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02/22/11 – Automotive Repair Certificate

Last updated 4/2/2014

Certificate Code 5710

Program Contacts:
East Campus

Recruiter, 309-854-1724
Gary Werkheiser, 309-854-1833, werkheiserg@bhc.edu


The Automotive Repair Certificate program provides practical knowledge of the component parts and the fundamentals of operation of the automobile as well as diagnostic and repair procedures. Classroom and laboratory instruction is provided. Students completing the certificate may be employed as brake specialists, wheel alignment and suspension specialists, air conditioning specialists, transmission specialists, or automotive repair specialists in automotive repair businesses and automotive dealerships. The Automotive Repair Certificate differs from the Automotive Repair Technology degree in that it is comprised of only auto and mechanics courses and may be completed in one year.

Enrollment in the Automotive Repair program is limited. Students are required to provide their own basic set of tools. Information on admission requirements and required tools may be secured from one of the contact persons or the Enrollment Services Office.

Automotive Repair Certificate
Certificate Code 5710
Course of Study Outline – Courses (Credit Hours)

Fall Semester
AUTO 107 — Engine Performance I (4)
MECH 102 — Brake and Hydraulic Systems (4)
MECH 103 — Electrical Systems I (4)
MECH 111 — Engine Repair I (4)

Spring Semester
AUTO 115 — Wheel Alignment and Suspension (4)
MECH 104 — Electrical Systems II (3)
MECH 108 — Hydraulic Transmissions (3)
MECH 109 — Power Trains (3)
MECH 211 — Engine Repair II (4)

Summer Semester
AUTO 207 — Engine Performance II (3)
MECH 105 — Fuel Control Systems (4)
MECH 112 — Air Conditioning (3)

Minimum total hours required for certificate (43)

Courses for this program include: »

AUTO 107 Engine Performance I
4 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 4 lab hours per week.
A study of today’s auto ignition, fuel delivery, air induction and emissions systems integrated under a computerized control system.

AUTO 115 Wheel Alignment and Suspension
4 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 4 lab hours per week.
A study of suspension systems and repair. Principles of wheel alignment, repair, and adjustment.

AUTO 207 Engine Performance II
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: AUTO 107 or instructor consent.
A detailed study of today’s computer controlled systems and how they interrelate. Emphasis on diagnosis and test procedures and how they relate to drivability problems.

MECH 102 Brake and Hydraulic Systems
1-4 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 4 lab hours per week.
Study of brake systems including anti-lock brake systems. An introduction to hydraulic systems will also be covered.

MECH 103 Electrical Systems I
4 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 4 lab hours per week.
Theoretical and practical aspects of electrical systems and components used on vehicles. Batteries, cranking, charging, ignition, accessory components and circuit wiring will be emphasized.

MECH 104 Electrical Systems II
4 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 4 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: MECH 103 or Instructor consent.
Study of electronics, regulation systems, ignition systems, components and accessories. Circuit understanding, troubleshooting, repair and service will be emphasized.

MECH 105 Fuel Control Systems
4 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 4 lab hours per week.
Basic fuel system principles of operation, (electronic feedback carburetion principles), and electronic fuel injection systems will be covered.

MECH 108 Hydraulic Transmissions
1-3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
The study of theory, operation, service and repair of hydraulic power and shift transmissions. Emphasis will be placed on current use transmissions. Student skill development in analysis and repair procedures will be stressed.

MECH 109 Power Trains
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
A working knowledge of the functions, designs, construction and service of various power trains. Course emphasis to be on various types of clutches, multi-speed manual transmissions, drive lines, rear axles and differentials.

MECH 111 Engine Repair I
4 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 4 lab hours per week.
An introductory course for the application and principles of operation of modern engines. Emphasis placed on measurement, engine machining, engine repair and general service to engines used in modern vehicles.

MECH 112 Air Conditioning
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Fundamentals of operation and service of air conditioners and cooling units used on auto and agricultural applications.

MECH 211 Engine Repair II
4 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 4 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: MECH 111 or instructor consent.
Application of theory to engine repair; analysis of engine failures, engine machining, service repair to engine systems. Emphasis on practical decision making and development of repair skills.


Gainful Employment

Gainful employment is one important measure that students and parents should pay attention to as they examine colleges and programs. All non-degree programs must be designed to lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation in order to be deemed eligible for federal student aid. These programs are generally less than 2 years in length and result in a certificate.

Automotive Repair Certificate