Courses in Auto Service Technology

Introduction to Auto Service

AST 1112     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is a requirement for the Automotive Service program. The course includes the following topics: shop safety, shop practices and procedures, vehicle identification, use of electronic service information, proper use of hand tools, power tools, hoists and other shop equipment, fasteners, tires, and fluids. (Prerequisite: Admission to the Automotive Service program)

Service Management

AST 1121     1.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is designed for individuals who will be responsible for the operation of an automotive repair facility. It provides instruction in customer service, parts and service marketing, shop management, and business ethics in the automotive repair field. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Automotive Service program)

Basic Electrical

AST 1212     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers the fundamentals of electricity. The battery, DC electrical circuits, circuit components, wiring diagrams, digital multimeter use, Ohm's law, Watt's law, and circuit testing will be presented in this course. (Prerequisite: Admission to the Automotive Service program)

Advanced Electrical/Electronics

AST 1222     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers the operation and diagnosis of relays, motors, lighting systems, gauges, windshield wiper systems, power windows, power locks, solid state electronic components, and other automotive electrical systems. Prior knowledge gained by the successful completion of AST1212 is recommended for student success in this course. (Prerequisite: Admission to the Automotive Service program)

Starting and Charging Systems

AST 1233     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers the theory and operation of starting and charging systems. Instruction in parts identification, circuit operation, component testing, rebuilding procedures, and circuit diagnosis will be included. Prior knowledge gained by the successful completion of AST 1222 is required for student success in this course. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Automotive Service program)

Engine Diagnosis

AST 1311     1.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers engine diagnosis using various types of test equipment. This course focuses on developing the skills needed to diagnose and analyze basic engine problems. Prior knowledge gained by the successful completion of AST 1712 is required for student success in this course. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Automotive Service program)

Lower Engine Service

AST 1323     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers the theory of engine operation and construction, parts identification, measurements, and engine wear locations. Determining the service procedures an engine will require and the reconditioning of all lower engine components are included in this course. Prior knowledge gained by the successful completion of AST 1311 is required for student success in this course. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Automotive Service program)

Upper Engine Service

AST 1332     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers testing and rebuilding the cylinder head. The student will analyze cylinder compression and leakage to determine if valve and valve seat service is necessary. Hands-on experience consists of valve refacing, valve guide service, valve seat reconditioning, valve spring testing, shim selection, and proper assembly and installation. Prior knowledge gained by the successful completion of AST 1311 is required for student success in this course. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Automotive Service program)

Engine Lab

AST 1341     1.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is designed to allow students enrolled in the engine services sequence of courses, time to complete the assigned projects. Prior knowledge gained by the successful completion of AST 1323 and AST 1332 is required for student success in this course. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Automotive Service program)

Clutch & Drive Line

AST 1412     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers standard automotive and light truck clutches. Content includes design, adjustment, overhaul, diagnosis, and repair. Also included are mechanical and hydraulic systems. The drive line section includes phasing, alignment and balance. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Automotive Service program and AST1112 or instructor approval)

Manual Transmission/Transaxle & 4X4

AST 1423     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers the operation and the proper repair procedures for the types of manual transmissions/transaxles and transfer cases used in late model vehicles. Four wheel drive, locking hubs, axle disconnects, AWD, full-time, and part-time four-wheel drive systems will also be covered. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Automotive Service program and AST1112 or instructor approval)

Suspension/Steering & Wheel Alignment

AST 1513     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers front and rear suspension systems, wheel balance, and steering systems and components. Students will be required to perform a front and rear wheel alignment. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Automotive Service program and AST1112 or instructor approval)

Brakes

AST 1613     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course will cover the principles of friction and braking systems, disc and drum brakes, parking brakes, and power assist units. Emphasis will be placed on system operation, diagnosis, repair, and maintenance of various types of braking systems. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Automotive Service program and AST1112 or instructor approval)

Advanced Brakes

AST 1622     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course will cover anti-lock brake systems. Emphasis will be placed on system operation and controls. Diagnosis, repair, and maintenance of the various types of systems will also be included. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Automotive Service program and AST1112 or instructor approval)

Basic Tune-up (Non-computer)

AST 1712     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers the theory and principles of operation of automotive gasoline engines, fuel systems, ignition systems, and emission systems. Prior knowledge gained by the successful completion of AST 1212 is required for student success in this course. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Automotive Service program)

Introduction to Engine Operation

AST 1714     2.00 Credits
This course covers the theory of operation, basic diagnosis, and maintenance of the automotive gasoline engine, fuel system, ignition system, and emission system. Prior knowledge gained by the successful completion of AST1212 is recommended for student success in this course. (Prerequisite: Admission to the Automotive Service program)

Rear Axle/Differential

AST 2432     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course will cover the operation and proper repair procedures of current differentials used on late model vehicles. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Automotive Service program and AST1112 or instructor approval)

Automatic Transmission I

AST 2442     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers how an automatic transmission works, the basic parts, functions, and power flow of the hydraulic circuits. This course also includes the basic theory of torque converters, planetary gears, clutches, bands, and hydraulic circuit operation. Prior knowledge gained by successful completion of AST 1112 is required for student success in this class. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Automotive Service program)

Automatic Transmission II

AST 2452     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is a hands-on lab class in which various transmissions and transaxles are overhauled, adjusted, and bench tested. Basic overhaul techniques and special tool and gauge usage are included. Prior knowledge gained by successful completion of AST 1112 and AST 2442 is required for student success in this class. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Automotive Service program)

Automatic Transmission III

AST 2462     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
The student, after completing this course, will have a basic understanding of troubleshooting, repairs, and adjustments of conventional and electronic shift automatic transmissions. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Automotive Service program and AST1112 or instructor approval)

Fuel Systems I

AST 2723     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course will cover the principles of operation of the automotive fuel and emission systems. Fuel system components and emission control devices associated with the fuel system will be included. System diagnosis and repair will be emphasized. Prior knowledge gained by the successful completion of AST 1712 is required for student success in this course. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Automotive Service program)

Introduction to Automotive Computers

AST 2733     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers the theory and operating principles of automotive computers, sensors, and control devices. Prior knowledge gained by the successful completion of AST 1222, AST 1712, and AST 2723 is required for student success in this course. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Automotive Service program)

Fuel Systems II

AST 2743     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course will cover throttle body, multi-port, and sequential fuel injection systems. This course focuses on preparing the student to inspect, test, diagnose, and repair automotive fuel injection systems. Prior knowledge gained by the successful completion of AST 2733 is required for student success in this course. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Automotive Service program)

Engine Performance & Drivability

AST 2752     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course emphasizes the accurate and efficient diagnosis and repair of drivability concerns associated with all aspects of engine operation. Particular attention will be placed on computerized engine management systems. Prior knowledge gained by the successful completion of AST 2743 is required for student success in this course. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Automotive Service program)

Basic Air Conditioning

AST 2812     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers the principles of air conditioning. Various system types, malfunction diagnosis, testing, and repair are studied in the classroom. Practical work such as component replacement, charging, and performance testing will be on actual systems. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Automotive Service program and AST1112 or instructor approval)

Advanced Heating and Air Conditioning

AST 2822     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers automatic temperature control systems operation, testing and repairs of vacuum and electrical controls, air flow distribution, and heater system controls. (Prerequisites: Admission into the Automotive Service program and AST 2812 or instructor approval)

Auto Lab I

AST 2911     1.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is designed to provide students an opportunity to develop practical automotive repair skills. Auto Lab provides the student shop time to complete projects and lab assignments required in the Automotive Service program. This is a hands-on, performance based course where students work on diagnosing, maintaining and repairing vehicles. Prior knowledge gained by the successful completion of AST 1112 or concurrent enrollment in AST 1112 is required for student success in this course. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Automotive Service program)

Auto Lab II

AST 2921     1.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is designed to provide students an opportunity to develop practical automotive repair skills, Auto Lab provides the student shop time to complete projects required in the Automotive Service program. This is a hands-on, performance based course where students work on diagnosing, maintaining and repairing vehicles. Students earn Invoiced or Billed hours for completing work assignments. Students are required to have their own tool set to complete lab assignments. This course is designed to provide students an opportunity develop practical automotive repair skills. Auto Lab provides the student shop time to complete projects and lab assignments required in the Automotive Service program. This is a hands-on, performance based course where students work on diagnosing, maintaining and repairing vehicles. Prior knowledge gained by successful completion of AST 1112 is required for student success in this class. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Automotive Service program)

Auto Lab III

AST 2931     1.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is designed to provide students an opportunity to develop practical automotive repair skills. Auto Lab provides the student shop time to complete projects required in the Automotive Service program. This is a hands-on, performance based course where students work on diagnosing, maintaining and repairing vehicles. Prior knowledge gained by successful completion of AST 1112 is required for student success in this class. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Automotive Service program)

Auto Lab IV

AST 2941     1.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is designed to provide students an opportunity to develop practical automotive repair skills. Auto Lab provides the student shop time to complete projects and lab assignments required in the Automotive Service program. This is a hands-on, performance based course where students work on diagnosing, maintaining and repairing vehicles. Prior knowledge gained by the successful completion of AST 1112 or concurrent enrollment in AST 1112 is required for student success in this course. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Automotive Service program)

Individualized Study

AST 2951     1 - 8 Credits
This course allows the student to design a program of study geared toward individual need and special interest. The student will specialize in developing skills and competencies in selected areas. (Prerequisites: Instructor approval)

Cooperative Occupational Experience

AST 2961     1 - 8 Credits
Students will work in a sponsoring automotive service facility. The tasks and activities must be consistent with prior course work. The work schedule will be determined on a case-by-case basis. (Prerequisites: The student must be in the second year of the program and instructor approval is required. Credits are variable up to a maximum of 8)