Automotive Technology (AUTO)

AUTO 101. Introduction to Automotive Technology

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course is a study of basic terms, principles, operation and testing of the eight major operating systems of the automobile. The major automotive systems include electrical, brakes, engine repair, air conditioning, suspension and steering, engine performance, manual transmissions and automatic transmissions.

AUTO 108. Mechanical and Shop Orientation

Credits: 1
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
A course in safety and shop procedures applied specifically to the automotive field. Students will become familiar with safety equipment, hoists, and shop operating procedures. Included are hazardous waste handling, disposal, and use of material safety data sheets. This course is based on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

AUTO 128. Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles

Credits: 5
Prerequisites: AUTO 161 and AUTO 108 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course concentrates on study of basic principles of operation in automatic transmission hydraulic control systems, planetary gear systems, and torque converters through classroom lecture and demonstration. The diagnosis of problems and methods of repair are actual hands-on projects in the shop on live vehicles and trainers.

AUTO 131. Clutches, Drive Trains and Axles

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: AUTO 161 and AUTO 108 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course concentrates on a study of the mechanical transmission of torque through clutches, gear boxes, drive lines and front diving axles. The diagnosis of problems and methods of repair and actual hands-on projects in the shop on live vehicles and trainers.

AUTO 132. Manual Transmissions and Transaxles

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: AUTO 161 and AUTO 108 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course concentrates on a study of the transmission of torque through manual transmissions and transaxles. Course content includes a study of bearing and gear types. A variety of gear boxes on hand allows hands-on projects in the shop class.

AUTO 148. Suspension and Steering

Credits: 4
Prerequisites: AUTO 161 and AUTO 108 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course concentrates on a study of the principles of operation and design of suspension systems on modern cars and light trucks. Actual hands-on work in the shop on live vehicles and new trainers complements the classroom training.

AUTO 151. Brake Fundamentals

Credits: 2
Prerequisites: AUTO 161 and AUTO 108 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: FALL
The study of automotive braking systems and theory and operation. Included are hydraulic fundamentals, brake system construction, and antilock brake system fundamentals. The course consists of classroom theory, demonstration and lab application.

AUTO 152. Brake Repair

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: AUTO 151, AUTO 161 and AUTO 108 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: FALL
This course will be a study of brake components, application, testing and repair. The use of trainer and live vehicles will be used to develop proper service techniques in the lab.

AUTO 161. Electronics

Credits: 2
Prerequisite: AUTO 108 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course develops an understanding of the concepts using Ohms Law relationships and how they are applied to circuits and component operation. The use of meter testing and calculation methods will be used to develop problem solving skills.

AUTO 163. Starting and Charging Systems

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: AUTO 161 and AUTO 108 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: FALL
The theory of operation for batteries, starting motor systems, and charging systems is covered. An in-depth review of types of components, their construction and how they are tested is done using bench units and live cars. Extensive use of manuals, test equipment and proper tools is stressed for doing proper service, repair and replacement of system components.

AUTO 164. Instruments and Accessory Systems

Credits: 4
Prerequisites: AUTO 161 and AUTO 108 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: FALL
This course will familiarize the student with the lighting systems used on today's automobiles. It will introduce the major manufacturers use of different types of instrumentation systems and their operation. The use of power accessory systems and component interrelationship, testing procedures and service procedures to maintain operation to specification are dealt with. Extensive use of manuals and test equipment are needed.

AUTO 192. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

AUTO 194. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

AUTO 195. Service Learning

Credits: 1
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Designed to increase off-campus community involvement and awareness of civic responsibility, Service Learning gives students the opportunity to earn up to six semester hours of college credit while pursuing volunteer activities that have positive impact in the community. Some examples of activities that may serve as vehicles for Service Learning include: volunteer work at non-profit organizations (e.g., Kiwanis, Lions, etc.); serving as unpaid interns in local and state government; and organizing and participating in activities that are beneficial to the community as a whole (e.g. spring clean-up drives, neighborhood watch programs, meals-on-wheels, etc.). Students interested in Service Learning should discuss options with their academic advisors and/or faculty in areas related to the proposed activity.

AUTO 196. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

AUTO 197. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

AUTO 199. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.

AUTO 211. Engine Fundamentals

Credits: 4
Prerequisites: AUTO 161 and AUTO 108 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: FALL
A course in gasoline engine theory and basic diagnosis. Common mechanical engine problems and diagnostic techniques are covered in the classroom and lab. Students will learn the proper use of measuring tools and fastener methods so critical to engine repair work as well as all automotive work.

AUTO 212. Engine Repair

Credits: 4
Prerequisites: AUTO 161, AUTO 108 and AUTO 211 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: FALL
Class and laboratory practice devoted to disassembly and assembly of automotive engines. This will include measuring and fitting components such as bearings, pistons, and rings. Cylinder head reconditioning work will include guide repair, valve and seat machining operations.

AUTO 271. A/C Heating Theory and Operation

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: AUTO 161 and AUTO 108 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: FALL
This course will familiarize the student with terms, how heat is transferred, pressure-temperature relationships, system components, and how they operate to provide heat or cooling. Extensive use of manuals is needed to understand the varied methods used by the industry in today's automobiles.

AUTO 272. A/C & Heating Diagnosis

Credits: 4
Prerequisites: AUTO 108, AUTO 161 and AUTO 271 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: FALL
This course will familiarize the student with the safe handling of coolants and refrigerants. An in-depth use of special tools and testing equipment is used in the servicing of both the systems and the components.

AUTO 282. Ignition Systems

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: AUTO 161 and AUTO 108 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course is the study of the types of ignition systems in use by major automotive manufacturers. Theory and lab classes will cover operation and service procedures, including the use of basic and specialized test equipment.

AUTO 283. Fuel Delivery Systems

Credits: 6
Prerequisites: AUTO 161 and AUTO 108 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: SPRING
A course consisting of theory, diagnosis and repair of basic fuel delivery systems. These systems will include various types of gasoline fuel injection and carburetion.

AUTO 284. Emission Control Systems

Credits: 6
Prerequisites: AUTO 161 and AUTO 108 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: SPRING
A course consisting of theory, diagnosis and repair of emission control systems used on automotive gasoline engines. Systems covered will include evaporative, crankcase and exhaust emission controls.

AUTO 292. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

AUTO 294. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

AUTO 296. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

AUTO 297. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

AUTO 299. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.