Course Descriptions

Automotive Technology Department Course Descriptions
2014-2015 College Catalog

Course Name  Course #   Credits Description 
Success in Automotive
 AT090  1 Success in Automotive is designed to assist students in the transition from the Department of Academic Development into their major classes and to provide additional life long learning skills to support success towards earning an Associates Degree. Students meet with academic coaches each week in focus groups and review sessions with their peers. Students meet to review material specific to their automotive courses and to discuss challenges inside and outside of school that hinder student success. Academic coaches also provide support to students’ academic success through one on one meetings (Offered in the fall and spring).
Automotive Brakes System  AT134  4 This course is to teach students braking system theory, operation and repair. The students will study all brake hydraulics such as proportioning valves, master cylinders and bleeding procedures. The students will also study power assist units, anti lock brakes, disc and drum brakes. Students will learn how to diagnose and properly repair all of these systems (Offered in the spring and summer).
Automotive Engines  AT150  4 Lecture and laboratory covering designs, nomenclature, and operational theory of internal combustion engines. Includes valves and operating mechanism, piston and connecting rod assembly, crankshaft and bearings, lubrication system, crankcase ventilation, lubricants, and complete engine overhaul procedure. Laboratory practice and instruction in servicing engines (Offered in the fall and spring).
Electricity and Electronics
 AT170  4 Fundamentals of electricity and magnetism. Topics include current, voltage and resistance; Ohm’s Law; series and parallel circuits; electric power; electromagnetic circuits; electrical measurement; electronic devices and circuits (Offered in the fall and spring).
Automotive Electrical Systems  AT173  4 Operation, construction, and servicing of automotive electrical equipment including lighting circuits, ignition systems, cranking motors and controls, and alternator-regulator circuits. Prerequisite: AT170  (Offered in the spring and summer).
Automotive Electrical Systems  AT173  4 Operation, construction, and servicing of automotive electrical equipment including lighting circuits, ignition systems, cranking motors and controls, and alternator-regulator circuits. Prerequisite: AT170 (Offered in the spring and summer).
Automotive Chassis and Suspension Systems  AT234  3 This course is designed to teach students various automotive chassis and steering systems operation and repair. Students will learn chassis designs, alignment angles, including front and rear suspension systems. The student will also be taught steering gears, steering linkage and advanced level systems such as four wheel steering, electronic steering. Students will examine electronic suspension control systems, stability control systems and the proper diagnosis and repair of these systems. Prerequisites AT134 and AT173 (Offered in the fall).
Manual Transmissions  AT241  2 The theory, operation and service of manual transmissions and transaxles, including domestic and imported units. Emphasis is on the diagnosis, repair, and servicing of component parts (Offered in the fall).
Automatic Transmissions  AT244  2 Continuation of AT241. Study of principles of operation, maintenance, and diagnosis of automatic transmissions. Prerequisite: AT241 and AT173 (Offered in the spring).
Air Conditioning  AT252   This course is a comprehensive study of automotive cooling, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Studies include topics on bodily comfort, heat and pressure, and temperature relationships. The course culminates with a study of computer controlled, dual-zone climate control systems (Offered in the spring and summer).
Automotive Laboratory I  AT253  4 Practical, hands-on garage experience is acquired in the automotive laboratories, including major service work on live vehicles and the operation of test instruments and other specialty diagnostic equipment. Students will apply the theory learned in the first-year automotive classes to become more proficient in the diagnosis of engines, electrical, suspension, steering, and brake systems. This practical experience incorporates strategy-based engine performance, emission failure diagnosis, and engine rebuilding and machining. Prerequisites: AT134, AT150, and AT173 (Offered in the fall).
Automotive Laboratory II  AT254  4 Practical, hands-on garage experience is acquired in the automotive laboratories, including major service work on live vehicles and the operation of test instruments and other specialty diagnostic equipment. Prerequisite: AT 253 (Offered in the spring).
Alternative Fuels  AT255  2 This course will concentrate on the theory, operation, and service of all alternative fuels and electric vehicles. The topics of study will be hybrid battery service, electric motors, generators, regenerative braking Systems, hybrid transmissions and hybrid heating and air conditioning. The lab component will secure all the theory taught in lecture. Prerequisite AT 259 (Offered in the fall).
Automotive Lab-Certificate  AT256  3 Practical, hands-on garage experience is acquired in the automotive laboratories, including major service work on live vehicles and the operation of test instruments and other specialty diagnostic equipment. Students will apply the theory learned in the first-year automotive classes to become more proficient in the diagnosis of engines, electrical, suspension, steering, and brake systems. This practical experience incorporates strategy-based engine performance, emission failure diagnosis, and engine rebuilding and machining. Prerequisites: AT134, AT150, and AT173 (Offered in the fall and summer).
Hybrid Systems  AT257  3 Diagnosis and service procedures of Honda, Toyota, Lexus, Ford, Mercury, and General Motors vehicles. Fuel cell and advanced technologies. Hybrid vehicle diagnostic trouble codes. Internal combustion engine to all electric conversion will be lectured on along with vehicle conversion requirements, conformity, and certification. Student teams will locate and purchase through the college a suitable vehicle for electric conversion. This course will also focus on CNG and hybrid plug-in vehicles. Prerequisite: AT259 (Offered in the spring).
Automotive Hybrid Safety and Technology  AT259  3 This course looks at the present use of automotive hybrid safety in the automotive industry, along with future technology. Topics covered are safety procedures and precautions that are required when repairing Battery Electric Vehicles, High Voltage Batteries, Hybrid Vehicles and Fuel cells. The lab portion focuses on safety, service, and maintenance of Hybrid Vehicles, Electric Vehicles and Bio Fuels vehicles (Offered in the fall and spring).
Engine Performance and Diagnosis I  AT271  4 This course applies the theory learned in AT150 Engines and AT170/173 Electricity to properly diagnose mechanical and electrical problems that affect drivability and emissions. Material includes current tune-up and maintenance procedures, the development of diagnostic routines, basic ignition diagnosis, on-vehicle electrical testing, volumetric efficiency theory and testing, turbocharger/supercharger theory and diagnosis, and On-Board Computer Diagnosis. Prerequisites: AT150 and AT173 (Offered in the fall, spring, and summer).
Engine Performance and Diagnosis II  AT274  4 This course builds on AT271, enabling students to understand the complexities of electronic engine management systems and how they affect drivability and emissions. Diagnosis topics include fuel systems theory, fuel injection systems, microprocessor theory and operation, Electronic Ignition Systems (E.I.S.), four- and five-gas analysis, emission failure, and On-Board Computer Diagnosis. Prerequisite: AT271, AT150, AT173 (Offered in the fall, spring, and summer).
Automotive Service Advising and Customer Relations  AT282  3 This course enables the students to understand the complexities of automotive customer service. Topics of study include the different types of automotive facilities, customer relations, and internal service operations. Through lectures and class discussion the student should be aware of the different types of automotive repair facilities ownerships, the chains of command, roles and requirements for each of the different employees. The student will be able to identify the major financial measurements that have an effect on the business's profit or loss. The student will also be exposed to the start-up cost and procedures involved in the development of a new automotive repair business. Topics of study include customer interviewing and complaint assessment, flat rate and hourly methods of payment and benefit packages. Case studies are presented and guest lectures from industry are utilized to reinforce service-advising principles (Offered in the spring).
Advanced Engine Performance  AT373  3 An advanced level course which builds upon the basic computerized engine control diagnostic skills acquired in AT271, AT274, and the drivability clinic. Special emphasis is placed on oscilloscope pattern interpretation, serial data communications, database configurations and functional testing of major computerized engine control systems and subsystems. Prerequisite: AT274 (Offered in the fall).
Enhanced Emissions and Drivability  AT474  3 An advanced level of enhanced emissions and drivability diagnostics using dynamometer-based transient testing covering ASM 50/15, ASM 25/25 and RG-240 drive traces. This course also includes advanced On Board Diagnostics - Generation II (OBD II) and Controller Area Network (CAN) diagnostics. Students will become proficient in 5-gas exhaust analysis and scan tool data stream information and applications (Offered in the spring).
Automotive Marketing  AT481  3 This course exposes the student to today’s marketing principles as they relate to the automotive field. Through lectures, practical exercises, and class discussion the student will be made aware of the marketing process, understanding the marketplace and consumers. The student will also be able to design a customer driven marketing strategy based on automotive customers needs. Distribution and sale of automotive vehicles and related parts and accessories. Policies pertaining to wholesale and retail transactions, parts inventory and turnover, service sales, dealership personnel, and warrant (Offered in the fall).
Vehicle Appraisal  AT482  3 Instruction and practical application in the use of estimating manuals to produce reports for buying, selling and trading of vehicles, including damage appraisal (Offered in the spring).
Computers in the Automotive Industry  AT483  3 Microcomputer applications of database, spreadsheet, and office management in the automotive industry. Specific automotive management packages which service an entire automotive enterprise including sales, parts and inventory, and service will be covered (Offered in the fall).
Senior Seminar I  AT485  1 The preliminary section of a two-part course of study that will explore research tools and methods utilizing virtual and physical library resources as well as Internet Meta-search tools. Skills acquired will allow students to develop individual research topics and hypothesis statements that will lead to the formal presentation of a Senior Research Project in AT495. Prerequisites: BS312 ,EN320 (Offered in the fall)
Service Management  AT494  4 This course enables the students to understand the complexities of automotive service management. Through lectures, practical exercises, and class discussion the student will be made aware of the different types of automotive repair facilities, ownerships, the chains of command, roles and requirements for the service manager in each of the different facilities. The student will also be exposed to the recruitment, selection, induction, development, and evaluation of employees. Also the student should be able to identify and use financial reports to be able to analyze financial data that has an effect on the business’s profit or loss. Upon successful course completion, the students will have the tools needed to be able to maintain and also increase the profitability of a modern day automotive repair facility. Theory and practice of service management are explored, including OSHA laws, record keeping, productivity, efficiency, and profitability (Offered in the spring).
Senior Seminar II  AT495  3 This concluding course expands on the topics previously developed and approved in AT485. Students will have the opportunity to discuss, organize and refine their chosen projects. The culmination of this course will be the presentation of a formal written Senior Research Project. Prerequisite: AT485 (Offered in the spring).