Automotive Technology

The Automotive Technology curriculum at College of the Desert is aligned with the standards of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). The program is NATEF certified, a member of the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), and a Local Mopar Career Automotive Program (Mopar CAP Local).

Automotive Technology is the study of automotive systems as they relate to the current generation of computer controlled vehicles. Career paths in this discipline include automotive service technician, automotive service consultants, automotive parts sales people, and vehicle modifiers in the alternate fuels and fuel cells. Even students who choose not to major in automotive technology find that course work in the field can improve their ability to solve complex problems, improve diagnostic skills, and research complex problems. As students progress through the program, they will be exposed to other aspects of the industry that include personal planning, development of individual and team working skills, development of advanced technical knowledge, and safety and environmental issues and concerns.

College of the Desert’s automotive curriculum includes course offerings that provide a general overview of the discipline as well as specific courses in steering, suspension, braking systems, both automatic and manual transmission, air conditioning, electrical systems, engine performance, and emission control systems. The College also offers certificates of achievement for students to specialize in these areas. Students earning the certificates of achievement in the various specialty areas may choose to continue towards an associate's degree or go directly to entry level jobs in that aspect of the automotive service industry. 

This program is designed to prepare students and incumbent employees for entry-level positions at local automotive dealerships, independent repair facilities, national repair chains, and parts suppliers. 

Advisors:

Dorothy Anderson
doanderson@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 776-7368

Douglas Redman
dredman@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 776-7390

AUTO 010  Introduction To Automotive Technology   Units: 4

This course provides an overview of the major components and systems found on modern automobiles. The course includes an overview of the automotive industry, shop safety, hand tools usage, basic theory of major automobile systems and basic vehicle maintenance and service.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

AUTO 011B  Auto Electronics & Electrical Systems   Units: 4

This course provides theory and hands-on experience in the fundamentals of automotive electricity including basic electrical principles, circuit components, circuit types, electrical system service and maintenance, diagnosis and repair of common circuit malfunctions. The focus is then placed on foundational automotive electrical components and systems including: batteries, starting systems and charging systems with an emphasis on troubleshooting, diagnosis and repair of common electrical system malfunctions. A test fee for the appropriate Automotive Service Excellent (ASE) Student Exam is required.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: AUTO-010
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

AUTO 011C  Advanced Automotive Electrical Systems   Units: 5

This course provides theory and hands-on experience in intermediate to advanced automotive body electricity circuits and systems including body control computers, bus communication, multiplexing, instrument panel circuits and an introduction to passive restraint systems. There is a hands-on emphasis focusing on diagnosing, trouble-shooting and repairing intermediate to advanced body electrical system malfunctions.
Lecture Hours: 63         Lab Hours: 81          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: AUTO-011B
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

AUTO 012A  Automotive Steering & Suspension   Units: 4

This course provides theory and hands-on experience in automotive steering and suspension systems including: theory of operation, service, diagnosis and repair. The course includes the following topics: front and rear suspension types, steering systems, four-wheel alignment, shocks, struts, tires and wheels. A test fee for the appropriate Automotive Service Excellent (ASE) Student Exam is required.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: AUTO-010
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

AUTO 013A  Automotive Braking Systems   Units: 4

This course provides theory and hands-on experience in automotive braking systems including: theory of operation, service, diagnosis and repair including both base braking and anti-lock braking systems and components. A test fee for the appropriate Automotive Service Excellent (ASE) Student Exam is required.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

AUTO 014A  Automotive Engine Management   Units: 4

This course provides theory and hands-on experience in the fundamentals of automotive engine management including: basic fuel injection, ignition systems and emission systems. The focus is then placed on foundational engine management components and systems including fuel injection, electronic ignition and emission control systems with an emphasis on servicing, troubleshooting, diagnosis and repair of common engine management malfunctions. A test fee for the appropriate Automotive Service Excellent (ASE) Student Exam is required.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: AUTO-010
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

AUTO 014B  Advanced Engine Management   Units: 5

This course provides theory and hands-on experience in intermediate to advanced engine management systems including fuel injection, electronic ignition, emission controls, OBDII, as well as service and maintenance, diagnosis and repair of engine management malfunctions. The focus is then placed on advanced engine management components and systems including: computer inputs, outputs and control and OBDII logic with an emphasis on troubleshooting, diagnosis and repair of advanced engine management malfunctions.
Lecture Hours: 63         Lab Hours: 81          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: AUTO-014A
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

AUTO 015  Automotive Engine Diagnosis & Repair   Units: 4

This course provides theory and hands-on experience in automotive engine mechanical systems including: theory of operation, service, diagnosis and repair including the following topics: valve train components and procedures, engine block components and procedures, disassembly and reassembly skills and engine mechanical troubleshooting tests. A test fee for the appropriate Automotive Service Excellent (ASE) Student Exam is required.
Lecture Hours: 45         Lab Hours: 81          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: AUTO-010 or concurrent enrollment
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

AUTO 016  Automotive Manual Transmissions and Drive Train Systems   Units: 4

This course provides theory and hands-on experience in manual transmissions/transaxles including: theory of operation, service, diagnosis and repair. The course includes the following topics: clutches, axles, driveshafts, transfer cases, differentials, electrical controls, diagnosis, troubleshooting and partial disassembly and reassembly. A test fee for the appropriate Automotive Service Excellent (ASE) Student Exam is required.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: AUTO-010 or concurrent enrollment
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

AUTO 017  Automatic Transmissions & Transaxles   Units: 4

This course provides theory and hands-on experience in automatic transmissions/transaxles including: theory of operation, service, diagnosis and repair. The course includes the following topics: torque converters, gear sets, hydraulic controls, electrical controls, diagnosis and troubleshooting and partial disassembly and reassembly. A test fee for the appropriate Automotive Service Excellent (ASE) Student Exam is required.
Lecture Hours: 45         Lab Hours: 81          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: AUTO-010 or concurrent enrollment
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

AUTO 018  Automotive Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning   Units: 4

This course provides theory and hands-on experience in automotive heating and air conditioning including: theory of operation, service, diagnosis and repair. The course includes the following topics: heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) theory of operation, HVAC housing and ducting, HVAC controls, compressor and clutch operation and servicing and testing HVAC systems. A test fee for the appropriate Automotive Service Excellent (ASE) Student Exam is required.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

AUTO 020A  Automotive Quick Service   Units: 3

This course provides theory and hands-on experience in performing key automotive services required by entry-level technicians in an automotive repair facility atmosphere. It is geared for those students entering the workforce as an automotive technician.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 108          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: AUTO-011B and AUTO-013A
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

AUTO 021A  Automotive Diagnosis And Troubleshooting   Units: 2

This course provides an overview of Root Cause Analysis and its application as relevant to automotive diagnosis and troubleshooting. The focus is on electrical and drivability diagnosis, but includes guidelines for any vehicle system diagnosis and troubleshooting. The coursework will include scenario based diagnosis and cold circuit analysis. This course will help anyone interested in developing an effective, logical approach to automotive diagnosis and troubleshooting.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: AUTO-011B
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

AUTO 040D  CNG/LPG Diagnosis & Repair   Units: 5.5

This course provides classroom lecture/discussion and hands-on training on CNG/LPG diagnosis and repair. The course is designed to introduce the service technician to safety diagnostic and repair practices and procedures unique to gaseous fuel vehicles.
Lecture Hours: 72         Lab Hours: 81          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

AUTO 041  CNG/LPG Conversion & Installation   Units: 3

This course provides classroom lecture/discussion and handson training on CNG/LPG conversion and installation. The course is designed to introduce the service technician to manufacturer procedures related to CNG/LPG conversion and installation procedures.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

AUTO 043A  Hybrid, Fuel-Cell & Electric Technology   Units: 3

This course provides an introduction to hybrid electric drives that are combined with either an internal combustion engine or fuel cell. Hydrogen fuel cell operation, basic maintenance and applications for vehicle use are covered.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: AUTO-010
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

AUTO 045A  Intro To Alternative Fuel Vehicles   Units: 2

This course provides an overview of the major alternative fuel vehicles available to the transportation industry. The course includes a brief history of alternative fuels, an overview of alternative fuels including an analysis of the pros and cons of each fuel and discussions on whether an alternative fuel vehicle is right for you. It is an essential course for those interested in an alternative fuel certificate or degree.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

AUTO 054C  Basic & Advanced Clean Air Car Course   Units: 7

This course provides the student with the basic and advanced training to meet the requirements of the Bureau of Automotive Repair for a SMOG Technician. The course includes the Basic Clean Air Car Course material in addition to the OBD II Update course, the prior update courses, 8 Hour Dynamometer Transition course, and 20 Hour Advanced Diagnostic update course.
Lecture Hours: 117         Lab Hours: 27          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: AUTO-014A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

AUTO 054D  Smog Check Inspector Training, Level 1 & 2   Units: 4

This course is designed to provide students with fundamental knowledge of engine and emission control theory, design and operation. Students who successfully complete this training at a BAR-certified school will have met the BAR's training requirements to qualify to take the Smog Check Inspector state licensing examination.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: AUTO-014A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

AUTO 054E  Smog Check Diagnostic & Repair Technician   Units: 3

This course is designed to provide students with fundamental knowledge of engine and emission control theory, design and operation. Students who successfully complete this training at a BAR-certified school will have met the BAR's training requirements to qualify to take the Smog Check Inspector state licensing examination.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: AUTO-014A AUTO-054D, or concurrent enrollment
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

AUTO 092A  Biodiesel: Charctrstc, Use & Production   Units: 2

This course introduces biodiesel, its characteristics, its use and effects on engines operation and vehicles emissions. The course also covers basic productions considerations and specifications of biodiesel.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

AUTO 093A  Intro To Light & Medium Duty Diesel Systems   Units: 2

This course is designed as an introduction to light duty diesel systems. Students will explore the operation and function of the key systems related to compression ignition engines. Students will learn safety of a repair shop, vehicles, and of environmental impact. Students will gain knowledge of diesel engine design, engine oil types, correct application, diesel emission systems, and fuel delivery systems.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

AUTO 093B  Light/Medium Duty Diesel Systems   Units: 4

This course provides theory and hands-on experience in the fundamentals of light and medium duty diesel systems including: engine construction, lubrication, cooling, fuel delivery, and emission systems. In addition, this course covers maintenance and light repair.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: AUTO-010 & ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

AUTO 093C  Advanced Light/Medium Duty Systems   Units: 4

This course provides theory and hands-on experience in intermediate to advanced light/medium duty diesel system management including: fuel injection, electronic systems, emission controls, OBDII, as well as service and maintenance, diagnosis and repair of diesel system management malfunctions. The focus is then placed on advanced engine management components and systems including: computer inputs, outputs and control and OBDII logic with an emphasis on troubleshooting, diagnosis and repair of advanced diesel system management malfunctions.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 108          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: AUTO-093B
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

AUTO 093D  Diesel Diagnostics & Troubleshooting   Units: 2

This course provides an overview of root cause analysis and its application as relevant to light and medium duty diesel systems diagnosis and troubleshooting. The focus is on fuel delivery, air induction, emissions, electrical and drivability diagnosis. The coursework will include scenario based diagnosis and cold circuit analysis. This course will help anyone interested in developing an effective, logical approach to diesel systems diagnosis and troubleshooting.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: AUTO-093C
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

AUTO 095A  Automotive Technology Work Experience   Units: 1-8

This work experience course of supervised employment is designed to assist students to acquire desirable work habits, attitudes and skills so as to enable them to become productive employees. This course also provides students with career awareness for jobs. Credit may be accrued at the rate of one to eight units per semester for a maximum of sixteen units (combined total of all Work Experience units). Additionally, students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit. This type of work experience is available to students whose job and educational or occupational goals are directly related to Automotive Technology.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 600          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

AUTO 099  Auto/Advanced Transportation Summation   Units: 1

This course provides a forum, for those close to earning an Automotive or Advanced Transportation degree, to reflect on past work and evaluate the program robustness as well as look toward the future and understand educational and career opportunities available to them. It will allow students to evaluate program curriculum, instruction, facilities, equipment and support services. There will also be insight provided by key industry representatives as to employment opportunities and strategies.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: AUTO-011B and AUTO-013A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None