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Brake Specialist Certificate

Last updated 4/3/2014

Certificate Code 5512

Program Contacts:
East Campus

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


The Brake Specialist certificate program provides practical knowledge of the component parts as well as the diagnostic and repair procedure required to become a brake technician. Students completing the certificate may be employed as entry-level brake technicians in brake specialty shops, automotive repair businesses, or automotive dealerships. This program may be completed in one semester.

Enrollment in the Brake Specialist certificate 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.

Brake Specialist Certificate
Certificate Code 5512
Course of Study Outline – (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)

Minimum total hours required for a certificate (16)

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.

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 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.


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.

Brake Specialist Certificate