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Program Description

The Automotive Technology program prepares students for employment in many areas of the automotive field including dealerships, independent garages, fleet shops, service stations and specialty shops which cover areas such as tune-ups and brakes. Students may enter the program only in the first quarter. The one-year certificate requires completion of any three quarters of the automotive technology program and the three related classes identified in footnote 1. This flexible schedule also enables students to receive short-term certificates while pursuing their degree. Students must complete all courses with a 2.0 grade or better before advancing to subsequent quarters.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe how an automotive heating, ventilation, and air-conditions system works.
  2. Discuss the refrigerants used and their impact on the environment.
  3. Explain airflow management and sensors and actuators used.
  4. Comprehend the refrigerant recycle importance and effects on the environment.
  5. Discuss engine constructions, energy and power of an engine.
  6. Discuss compression ratio, torque and horsepower.
  7. Discuss synthetic engine oils and their advantages.
  8. Discuss hybrids engine precautions.
  9. Learn theory and principles of computerized engine controls, automotive exhaust emissions, and fuel injection and ignition systems.
  10. Working knowledge of the brake system and component identification.
  11. Basic knowledge of the diagnostic process of the brak system.
  12. Working knowledge of the suspension system and component identification.
  13. Working knowledge of the alignment equipment and basic adjustments.
  14. Principles of late model automatic transmissions, transaxles and sub-assemblies.
  15. Operation of automotive manual transmissions and transaxles, differential, transfer case, drive line, and constant velocity joints.
  16. Diagnose and repair automotive electrical and electronic systems to industry standards (*ASE/NATEF).
  17. Use multi-meters, scopes, test lights, etc. properly to perform repairs and diagnostics.

Certificate - SCC

A6 Electronics/Electrical Systems

Offered at Locations:  Spokane Community College
This short-term certificate program introduces students to basic electrical concepts including Ohm's Law, magnetism, analog and digital meters, and test equipment. Students gain practical shop experience in the testing of such equipment as test lamps, voltmeters and ammeters. Hookup and testing of electronics and electrical components and circuits also are included.
AUTO 115Theory of Electrical Systems 6
AUTO 116Diagnosis of Electrical Systems 4
AUTO 215Theory of Electronic Systems 5
AUTO 216Diagnosis of Electronic Systems 3
18 credits are required for the Certificate

Disclaimer: The college cannot guarantee courses will be offered in the quarters indicated. During the period this guide is in circulation, there may be curriculum revisions and program changes. Students are responsible for consulting the appropriate academic unit or adviser for more current and specific information. the information in this guide is subject to change and does not constitute an agreement between the college and the student.