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Automotive Technology Courses

Our courses are regularly reviewed and updated to ensure we stay current with auto industry trends and technologies.

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AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G101 - 3 Units
Introduction to Automotive Technology

This course is designed to teach the student about the operation and maintenance of modern automobiles. There is an emphasis on the theory of the basic operating systems, including engine, electrical, chassis, and driveline systems. This course may be taken 2 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G110 - 5 Units
Engine Repair

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. Lecture and laboratory activities will prepare students for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A-1 Engine Repair Certification Examination.   This course may be taken 2 times. Transferable to CSU.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G120 - 5 Units
Electrical/Electronic Systems, Introductory

Advisories: Auto G101
This is a course of study designed to provide the students with theory, knowledge, and skills necessary to understand electrical flow and electronic concepts.  Instruction is given and practice provided to enable students to successfully perform diagnostics on electrical and electronic circuits.  Students will be given practice with electrical/electronic terminology, circuit construction, electrical wiring diagram interpretation, and diagnosis of the various electrical circuits.  Lecture and laboratory activities will prepare students for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A-6 Electrical/Electronics Systems Certification Examination.   This course may be taken 2 times. Transferable to CSU.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G121 - 5 Units
Electrical/Electronic Systems, Advanced

Advisories: Auto G120
This is a course of study designed to provide the student with advanced theory and experiments in electrical circuit concepts, failure diagnosis and industry-accepted repair techniques.  Classroom and lab experiments are provided which include retrieval of specifications, the use of electrical wiring diagrams, schematics, and component locators used to trace power flow and circuit integrity.  Lecture and lab activities will prepare students for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A-6 Electrical/Electronics Systems Certification Examination.  This course may be taken 2 times.  Transferable to CSU.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G130 - 4.5 Units
Engine Performance: Basic Theory/Diagnosis

Advisories: Automotive Technology G101 and G120
This is an introductory course of study covering theory, system analysis, and diagnostics that help ensure best engine performance.  Engine mechanical, electronically-controlled systems, and other related systems will be covered as related to engine performance.  Basic theory and concepts will be covered and industry-accepted diagnostics and practices will be emphasized.   Lecture and lab activities will prepare students for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A-8 Engine Performance Certification Examination.  This course may be taken 2 times.  Transferable to CSU.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G131 - 4.5 Units
Engine Performance, Advanced
Advisories: Automotive Technology G130
This is an advanced course that covers theory, knowledge, and skills necessary to understand advanced engine performance concepts. Instruction is given and lab experience provided which will enable students to successfully perform diagnostics and repair on complex engine management and related systems. Lecture and lab activities will prepare students for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A-8 Engine Performance Certification Examination.  This course may be taken 2 times.  Transferable to CSU.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G140 - 5 Units
Automotive Chassis: Brakes

 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.  Lecture and lab activities will prepare students for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A-5 Brakes Certification examination.  This course may be taken 2 times.  Transferable to CSU.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G141 - 4.5 Units
Automotive Chassis: Steering & Suspension

This is an introductory course that covers theory, knowledge, and skills necessary to understand automotive steering and suspension systems and related components. Instruction is given and lab experience provided which will enable students to successfully perform related diagnostics and repair.  Lecture and lab activities will prepare students for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A-4 Suspension and Steering Certification examination.  This course may be taken 2 times.  Transferable to CSU.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G145 - 5 Units
Basic Clean Air Car Course

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. This course may be taken three times. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G150 - 4 Units
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.   Lecture and lab activities will prepare students for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A-3 Manual Drive Train and Axles Certification examination.  This course may be taken 2 times.  Transferable to CSU.
AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G151 - 4 Units

Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles
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.  Lecture and lab activities will prepare students for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A-2 Automatic Transmission and Transaxle Certification examination.  This course may be taken 2 times.  Transferable to CSU.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G160 - 4 Units
Heating and Air Conditioning

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.  Lecture and lab activities will prepare students for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A-7 Heating and Air Conditioning Certification examination.  This course may be taken 2 times.  Transferable to CSU.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G170 - 3 Units
Hybrid Vehicles

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. This course may be taken three times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G171 - 3 Units
Hybrid Vehicles, Advanced

This course furthers the student’s skills in electric vehicle (EV) conversions and provides an introduction to advanced EV designs and propulsion systems. The students will work with hybrids, fuel cells & alternating current (A/C) drive systems in advanced design electric vehicles. The course includes: EV design and construction; the testing, assembly, operation and maintenance of EVs; the influence of aerodynamic design; advanced technology batteries and intelligent charging systems; hydrogen fuel cell technology and alternative EV drive systems. Appropriate safety related instruction will be included in each segment. This course may be taken three times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G181 - 4 Units
Honda PACT 1

Advisories: Auto G101, Auto G120 and Auto G140
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. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G182 - 4 Units
Honda PACT 2

Prerequisites: Auto G181
This is the second in a series of courses offered through Honda’s Professional Automotive Career Training (PACT) program. Coursework will include intensive technical reading. Students will research American Honda Motors’ Interactive Network for information on braking, steering, suspension, cooling and electrical systems. Hands-on practice will reinforce the theory learned in this course. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G201 - 14 Units
Chassis and Drivetrain Specialist-1

Auto G201 is the first of two training courses leading to the Option 1 - Auto Technology Chassis and Drivetrain Specialist Certificate. It covers three automotive technical areas: Electrical Basics, Brakes, and Manual Transmissions/Axles. Auto G201 has no prerequisites.  However, students must be enrolled in the Certificate program to take this course. By completing the requirements for the Certificate of Achievement, Chassis and Drivetrain Specialist, students will be able to satisfy the A.A. Degree requirements for a major in Automotive Technology. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will receive the Certificate of Achievement and be recognized at the graduation ceremony. Students will be responsible for providing their own textbooks, personal safety equipment, protective clothing, a basic hand tool set, and project related materials. Lecture & lab. Transferable to CSU.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G202 - 9 Units
Chassis and Drivetrain Specialist 2

Prerequisites: Auto G201
Auto G202 is the second of two training courses leading to the Option 1 - Auto Technology Chassis and Drivetrain Specialist Certificate. It covers two automotive technical areas: Steering and suspension, and Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles. Auto G202 has a prerequisite of Auto G201. Students must be enrolled in the Certificate program to take this course. By completing the requirements for the Certificate of Achievement, Engine Performance Specialist, students will be able to satisfy the A.A. Degree requirements for a major in Automotive Technology. Upon successful completion of the Program, the student will receive the Certificate of Achievement and be recognized at the graduation ceremony. Students will be responsible for providing their own textbooks, personal safety equipment, protective clothing, a basic hand tool set, and project related materials. Lecture & lab. Transferable to CSU.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G203 - 14.5 Units
Engine Performance Specialist 1

Auto G203 is the first of two training courses leading to the Option 2 - Auto Technology Engine Performance Specialist Certificate. It covers three automotive technical areas: Engine Repair, Electrical Basics, and Engine Performance. Auto G203 has no prerequisites. Students must be enrolled in the Certificate program to take this course. By completing the requirements for the Certificate of Achievement, Engine Performance Specialist, students will be able to satisfy the A.A. Degree requirements for a major in Automotive Technology. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will receive the Certificate of Achievement and be recognized at the graduation ceremony. Students will be responsible for providing their own textbooks, personal safety equipment, protective clothing, a basic hand tool set, and project related materials. Lecture & lab.  Transferable to CSU.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G204 - 9.5 Units
Engine Performance Specialist 2

Prerequisites: Auto G203
Auto G204 is the second of two training courses leading to the Option 2 - Auto Technology Engine Performance Specialist Certificate. It covers two automotive technical areas: Engine Performance Advanced, and Basic Clean Air Car Course. Students must be enrolled in the Certificate program to take this course. Auto G204 has a prerequisite of Auto G203. By completing the requirements for the Certificate of Achievement, Engine Performance Specialist, students will be able to satisfy the requirement for a major in Automotive Technology. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will receive the Certificate of Achievement and be recognized at the graduation ceremony. Students will be responsible for providing their own textbooks, personal safety equipment, protective clothing, a basic hand tool set, and project related materials. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.