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Automotive Technology

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AUTO 146     SUSPENSIONS, STEERING, & COMPUTERIZED ALIGNM. THEORY     (1 credit)
Introduction to the theory of steering geometry, front and rear suspension systems, two and four wheel alignment procedures, manual and power steering gears, power steering pumps, rack and pinion units; factory specifications and procedures stressed.

AUTO 147     SUSPENSIONS, STEERING, & COMPUTERIZED ALIGNM. LAB     (4 credits)
All types of steering units disassembled, inspected, reassembled, and adjusted according to manufacturers' specifications; alignment and wheel balance operations performed and practiced using modern computerized equipment.

AUTO 156     BRAKES THEORY     (2 credits)
Introduction to brake hydraulics, operation of brake systems (drum and disc), power assist units, anti-skid and anti-lock systems, related electrical and wiring circuits; factory specifications and procedures stressed.

AUTO 157     BRAKES LAB     (6 credits)
Practical application of the theory of brake systems (hydraulic, mechanical, and electrical-ABS); diagnosis and repair in accordance with established rules and safety standards.

AUTO 166     ELECTRICAL THEORY     (1 credit)
Introduction to theory of electricity and its uses; operation of the charging, starting, ignition, lighting, and wiring systems.

AUTO 167     ELECTRICAL LAB     (2 credits)
Starters, alternators and distributors diagnosed, disassembled, inspected, repaired, properly reassembled, and tested; practical wiring performed on mock and live units; engine tune-up; use of engine analyzers in diagnosing engine performance.

AUTO 176*     HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING THEORY     (1 credit)
Introduction to theory of air conditioning and heating systems, controls; safety in recovering, recycling, and handling of refrigerants stressed; special emphasis on government regulations.
*The Student Learning Outcomes have been submitted; however, they are currently in revision. Expected approval/publication isOctober 2012.

AUTO 177     HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING LAB     (3 credit)
Practical application of theories and practices in testing and repairing vehicle heating and air conditioning systems; special attention given to governmental regulations as to handling materials.

AUTO 186     ENGINE PERFORMANCE I THEORY     (3 credits)
Prerequisite: AUTO 166. Introduction to fundamentals of fuel supply systems, carburetion, electronically controlled carburetors, fuel injection (gas & diesel), emission control systems, air supply, exhaust systems, and engine tune-up. Introduction to computerized engine controls as applied in the modern automobile. Factory and governmental regulations explained and strictly adhered to.

AUTO 187     ENGINE PERFORMANCE I LAB     (6 credits)
Prerequisite: AUTO 167. Diagnosis and repair of carbureted systems, gas and diesel fuel injection systems; engine tune-up; diagnosis and repair of computerized engine control systems with the use of diagnostic scan tools, oscilloscopes, and gas analyzers; factory specifications and procedures demonstrated and strictly adhered to.

AUTO 198*     MECHANICAL AND SHOP ORIENTATION     (1 credit)
Safety in the operation of hand and power tools, jacks and safety stands, lift equipment; safety procedures and rules stressed; introduction to bench shop and measuring.
*The Student Learning Outcomes have been submitted; however, they are currently in revision. Expected approval/publication isOctober 2012.

AUTO 216     ENGINE REPAIR THEORY     (2 1/2 credits)
Introduction to fundamentals of automotive engines; engine principles, engine measurements, types of engine design, basic engine construction, cylinder heads and valves, lubrication systems, and engine cooling systems. 

AUTO 217     ENGINE REPAIR LAB     (6 1/2 credits)
Diagnosis, removal from chassis, disassembly, cleaning, and inspecting components for possible future failure; cleanliness and attention to detail highly emphasized; all aspects of major overhaul demonstrated, including reconditioning and proper reassembly according to manufacturers' specifications; practice, including cylinder head service, piston ring and cylinder preparation, camshaft installation, connecting rod and main bearing installation, methods for checking clearances, and proper torquing of bolts.

AUTO 226     AUTO & ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION/TRANSAXLE THEORY     (2 credits)
Introduction to operation of automatic transmissions and transaxles. Systems covered include: Torque converters, planetary gearsets, hydraulic fundamentals and systems, apply devices, fluids, gaskets and seals, electrical and electronic transmission controls.

AUTO 227     AUTO & ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION/TRANSAXLE LAB     (5 credits)
Maintenance, diagnosis, disassembly, inspection, and reassembly of automatic transmissions/transaxles according to manufacturers' specifications and procedures. Diagnosis and repair of electrical and electronic transmission controls.

AUTO 231     STANDARD TRANSMISSION THEORY     (1 credit)
Introduction to operation of clutches, standard transmissions, transaxles, and transfer cases.

AUTO 232     STANDARD TRANSMISSION LAB     (3 credits)
Maintenance, disassembly, inspection, reassembly, and adjustment according to manufacturers' specifications of different types of standard transmissions, transfer cases, and transaxles.

AUTO 234     DIFFERENTIAL & DRIVELINE THEORY     (1 credit)
Introduction to operation of differentials, final drives, constant velocity joints, standard universal joints, 4-wheel drive lockout front axles.

AUTO 235     DIFFERENTIAL & DRIVELINE LAB     (2 credits)
Practical application in maintenance, diagnosis, disassembly, inspection, reassembly, and adjustment according to manufacturers' specifications of the different types of differentials, final drives, constant velocity joints, 4-wheel drive lockout front axles.

AUTO 288     ENGINE PERFORMANCE II     (5 credits)
Prerequisite: Instructor's approval. Advanced course in electronic engine controls; diagnose, test, and repair using multimeters, labscopes, scan tools, digital oscilloscopes.

AUTO 299     SPECIAL TOPICS     (1-3 credits)
Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Designed to meet students' special needs and interests; utilize particular faculty expertise in a varied environment.