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Automotive Repair Technology AAS

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Last updated 4/2/2014

Associate in Applied Science Code 9298

Program Contacts:
East Campus

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


The Automotive Repair Technology program provides a proper balance of theory and practical knowledge for students preparing for careers in the automotive service industry. Graduates of the program may become employed as automotive mechanic technicians, transmission specialists, service managers, or service writers in automotive dealerships and automotive repair businesses.

The curriculum emphasizes laboratory diagnostic procedures in both domestic and foreign engines, electrical systems, transmissions, drive trains, suspension systems, computerized control systems, and electronic fuel control systems. Students will be prepared to take and expected to pass Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification tests in order to qualify for the work experience internship. Students will be placed in automotive dealerships and the program in order to gain on-the-job experience.

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 this 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 Technology AAS
Associate in Applied Science Code 9298
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)

First Year – 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 211 — Engine Repair II (4)
MECH Elective (3)

Summer Semester
AUTO 207 — Engine Performance II (3)
AUTO 299 — ASE Review (1)
MECH 105 — Fuel Control Systems (4)
MECH 112 — Air Conditioning (3)
MECH 290 — Work Experience Inter Seminar (1)

Second Year – Fall Semester
CS 100 — Intro to Computers (3)
COMM 100 — Communication Skills (3)
MATH Elective (3)
Science Elective (3)

Spring Semester
BA 110 — Introduction to Business (3)
AUTO  or  MECH Electives (6)

Minimum total hours required for degree (66)

Suggested electives: AUTO 100, 101; MECH 109, 215, 219, 291

Courses for this program include: »

AUTO 100 Basic Vehicle Maintenance and Repair I
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
A fundamental course in general vehicle maintenance and repair. Students learn to use basic auto and truck repair terminology, tools and techniques utilized in automotive dealerships and service facilities. The course provides both a general orientation to the vehicle service industry and develops salable vehicle maintenance skills.

AUTO 101 Basic Vehicle Maintenance II
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
A fundamental course in general vehicle maintenance and repair. Students learn to use basic auto and truck repair terminology, tools and techniques utilized in automotive dealerships and service facilities. The course provides both a general orientation to the vehicle service industry and develops salable vehicle maintenance skills.

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.

AUTO 299 ASE Review
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Review course to prepare for the ASE exams. Sample questions, reasons behind the answers, and test taking techniques will be covered.

BA 110 Introduction to Business
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Basic course introducing major kinds of business organizations and forms of ownership. Study of vocabulary and functions of activities such as financing, marketing, management, personnel administration, and international business.

COMM 100 Communication Skills
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
For career program students only. COMM 100 and ENG 132 fulfill requirements for an associate’s degree in several career programs. Concentration on developing skills in writing, speaking and reading.

CS 100 Introduction to Computers
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 1 lab hour per week.
Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or REA 093 “B” or better.
Introduction to computer concepts, computer applications, and the impact of computers on society. Applications include problem solving methods, word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation graphics software. Basic Algebra or equivalent is recommended.

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.

MECH 215 Advanced Service I
3 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hour; 6 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Forty-five or more hours completed in the Automotive program.
A laboratory oriented course dealing with simulated field experience. Practical service procedures will be stressed.

MECH 219 Diesel Engines
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
A study of diesel engine systems. Emphasis will be given to service of the fuel systems and engine components peculiar to the diesel engine.

MECH 290 Work Experience Internship Seminar
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Course would serve as a counseling/training supplement for students on service internship. Among the topics covered are interpersonal relationships, job requirements, liability and legal concerns, tool and equipment needs and technical instruction on current problems.