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Automotive Technician Courses

Automotive Technician Courses

Through the Automotive Technician Program, students can earn an Associate of Occupational Studies degree. Students will develop knowledge and skills to function effectively in an entry-level employment position within the automotive service and/or repair industries. Through presentations, hands-on training, and real world automobiles in a simulated automotive repair facility environment, students will demonstrate competency in working with brakes, suspension systems, manual and automatic transmissions, engine performance, starting and charging systems, climate control systems, emissions, and running and interpreting diagnostic and troubleshooting routines.

Students will prepare for the future through 90 or 50 credit hours of academic work. See below for more information.

Automotive Technician Associate

Automotive Technician Certificate

Major: Automotive Technician Associate (ABQ)

Degree: Associate of Occupational Studies
Credit Hours: 90.0
Time: 18 months

Objective:
Graduates will have the knowledge and skill to function effectively in an entry-level employment position within the automotive service and/or repair industries. Through the utilization of lectures/presentations, hands-on training, and real world automobiles in a simulated automotive repair facility environment, successful graduates will have demonstrated competency in working with brakes, suspension systems, manual and automatic transmissions, engine performance, starting and charging systems, climate control systems, emissions, and running and interpreting diagnostic and troubleshooting routines. Personal and shop safety practices will be emphasized and practiced throughout this training experience. Upon successful completion, the graduate will be prepared to sit for various ASE and Snap-on certifications.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
AUT-119 Automotive Service Practices 4.5
AUT-120 Automotive Electronics Fundamentals 4.5
AUT-121 Automotive Electronics Application 3
AUT-122 Engine Design Fundamentals 4.5
AUT-123 Engine Design Application 3
AUT-124 Automotive Accessories & HVAC Fundamentals 4.5
AUT-125 Automotive Accessories & HVAC Application 3
AUT-126 Brakes, Steering, & Suspension Fundamentals 4.5
AUT-127 Brakes, Steering, & Suspension Application 3
AUT-128 Manual Transmission & Drive Train Fundamentals 4.5
AUT-129 Manual Transmission & Drive Train Application 3
AUT-130 Automatic Transmissions Fundamentals 4.5
AUT-131 Automatic Transmissions Application 3
AUT-132 Basic Light Diesel Fundamentals 4.5
AUT-133 Basic Light Diesel Application 3
AUT-134 Engine Performance & Hybrid Fundamentals 4.5
AUT-135 Engine Performance & Hybrid Application 3
AUT-213 Automotive Service Industry 3
AUT-214 Advanced Light Diesel Fundamentals 4.5
AUT-215 Advanced Light Diesel Application 3
AUT-216 Automotive Capstone Review & Preparation 4.5
AUT-217 Automotive Capstone Application 3
COM-110 Organizational Communication & Etiquette 3
ENG-110 Business English 4.5
  TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 90.0

AUT-119 Automotive Service Practices

Credit Hours: 4.5
Prerequisite(s): None

This course is designed to orient students to the automotive industry and repair environment. Students should apply the topics of this course to identify automotive systems, describe the diagnostic process, properly document a basic repair order, and demonstrate the navigation of a repair database. Student demonstration of shop and tool safety procedures and fluid and materials safety is a must.

AUT-120 Automotive Electronics Fundamentals

Credit Hours: 4.5
Prerequisite(s): None

This course is designed to cover the fundamentals and build a foundation for the student to draw from. Topics include basic electrical principles, electrical circuits and wiring diagrams, theories of magnetism, capacitance, induction, solid state electronics and semiconductors. Students gain basic knowledge to understand and diagnose the vehicle’s battery, starting, and charging systems.

AUT-121 Automotive Electronics Application

Credit Hours: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): None

This course is designed to apply knowledge gained in basic DC/AC circuits. Topics include troubleshooting basic electrical circuits, wiring diagrams, and solid state electronics. The application of hands-on skills to diagnose the vehicle’s battery, starting, and charging systems prepare the student for the workplace.

AUT-122 Engine Design Fundamentals

Credit Hours: 4.5
Prerequisite(s): None

After successful completion of this course, students should have a fundamental understanding of the inner working of the four stroke engine, tear down and reassembly procedures. Safety, cleaning, measurements, and proper procedures will be emphasized. Students become familiar with engine sub-systems, components, fluids, and timing belt systems.

AUT-123 Engine Design Application

Credit Hours: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): None

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to tear down and reassemble the automotive four cycle engine. Safety, cleaning, measurements, and proper diagnostic procedures will be emphasized. Students apply knowledge in a lab setting using engines, engine sub-systems, components, fluids, and timing belt systems to demonstrate proper diagnostic and maintenance procedures.

AUT-124 Automotive Accessories & HVAC Fundamentals

Credit Hours: 4.5
Prerequisite(s): AUT-120 and AUT-121 

This course introduces the student to basic and computerized automobile accessory systems including the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC). Students become familiar with system schematics, and basic computer diagnostics. Building upon the electrical and electronic instruction in previous courses, students expand their learning to electrical accessory circuits on the automobile. This course covers the fundamentals of servicing heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems. In addition, students learn proper procedures for retrofitting older R12 systems to today’s R134a refrigerant systems and receive the opportunity to sit for the MACS 609 certification exam.

AUT-125 Automotive Accessories & HVAC Application

Credit Hours: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): AUT-120, AUT-121 

This course introduces the student to the application of computerized automobile accessory systems including the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC). Students apply system schematics, and basic computer diagnostics. Building upon the electrical and electronic instruction in previous courses, students apply their learning to diagnose electrical accessory circuits. Students diagnose and service heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems. In addition, students demonstrate proper procedures for retrofitting older R12 systems to today’s R134a refrigerant systems and receive the opportunity to sit for the MACS 609 certification exam. 

AUT-126 Brakes, Steering, & Suspension Fundamentals

Credit Hours: 4.5
Prerequisite(s): None

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to identify and diagnose brake system concerns and suspension/steering concerns. Topics covered include hydraulic systems, drum brakes, disc brakes, power assist units, antilock brake systems, general suspension and steering systems, power assist steering, front suspension, rear suspension, wheels/tires, shock absorbers, alignment and traction control systems.

AUT-127 Brakes, Steering, & Suspension Application

Credit Hours: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): None

After successful completion of this course, students should be able to service and repair brake system concerns and suspension/steering concerns. Applications covered include hydraulic system service, disc and drum brake service, antilock brake systems diagnosis and repair, steering and suspension systems, power assist steering, wheels/tires, shock absorbers, four wheel alignments and traction control systems.

AUT-128 Manual Transmission & Drive Train Fundamentals

Credit Hours: 4.5
Prerequisite(s): None

Students develop skills necessary to properly identify and interpret drive train concerns. Students will gain knowledge in clutch systems, operation of the transmission/transaxle, drive shaft, half shaft, CV joint, ring and pinion, differential case assembly, limited slip differential and four-wheel/all-wheel drive systems. 

AUT-230 Manual Transmission & Drive Train Application

Credit Hours: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): None

After successful completion of this course, students should have developed the skills necessary to properly identify and interpret drive train concerns, diagnose and repair clutch systems, diagnose and service the transmission/transaxle, drive shaft, half shaft, CV joint, ring and pinion, differential case assembly, limited slip differential and four-wheel/all-wheel drive.

AUT-130 Automatic Transmissions Fundamentals

Credit Hours: 4.5
Prerequisite(s): None

This course is designed to orient the student to the hydraulic principles, power flow, sub-assemblies of automatic transmissions and transaxles. Students should be able to demonstrate power flow as well as execute common diagnostic procedures including testing of electrical components and computerized controls.

AUT-131 Automatic Transmissions Application

Credit Hours: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): None

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to diagnosis and service automatic transmissions and transaxles and properly disassembly and reassembly an automatic transmission/transaxle. Execution of common off-car service and diagnostic procedures, including R&R of the Transmission/Transaxle assembly is demonstrated.

AUT-132 Basic Light Diesel Fundamentals

Credit Hours: 4.5
Prerequisite(s): AUT-120 and AUT-121

After successful completion of this course, students should have developed an understanding of diesel engine operation. This course introduces the student to light diesel function and operation. Students become familiar with the diesel engine, sub systems, components, fluids and fuel delivery systems.

AUT-133 Basic Light Diesel Application

Credit Hours: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): AUT-120 and AUT-121

Upon completion of this course, students should have developed the basic skills needed to be able to diagnose and perform maintenance/repairs on diesel engines. Performing repairs and service to diesel sub-systems, components, fluids and fuel delivery systems is the focus.

AUT-134 Engine Performance & Hybrid Fundamentals

Credit Hours: 4.5
Prerequisite(s): AUT-120 and AUT-121 

This course provides a fundamental knowledge of on-board computerized engine control systems used on vehicles. Students should gain a working knowledge of common input and output devices, ignition systems, fuel systems, and emission systems. In addition, diagnostic scanners are covered in depth. Hybrid vehicle types and safety procedures are also discussed.

AUT-135 Engine Performance & Hybrid Application

Credit Hours: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): None

Through practical lab training, students should be able to diagnose and service common input and output devices, ignition systems, fuel systems and emission systems. In addition, students should be able to demonstrate proper scanner usage to aid them in this diagnostic procedure. Hybrid vehicle systems and safety procedures will actively be practiced in a lab environment.

AUT-213 Automotive Service Industry

Credit Hours: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): AUT-119

Understanding of how an automotive repair facility operates, including service flow, personnel roles, estimates, repair orders, repair/warranty laws, and regulations are presented. Students practice estimates, repair order creation and documentation procedures. Students gain an understanding of business operations from the dealership, retail, and small / independent repair facility perspectives in order to prepare the student to function effectively in multiple workplace structures.

AUT-214 Advanced Light Diesel Fundamentals

Credit Hours: 4.5
Prerequisite(s): AUT-120, AUT-121, AUT-132, AUT-133

Upon completion of this course, students should have an understanding of diesel electronic control systems. Knowledge needed to diagnose, test, and service common diesel electronic fuel injection systems, engine electronic systems, and diesel charging and starting systems are covered.

AUT-215 Advanced Light Diesel Application

Credit Hours: 4.5
Prerequisite(s): AUT-120, AUT-121, AUT-132, AUT-133

Upon completion of this course, students should have developed the skills needed to diagnose and repair diesel electronic control systems. Students receive practical lab training in diagnostic testing procedures and service of common diesel electronic fuel injection systems, engine electronic systems and diesel charging and starting systems.

AUT-216 Automotive Capstone Review & Preparation

Credit Hours: 4.5
Prerequisite(s): AUT-119, AUT-120, AUT-121, AUT-122, AUT123, AUT-124, AUT-125, AUT-126, AUT-127, AUT-128, AUT129, AUT-130, AUT-131, AUT-132, AUT-133, AUT-134, AUT135

This course is designed to provide students review and preparation covering all aspects of the automotive program. Repair order preparation, technician documentation and scheduling will be incorporated along with a review of all automotive systems to prepare students for real world service applications.

AUT-217 Automotive Capstone Application

Credit Hours: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): NoneAUT-119, AUT-120, AUT-121, AUT-122, AUT123, AUT-124, AUT-125, AUT-126, AUT-127, AUT-128, AUT129, AUT-130, AUT-131, AUT-132, AUT-133, AUT-134, AUT135

This course is designed to provide students review and extended learning opportunities covering all aspects of the automotive program. Students should use critical thinking skills and apply the use of advanced diagnostic tools to challenging drivability concerns. Students apply their learning thus far to demonstrate proper maintenance and repairs to all automotive systems by completing modules designed to simulate real world service applications.

COM-110 Organizational Communication & Etiquette

Credit Hours: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): None

The course examines the role of communication and etiquette in organizations. Concepts like teamwork, ethics and diversity are addressed as they relate to organizational effectiveness. Basic workplace technology, including Microsoft Office, is also covered.

ENG-110 Business English

Credit Hours: 4.5
Prerequisite(s): None

This course emphasizes principles and techniques for organizing, writing, and revising documents for industry, business, and government. This course Includes grammar and writing mechanics. Resume writing and job interview techniques are taught and practiced

Major: Automotive Technician Certificate

Certificate: Automotive Technician Certificate
Credit Hours: 50.0 
Time: 10.5 months

Objective:
Graduates will have developed the occupational skills in a heavily hands-on environment needed to function effectively in an entry-level employment position within the automotive service and repair industry. Through the utilization of short lectures and demonstrations, hands-on trainers, and in-depth live vehicle labs, graduates will have exposure to a simulated automotive repair facility environment. Successful graduates will have demonstrated competency in brakes, steering, and suspension systems, transmissions and vehicle drivetrains, electrical systems, NC systems, and interpreting diagnostic and troubleshooting routines related to engine performance and vehicle operation. Personal safety and shop safety practices will be emphasized and practiced throughout this training experience. With the implementation of student ASE tests and training on various types of diagnostic equipment, the graduate will be prepared to sit for various ASE and Snap-on certifications. successful completion, the graduate will be prepared to sit for various ASE and Snap-on certifications.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
AUT-140 Automotive Service Practices & A/C Fundamentals 7.0
AUT-141 Automotive Electronics 7.0
AUT-142 Engine Design Fundamentals 7.0
AUT-143 Transmission, Transaxles & Drivetrains 7.0
AUT-144 Brakes, Steering & Suspension Fundamentals 7.0
AUT-145 Engine Performance & Hybrid 7.5
AUT-146 Automotive Industry Preparation 7.5
  TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 50.0

AUT-140 Automotive Service Practices & A/C Fundamentals

Credit Hours: 7.0
Prerequisite(s): None

This course is designed to orient students to the automotive industry and repair environment. Students should apply the topics of this course to identify automotive systems, describe the diagnostic process, properly document a basic repair order, and demonstrate the navigation of a repair database. Student demonstration of shop and tool safety procedures, fluid and materials safety, as well as automotive Heating and A/C fundamentals. Students diagnose and service heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems.

AUT-141 Automotive Electronics

Credit Hours: 7.0
Prerequisite(s):

This course is designed to cover the fundamentals of the automotive electrical system and build a foundation for the student to draw from. Topics include basic electrical principles, electrical circuits and wiring diagrams, theories of magnetism, capacitance, induction, solid state electronics and semiconductors. Students also demonstrate the application of hands-on skills and diagnose the vehicle’s battery, starting, charging systems, and automotive lighting systems.

AUT-142 Engine Design Fundamentals

Credit Hours: 7.0
Prerequisite(s): AUT-140, AUT-141 

After successful completion of this course, students should have a fundamental understanding of the inner working of the four stroke engine, tear down and reassembly procedures. Safety, cleaning, measurements, and proper procedures will be emphasized. Students apply knowledge in a lab setting using engines, engine sub-systems, components, fluids, and timing belt systems to demonstrate proper diagnostic and maintenance procedures. 

AUT-143 Transmission, Transaxles & Drivetrains

Credit Hours: 7.0
Prerequisite(s): AUT-140, AUT-141

After successful completion of this course, students should have developed the skills necessary to properly identify and interpret drive train concerns, diagnose and repair clutch systems, diagnose and service automatic and standard transmission / transaxles, drive shaft, half shaft, CV joint, ring and pinion, differential case assembly, limited slip differential and four-wheel / all-wheel drive systems.

AUT-144 Brakes, Steering & Suspension Fundamentals

Credit Hours: 7.0
Prerequisite(s): AUT 140, AUT-141 

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to identify, diagnose, repair, and service brake system concerns and suspension / steering concerns. Topics covered include hydraulic systems, drum brakes, disc brakes, power assist units, antilock brake systems, general suspension and steering systems, power assist steering, front suspension, rear suspension, wheels / tires, shock absorbers, alignment and traction control systems

AUT-145 Engine Performance & Hybrid

Credit Hours: 7.5
Prerequisite(s): AUT-140, AUT-141

This course provides a fundamental knowledge of on-board computerized engine control systems used on vehicles. Through classroom and practical lab training, students should be able to diagnose and service common input and output devices, ignition systems, fuel systems and emission systems. In addition, students should be able to demonstrate proper scanner usage to aid them in this diagnostic procedure. Hybrid vehicle systems and safety procedures will actively be practiced in a lab environment.

AUT-146 Automotive Industry Preparation

Credit Hours: 7.5
Prerequisite(s): AUT-140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145 

This course provides the tools needed to succeed in the automotive field by offering the opportunity to set for MACS 609 A/C certification ASE A1, and A5 Tests, ASE practice tests, resume and interview skills building classes. Student will also be immersed in hands-on skills review and application covering all area previously covered along with automotive power accessories and air bag systems training.