AUSER-100 Topics in Automotive Services

.5-6 Units: 9-108 hours of lecture and/or 27-324 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU

This course covers topics in automotive services. Topics will be chosen to supplement and serve as additions to current offerings in the area, and will be announced each term in the current schedule of classes.

AUSER-101 Automotive Fundamentals

4 Units: 54 hours of lecture, 54 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU

This course is an overview of automotive industry fundamentals: basic automotive repairs and diagnosis, professional practice and industry standard procedures, electrical fundamentals, brakes, suspension and steering operation and service essentials of engine operation and testing, safety procedures, use and interpretation of automotive service information, and hand tool identification and usage.

AUSER-103 Automotive Electrical/Electronic Systems

5 Units: 54 hours of lecture, 108 hours of laboratory, per term, LR, DG, CSU

Prerequisite: AUSER-101 (may be taken concurrently)

This course covers the basic fundamentals of automotive electrical and electronic systems, including: starting, charging, ignition, lighting, and accessory circuits. The class stresses proper use of the test equipment required to do engine diagnosis and tune-up. The class also will introduce automotive computer systems. The course will also assist students in preparing for the ASE A-6 Electrical and Electronics examination. Petition to repeat for certification training purposes.

AUSER-107 Introduction to Hybrid Electric Vehicles

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU

Prerequisite: AUSER-103 or AUSER-190

Advisory: Recommended preparation: basic English and math

This course will provide an introduction to the types, functions and components of the hybrid electric vehicles on the road today. It will include a review of basic electrical terms and electrical theory and demonstration of safety and maintenance procedures, using best practices of the automotive industry.

AUSER-111 Automotive Brakes

5 Units: 54 hours of lecture, 108 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG

Prerequisite: AUSER-101 (may be taken concurrently)

This course provides a detailed analysis of the fundamental principles of automotive braking systems, providing technical information in diagnosis, repairs, and adjustments of disc brakes, drum brakes, Antilock Braking System (ABS), and stability control systems. Best practices concerning safe use of shop equipment and professionalism are emphasized. This course will assist students in preparing for the Automotive Services Excellence (ASE) Brakes (A-5) examination.

AUSER-113 Automotive Suspension and Steering

5 Units: 54 hours of lecture, 108 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG

Prerequisite: AUSER-101 (may be taken concurrently)

This course covers the basic fundamentals of automotive suspension and steering systems, providing detailed information on diagnosis and repair of power steering, wheel alignment, tire mounting and balancing, inspection and replacement of suspension and steering components. The course also covers the use of computerized scan tools to diagnose stability control and air bag systems. Best practices concerning safe use of shop equipment and professionalism are emphasized. This course will assist students in preparing for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Suspension and Steering (A-4) examination.

AUSER-115 Engine Service and Repair

5 Units: 54 hours of lecture, 108 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG

Prerequisite: AUSER-101 (may be taken concurrently)

This course will cover the basic fundamentals of automotive engine design, engine construction, engine repair, service and diagnosis; detailed instruction of the internal combustion engine focusing on the analysis of engine problems and proper steps in repair procedures, including cooling and exhaust systems and timing belt replacements. The course will cover common terminology and techniques as well as some specialty tools used in the automotive industry. There will be some preparation for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A1 Engine Repair Examination.

AUSER-117 Automotive Drivetrains

4 Units: 54 hours of lecture, 54 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG

Prerequisite: AUSER-101 (may be taken concurrently)

This course prepares students to perform service work on automatic and manual drive transmissions. Service work includes changing fluids, replacing clutches, drive axles and drive shafts. Students will study the theory operation of clutches, torque converters, gear trains, planetary gears and hydraulic controls. The course will cover diagnosis of problems on front wheel, rear wheel, four wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles. Students will receive preparation for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A-2 Automatic and A-3 Manual Drive Train examinations.

AUSER-123 Introduction to Automotive Collision Repair
Technology

4 Units: 72 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG

Corequisite: AUSER-125

Normally offered in the fall.

This course covers tools used in collision repair, principles of automotive construction, repair of plastics, repair of different metals used in automotive production, ICAR steel welding qualification, body filler, removing and replacing cosmetic and structural body parts and corrosion protection steps. This course works towards ASE certification in non-structural repair. Students will take the ICAR Professional Development Program Education Edition Non-Structural Technician ProLevel 1 Package and have the opportunity gain ICAR industry Training Alliance Gold class points.

AUSER-124 Introduction to Automotive Painting and
Refinishing Technology

4 Units: 72 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU

Corequisite: AUSER-126

Normally offered in the spring.

This course emphasizes the importance of safety in the workplace including the SP2 safety tests, the painter’s responsibility to the environment in VOC record keeping, related tools and equipment in the refinishing trade, preparation for spray painting, color matching and prepares the student to take the ASE exam in Painting and Refinishing. Students will take the ICAR Professional Development Program Education Edition Refinish Technician ProLevel 1 Package and have the opportunity to gain ICAR Industry Training Alliance Gold class points.

AUSER-125 Introduction to Automotive Collision Repair Technology Laboratory

5 Units: 270 hours of laboratory, per term, LR, DG, CSU

Corequisite: AUSER-123

Normally offered in the fall

This course offers shop practice in automotive construction,
repair of plastics, repairing metals used on all vehicles, mixing
and applying body fillers, performing removal and replacement
of exterior body panels, automotive welding, and corrosion
protection steps. This course prepares students for the ASE
(Automotive Service Excellence) non-structural repair exam.
Students will take the I-CAR (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto
Collision) PDP-EE (Professional Development Program Education
Edition) Non-Structural Technician ProLevel 1 exam and have the
opportunity to be eligible for I-CAR Industry Training Alliance
Gold class points and I-CAR Welding Qualification Test.

AUSER-126 Introduction to Automotive Painting &
Refinishing Technology (Laboratory)

5 Units: 270 hours of laboratory, per term, LR, DG, CSU

Corequisite: AUSER-124

Normally offered in the spring

This course allows the student to demonstrate safety in the workplace including SP2 safety tests. The students will practice good environmental safety rules, using tools and equipment designed for preparation and refinishing operations including color match, plastic part refinishing and corrosion protection procedures. The student will also be prepared to take the ASE Painting and Refinishing exam. Students will take the ICAR Professional Development Program Education Edition Refinish Technician ProLevel 1 Package and have the opportunity to gain ICAR Industry Training Alliance Gold class points.

AUSER-141 Introduction to Damage Report Writing

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG

This course is designed to develop basic damage appraisal skills and to familiarize the student with techniques, methods, and estimating tools used by professional automobile damage report writers. This course is not only limited to students aspiring to become automobile damage appraisers, it is also quite helpful for technicians in the trade as well.

AUSER-152 Brake Adjuster

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU

Normally offered in the fall.

This course prepares students to take the State Brake Adjuster test and the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A5 exam. This course is a study of automotive braking systems. Emphasis is placed on theory of operation, diagnosis and repair of modern braking systems.

AUSER-153 Automotive Steering and Suspension Systems
and Headlamp Aiming

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU

Normally offered in the spring.

This course covers the basic fundamentals of automotive steering and suspension by providing technical information on components of the auto body, springs and suspension systems, stabilizers and shock absorbers, wheel alignment and balancing, steering gear, linkages and power systems.

AUSER-171 Automotive Collision Repair

4 Units: 54 hours of lecture, 54 hours of laboratory, per term, LR, DG, CSU

Normally offered in the fall.

This course contains both lecture and lab components that covers tools used in collision repair, principles of automotive construction, repair of plastics, repair of different metals used in automotive production, Inter-Industry Conference on Auto-collision Repair (ICAR) steel welding qualification, body filler, removing and replacing cosmetic and structural body parts and corrosion protection steps. Students will take the ICAR Professional Development Program Education Edition Non-Structural Technician ProLevel 1 Package and have the opportunity to gain ICAR Industry Training Alliance Gold class points.

AUSER-190 Automotive Electrical Systems

4 Units: 54 hours of lecture, 54 hours of laboratory, per term, LR, DG, CSU

This course prepares students to troubleshoot and repair automotive electrical systems including lighting and accessory circuits, starting and charging systems and engine controls. Basic electrical theory and its application to automotive circuits. Diagnosis of electrical faults using electrical test equipment and wiring diagrams. Preparation for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A-6 Electrical and Electronic examination.

AUSER-203 Automotive Engine Performance

4 Units: 54 hours of lecture, 54 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG

Prerequisite: AUSER-103 or AUSER-190

This course covers principles, operation and service of automotive engines and of fuel injection, ignition, emission, computer control and on-board diagnostic systems. Students develop skills in diagnosis and repair of drivability, fuel economy and emissions faults. The proper use of diagnostic tools and test equipment is stressed. This course will assist students in preparing for the ASE Engine Performance (A8) examination. Petition to repeat for certification training.

AUSER-207 Hybrid Electric Vehicles Diagnostics and Repairs

2.5 Units: 36 hours of lecture, 27 hours of laboratory, per term, LR, DG, CSU

Prerequisite: AUSER-107 or instructor approval which will be determined through ASE exams A6 and A8 or work experience.

This course provides an interactive approach to advanced service and repair of the more common hybrids. We will perform routine maintenance and repairs as it is prescribed by the manufacturer. We will practice skills in diagnosis and repair of common hybrid units.

AUSER-208 Level I Smog Inspector

4 Units: 72 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG

This course encompasses the fundamental knowledge of engine and emission control theory, design and operation. Students who successfully complete this course will have met the first of two requirements for the Smog Check Inspector license. This course is not required for students who hold Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) or Bureau of Auto Repair (BAR) A6, A8, and L1 certifications.

AUSER-209 Level II Smog Inspector

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG

This course provides students with the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform smog check inspections. Students who successfully complete this course will have met step two of the Bureau of Automotive Repair’s (BAR) training requirements to qualify to take the Smog Check Inspector state licensing examination.

AUSER-225 Advanced Automotive Collision Repair

5 Units: 54 hours of lecture, 108 hours of laboratory, per term, LR, DG, CSU

Prerequisite: AUSER-123 and AUSER-125

Normally offered in the fall

This course provides advanced experience in collision repair practices in all phases and is designed to allow the student to focus on collision repair as a career goal. Students will continue to add to the ICAR Education Edition Professional Development Program ProLevel 2 and 3.

AUSER-226 Advanced Automotive Painting and Refinishing

5 Units: 54 hours of lecture, 108 hours of laboratory, per term, LR, DG, CSU

Prerequisite: AUSER-124 and AUSER-126

Normally offered in the spring

This course provides advanced experience in all phases of collision repair emphasizing on painting and refinishing while allowing the student to focus on their career goal. Students will continue to add to the ICAR Education Edition Professional Development Program ProLevel 2 and 3.

AUSER-238 Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG

This course covers the fundamentals of automotive air conditioning design, construction, repair, service and diagnosis; including various systems, safety, service tools and relevant industry terminology. The course will assist with preparing for a career in the automotive industry and for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A7 heating and air conditioning exam as well as the ASE refrigerant recovery and recycling certification.

AUSER-271 Automotive Painting and Refinishing Technology

4 Units: 54 hours of lecture, 54 hours of laboratory, per term, LR, DG

Normally offered in the spring.

This course emphasizes the importance of safety in the workplace including the SP2 safety tests, the painter’s responsibility to the environment in VOC record keeping, related tools and equipment in the refinishing trade, preparation for spray painting, color matching and prepares the student to take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) exam in painting and refinishing. Students will take the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto-collision Repair (ICAR) Professional Development Program Education Edition Refinish Technician ProLevel 1 Package and have the opportunity to gain ICAR Industry Training Alliance Gold class points.

AUSER-298 Independent Study

.2-4 Units: 3.6-72 hours of independent study, per term, SC, DG

Prerequisite: Educational contract of study signed by an instructor, department chair and vice president. Topics must extend beyond regular course offerings.

This course is designed for selected students to pursue independent study in automotive services under the direction of an instructor.