Automotive Technology Courses

AUTO 49, Auto Body Maintenance and Detailing
Lec-17.5 Lab-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Introductory course on general vehicle body maintenance, minor body part replacement and adjustment, glass replacement, and exterior and interior detailing.

CSU
Units: 2
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
AUTO 50, Intro to Automotive Mechanics
Lec-35 Lab-70

ADVISE: MATH 30; ENGL 88 or ESL 186 or placement in ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Introduction to automotive systems, industry best practices, basic vehicle fluid and wheel services, and safety practices. Orientation to the automobile: technical vocabulary, systems, components, safety procedures, proper use of appropriate tools and equipment, and development of hands-on skills. Basic maintenance and repair of the automobile in accord with Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
AUTO 51, Automotive Electrical
Lec-105 Lab-105 field trips

PREREQ.: AUTO 50 or pass Challenge Test

This course focuses on automotive electrical systems including basic electrical theory, wiring diagrams, battery technology, starting, charging, lighting, instrumentation and wiring systems, electrical/electronic troubleshooting, digital volt ohm meters, and storage oscilloscopes, in the diagnosis and repair of automotive electronics. Preparation for the ASE-A6, examination.

CSU
Units: 8
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
AUTO 52, Brakes, Suspension, Alignment
Lec-105 Lab-105 field trips

PREREQ.: AUTO 50 or pass Challenge Test

This ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certification course (A-5 and A-4 tests) prepares future technicians for a career in brake and suspension repair with an understanding of operation, troubleshooting, and preventive maintenance, including computerized wheel alignment, anti-lock, and stability control systems.

CSU
Units: 8
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
AUTO 53, Automatic and Manual Transmissions
Lec-105 Lab-105 field trips

PREREQ.: AUTO 50 or pass Challenge Test

This ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) course prepares for the national exams in automatic transmissions and transaxles (A-2), and manual drivetrains and axles (A-3); diagnosis, service, and repair.

CSU
Units: 8
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
AUTO 54, Engine Repair
Lec-105 Lab-105 field trips

PREREQ.: AUTO 50 or pass Challenge Test

Prepares students for ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) Engine Repair A1 test. Fundamental theory and operation of automotive engines. A hands-on course focusing on the analysis of engine problems and proper repair procedures.

CSU
Units: 8
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
AUTO 55, Engine Performance/Drivability
Lec-105 Lab-105 field trips

PREREQ.: AUTO 50 or pass Challenge Test

Focus on troubleshooting of fuel and ignition systems with the use of scan tools, multi-meters, vacuum and pressure gauges, and oscilloscope. Prepare for ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) A-8 and L1 certification. This course along with AUTO 50, 51, qualifies for the Performance and Driveability Specialist certificate.

CSU
Units: 8
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
AUTO 56, Introduction to Hybrid and EV Auto Maintenance and Repair
Lec-52.5 Lab-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

PREREQ.: AUTO 50 and AUTO 51

Principles and functions of hybrid automobiles, and procedures for their maintenance, problem diagnosis and repair. Function of individual system components examined. Critical importance of safety and hybrid-unique equipment and procedures. Maintenance procedures and diagnostic and repair processes for common hybrids (Toyota and Ford) taught in detail.

CSU
Units: 4
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
AUTO 58, Automotive Heating and Air-Conditioning
Lec-35 Lab-70 field trips

PREREQ.: AUTO 50

Learners will study the history, principles of operation, environmental concerns, scientific principles, mechanical components, diagnosis, servicing and testing, system controls, retrofit of old systems, and future trends of automotive HV AC systems. Preparation for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A-7 Test.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
AUTO 59, Automotive Suspension and Steering
Lec-52.5 Lab-52.5 field trips

PREREQ.: AUTO 50

This course prepares students to diagnose and repair automotive tire, wheel, suspension and steering systems. Includes specialized training in the use of Hunter alignment, tire mounting and tire balancing equipment. Preparation for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A-4 test.

CSU
Units: 4
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
AUTO 60, Independent Study (Auto Technology)
Lab-52.5 to 157.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ: AUTO 50 or demonstration of exit skills

Research and application of advanced skills within the topic of Automotive/Trade Skills. Allows student to investigate subjects of special interest and develop skills toward those interests, such as frame design and fabrication, suspension design and fabrication, engine performance modification and reflash of engine computer.

CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
AUTO 63, Automotive Braking Systems
Lec-52.5 Lab-52.5

PREREQ.: AUTO 50

This course prepares future technicians to perform automotive brake system repair with an
understanding of operation, troubleshooting, and preventive maintenance, including disk brakes, drum brakes, anti-lock, and stability control systems. Preparation for the ASE Brakes test (A-5 test)

CSU
Units: 4
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
AUTO 68, Introduction to Diesel Technology
Lec-35 Lab-70 field trips

PREREQ.: AUTO 50

Prepares students for careers in diesel engine repair. Theory of operation and hands-on practice repairing diesel engines.
Preparation for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A9 examination.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
AUTO 108, Automotive Work Experience
P/NP Available

PREREQ: AUTO 50

Paid work experience in the automotive industry under the supervision of a qualified professional. Positions can include dealership technician, independent shop technician and automotive shop office work. Student will attend an initial training and apply to job opportunity with no guarantees of being hired.

CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
AUTO 115, Service Consultant
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

PREREQ: AUTO 50 or demonstration of exit skills

Techniques and practices for creating automotive service orders. Training in industry best practices and legal requirements of creating automotive service orders. Training for career as automotive service writer. Preparation for ASE C1 test.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
AUTO 117, Subaru Technical Training
Lec-35 Lab-22 field trips

PREREQ.: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: AUTO 50

Subaru specific online and hands-on training to prepare students to repair Subaru vehicles.

CSU
Units: 2
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
AUTO 180, Reflashing and Factory Scan Tools for Technicians
Lec-35 Lab-70 field trips P/NP Available

PREREQ: AUTO 50

This course prepares students to use factory scan tools to troubleshoot, diagnose, and repair next generation automobiles. In-depth study of factory scan tool use includes module scanning and reflashing.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
AUTO 200, Auto Body Dent and Damage Repair
Lec-17.5 Lab-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: AUTO 50

Basic introduction to welding, metal bumping, metal finishing, and plastic filling. Students will learn analysis of minor body and fender damage and the sequential procedures involved in proper metal damage repair by integrating their classroom gained knowledge with shop practice.

CSU
Units: 2
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
AUTO 201, Bolted Panel Replacement
Lec-17.5 Lab-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: AUTO 50

This course concerns the methods and techniques of fastening and joining metal and plastic parts as they relate to a professional fit and finish on vehicle body and frame structures, including alignment of metal and plastic parts.

CSU
Units: 2
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
AUTO 202, Welded panel repair and replacement
Lec-17.5 Lab-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: AUTO 50

This course involves the various methods and techniques of repairing or cutting, fastening, and joining of metals and metal parts as they relate to vehicle body and frame structures, including plasma arc cutting, electric spot, MIG (Metal Inert Gas), gas welding, brazing, and epoxy-joining processes.

CSU
Units: 2
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
AUTO 203, Introduction to Auto Painting and Refinishing
Lec-17.5 Lab-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: AUTO 50

This course is designed as an introduction to automotive urethane, polyurethane and water based refinishing. It includes a comprehensive study of the materials, equipment, techniques and processes in the successful application of each of the automotive refinishing materials by integrating classroom gained knowledge with shop practice. This course is required for the Auto body Painting and Refinishing certificate.

CSU
Units: 2
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
AUTO 204, Body/Frame Straightening & Repair
Lec-17.5 Lab-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: AUTO 50

This course concerns the study and repair of conventional and unitized vehicle frames, their straightening and alignment, alignment at cross members, rear and side frame members, suspension systems and steering principles. Frame straightening machines, gauges, and tools as well as appropriate safety will be covered.

CSU
Units: 2
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
AUTO 205, Auto Body Welding
Lec-17.5 Lab-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: AUTO 50

In this course students will learn how to identify and work with different types of welding equipment used in the installation of welded panels. They will also learn various methods of welding, brazing, soldering and plasma arc cutting of thin auto body material.

CSU
Units: 2
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
AUTO 206, Plastic Repair & Refinishing
Lec-17.5 Lab-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: AUTO 50

This course concerns the techniques of repairing, replacing, and refinishing the many types of plastic and fiberglass parts now being used in auto body construction. Many plastics can be heated, reshaped, repaired and refinished using a variety of different methods.

CSU
Units: 2
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
AUTO 9513, Basic Auto Maintenance

This is a preparation course for beginning and limited English speaking automotive students, combining lecture and hands-on shop work for most major automotive systems. Introduction to theory, maintenance, troubleshooting, repair, language development skills, and maintenance terminology.

Units: 0
Credit type: Noncredit

Formerly TIAU 9513