Courses

For recommended preparation, planning and most up to date course selection, consult the course catalog and your academic counselor.

All current enrolled automotive technology students are required to take a safety certification test via S/P2 Safety & Pollution Prevention.

 

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AUTO 100 - AUTOMOTIVE FUNDAMENTALS

Introduction to the principles of operation of modern automobile systems and a practical introduction to automotive tools and diagnostic equipment. Demonstrated lectures and some practical experience in the laboratory. Structured for the nontechnical student. NR

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AUTO 101 - AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS

Recommended Preparation: AUTO 100

Operating principles, troubleshooting techniques, and repair procedures of electrical supply systems and battery starter systems. Demonstrated lectures and practical experience in the laboratory on batteries, starter systems, alternator- generator charging systems, and accessory and lighting systems. Scan tool and digital multimeter techniques will be emphasized. R E 3

 

AUTO 102 - AUTOMOTIVE ENGINE PERFORMANCE/ELECTRONICS AND IGNITION

Recommended Preparation: AUTO 100 and 207

Operating principles, troubleshooting techniques, and repair procedures for automotive engine performance systems. The emphasis is battery, charging and ignition systems. Demonstrated lectures and practical experience in the laboratory using modern testing equipment, oscilloscopes, and other diagnostic equipment on "live" vehicles. R E 3

 

AUTO 103 - AUTOMOTIVE ENGINE PERFORMANCE/FUEL AND EMISSION SYSTEMS

Recommended Preparation: AUTO 100 and 207

Operating principles, troubleshooting techniques and repair procedures for automotive engine performance systems. The emphasis is fuel and engine emission control systems. Demonstrated lectures and practical experience in the laboratory using modern testing equipment, oscilloscopes, and other diagnostic equipment on "live" vehicles. R E 3

 

AUTO 104A - AUTOMOTIVE ENGINES

Recommended Preparation: AUTO 100, 207

Practical experience in the rebuilding, overhauling, and machining of engine components of the internal-combustion engine. It is recommended that the student have access to an engine for overhaul purposes. First part of a two semester program covering block boring and honing techniques as well as bearing installation. Piston and ring selection procedures will be covered. The basic block will be assembled. R E 3

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AUTO 104B - AUTOMOTIVE ENGINES

Prerequisite: AUTO 104A

Recommended Preparation: AUTO 100, 207

Practical experience in the rebuilding, overhauling and machining of engine components of the internal-combustion engine. A continuation of AUTO 104A. Covers cylinder head overhaul, camshaft selection, and cylinder head assembly. The complete engine will be assembled in the lab. R E 3

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AUTO 105 - AUTOMOTIVE POWER TRAIN

Recommended Preparation: AUTO 100

Operating principles, overhaul, and repair procedures of automotive power-trains, including clutches, multiple speed four wheel drive transmissions, overdrives, drive line, differentials, and rear axles. Demonstrated lectures and practical experience in the laboratory on power-train components. R E 3

 

AUTO 106A - AUTOMOTIVE SUSPENSION AND ALIGNMENT

Recommended Preparation: AUTO 100

Operating principles, design, diagnosis and overhaul of chassis suspension systems. Demonstrated lectures and practical experience in the laboratory performing suspension diagnosis and repair. Students will perform two and four wheel alignments using modern alignment equipment on "live" vehicles. R E 3

 

AUTO 106B - AUTOMOTIVE BRAKE SYSTEMS

Recommended Preparation: AUTO 100

Operating principles, troubleshooting techniques, and repair of automotive disc and drum brake systems. Latest ABS system theory and operation with scan tool analysis will be covered. Complete component overhaul, machining methods, and selection of materials for safe brake operation are also covered. Prepares the student for the State of California brake inspection license. R E 3

 

AUTO 107 - AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

Recommended Preparation: AUTO 100

Operating principles, design, overhaul, adjustment, and servicing of FWD and RWD automatic transmissions. Trouble shooting techniques utilizing scan tools for computer-controlled transmission diagnosis. Demonstrated lectures and laboratory work on automatic transmissions.R E 3

 

AUTO 108 - AUTOMOTIVE AIR CONDITIONING

Recommended Preparation: AUTO 100

Operating principles, design, diagnosis of vehicle heating and air conditioning systems. Emphasis is placed on diagnosis and troubleshooting of "live" vehicles. Students are required to obtain the Section 609 certification for lab activities.R E 3

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AUTO 109 - CALIFORNIA B.A.R. BASIC AREA CLEAN AIR CAR COURSE

Recommended Preparation: AUTO 100 and completion of or concurrent enrollment in AUTO 102, 103, or 202

This Bureau of Automotive Repair certified course meets one of the requirements for taking the California B.A.R. licensed smog check EA technician examination. Course content will include the study of proper vehicle inspection procedures, testing, diagnosis, and certification procedures following the current laws and regulations. For state certification, students must meet Bureau of Automotive Repair requirements.
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AUTO 189 - SPECIAL TOPICS

The Special Topics course is a grouping of short seminars designed to provide students with the latest ideas in a field of study. The course content is thematic in nature and each seminar within the course differs from other offerings in the same course. R E 1

 

AUTO 200 - ENHANCED AREA CLEAN AIR CAR COURSE

Recommended Preparation: AUTO 100 and 109

This Bureau of Automotive Repair certified course meets one of the requirements for taking the State of California B.A.R. licensed smog check EA technician examination. Course content will include ASM emission inspection system operation (Dyno), digital storage oscilloscope theory, operation and diagnostics. For state certification, students must meet Bureau of Automotive Repair requirements.R E 3

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AUTO 201 - ADVANCED AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRICAL

Prerequisite: AUTO 101

Recommended Preparation: AUTO 100

Advanced automotive electrical/electronic systems cover strategy based diagnostic procedures for troubleshooting lighting, instrumentation, engine and body controls and other accessory circuits. Air bag theory, respective testing diagnostic procedures, and fuel system operation are included. R E 3

 

AUTO 202 - ADVANCED ENGINE PERFORMANCE DIAGNOSIS

Recommended Preparation: AUTO 100, 102 or 103

Explores advanced engine and drive line performance diagnosis using the chassis dynamometer, digital storage oscilloscope, five-gas analyzer and other related test equipment on "live vehicles" to diagnose vehicle performance. R E 3

 

AUTO 204A - HIGH PERFORMANCE ENGINE BLUEPRINTING - ROTATING ASSEMBLY

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in AUTO 104A or 104B

Recommended Preparation: AUTO 100 or 207

Incorporates advanced measuring techniques, machining skills and advanced theory in building a high-performance engine. Advanced cylinder block boring, honing, and decking procedures as well as crankshaft and piston/rod balancing are taught (formerly AUTO 204). R E 3

 

AUTO 204B - HIGH PERFORMANCE ENGINE BLUEPRINTING - CYLINDER HEADS

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in AUTO 104A or 104B

Recommended Preparation: AUTO 100 or 207

Incorporate advanced measuring techniques, machining skills and advanced theory in building a high-performance engine. Advanced cylinder head machining, cylinder head airflow studies using the latest airflow bench practices, as well as high performance engine assembly techniques. R E 3

 

AUTO 205 - ADVANCED SMOG UPDATE TRAINING

Recommended Preparation: AUTO 100, 102, 103, 109

California B.A.R. approved update course covers the required emission update program. In-depth program covering current laws and regulations, ASM testing, and emission diagnostics used to inspect, test and repair late model vehicles. R E 99

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AUTO 207 - AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING FUNDAMENTALS

Recommended Preparation: AUTO 100 and MATH 251

Introduction to the science and design of the modern automobile. Basic physics and related mathematical concepts are explained using the automobile as an example. In class demonstrations and student participation provide the connection between theory and real world applications. R E 3

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AUTO 220 - ALTERNATIVE PROPULSION SYSTEMS

Recommended Preparation: AUTO 100 and 207

Study alternative propulsion systems including CNG, propane, diesel, hybrid and electric vehicle technology. Laboratory exercises include safety, operation and maintenance of hybrid, electrical and alternative propulsion vehicle systems.R E 3

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AUTO 226 - AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE CONSULTANT

Recommended Preparation: AUTO 100

Focuses on Automotive Service Consultants and their relationship to the processing of work within the automotive service facility. The actions, procedures and interaction with all personnel and their value will be discussed in detail. Content is aligned with tasks identified by Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). R E 3

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AUTO 227 - AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE MANAGEMENT

Recommended Preparation: AUTO 100

Introduction to an automotive service department as it pertains to management. Skill development for operating an automotive business, including service consulting, service management and communication practices. Instruction in federal, state and local regulations for operating a service department. R E 1

 

AUTO 228 - ADVANCED VEHICLE PERFORMANCE

Recommended Preparation: AUTO 100, 102, 103, 202, 207

Advanced engine and drive line performance diagnosis will be explored. The course will include advanced diagnostic techniques using the Chassis Dyno on "live" vehicles. R E 3

 

AUTO 229 - DIESEL TECHNOLOGY

Recommended Preparation: AUTO 100

Diesel technology covers the design, construction, operation, diagnosis, service, and repair of both mobile and stationary diesel engines. The theory, operation, service and diagnosis of diesel engines, engine control computers, fuel management systems, and emission control systems are covered in detail. R E 2

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AUTO 231 - HYBRID AND ELECTRICAL VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY

Recommended Preparation: AUTO 100 and 207

The extensive study of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electrical vehicle systems. Laboratory exercises include safety, operation, maintenance and repair of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electrical vehicle power train systems. R E 3

 

AUTO 232 - DIESEL SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY

Recommended Preparation: AUTO 100

Covers the design, construction, operation, diagnosis, service, maintenance and repair of both mobile and stationary diesel vehicle systems and equipment. The theory, operation, service and diagnosis of diesel powered vehicles and equipment, engine control computers, fuel management systems, braking systems, power train, propulsion systems, and emission control systems are covered in detail. R E 2

 

AUTO 240 - AUTOMOTIVE LAB

Prerequisite: AUTO 100

Provides directed activities in the "live" automotive lab environment. Designed for students who have intermediate skill level and wish to upgrade and perfect their lab skills. Includes the use of automotive specific tools and equipment. R E 3

 

AUTO 289 - SPECIAL TOPICS

The Special Topics course is a grouping of short seminars designed to provide students with the latest ideas in a field of study. The course content is thematic in nature and each seminar within the course differs from other offerings in the same course. R E 1