Automotive Technology (AUTO) Courses

AUTO 010  4 Units  
Introduction to Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technology  

Lecture: 54 contact hours
Lab: 54 contact hours

This course explores the use of hybrid and electric battery power for vehicle transportation. Topics will include safety when using high voltage, maintenance, drivability, inverter, AC/DC power transfer and battery technology, physics of battery storage and hybrid generation systems. Electric vehicle applications and their integrated systems from many manufacturers will be discussed.

Associate Degree Applicable

AUTO 011  3 Units  
Electric Vehicle (EV) and Alternative Fuels  

Lecture: 54 contact hours

Prerequisite: AUTO 010 and AUTO 065

Corequisite: AUTO 011L

This course explores the use of electric vehicle, hydrogen fuel cell and electric battery power for vehicle transportation. Topics will include safety when using high voltage, maintenance, drivability, inverter, AC/DC power transfer and battery technology, physics of battery storage and hydrogen fuel systems. Electric and fuel cell vehicle applications and their integrated systems from many manufacturers will be discussed.

Associate Degree Applicable

AUTO 011L  1 Unit  
Electric Vehicle (EV) and Alternative Fuel - Laboratory  

Lab: 54 contact hours

Prerequisite/Corequisite: AUTO 011

This laboratory course explores the use of electric vehicle, hydrogen fuel cell and electric battery power for vehicle transportation. Topics will include safety when using high voltage, maintenance, drivability, inverter, AC/DC power transfer and battery technology, physics of battery storage and hydrogen fuel systems. Electric and fuel cell vehicle applications and their integrated systems from many manufacturers will be discussed.

Associate Degree Applicable

AUTO 050  3 Units  
Automotive Brakes  

Lecture: 54 contact hours

Corequisite: AUTO 050L

This course is designed for students and current technicians to gain knowledge and skills in automotive brake systems. This course covers the safety procedures, ethics, and diversity in the automotive industry while focusing on inspection, diagnosis, and servicing of the brake system. This course may be used in preparation for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) National Test A-5.

Associate Degree Applicable

AUTO 050L  1 Unit  
Automotive Brakes - Laboratory  

Lab: 54 contact hours

Corequisite: AUTO 050

This laboratory course is designed for students and current technicians to gain knowledge and skills in automotive brake systems. This course covers the safety procedures, ethics, and diversity in the automotive industry while focusing on inspection, diagnosis, and servicing of the brake system. This course may be used in preparation for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) National Test A-5.

Associate Degree Applicable

AUTO 052  3 Units  
Automotive Suspension and Steering  

Lecture: 54 contact hours

Corequisite: AUTO 052L

This course is designed for students and current technicians to gain knowledge and skills in automotive suspension and steering systems. This course covers the safety procedures, ethics, and diversity in the automotive industry while focusing on inspection, diagnosis, and servicing of suspension and steering systems. This course may be used in preparation for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) National Test.

Associate Degree Applicable

AUTO 052L  1 Unit  
Automotive Suspension and Steering - Laboratory  

Lab: 54 contact hours

Corequisite: AUTO 052

This laboratory course is designed for students and current technicians to gain hands-on knowledge and skills in automotive suspension and steering systems. This course covers the safety procedures, ethics, and diversity in the automotive industry while focusing on inspection, diagnosis, and servicing of suspension and steering systems. This course may be used in preparation for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) National Test.

Associate Degree Applicable

AUTO 056  4 Units  
Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning  

Lecture: 54 contact hours
Lab: 54 contact hours

This course is an in-depth study of the design and operation of contemporary, domestic and import vehicle air conditioning/heating systems. Air conditioning and heating related parts will be disassembled, inspected and a determination made of the serviceability of existing parts. Emphasis is placed on problem diagnosis of and repair procedures for these systems. This course also offers an introduction to Automatic A/C and Comfort Control Systems, and recovery and recycling of refrigerants.

Associate Degree Applicable

AUTO 062  4 Units  
Engine Performance  

Lecture: 72 contact hours

Corequisite: AUTO 062L

This course provides an in-depth study of the design and operation of domestic and import ignition and fuel systems, emissions systems, as well as Hybrid and electric vehicle safety procedures. Major areas of study include electronic, and computer control ignition and fuel injection systems. Emphasis is placed on the correct diagnosis of and repair procedures for these systems. This course covers the diagnosis and repair/replacement of major components: all sensors, injectors, fuel pumps, and interpretation of computer related malfunctions. The use of current diagnostic test equipment used in today’s industry and strategies necessary to determine needed repairs are covered.

Associate Degree Applicable

AUTO 062L  2 Units  
Engine Performance - Laboratory  

Lab: 108 contact hours

Prerequisite/Corequisite: AUTO 062

This laboratory course provides an in-depth study of the design and operation of domestic and import ignition and fuel systems, emissions systems, as well as Hybrid and electric vehicle safety procedures. Major areas of study include electronic, and computer control ignition and fuel injection systems. Emphasis is placed on the correct diagnosis of and repair procedures for these systems. This course covers the diagnosis and repair/replacement of major components: all sensors, injectors, fuel pumps, and interpretation of computer related malfunctions. The use of current diagnostic test equipment used in today’s industry and strategies necessary to determine needed repairs are covered.

Associate Degree Applicable

AUTO 064  4 Units  
Auto/Truck Electrical Systems  

Lecture: 54 contact hours
Lab: 54 contact hours

This course covers basic electrical theory, use of meters, test equipment, wiring diagrams, diagnosis and repair/replacement of major electrical components of automobiles and trucks. Emphasis is placed on diagnosis of starting systems, charging systems, and electrical circuits such as lights and batteries. (This course is also offered as HMDT 064)

Associate Degree Applicable

AUTO 065  5 Units  
Electrical Systems Diagnosis and Repair  

Lecture: 72 contact hours
Lab: 54 contact hours

This course provides students with the knowledge necessary to diagnose and repair automotive electrical malfunctions. Topics include lighting systems, electrical instruments and accessories, electrical door components, air bags, wiring diagrams, and alarm systems. Emphasis is placed on problem diagnosis of and repair procedures for these systems.

Associate Degree Applicable

AUTO 075  3 Units  
Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles  

Lecture: 54 contact hours

Corequisite: AUTO 075L

This course is designed for students and current technicians to gain knowledge and skills in automotive transmissions and transaxle systems. This course covers the safety procedures, ethics, and diversity in the automotive industry while focusing on operation, inspection, diagnosis, and servicing of the transmissions and transaxles system. This course may be used in preparation for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) National Test.

Associate Degree Applicable

AUTO 075L  1 Unit  
Automotive Transmissions and Transaxles - Laboratory  

Lab: 54 contact hours

Corequisite: AUTO 075

This laboratory course is designed for students and current technicians to gain knowledge and skills in automotive transmission and transaxle systems. This course covers the safety procedures, ethics, and diversity in the automotive industry while focusing on operation, inspection, diagnosis, and servicing of the transmission and transaxle systems. This course may be used in preparation for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) National Test.

Associate Degree Applicable

AUTO 076  4 Units  
Automatic Transaxles Front Wheel Drive  

Lecture: 54 contact hours
Lab: 54 contact hours

This course covers theory and practical work on front wheel drive automatic transaxles in automobile applications. The course offers training to prepare for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A2 certification test.

Associate Degree Applicable

AUTO 077  3 Units  
Manual Transmissions and Transaxles  

Lecture: 54 contact hours

Corequisite: AUTO 077L

This course is designed for students and current technicians to gain knowledge and skills in automotive manual transmissions and differential systems. This course covers the safety procedures, ethics, and diversity in the automotive industry while focusing on inspection, diagnosis, and servicing of the manual transmission and differential systems. This course may be used in preparation for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) National Test.

Associate Degree Applicable

AUTO 077L  1 Unit  
Manual Transmissions and Transaxles - Laboratory  

Lab: 54 contact hours

Corequisite: AUTO 077

This course is designed for students and current technicians to gain knowledge and skills in automotive manual transmission and differential systems. This course covers the safety procedures, ethics, and diversity in the automotive industry while focusing on inspection, diagnosis, and servicing of the manual transmission and differential systems. This course may be used in preparation for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) National Test.

Associate Degree Applicable

AUTO 084  3 Units  
General Automotive Technology  

Lecture: 54 contact hours

Corequisite: AUTO 084L

This course is designed for students and current technicians to gain knowledge and skills in automotive systems. This course covers the safety procedures, ethics, and diversity in the automotive industry while focusing on inspection, diagnosis, and servicing of the automotive systems. This course may be used in preparation for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) National Test.

Associate Degree Applicable

AUTO 084L  1 Unit  
General Automotive Technology - Laboratory  

Lab: 54 contact hours

Corequisite: AUTO 084

This laboratory course is designed for students and current technicians to gain knowledge and skills in automotive systems. This course covers the safety procedures, ethics, and diversity in the automotive industry while focusing on identification, inspection, diagnosis, and servicing of the automotive systems.

Associate Degree Applicable

AUTO 085L  2 Units  
Auto Shop Practices  

Lab: 108 contact hours

This course is designed for students and current technicians to gain knowledge and skills in automotive systems. This course covers the safety procedures, ethics, and diversity in the automotive industry while focusing on inspection, diagnosis, and servicing of the automotive systems. This course provides the student with additional work experience and gives them the opportunity to complete unfinished task from other automotive mechanical courses.

Associate Degree Applicable

AUTO 090  3 Units  
Engine Repair  

Lecture: 54 contact hours

Corequisite: AUTO 090L

This course is designed for students and current technicians to gain knowledge and skills in automotive engine repair system. This course covers the safety procedures, ethics, and diversity in the automotive industry while focusing on operation, inspection, diagnosis, and servicing of the engine repair system. This course may be used in preparation for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) National Test.

Associate Degree Applicable

AUTO 090L  3 Units  
Engine Repair - Laboratory  

Lab: 162 contact hours

Corequisite: AUTO 090

This laboratory course is designed for students and current technicians to gain knowledge and skills in automotive engine repair systems. This course covers the safety procedures, ethics, and diversity in the automotive industry while focusing on inspection, diagnosis, and servicing of the engine repair system. This course may be used in preparation for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) National Test.

Associate Degree Applicable

AUTO 098  1-4 Units  
Automotive Technology Work Experience Experience  

WRKEX: 300 contact hours

Supervised training, in the form of on the job employment that will enhance the student's knowledge in the selected field of study. The student's major and job must match. For paid work, 75 hours = 1 unit; for volunteer work, 60 hours = 1 unit. Students may earn a total of 16 units toward graduation in Work Experience 098 courses. See department for specific guidelines.

Associate Degree Applicable