toyota training course; Basic Electrical (623), Body Electrical (653), Engine Controls (852) and Hybrid Vehicles. Diagnosis and Troubleshooting are covered. $30.00 Material Fee-Payable at Registration. (CSU)

AT 212 C Toyota Professional Series II 4 Units

Advisory: Work experience in the automotive service industry is recommended. This course is designed for the working automotive technician.

This course is designed for the working automotive technician. Term hours: 54 lecture and 54 laboratory. This course is designed to familiarize the technician with a basic understanding of Toyota Suspension Systems (453), Toyota Brake Systems (553), Toyota Air Conditioning (752), Toyota Automatic Transmissions (274), Toyota Manual Transmissions (302). Diagnosis and Troubleshooting are covered. $30.00 Material Fee-Payable at Registration. (CSU)

AT 213 C Toyota Portfolio II TPORT (II) 1 Unit

Term hours: 18 lecture. This course monitors the progress of T-TEN students through the program. This course focuses on their second year in the program with an emphasis on successful internship completion. This course must be taken in both the Fall and Spring semester the student is in year two of the T-TEN program. Course may be taken three times for credit. (CSU).

AT 215 C  ASE Test Prep - Heating and A/C 0.5 Units

Term hours: 8-9 lecture. This is a review course and is designed to help prepare students to take and pass the ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) heating and air conditioning certification test. This course will review the various task lists which detail the knowledge that a technician must have to pass the ASE heating and air conditioning certification test. Demonstrated lecture will include instruction concerning theory, operation, diagnosis, and repair of automotive climate control systems. (CSU)

AT 220 C Lower Engine Blueprinting 2 Units

Prerequisite(s): AT 121 C or completion of or concurrent enrollment in AT 120 C with minimum grades of "C".

Term hours: 36 lecture. This course emphasizes the design, operation, and modification of modern engines. Students will learn how to use formulas, and software to design and modify the lower engine assembly. Students will also learn how to use precision tools to measurements in accordance with blueprint specifications. $30.00 Material Fee - Payable at Registration. (CSU)

AT 221 C Upper Engine Blueprinting 2 Units

Prerequisite(s): AT 120 C or AT 121 C with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 36 lecture. This course emphasizes the design, operation, and modification of modern engines. Students will learn how to use formulas, and software to design and modify the upper engine assembly. Students will also learn how to modify and prepare cylinder heads, intake systems and exhaust systems to optimize engine performance. $30.00 Material Fee - Payable at Registration. (CSU)

AT 225 C  ASE Test Prep - Engine Repair 0.5 Units

Term hours: 9 lecture. This is a review course and is designed to help prepare students to take and pass the ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) engine repair certification test. This course will review the various task lists which detail the knowledge that a technician must have to pass the ASE engine repair certification test. Demonstrated lecture will include instruction concerning theory, operation, diagnosis, and repair of the automotive engine. (CSU)

AT 230 C Advanced Alignment and Chassis 4 Units

Prerequisite(s): AT 130 C with a minimum grade of "C".

Term hours: 54 lecture and 54 laboratory. This course covers advanced alignment concepts. Custom suspension theory and service is explored with practical laboratory experience included. $30.00 Material Fee - Payable at Registration. (CSU)

AT 235 C  ASE Test Prep - Brakes 0.5 Units

Term hours: 9 lecture. This is a review course and is designed to help prepare students to take and pass the ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) brake certification test. This course will review the various task lists which detail the knowledge that a technician must have to pass the ASE brake certification test. Demonstrated lecture will include instruction concerning theory, operation, diagnosis, and repair of the automotive brake systems. (CSU)

AT 236 C  ASE Test Prep - Steering/Suspension 0.5 Units

Term hours: 9 lecture. This is a review course and is designed to help prepare students to take and pass the ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) steering and suspensions certification tests. This course will review the various task lists which detail the knowledge that a technician must have to pass the ASE steering and suspension certification test. Demonstrated lecture will include instruction concerning theory, operation, diagnosis, and repair of the automotive steering and suspension systems. (CSU)

AT 245 C  ASE Test Prep - Manual Transmission 0.5 Units

Term hours: 9 lecture. This is a review course and is designed to help prepare students to take and pass the ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) manual transmission and drive-train certification tests. This course will review the various task lists which detail the knowledge that a technician must have to pass the ASE manual transmission certification test. Demonstrated lecture will include instruction concerning theory, operation, diagnosis, and repair of manual transmission and drive-train systems. (CSU)

AT 246 C  ASE Test Prep - Automatic Transmission 0.5 Units

Term hours: 9 lecture. This is a review course and is designed to help prepare students to take and pass the ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) automatic transmission certification test. This course will review the various task lists which detail the knowledge that a technician must have to pass the ASE automatic transmission certification test. Demonstrated lecture will include instruction concerning theory, operation, diagnosis, and repair of automatic transmission. (CSU)

AT 250 C  Advanced Performance and Driveability 4 Units

Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent enrollment in AT 105 C with a minimum grade of "C" and AT 110 C with a minimum grade of "C".

Term hours: 72 lecture and 36 laboratory. The course includes advanced principles, design and repair procedures of automotive electrical, ignition and computerized engine management systems, including emission controls. Demonstrated lectures and laboratory work using modern testing equipment, oscilloscopes, dynamometer and other diagnostic equipment are included. Practical application under simulated repair shop conditions on "live" vehicles is an integral part of the course. (CSU)

AT 255 C  ASE Test Prep - Engine Performance 0.5 Units

Term hours: 9 lecture. This is a review course and is designed to help prepare students to take and pass the ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) engine performance certification test. This course will review the various task lists which detail the knowledge that a technician must have to pass the ASE engine performance certification test. Demonstrated lecture will include instruction concerning theory, operation, diagnosis, and repair of automotive engine. (CSU)

AT 256 C  ASE Test Prep - Advanced Engine Performance 0.5 Units

Term hours: 9 lecture. This is a review course and is designed to help prepare students to take and pass the ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) advanced engine performance certification test. This course will review the various task lists which detail the knowledge that a technician must have to pass the ASE advanced engine performance certification test. Demonstrated lecture will include instruction concerning theory, operation, diagnosis, and repair of automotive engine control systems. (CSU)

AT 265 C  ASE Test Prep - Electrical 0.5 Units

Term hours: 9 lecture. This is a review course and is designed to help prepare students to take and pass the ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) electrical certification test. This course will review the various task lists which detail the knowledge that a technician must have to pass the ASE electrical certification test. Demonstrated lecture will include instruction concerning theory, operation, diagnosis, and repair of automotive electrical systems. (CSU)

AT 280 C  Introduction to Alternative Fuels 4 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture and 54 laboratory. This is an introductory course in alternative fuels as used in the transportation industry. Various gaseous fuels and vehicle propulsion systems will be discussed. Topics include the theory, design, operation, conversion, light diagnosis, and light repair will be discussed as applicable by the automotive industry. Laboratory activities will emphasize skill competency in vehicle preparation, system maintenance and the diagnosis and repair of alternative fuel vehicles. (CSU)

AT 281 C  Introduction to Electric-Hybrid Vehicles 4 Units

Prerequisite(s): Minimum grad of "B" in AT 105 C, AT 110 C.

Term hours: 54 lecture and 54 laboratory. This is an introductory course in electric (EV) and electric/hybrid vehicles as used in the transportation industry. Topics include the theory, design, operation, maintenance, and repair of batteries, motors, controllers, chargers, and regenerative braking systems. Technician safety is also covered. (CSU)

AT 282 C Hybrid Vehicle Maintenance 4 Units

Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent enrollment in AT 281 C.

Term hours: 54 lecture and 54 laboratory. This course covers hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicle theory of operation, charging, batteries, maintenance process and procedures as specified by vehicle manufacturers. The course will be taught using lecture, collaborative work groups and lab. (CSU)

AT 295 C Automotive Internship 1-4 Units

Term hours: 18 lecture and 240 laboratory depending on units attempted. This course is designed to give the student credit for work experience at a related occupational worksite, while being concurrently enrolled in a vocational major. For each unit of credit, a minimum of 75 total hours of worksite hours for paid internships (minimum 60 hours for unpaid internships). The internship allows students to apply knowledge gained in college courses to an actual work setting, sample career choices and improve job-readiness skills. Supplemental reading and course assignments required. May be taken for credit 1-4 times. Open Entry/Open Exit. Pass/No Pass or Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option or Standard Letter Grade. (CSU)

AT 298 C Automotive Service Seminar 0.5-12 Units

Prerequisite(s): May be required

Advisory: May be required

Corequisite: May be required. Term hours: 0-216 lecture and/or 0-648 laboratory depending on units attempted. This is a course for students who wish to increase their knowledge of automotive repair. Various topics will be offered. Unit credit may range from 1/2 to 12 units in any given semester. Consult the class schedule to verify credit for a particular semester. Pass/No Pass or Letter Grade option. Fee may be required-Payable at Registration. (CSU)

Automotive Technology

Students who complete the Automotive Technology field of study will be able to develop the following skills required by the NATEF to enhance their employment opportunities and advance their career goals.

  • Diagnose brake system, ABS systems, power booster systems, and suspension components; perform alignment; steering component diagnosis and repairs
  • Utilize scan-tools, scopes DVOM’s and other test equipment in trouble-shooting engine and transmission driveability problems
  • Diagnose fuel system problems; service emission controls; diagnose fuel injection and Powertrain Control Module problems
  • Diagnose electrical system problems; use test meters; overhaul electrical components.
  • Diagnose and repair manual transmission systems, drivelines, differentials and 4-wheel drive/all wheel drive systems.
  • Diagnose and repair automatic transmission/transaxle systems, torque converters.
  • Diagnose and repair heating and air conditioning systems including automated systems.
  • Learn the structure and functions of an internal combustion engine; perform engine overhaul processes and diagnosis of mechanical engine components.
  • Develop mathematical skills to use in analytical problem solving.
  • Function as a shop service manager, shop foreman, or supervisor; learn safety management.
  • Operate a Computer Customer Records System; perform service manager functions.
  • Develop effective communication skills in dealing with customers in a simulated automotive business structure.