Automotive Service Technology

Diploma, 69 Credits

AVAILABLE IN: Albert Lea, Online Course(s)
PROGRAM STARTS: Fall, Spring
COURSE PLAN: Four Semesters
PROGRAM SHEET: PRINT

Program Starts

Fall Semester - First Year

  Course # Course Name Credits  
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AUTO1205
Automotive Fundamentals

This course provides the knowledge and skills the student will need to start their career as an entry level general service professional automotive technician. The student's ability to follow instructions, interpret and convert measurements and specifications are developed. Professional skills such as computer proficiency, work environments, and following diagnostic processes will begin to be developed. The student will also have gain proficiency in the writing of repair orders, parts requisitions, and the use of electronic service information systems. The student will also learn, in general terms, the correct procedures for general service of vehicles including precision measuring. The course covers procedures and safety in the automotive shop, the use of hand tools, power tools, hoists, jacks as well as other equipment used by automotive technicians. The proper use of various hand and power tools for the purpose of making various fastener and thread repairs is also taught. Minor automotive service and basic shop skills will be emphasized in the shop. (Prerequisites: None). (4 Credits - 2 lecture, 2 lab)

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AUTO1341
Fuel Systems I

This course covers the theory and principles of operation of the automotive fuel systems including fuel pumps, fuel tanks, filters, fuel injection, and emission control systems. Diagnosis, adjustments, and repair of components are stressed. This course, along with other program courses, satisfies the task requirements set forth in Section VIII of the National Automotive Technical Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)

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AUTO1431
Basic Electrical/Electronics

This course covers the fundamentals of electricity and electronics, sources of electricity, circuits, magnetism, resistance, coils, capacitance, instruments, diodes, and solid-state devices as they relate to the automotive industry. This course, along with other program courses, satisfies the task requirements set forth in Section VI of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation. (4 Cr - 2 lect, 2 lab)

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AUTO1451
Clutch and Manual Trans/Transaxle

This course covers standard automotive and light truck clutches, manual transmissions and transaxles. Design, adjustment, and overhaul are included. This course, along with other program courses, satisfies the task requirements set forth in Section III of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation. (4 Cr - 2 lect, 2 lab)

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MATH1020
Technical Math I

This course covers basic mathematics and elements of algebra that will prepare students for success in their specific technical areas. Students will develop their problem solving skills and master mathematical concepts used in specific technical applications. Students will receive a grade for this course. It will not meet MnTC Mathematics and Logical Reasoning requirements for graduation. Prerequisite: A score of 56 or above on the Accuplacer Arithmetic test, a score of 51 or above on the Elementary Algebra test or Math 0540. (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)

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Spring Semester - First Year

  Course # Course Name Credits  
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AUTO1207
Automotive Welding

This course provides the entry level automotive welding knowledge and skills needed by a professional automotive technician.  The student’s ability to follow instructions and interpret measurements, will be developed.  The course emphasizes following safe practices, including the safe use of welding equipment and the proper selection and use of suitable personal protective equipment.

(2 Cr – 1 lect, 1 lab)

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AUTO1212
Engine Diagnosis

This course covers engine diagnosis using a compression gauge, oil pressure gauge, vacuum gauge, and other special tools. The focus of the course is to train students to diagnose internal and external problems of engines, such as low oil pressure, low compression, coolant leaks, oil leaks, and vacuum leaks. Engine noise diagnosis and internal part failure analysis is also covered. This course, along with other program courses, satisfies the task requirements set forth in Section VIII of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation . (2 Cr - 1 lect, 1 lab)

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AUTO1311
Engine Theory and Repair

This course covers upper and lower engine disassembly and reassembly, parts identification, wear measurements and wear locations. The student will be taught the proper procedure for rebuilding cylinder heads and cylinder block assemblies. The student will learn the theory of operation of a four-cycle internal combustion engine. This course, along with other program courses, satisfies the task requirements set forth in Section I of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)

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AUTO1321
Steering and Suspension

This course covers the theory, diagnosis, and repair of front and rear suspension systems, steering gears, pumps, electronic suspension, and steering controls. The student will also learn wheel balance theory and operation. This course, along with other program courses, satisfies the task requirements set forth in Section IV of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)

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AUTO1322
Wheel Alignment

This course covers the theory of alignment and adjustments used in various front and rear suspension systems to perform a four-wheel alignment. Additionally, the students perform four-wheel alignments. This course, along with other program courses, satisfies the task requirements set forth in Section IV (D) of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation. (2 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)

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AUTO1423
Brake Systems

This course includes basic principles of brakes, hydraulic systems, disc and drum brakes, parking brakes, and power assist units. Emphasis is placed on operation, diagnosis, and repair of various types of brake systems including anti-lock brake systems. This course, along with other program courses, satisfies the task requirements set forth in Section V of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation. (4 Cr - 2 lect, 2 lab)

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Fall Semester - Second Year

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AUTO2352
Rear Axle/Four Wheel Drive

This course covers the operation and proper repair procedures for final drive, differential, constant velocity (C/V) joint, universal joints, transfer case, front wheel drive hubs in rear wheel drive, front wheel drive, and four wheel drive vehicles. This course, along with other program courses, satisfies the task requirements set forth in Section III of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation. Prerequisites: AUTO 1201, AUTO 1202, AUTO 1451, or instructor approval. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)

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AUTO2413
Ignition System Diagnosis

This course develops skills in diagnosing, testing, and correcting problems related to engine performance. Theory and operation of various ignition systems are included. The students examine an ignition analyzer, digital storage oscilloscopes, and exhaust gas analyzer to perform these functions. This course, along with other program courses, satisfies the task requirements set forth in Section VIII of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation. Prerequisites: AUTO 1201, AUTO 1202, and AUTO 1431 or instructor approval. (4 Cr - 1 lect, 3 lab)

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AUTO2453
Automatic Transmission Theory

This course covers the hydraulic theory, planetary gear operation, and construction of the automatic transmission. Emphasis is placed on hydraulic diagnosis, planetary gear flow, and external transmission service. This course, along with other program courses, satisfies the task requirements set forth in Section II of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation. Prerequisites: AUTO 1201, AUTO 1202, and AUTO 1431. (4 Cr - 1 lect, 3 lab)

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AUTO2454
Automatic Transmission Electronics

This course covers removal/installation procedures and disassembly/ assembly procedures for automatic transmissions. This course also covers troubleshooting of minor and major components, hydraulic faults, mechanical faults, and electronic control diagnosis. Emphasis is placed on diagnosis of the transmission while it is still in the vehicle. This course, along with other program courses, satisfies the task requirements set forth in Section II of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation. Prerequisites: AUTO 1201, AUTO 1202, and AUTO 1431 or instructor approval. (4 Cr - 2 lect, 2 lab)

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GSCL1270
Employment Search Skills

This course introduces students to a process of developing self-awareness when considering career opportunities and identifying career-related goals. Students conduct a job search, prepare a job application, resume, cover letter, a follow-up correspondence. The course includes preparation for job interviews. (1 Cr - 1 lect, 0 lab)

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HLTH1130
AHA CPR and First Aid Certification

This course includes instruction of adult, child, and infant for rescue breathing, airway obstruction, and one and two man Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and standard first aid. Topics covered are: obstructed airway, rescue breathing, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, injuries (soft and hard tissue), bleeding, emergencies, splinting, and sudden illness. Students will be instructed to use breathing devices, specifically the pocket mask and the bag-valve mask. This course is certified by the American Heart Association. (1 Cr - 1 lect, 0 lab)

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Spring Semester - Second Year

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AUTO2432
Advanced Electrical/Electronics

This course covers reading and interpreting wiring diagrams and the operation and servicing techniques as they relate to the repair of exterior lighting, interior lighting, the instrument cluster, cruise control, power operated systems, keyless entry, driver memory settings, body computers, and supplemental restraint systems. Students diagnose computer-operated charging and starting systems. This course, along with other program courses, satisfies the task requirements set forth in Section III of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation. Prerequisites: AUTO 1431 or instructor approval. (3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)

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AUTO2445
Fuel Systems II

This course covers computer control of fuel injection systems and fuel pressure control. Fuel injector cleaning, testing, and diagnosis are taught in this class. The student is also instructed in turbocharger/supercharger theory and component diagnosis. The student will use a variety of scan tools and a Digital Storage Oscilloscope (DSO) to check various computer inputs and outputs. This course, along with other program courses, satisfies the task requirements set forth in Section VIII of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation. Prerequisites: AUTO 1341, AUTO 1431 or instructor approval. (4 Cr - 2 lect, 2 lab)

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AUTO2446
Drivability Diagnosis

This course covers the theory, operation, and testing of the inputs and outputs of automotive computers as they relate to the diagnosis of drivability problems caused by the engine, transmission, or failed exhaust emissions. This course includes the diagnosis of computer-controlled systems that can cause drivability complaints. Various scan tools, a digital multi-meter, an exhaust gas analyzer and a Digital Storage Oscilloscope (DSO) are some of the tools used in diagnosis. Students access the information needed to diagnosis and repair the problem. This course, along with other program courses, satisfies the task requirements set forth in Section VIII of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation. Prerequisites: AUTO 1341, AUTO 1431, or instructor approval. (3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)

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AUTO2460
Heating & Air Conditioning

This course includes the use of equipment to reclaim and recharge current model vehicle air conditioning systems. It also covers the principles of air conditioning and heating systems, diagnosis of malfunctions, and testing and repairing of the systems. Theory and operation of automatic temperature control and vacuum controls are reviewed. This course, along with other program courses, satisfies the task requirements set forth in Section VII of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accreditation. Prerequisites: AUTO 1431 or instructor approval. (4 Cr - 1 lect, 3 lab)

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AUTO2462
Automotive Service Technology Internship

This course is designed to provide the student a purposeful occupational experience in the automotive career field. A training plan is created for each student in conjunction with the training site. The advisor coordinates and monitors the progress of the internship. One credit of internships is equal to 48 hours of career-related employment. This internship consists of 96 hours. The student must arrange the internship and the instructor approval. (2 Cr - 0 lect, 0 lab, 2 other)

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GSCM1510
Workplace Human Relations

This course examines interpersonal relationship skills in the work environment. Students evaluate individual strengths and weaknesses and assess and learn transferable skills. This course emphasizes employment-enhancing skills that include understanding and improving relationships and communication with co-workers, supervisors, subordinates, and customers. This survey course introduces concepts and methods for improvement of interpersonal relations. (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)

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Last Updated: December 11, 2017