Automotive Technology

School of Business and Technology

Dean: Dr. Mink Stavenga, DBA

Department Chair: Marie Vicario-Fisher, M.S., M.P.H.

School/Department Location: www.swccd.edu/cvlocation

Office: 470K, (619) 482-6569

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General Description

Automotive technology is a study of the complete automobile divided into a subsystem approach. This program of study explores and instructs students in the operation of all automotive systems. Processes are emphasized including problem solving, repair procedures, service techniques, diagnostic analysis, and shop safety. All automotive system instruction meets Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) guidelines and National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) certification.

Career Options

Below is a sample of the career options for the automotive major. Most require a certificate or an associate in science degree. Automotive Service Excellence Certification will allow entry-level employment as: mechanic, automotive technician, service station attendant, repair shop operator, service writer/advisor, part sales person, automobile insurance adjuster, vocational teacher, race car mechanic, supplier or distributor, and positions in allied professions of business, marketing, and industry.

Degree/Certificate Options Major Code
Associate in Science Degree: Career/Technical
Automotive Technology 02870
Certificates of Achievement
Advanced Emission Specialist 02766
Automotive Performance Systems 02765
Automotive Technology 02871
Certificate of Proficiency
Automotive Brake and Suspension Systems (ABS and Four-Wheel Alignment) 02750

Areas of Preparation for ASE Certification Exam

  •      ASE Brakes
  •      ASE Suspension
  •      ASE Engine Performance
  •      ASE Automotive Heating, Cooling, and Air Conditioning
  •      ASE Electrical Systems
  •      ASE Engine Repair
  •      ASE Automotive Manual Transmissions
  •      ASE Manual Transmission

Consult with a counselor to develop a Student Education plan (SEP) which lists the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.

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Faculty

Jose Ibarra, A.S.
jibarra@swccd.edu

David Preciado, A.S.
dpreciado@swccd.edu

AT 101

INTRODUCTION TO BASIC AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Fee: $13

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 4 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces basic general automotive tool and shop equipment use, as well as general basic vehicle service procedures. Focuses on classroom instruction providing "how-to" information. Emphasizes hands-on lab activities for student mastery of basic skills. [D; CSU] (Formerly: AT 105;AT 100;A&TT 105)

AT 102

AUTOMOTIVE SCIENCE AND BASIC MECHANICS

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Fee: $13

Recommended Preparation: AT 101, 109, and 110, or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 4 hours

Offered: ALL

Introductory course with a laboratory for all interested automotive operators. This course blends science and automotive service with a mathematics review for the technician. The course covers the chemistry of combustion, the physics of engines, and automotive emissions related to the environmental science of air pollution. [D; CSU]

AT 103

WELDING AND EXHAUST SYSTEM FABRIC ATION AND INSTALLATION

2-4 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Fee: $13

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 6 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides automotive exhaust system fabrication and installation. Prepares students for exhaust system installers. [D]

AT 109

AUTOMOTIVE BRAKING SYSTEMS

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Fee: $13

Recommended Preparation: AT 101, 102, and 110, or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 4 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces the theory and principles of brake systems, inspection, and repair. Emphasizes practical experience with drum brakes, disc brakes, power brakes and wheel bearing service, and repair. Prepares students for the California State Brake License and national Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Exam A5. [D; CSU] (Formerly: AT 112;A&TT 112)

AT 110

AUTOMOTIVE SUSPENSION, ALIGNMENT, AND STEERING

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Fee: $13

Recommended Preparation: AT 101 and 102, or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 4 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces the theory and principles of automotive steering and suspension systems, inspections, and repairs. Emphasizes practical experience with steering, suspension, tires and wheel bearings, inspection, and repair are accomplished using a computerized four-wheel alignment rack. Prepares students for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Test A4. [D; CSU] (Formerly: AT 111;A&TT 111)

AT 120

ENGINE PERFORMANCE I

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Fee: $13

Recommended Preparation: AT 101 and 102, or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 4 hours

Offered: ALL

Explores engine performance on vehicles in relation to the ignition system function and fuel system delivery. Emphasizes the use of ignition scope and fuel system diagnostic equipment, and covers exhaust out gas analyzer functions. Prepares students for the Automotive Service Excellence Certification Test in Engine Performance (A8). [D; CSU] (Formerly: AT 132;A&TT 132)

AT 130

AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Fee: $16

Prerequisite: AT 101 and 102, or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 4 hours

Offered: ALL

Theory and operation of charging, starting, lighting, and accessory systems. Service and replacement of components using diagnostic tools and equipment. Emphasis on mechanical operated devices. Includes the preparation for Automotive Service Excellence Exam (A8). [D; CSU] (Formerly: AT 141;A&TT 141)

AT 131

AUTOMOTIVE HEATING, COOLING, AND AIR CONDITIONING

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Fee: $18

Recommended Preparation: AT 101, 102, and 130, or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 4 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces the theory and principles of automotive heating, cooling, and air conditioning systems. Emphasizes practical experience with service, diagnosis, and repair will be accomplished using state-of-the-art equipment. Includes preparation for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Heating and Air Conditioning Test (A7), and Refrigerant Handler Exam and Certification. [D; CSU] (Formerly: A&TT 131)

AT 140

ENGINE REPAIR

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Fee: $13

Recommended Preparation: AT 101 and 102, or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 4 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces the theory and principles of automotive engine system, inspection, and repair. Emphasizes practical experience with engine disassembly and assembly, service, and repair. Prepares students for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Test A1. [D; CSU] (Formerly: AT 121;A&TT 121)

AT 145

SMALL ENGINE REPAIR

2 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Fee: $13

Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 2 hours

Offered: ALL

Covers basic maintenance and repair of fuel systems, pull starting systems, air cooling systems and blade sharpening techniques. Emphasis on maintaining two-cycle engines. [D; CSU]

AT 146

INDUSTRIAL ENGINE AND REPAIR

2 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Fee: $13

Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 2 hours

Offered: ALL

Covers basic maintenance operations and repair of fuel, electrical, and starting systems. Emphasis on four-cycle engines. [D; CSU]

AT 147

ADVANCED INDUSTRIAL ENGINE AND REPAIR

2 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Fee: $13

Recommended Preparation: AT 145 and 146, or equivalent.

Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 2 hours

Offered: ALL

Designed to prepare the student for entry-level employment as an industrial engine mechanic. Provides lecture and shop experience in advanced repair techniques, including the overhaul of engines and transmissions. [D; CSU]

AT 148

SMALL MOTORCYCLE ENGINE REPAIR

2 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Fee: $13

Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 2 hours

Offered: ALL

Emphasizes two-cycle dirt and off-road motorcycles. Covers basic maintenance and repair of fuel, electrical, ignition, air-cooled and kick start systems. [D; CSU]

AT 149

LARGE MOTORCYCLE ENGINE REPAIR

2 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Fee: $13

Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 2 hours

Offered: ALL

Covers basic maintenance and repair of fuel, electrical, ignition, transmission, and water-type cooling systems. Emphasis on four-cycle motorcycle engines. [D; CSU]

AT 150

ADVANCED MOTORCYCLE ENGINE REPAIR

2 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Fee: $13

Prerequisite: AT 148 and 149, or equivalent.

Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 2 hours

Offered: ALL

Designed to prepare the student for entry-level employment as a motorcycle engine mechanic. Provides lecture and shop experience in advanced repair techniques, including the overhaul of engines and transmissions. [D; CSU]

AT 151

SMALL OUTBOARD MARINE ENGINE REPAIR

2 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Fee: $13

Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 2 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides classroom lecture and shop experience in the theory, operation, and application of small portable outboard engines. The course covers basic maintenance and repair of fuel, pull start, ignition, lower, and cooling systems. [D; CSU]

AT 152

LARGE OUTBOARD MARINE ENGINE REPAIR

2 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Fee: $13

Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 2 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides classroom lecture and shop experience in the theory, operation, and application of large outboard engines, 40-horsepower and up. The course covers basic maintenance and repair of fuel, electrical, ignition, cooling, and power trim systems. [D; CSU]

AT 153

ADVANCED OUTBOARD MARINE ENGINE AND REPAIR

2 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Fee: $13

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: AT 151 and 152.

Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 2 hours

Offered: ALL

Designed to prepare the student for entry-level employment as an outboard marine engine mechanic. Provides lecture and shop experience in advanced repair techniques including overhaul of the power head and lower end units. [D; CSU

AT 220

ENGINE PERFORMANCE II

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Fee: $13

Recommended Preparation: AT 230, 234, and 236, or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 4 hours

Offered: ALL

Covers engine performance and driveability (tune-up) on vehicles with electronic ignition and fuel injection systems. Utilizes computerized diagnostic equipment and four-gas analyzers. Completes preparation for ASE Engine Performance Test (A8). [D; CSU] (Formerly: AT 133;AT 33)

AT 230

AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRONICS

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Fee: $13

Recommended Preparation: AT 101, AT 102, and AT 130, or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 4 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides an advanced course in automotive electrical and electronic systems. Emphasizes the charging system, body electrical, electronic instrumentation, and supplemental air bag systems. Focuses on the analysis of automotive electronics, and a working knowledge of diagnostic procedures when troubleshooting electronically controlled systems. Includes preparation for the Automotive Service Excellence Exam (A6). [D; CSU] (Formerly: AT 144;AT 44;A&TT 230)

AT 234

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS AND TRANSAXLES

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Fee: $13

Recommended Preparation: AT 101 and 102, or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 4 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces the theory and principles of automatic transmissions and transaxles. Emphasizes practical experience in troubleshooting and rebuilding. Prepares students for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Test (A2). [D; CSU] (Formerly: AT 122;A&TT 122)

AT 236

MANUAL TRANSMISSION, TRANSAXLES, AND FINAL DRIVES

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: AT 101 and 102, or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 4 hours

Offered: ALL

Explores the theory and principles of manual drive systems. Emphasizes practical experience with clutches, transmissions, drive shafts, final drives, and transaxles. Includes preparation for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Test A3. [D; CSU] (Formerly: AT 123;A&TT 123)

AT 237

ADVANCED AUTOMOTIVE TRANSMISSIONS AND TRANSAXLES

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Prerequisite: AT 234 or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 4 hours

Offered: ALL

Theory of operation and repair of automotive transmission and transaxle assemblies. Practical experience in diagnosis of electronically controlled assemblies. Repair and rebuilding procedures using transmission dynamometer. [D; CSU]

AT 242

CLEAN AIR CAR

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: AT 120, 220, and 244, or equivalent.

Limitation on Enrollment: Eligibility for licensing exam; one year of trade experience in emissions/tune up or equivalent formal education, as verified by the instructor.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 4 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides 120-hour minimum instruction required by the State of California and entry-level, upgrading, or advanced training techniques for the automotive field. Uses Bureau of Automotive Repair's curriculum, which prepares students to take the California State Motor Vehicle Pollution Control License Test (I/M Test). Students can take this course without the recommended preparation but will not be certified as eligible to take the licensing examination. [D; CSU] (Formerly: AT 142;AT 42;A&TT 75;A&TT 42;A&TT 142)

AT 247

AUTOMOTIVE EMISSION SYSTEMS/COMPUTERIZE D ENGINE CONTROLS

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: AT 242, current ASE certification (A-8), or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 4 hours

Offered: ALL

Prepares students for advanced emission systems diagnosis. Incorporates the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR-97), and training courses date (20 hours). Focuses on training in five-gas analysis, Acceleration Simulation Mode (ASM) dynamometer testing, laboratory scope usage, and waveform interpretation, advanced scan tool usage, and On-Board Diagnostics Two (OBD II). [D; CSU]

AT 290

COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE IN AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY I

2-4 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: Enrollment in one other class directly related to the Automotive Technology major in order to apply learned theory in a practical hands-on setting through an internship class.

Limitation on Enrollment: Declared Automotive Technology major.

Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 15 hours

Offered: ALL

Applies principles and skills acquired in Automotive Technology occupational majors to on-the-job assignments. In addition to the one unit weekly class activity, one unit of credit is granted for each 60 hours of volunteer or 75 hours of paid work activity. The job supervisor and the instructor will evaluate each student's job performance. [D; CSU] (Formerly: A&TT 290)

AT 291

COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE IN AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY II

2-4 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: Enrollment in one other class directly related to the Automotive Technology major in order to apply learned theory in a practical hands-on setting through an internship class.

Prerequisite: AT 290 or equivalent.

Limitation on Enrollment: Declared Automotive Technology major.

Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 15 hours

Offered: ALL

Applies principles and skills acquired in Automotive Technology occupational majors to on-the-job assignments. In addition to the one unit weekly class activity, one unit of credit is granted for each 60 hours of volunteer or 75 hours of paid work activity. The job supervisor and the instructor will evaluate each students job performance. [D; CSU] (Formerly: A&TT 291)

AT 292

COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE IN AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY III

2-4 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: Enrollment in one other class directly related to the Automotive Technology major in order to apply learned theory in a practical hands-on setting through an internship class.

Prerequisite: AT 291 or equivalent.

Limitation on Enrollment: Declared Automotive Technology major.

Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 15 hours

Offered: ALL

Applies principles and skills acquired in Automotive Technology occupational majors to on-the-job assignments. In addition to the one unit weekly class activity, one unit of credit is granted for each 60 hours of volunteer or 75 hours of paid work activity. The job supervisor and the instructor will evaluate each student's job performance. [D; CSU] (Formerly: A&TT 292)

AT 293

COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE IN AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY IV

2-4 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: Enrollment in one other class directly related to the Automotive Technology major in order to apply learned theory in a practical hands-on setting through an internship class.

Prerequisite: AT 292 or equivalent.

Limitation on Enrollment: Declared Automotive Technology major.

Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 15 hours

Offered: ALL

Applies principles and skills acquired in Automotive Technology occupational majors to on-the-job assignments. In addition to the one unit weekly class activity, one unit of credit is granted for each 60 hours of volunteer or 75 hours of paid work activity. The job supervisor and the instructor will evaluate each student's job performance. [D; CSU] (Formerly: A&TT 293)

AT 299

INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Limitation on Enrollment: Eligibility for independent study.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Individual study or research in some area of automotive technology of particular interest to the student and not included in regular courses of the college. [D; CSU] (Formerly: A&TT 299)