Automotive Technology

Division: Technology and Engineering

John Farley
David Lopez
Robert  Maine
Jose V.  Miranda
Charles Zepeda

AUTO 050 F Automotive Specialty Practice 2 Units

Corequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment or completion of AUTO 060 F or AUTO 065 F or AUTO 070 F or AUTO 073 F or AUTO 081 F or AUTO 082 F or AUTO 083 F or AUTO 084 F or AUTO 086 F or AUTO 088 F or AUTO 089 F or AUTO 090 F or AUTO 091 F.

18 hours lecture and 72 hours lab per term. In this course, emphasis is placed on the development and reinforcement of automotive repair skills in the area of student interest and advanced level of study. Lectures cover service department organization, job analysis and information relative to the employer, employee and customer relations.

AUTO 051 F Internship in Automotive 2-4 Units

Prerequisite(s): Completion of at least two Automotive Technology courses.

18 hours lecture and 60-180 lab/unpaid internship or 75-225 hours of paid internship per term in an automotive dealership or other automotive-related facility. This course requires supervised work experience each week to earn credits above the one unit of classroom lecture. The supervised work experience is at an automotive repair facility or related automotive business and subject to NOCCCD Board of Trustee approval. This course is designed to provide learning opportunities and earned college units through internship hours in the Career Technical Education field of Automotive Technology. No more than four units total (lecture and internship) may be applied toward the degree or certificate.

AUTO 055 F Automotive Business Management 5 Units

Advisory: AUTO 131 F with a grade of C or better or equivalent work experience.

72 hours lecture and 54 hours lab per term. This course covers the automotive service management operation associated with an automotive business and dealership. Instruction focuses on the repair order as a legal document, appointment systems, telephone skills, warranties, communication strategies, product knowledge, selling skills, proactive customer handling, and multiple ways to reduce costs and improve profits.

AUTO 060 F Automotive Powertrains 5 Units

Advisory: AUTO 131 F

90 hours lecture and 54 hours lab per term. This course covers the repair of the manual Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)/Front Wheel Drive (FWD) powertrains including the study of principles of operation, gears, bearings, drive lines, universal joints, CV joints, drive train electrical/electronic systems, and rear axles. The student will perform hands-on lab assignments.

AUTO 065 F  Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems 5 Units

Advisory: AUTO 131 F

72 hours lecture and 72 hours lab per term. This is an introductory course in the concepts of the electrical system and the electronic control of the automobile. Course instruction will include lecture, demonstration and student application in the use of test equipment on simulator board and in-car diagnosis and repair with electrical diagrams and charts. Instruction for this class will closely parallel topics addressed on the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Electrical Systems (A6) examination.

AUTO 070 F Engine Reconditioning 7 Units

Prerequisite(s): AUTO 081 F with a grade of C or better or equivalent work experience.

108 hours lecture and 54 hours lab per term. This course covers the operating principles, nomenclature, design, inspection, diagnostic mechanical repair procedures of automotive engines. This course offers time management, critical thinking, applied mathematics, applied physics, communication, and lifelong experiences through comprehensive and relevant laboratory projects.

AUTO 072 F Automotive Engine Performance 7 Units

Advisory: AUTO 131 F

108 hours lecture and 54 hours lab per term. This course covers engine tune-up, diagnosis, and repair of the electronic ignition system, emissions control system, and electronic powertrain management systems, including electronic fuel injection. Instruction will be given to prepare the student for the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Engine Performance (A8) test. Modern test equipment will be utilized in the lab sessions.

AUTO 073 F Brake Systems Repair 7 Units

Prerequisite(s): AUTO 083 F with a grade of C or better or equivalent work experience.

108 hours lab and 54 hours lab per term. This course covers the operation, nomenclature, diagnosis, adjustment and repair procedures of automotive brake systems including electronically controlled anti-lock braking systems. Instruction for this class will closely parallel topics addressed on the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Brakes (A5) examination.

AUTO 081 F Engine Rebuilding and Repair 8 Units

Advisory: AUTO 131 F or equivalent work experience.

108 hours lecture and 108 hours lab per term. This course covers operating principles, nomenclature, design, and repair procedures of the modern automotive engine. Laboratory project emphasis is upon procedures of rebuilding an engine while out of the vehicle. Instruction will closely parallel topics addressed on the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Engine Repair (A1) examination.

AUTO 082 F  Engine Performance and Drivability 8 Units

Advisory: AUTO 131 F

108 hours lecture and 108 hours lab per term. This course covers the operation, design, diagnosis, and repair of computerized engine management systems. Systems covered include induction, exhaust, input sensors, fuel delivery, fuel injection, ignition, and on-board diagnostics (OBD-II). Diagnostic strategies utilizing scan tools and lab scopes will be covered. Instruction will closely parallel topics addressed on the National Institute of Automotive Excellence (ASE) A8 Engine Performance examination.

AUTO 083 F  Brake and Suspension Systems Repair 8 Units

Advisory: AUTO 131 F or equivalent

108 hours lecture and 108 hours lab per term. This course covers the operation, nomenclature, adjustment and repair procedures of automotive brake, suspension, and steering systems. Instruction will closely parallel topics addressed on the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Suspension and Steering (A4) and Brakes (A5) examinations. (Degree Credit)

AUTO 084 F Automatic Transmissions 8 Units

Advisory: AUTO 131 F

108 hours lecture and 108 hours lab per term. This course covers the technical principles of automatic transmissions. Theory and principles of operation of planetary gear systems and hydraulic systems of automatic transmission. Operating principles, overhaul and adjustment and servicing procedures of automatic transmissions. Design and operation of fluid couplings of torque converters. Students to perform testing, diagnosis, maintenance, and overhaul on various types of automatic transmissions including electronically controlled transmissions and transaxles. Instruction for this class will closely parallel topics addressed on the national Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Automatic Transmission/Trans-axle (A2) examination.

AUTO 086 F  Automatic Transmission Fundamentals 3 Units

Advisory: AUTO 131 F

36 hours lecture and 54 hours lab per term. This course covers the fundamentals of automatic transmissions, theory and operation of planetary gears and related gear systems, principles of hydraulic systems, design and operation of torque converters and lock-up type converters, and operation of electronic controls. Emphasis will be on rear wheel drive transmissions. Diagnosis and maintenance fundamentals, along with service, adjustment and overhaul procedures, also will be emphasized. Instruction for this class will closely parallel topics addressed on the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Automatic Transmission and Transaxle (A2) examination. First semester students will study hydraulic controlled transmission; students repeating the course will study electronically controlled transmissions.

AUTO 088 F  Fuel Systems and Advanced Drivability Diagnosis 4 Units

Advisory: AUTO 131 F

54 hours lecture and 54 hours lab per term. The study of this course includes the theory and principles of engine control systems diagnosis and automotive emission control systems. This course prepares students for the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A8 and L1 tests. Modern diagnostic equipment including the exhaust gas analyzer, digital meters, scan tools, and digital oscilloscope will be used in lab sessions.

AUTO 089 F Automotive Air Conditioning 4 Units

Advisory: AUTO 131 F

72 hours lecture and 36 hours lab per term. This course covers the theory and principles of automotive air conditioning, including servicing, maintenance, diagnosis and repair of modern air conditioning systems. Topics addressed on the ASE Heating and Air Conditioning Test (A7) will be emphasized.

AUTO 090 F  Emission Control Systems and Advanced Diagnosis 6 Units

Advisory: AUTO 131 F

108 hours lecture and 36 hours lab per term. This course covers the theory and principles of automotive emission control systems. This course prepares students for the State of California Smog Check Mechanic Test and for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A8 and L1 examinations. Modern diagnostic equipment including the exhaust gas analyzer, digital meters, and engine oscilloscope will be used in lab sessions.

AUTO 091 F Cylinder Head Repair 4 Units

Advisory: AUTO 131 F or equivalent work experience.

54 hours lecture and 54 hours lab per term. This course covers operating principles, nomenclature, design and repair procedures of modern cylinder heads. Emphasis is on cylinder head repair procedures that are performed by automotive repair shops, including diagnosis, bench work, removal and installation.

AUTO 096 F Performance Technology 4 Units

Advisory: AUTO 131 F

54 hours lecture and 54 hours lab per term. This course covers the practical applications of performance and durability pertaining to motorized vehicles. Topics include areas of engine, drivelines, brakes, and suspension necessary for better performance and increased safety and durability.

AUTO 131 F Automotive Fundamentals 4 Units

72 hours lecture and 36 hours lab per term. This course emphasizes basic operating principles, nomenclature, automotive care, inspection, preventive maintenance and minor repair procedures. This course is for Industrial Arts Vocational majors. (CSU)