Academic Catalogs

Automotive Technology

Credit Courses

AUTO G1013 Units (54 lecture hours; 18 lab hours)  
Introduction to Automotive Technology  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU.

This course covers the operation and maintenance of the major systems of modern automobiles. There is an emphasis on the theory of the major operating systems, including engine, electrical, chassis, and driveline systems. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing AUTO G101

    AUTO G1105 Units (72 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
    Engine Repair  

    Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

    Transfer Credit: CSU.

    This is an introductory course that provides students with theory, knowledge and skills necessary to perform minor and major service on automotive gasoline powered engines. Instruction is given and lab experience provided in engine diagnosis, removal, disassembly, analysis and inspection, precision measurements, re-assembly and installation. Information presented is based on the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A-1 Engine Repair Tasks and Standards intended to prepare students for the ASE Certification Examination. Lecture and Lab. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

    Catalog Program Pages Referencing AUTO G110

      AUTO G1205 Units (72 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
      Electrical/Electronic Systems: Introductory  
      Advisory: AUTO G101.

      Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

      Transfer Credit: CSU.

      This is an introductory course that provides students with theory, knowledge, and skills necessary to understand electrical flow and electronic concepts. Instruction is given and lab experience provided which will enable students to successfully perform diagnostics and repair on vehicle electrical and electronic circuits. Information presented is based on the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A-6 Electrical/Electronics Tasks and Standards intended to prepare students for the ASE Certification Examination. Lecture and Lab. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

      Catalog Program Pages Referencing AUTO G120

        AUTO G1215 Units (72 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
        Electrical/Electronic Systems: Advanced  
        Advisory: AUTO G120.

        Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

        Transfer Credit: CSU.

        This is an advanced course that provides students with theory, knowledge, and skills necessary to understand electrical flow and advanced automotive electronic diagnostic and repair concepts. Coursework presented is based on the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A-6 Electrical/Electronics Tasks and Standards intended to prepare students for the ASE Certification Examination. Lecture and Lab. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

        Catalog Program Pages Referencing AUTO G121

          AUTO G1304.5 Units (63 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
          Engine Performance: Basic Theory/Diagnosis  
          Advisory: AUTO G101 and AUTO G120.

          Grading Mode: Standard Letter

          Transfer Credit: CSU.

          This is an introductory course that covers theory, knowledge, and skills necessary to understand engine performance concepts. Instruction is given and lab experience provided which will enable students to successfully perform diagnostics and repair on engine management and related systems. Information presented is based on the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Engine Performance Tasks and Standards intended to prepare students for the ASE A-8 Engine Performance certification examination. Lecture & Lab. Graded.

          Catalog Program Pages Referencing AUTO G130

            AUTO G1314.5 Units (63 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
            Engine Performance: Advanced  
            Advisory: AUTO G120 and AUTO G130.

            Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

            Transfer Credit: CSU.

            This is an advanced course covering theory, knowledge, and skills necessary to understand advanced engine performance concepts. The lecture and lab instruction will enable students to successfully perform diagnostics and repairs on complex engine management and related systems. The course material is based on the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Engine Performance Tasks and Standards intended to prepare students for the ASE A-8 Engine Performance certification examination. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

            Catalog Program Pages Referencing AUTO G131

              AUTO G1405 Units (72 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
              Automotive Chassis: Brakes  

              Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

              Transfer Credit: CSU.

              This is an introductory course that covers theory, knowledge, and skills necessary to understand automotive disc and drum brake systems, antilock-braking systems and related components. Instruction is given and lab experience provided which will enable students to successfully perform diagnostics and repair on automotive brake systems. Information presented is based on the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Engine Performance Tasks and Standards intended to prepare students for the ASE A-5 Brakes examination. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

              Catalog Program Pages Referencing AUTO G140

                AUTO G1414.5 Units (66 lecture hours; 50 lab hours)  
                Automotive Chassis: Steering & Suspension  

                Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                Transfer Credit: CSU.

                This is an introductory course covering the theory, knowledge, and skills necessary to understand automotive steering and suspension systems and related components. The lecture and lab instruction will enable students to successfully perform related diagnostics and repairs. The course material is based on the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Tasks and Standards intended to prepare students for the ASE A-4 Suspension & Steering Certification examination. Graded or Pass/No Pass option. C-ID: AUTO 140X.

                Catalog Program Pages Referencing AUTO G141

                  AUTO G1455 Units (72 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
                  Basic Clean Air Car Course  

                  Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                  Transfer Credit: CSU.

                  This course is the first in a series of courses required by the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) to obtain an Advanced Emissions Specialist license. The course will cover rules and regulations, history of the California Smog Check Program, a study of five-gas analysis, oxygen sensors, an overview of all emission control devices offered in California since 1975 and an introduction to onboard diagnostics second generation (OBD ll). The theory in this course is reinforced with hands-on skill practice. Students must complete this course before submitting an application to the BAR for an Advanced Emissions Specialist license. Graded.

                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing AUTO G145

                    AUTO G1504 Units (54 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
                    Manual Drive Trains & Axles  

                    Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                    Transfer Credit: CSU.

                    This is a course that provides the students with theory, knowledge, and skills necessary to understand automotive manual drive trains and transaxles concepts. Instruction is given and lab experience provided in diagnosis, removal, disassembly, analysis and inspection, precision measurements, re-assembly and installation. Information presented is based on the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A-3 Manual Drive Train and Axles Tasks and Standards intended to prepare students for the ASE Certification Examination. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing AUTO G150

                      AUTO G1514 Units (55 lecture hours; 70 lab hours)  
                      Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles  

                      Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                      Transfer Credit: CSU.

                      This is an introductory course that provides the students with theory, knowledge, and skills necessary to understand automotive automatic transmission and transaxle concepts. Instruction is given and lab experience provided in diagnosis, removal, disassembly, inspection, precision measurements, re-assembly and installation. The coursework is based on the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Tasks and Standards intended to prepare students for the ASE A-2 Automatic Transmission and Transaxle Certification examination. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                      Catalog Program Pages Referencing AUTO G151

                        AUTO G1604 Units (60 lecture hours; 40 lab hours)  
                        Heating And Air Conditioning  

                        Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                        Transfer Credit: CSU.

                        This is an introductory course that covers theory, knowledge, and skills necessary to understand automotive Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems. Instruction is given and lab experience provided which will enable students to successfully perform diagnostics and repair on both manual and automatic HVAC systems. EPA-accepted techniques for recovering and recycling R134 and R12 refrigerants will also be covered. Coursework is based on the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Tasks and Standards intended to prepare students for the ASE A-7 Heating and Air Conditioning certification examination. Graded.

                        Catalog Program Pages Referencing AUTO G160

                          AUTO G1703 Units (54 lecture hours; 18 lab hours)  
                          Hybrid Vehicles  

                          Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                          Transfer Credit: CSU.

                          This course is a hands-on approach to the world of hybrid, fuel cell and electric powered vehicles. Discover how this new technology works as it replaces existing fossil fueled engines. Examine existing technologies, conversion processes, testing, assembly, operation, and maintenance of hybrid-electric, fuel cell and battery powered electric vehicles. Appropriate safety related instruction is included. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                          Catalog Program Pages Referencing AUTO G170

                            AUTO G1735 Units (72 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
                            Electric Vehicles  
                            Prerequisite(s): AUTO G120.
                            Co-requisite(s): AUTO G170.

                            Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                            Transfer Credit: CSU.

                            This course furthers the student's skills in electric vehicle (EV) theory and provides an introduction to advanced EV designs and propulsion systems. The course includes: EV design and construction; the testing, assembly, operation and maintenance of EVs; the influence of battery management design; advanced technology batteries and intelligent charging systems; and alternative EV drive systems. Appropriate safety related instruction will be included in each segment. This course is designed to help the field technician prepare for the Automotive Service of Excellence (ASE) Light Duty Hybrid / Electric Vehicle Specialist (L3) exam. Students will also need to complete AUTO G170 to prepare for the ASE (L3) exam. Graded.

                            Catalog Program Pages Referencing AUTO G173

                              AUTO G1755 Units (72 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
                              Automotive Diesel  
                              Prerequisite(s): AUTO G110 and AUTO G120.
                              Advisory: AUTO G130.

                              Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                              Transfer Credit: CSU.

                              This is an introductory course that will allow students to understand diesel engines, diesel fuel systems, and the theory and operation of related diesel systems. Instruction will be given in the classroom setting as well as hands on laboratory learning. This will allow students to successfully perform diagnostics and repair on light duty trucks and passenger cars equipped with diesel engines. This course will prepare students to pass the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A9 Light Vehicle Diesel Engines test. Graded.

                              Catalog Program Pages Referencing AUTO G175

                                AUTO G1814 Units (54 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
                                Honda PACT 1  

                                Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                This introductory course aligns with Honda’s Professional Automotive Career Training (PACT) curriculum. The course covers Honda-specific fundamental theory and maintenance procedures, including research on American Honda Motor's interactive network for learning modules and service information. Honda recognizes the completion of this course as part of their core training program. Graded.

                                Catalog Program Pages Referencing AUTO G181

                                  Noncredit Courses 

                                  AUTO G002N16 Hours (4 lecture hours; 12 lab hours)  
                                  Automotive Safety  

                                  Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit

                                  Not Transferable.

                                  This noncredit course covers general safety guidelines for the Automotive Industry. Students will learn about Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), how to safely use and maintain automotive tools, vehicle hoists, and other equipment used in the industry. In addition, students will take the S/P2 (Safety and Pollution Prevention) safety test which outlines proper procedures for hazardous waste handling and disposal. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

                                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing AUTO G002N

                                    AUTO G003N48 Hours (16 lecture hours; 32 lab hours)  
                                    Automotive Lube Technician  
                                    Prerequisite(s): AUTO G002N.

                                    Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit

                                    Not Transferable.

                                    This non-credit course covers fundamental theories and skills required to enter the automotive workforce as an Automotive Lube Technician. Upon completion, students will learn basic automotive safety, become proficient in using published and online vehicle service information platforms, and perform vehicle service procedures outlined by periodic maintenance schedules. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

                                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing AUTO G003N

                                      AUTO G004N48 Hours (12 lecture hours; 36 lab hours)  
                                      Automotive Tire and Wheel Service  
                                      Prerequisite(s): AUTO G002N.

                                      Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit

                                      Not Transferable.

                                      This non-credit course covers fundamental theory and skills required to work as a tire technician. Students will learn basic automotive safety, guidelines for aftermarket wheel and tire replacement, as well as the safe use of equipment for repairing and replacing tires used on most light truck and passenger vehicles. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

                                      Catalog Program Pages Referencing AUTO G004N

                                        AUTO G045N90 Hours (54 lecture hours; 36 lab hours)  
                                        Basic Clean Air Car Course  

                                        Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit

                                        This noncredit course is the first in a series of courses required by the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) to obtain an Advanced Emissions Specialist license. The course will cover rules and regulations, history of the California Smog Check Program, a study of five-gas analysis, oxygen sensors, an overview of all emission control devices offered in California since 1975 and an introduction to onboard diagnostics second generation (OBD ll). The theory in this course is reinforced with hands-on skill practice. Students must complete this course before submitting an application to the BAR for an Advanced Emissions Specialist license. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

                                        Catalog Program Pages Referencing AUTO G045N

                                          AUTO G046N42 Hours (18 lecture hours; 24 lab hours)  
                                          Smog Level 2 Smog Check Inspector Training  

                                          Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit

                                          This noncredit course provides students the procedural knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform Smog Check inspections. Course content includes safety, customer awareness, program administration, equipment maintenance and inspection and testing procedures for OIS and ASM smog tests. Students who complete and pass this training will have met the Bureau's training requirements to qualify to take the Smog Check Inspector state licensing examination. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

                                          Catalog Program Pages Referencing AUTO G046N