Courses

AUTO 20—Automotive Technical Skills  (3 units)       CSU
Includes basic technical skills used by all automotive service and repair technicians, including tool selection, use, and maintenance; practical measuring skills; and useful bolt, nut, and thread repair techniques; also includes electrical circuit meter usage and problem-solving techniques.
AUTO 21—Introduction to Automobiles  (3 units)      CSU
Comprehensive study of the automobile, including fundamental operating principles, nomenclature, structural analysis, major design theories, systems functions, systems service, minor repair procedures, major repair complexities, current laws and regulations, political action, and personal economics and decision-making.
AUTO 22—Hydraulics (Fluid Power)  (3 units)             CSU
Application of hydraulics (fluid power) to the fields of automotive, machine trades, robotics, industry, and agriculture. Not open for credit to student with credit in APSCI 22 or AG 28. (L)
AUTO 30—Manual Drive Trains-Gas and Diesel Vehicles  (3 units)              CSU
Basic operating principles of automotive drive trains which consist of clutches, standard transmissions/transaxles, drive shafts, drive axle assemblies, and transfer cases. Emphasis on related gear, bearing, and lubrication theory; normal maintenance, service, and adjustment operations; problem diagnosis; and overhaul procedures for gasoline and diesel vehicles.
AUTO 31—Automatic Transmissions-Gas and Diesel Vehicles  (4 units)   CSU
Basic operating principles of automatic transmissions and transaxles, including planetary gear sets, hydraulic operation, electronic controls, and torque converters; normal maintenance, service, and adjustment operations; problem diagnosis procedures; and overhaul procedures for automotive and truck applications.
AUTO 32—Basic Fuel and Emission Systems
                (3 units)                                                              CSU
Study of conventional and late model fuel system theory along with emission system service is reviewed throughout course. Intended for preparation for engine performance certification.
AUTO 32A—Fundamentals Fuel and Emission
                Systems  (1.5 units)                                          CSU
Provides a basic background of automotive fuel emission systems as it relates to diagnosis, service, and repair; theory and service procedures are included for basic carburetion, fuel injection, and emission control systems. Not open for credit to student with credit in AUTO 32.
AUTO 33—Fuel Systems  (4 units)                                 CSU
An in-depth study of conventional and state-of-the-art fuel systems; strong emphasis is placed on electronic fuel injection and computerized fuel management systems; additional study in 5-gas analyzers and combustion theory included. Concurrent enrollment in AUTO 44 recommended.
AUTO 34—Basic Electrical Systems  (3 units)              CSU
Electron theory, DC circuits and wiring, starting and charging systems and diagnosis; emphasis is on electronic and distributorless ignition systems; troubleshooting skills will be emphasized throughout the course.
AUTO 36—Air Conditioning & Heating Systems
                (3 units)                                                              CSU
Basic operating principles of automotive air conditioning, heating, and ventilating systems. Includes air conditioner and heater operation and engine cooling system, system operation with normal service and adjustment procedures, problem diagnosis, repair procedures, and an introduction to automatic temperature systems.
AUTO 40—Brake Systems  (4 units)                              CSU
Basic operating principles of automotive braking systems, including brake theory, hydraulic operation, hydraulic control valves, power brake units, electronic control systems/anti-lock brake systems (ABS); normal maintenance and adjustment operations; problem diagnosis; and complete rebuilding procedures.
AUTO 41—Alignment and Suspensions  (4 units)      CSU
Basic operating principles of automotive suspension and steering systems with an emphasis on 4-wheel alignment, including suspension and steering operating theory, tire repair and balancing, operating replacement of all suspension and steering components, rebuilding of steering gears and pumps, and front and rear wheel alignment.
AUTO 44—Electrical Systems  (6 units)                        CSU
Comprehensive study of current automotive electrical systems with a strong emphasis on diagnosis, service, and repair of wiring, ignitions, charging, starting, domestic and import computer management systems. Involves usage of manuals, meters, scanners, and state-of-the-art test equipment.  Recommend enrollment in Auto 33.
AUTO 45—Engine Diagnosis and Rebuilding
(4 units)                                                              CSU

Subject matter will include engine theory of operation, pre-tear down diagnosis, disassembly techniques, engine cleaning methods, measurement tools, component identification, lubrication systems, and assembly break-in procedures. Alternative fuels and hybrid engine drive train will also be presented.
AUTO 46—Engine Machining and Reconditioning
                (3 units)                                                              CSU
Applied principles of engine machining and reconditioning techniques with a strong emphasis on high performance production machining. Intended for students who desire further study and skills working with automotive machining and assembly methods.
AUTO 50A—Fundamentals of Engine Performance &
                Diagnostics  (2 units)
Introductory course emphasizing electrical and electronic control systems relating to engine performance.  Activities include system identification, diagnostic equipment usage, service and repair information methods, and fundamental trouble-shooting skills.
AUTO 50BR—Advanced Engine Performance &
                Diagnostics  (2 units)
Advanced study with current automotive/diesel diagnostic tools and methods used to troubleshoot and repair complex problems related to fuel, electrical, computer, and emission controls, including diagnostic skills in driveability, on-board diagnostics I and II, including scan tools, meter usage, lab scopes, computerized analyzers and dynamometer five-gas emission diagnostic equipment, and other related equipment as it pertains to gas or diesel electronic engine management systems. Bureau of automotive Repair L-1 certification is offered upon successful completion of final test.  (Repeatable: May be taken four times only.)
AUTO 51BR—Advanced Engine Performance/Emissions Systems, Bureau of Automotive Repair Certification  (1.5 units)
The Advanced Engine Performance/Emissions Systems meets the California State Bureau of Automotive Repair (B.A.R.) certification requirements for the basic and enhanced smog technician license upgrade certification as well as alternative training for ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) L-1 certification. Successful completion of this course allows technicians to maintain and update B.A.R. Emission Control Emission Advanced (EA) and Emission Basic (EB) license requirements. Grades are P/NP. (Repeatable: May be taken four times only.)
AUTO 55—Advanced Tune-Up  (5 units)
Advanced automotive tune-up emphasizing problems pertaining to fuel ignition, emission, computers, wiring systems, and mechanical engine diagnostics.  Latest diagnostic, tune-up equipment, and service skills will be demonstrated and used. Prerequisite: AUTO 33 and 44.
AUTO 61AR—Engine Repair Experience  (1 unit)
Individualized activities intended to meet the specific needs of advanced students through specialized training in automotive engine repair. Activities include in-depth operations not normally covered in the basic courses. Intended primarily for students with prior practical experience in automotive engine repair. Prerequisite: AUTO 45 or concurrent enrollment. (Repeatable: May be taken four times only.)
AUTO 61BR—Engine Machining & Reconditioning
                Experience  (1 unit)
Individualized activities intended to meet the specific needs of advanced students through specialized training in automotive engine machining and reconditioning. Activities include in-depth operations not normally covered in the basic courses. Intended primarily for students with prior practical experience in automotive engine machining and reconditioning. Prerequisite: AUTO 46 or concurrent enrollment. (Repeatable: May be taken four times only.)
AUTO 61CR—Electrical Systems Experience          (1 unit)
Individualized activities intended to meet the specific needs of advanced students through specialized training in automotive electrical systems. Activities include in-depth operations not normally covered in the basic courses. Intended primarily for students with prior practical experience in automotive electrical systems. Prerequisite: AUTO 44 or concurrent enrollment. (Repeatable: May be taken four times only.)
AUTO 61DR—Engine Performance Experience       (1 unit)
Individualized activities intended to meet the specific needs of advanced students through specialized training in automotive fuel, emission and electrical systems.  Activities include in-depth operations not normally covered in the basic courses. Intended primarily for students with prior practical experience in automotive engine performance. Prerequisite: AUTO 44 or concurrent enrollment. (Repeatable: May be taken four times only.)
AUTO 62AR—Automatic Transmission/Transaxle                          Experience  (1 unit)
Individualized activities intended to meet the specific needs of advanced students through specialized training in automotive transmission/transaxles. Activities include in-depth operations not normally covered in the basic course. Intended primarily for students with prior practical experience in automotive transmission/transaxles. Corequisite: AUTO 31 which may be taken prior to the current semester. (Repeatable: May be taken four times only.)
AUTO 62BR—Manual Drivetrains and Axles                                    Experience  (1 unit)
Individualized activities intended to meet the specific needs of advanced students through specialized training in automotive manual drivetrains and axles. Activities include in-depth operations not normally covered in the basic course. Intended primarily for students with prior practical experience in automotive manual drivetrains and axles. Corequisite: AUTO 30 which may be taken prior to the current semester. (Repeatable: May be taken four times only.)
AUTO 62CR—Suspension and Steering Experience                       (1 unit)
Individualized activities intended to meet the specific needs of advanced students through specialized training in automotive suspension and steering. Activities include in-depth operations not normally covered in the basic course. Intended primarily for students with prior practical experience in automotive suspension and steering. Corequisite: AUTO 41 which may be taken prior to the current semester. (Repeatable: May be taken four times only.)
AUTO 62DR—Brake Experience  (1 unit)
Individualized activities intended to meet the specific needs of advanced students through specialized training in automotive brakes. Activities include in-depth operations not normally covered in the basic course. Intended primarily for students with prior practical experience in automotive brakes. Corequisite: AUTO 40 which may be taken prior to the current semester. (Repeatable: May be taken four times only.)
AUTO 62ER—Heating and Air Conditioning                                    Experience  (1 unit)
Individualized activities intended to meet the specific needs of advanced students through specialized training in automotive heating and air conditioning. Activities include in-depth operations not normally covered in the basic course. Intended primarily for students with prior practical experience in automotive heating and air conditioning. Corequisite: AUTO 36 which may be taken prior to the current semester.  (Repeatable: May be taken four times only.)
AUTO 63R—Basic Autobody Restoration             (3 units)
Designed to teach basic autobody repair and refinishing techniques emphasizing techniques used to restore a vehicle.  Topics covered will include equipment and safety procedures in the paint booth, types of refinish materials used, determining the repair versus replace decisions and the damage removal sequence, paintless dent repair tools and processes, and determining the best welding technique to use in the repair. (L)  (Repeatable: May be taken four times only.)
AUTO 70—Introduction to Autobody Technology
                                                                                     (4 units)
Introduces the student to the fundamentals of autobody collision repair.  Topics will include Hazardous Material Regulations including handling, storage, and disposal of hazard wastes, MSDS code information, personal protective equipment, repair facility safety, Oxyacetylene applications, the brazing process, vehicle design and collision energy management, repair issues, interior and exterior hardware, painted pinstripes, speaker mountings, and other bolt-on accessories.  (L).
AUTO 76—I-Car Autobody – Non-Structural 1 & 2 
                                                                                     (4 units)
Includes the following:  cosmetic straightening steel, bolted-on part replacement, moveable glass, steel GMA-MIG welding, squeeze-type resistance spot welding, welded and adhesively bonded panel replacement.  (L)
AUTO 77—I-Car Autobody – Refinishing 1 & 2      (4 units)
Covers all aspects of auto detailing; inspecting the finish, identifying finish defects, removing finish defects, understanding interior and exterior final detailing.  Will also cover refinishing equipment and VOC regulations, surface preparation and masking.  (L)
AUTO 95R—State Emission Control License  (6.5 units)
Emphasis on preparing individuals who desire to be qualified in order to pass the State Emission Control License; intended for A-6 and A-8 certified automotive technicians and majors. Prerequisite: AUTO 55 or one year full-time employment with tune-up and drivability work experience or nine semester units in automotive fuel, electrical, and drivability course work, or ASE/BAR A-6, A-8 certification. Grades are P/NP. (Repeatable: May be taken four times only.)
AUTO 278—I-Car Autobody Shop Experience      (4 units)
Designed to refine the student’s skills needed to be successful in a collision repair environment.  Students will use the latest industry training standards to repair and refinish late model vehicles to factory standards.  (L)