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Program Contacts

Professor Jerrad Smith (928) 717-7379
Instructional Specialist Stephanie Wiltcher (928) 717-7107
Dean John Morgan (928) 717-7721

Quick Facts


About the Associate of Applied Science - Automotive Technology

The Automotive Technology degree program is designed for individuals preparing for positions utilizing a combination of automotive technology and business management skills including service managers, insurance adjusters, and small business owners. This degree program will prepare students for the National Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification examinations to become ASE Certified Automobile Technicians. ASE certification requires hands-on working experience as well as completion of written examinations. Two years of post high school educational training, such as that offered in this automotive degree program at Yavapai College, may be substituted for up to one year of the hands-on work experience requirement of the ASE certification.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Automotive Technology Degree program, the learner will be able to:

 

  1. Identify the parts and rebuild a basic engine and a modified performance engine. (AUT 108, AUT 151)
  2. Explain and diagnose electrical circuits, electrical components, and computer related problems. (AUT 100, AUT 109, AUT 252)
  3. Rebuild an automatic transmission and transaxle manual transmission, and transaxle driveline and differential. (AUT 122, AUT 124)
  4. Replace steering and suspension components and align a front-end. (AUT 126)
  5. Diagnose and repair automotive air conditioning and heating systems. (AUT 128)
  6. Tune up, adjust and diagnose an internal combustion engine system. (AUT 131)
  7. Diagnose, remove, and replace an entire automotive brake system including ABS and traction control system. (AUT 123)
 

General and Program-Specific Requirements

Course Course Title Hours
I.  General Education
  A.  Foundation Studies  (12 credits)
       1.  College Composition or Applied Communication - Select Option a or b:
          a.  Writing (6 credits)
Choose two courses from approved list
 
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Applied Communication/Writing Courses

You may select from the following courses to fulfill the requirements of the applied communication/writing component of this degree.

CourseTitleHours
BSA105 Business English   3
CRW139 Intro to Creative Writing   3
ENG101 College Composition I   3
ENG102   
ENG103 College Composition I Honors   3
ENG104 College Composition II Honors   3
ENG136 Technical Writing   3
JRN150 Mediawriting and Reporting   3
IWR = This course meets the requirements of the Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry awareness area.
ERG = This course meets the requirements of the Ethnic/Race/Gender awareness area.
GIH = This course meets the requirements of the Global/International or Historical awareness area.
          b.  Writing AND Communication (6 credits)
Choose one course from each list
 
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Applied Communication/Writing Courses

You may select from the following courses to fulfill the requirements of the applied communication/writing component of this degree.

CourseTitleHours
BSA105 Business English   3
CRW139 Intro to Creative Writing   3
ENG101 College Composition I   3
ENG102   
ENG103 College Composition I Honors   3
ENG104 College Composition II Honors   3
ENG136 Technical Writing   3
JRN150 Mediawriting and Reporting   3
IWR = This course meets the requirements of the Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry awareness area.
ERG = This course meets the requirements of the Ethnic/Race/Gender awareness area.
GIH = This course meets the requirements of the Global/International or Historical awareness area.
AND
 
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Applied Communication/Comm. Courses

You may select from the following courses to fulfill the requirements of the applied communication/comm. component of this degree.

CourseTitleHours
BSA233 Business Communications   3
COM100 Intro Human Communication   3
COM131 Fund Speech Communication   3
COM134   
COM135 Workplace Communication Skills   3
COM271   
IWR = This course meets the requirements of the Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry awareness area.
ERG = This course meets the requirements of the Ethnic/Race/Gender awareness area.
GIH = This course meets the requirements of the Global/International or Historical awareness area.
       2.  Numeracy (3 credits)
 
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Quantitative Literacy Courses

You may select from the following courses to fulfill the requirements of the quantitative literacy component of this degree.

CourseTitleHours
MAT100 Technical Mathematics   3
MAT122 Intermediate Algebra   3
MAT142 College Mathematics   3
MAT152 College Algebra   3
MAT156 Math/Elementary Teachers I   3
MAT157 Math/Elementary Teachers II   3
MAT167   
MAT172 Finite Mathematics   3
MAT183 Trigonometry   2
MAT187 Precalculus   5
MAT212 Survey of Calculus   3
MAT220 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I   5
MAT230 Calculus & Analytic Geomtry II   5
MAT241 Calculus III   4
MAT262 Elementary Differential Equatn   3
IWR = This course meets the requirements of the Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry awareness area.
ERG = This course meets the requirements of the Ethnic/Race/Gender awareness area.
GIH = This course meets the requirements of the Global/International or Historical awareness area.
       3.  Critical Thinking (3 credits)
 
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Critical Thinking Courses

You may select from the following courses to fulfill the requirements of the critical thinking component of this degree.

CourseTitleHours
AHS230 Comp & Alt Health Therapy   3
AJS123 Ethics & Criminal Justice   3
BSA118 Practical Creative Thinking   3
CHP190 Honors Colloquium   1
COM217 Intro Argumentation and Debate   3
EDU210 Cultural Diversity Education   ERG 3
ENG140 Reading the World:   3
GEO210 Society and Environment   3
HUM101 Intro to Popular Culture   3
JRN131 Mass Media in American Society   3
PHI103 Intro to Logic   3
PHI105 Introduction to Ethics   3
PHI110 Intro to Critical Thinking   3
PHI204 Ethical Issues/Health Care   3
STU230 Leadership Development Studies   3
IWR = This course meets the requirements of the Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry awareness area.
ERG = This course meets the requirements of the Ethnic/Race/Gender awareness area.
GIH = This course meets the requirements of the Global/International or Historical awareness area.
  B.  Area Studies (7 credits)
       1.  Physical and Biological Science (4 credits)
 
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Physical & Biological Science Courses

You may select from the following courses to fulfill the requirements of the physical & biological science component of this degree.

CourseTitleHours
AGS103 Plant Biology   4
BIO100 Biology Concepts   4
BIO103 Plant Biology   4
BIO105 Environmental Biology   4
BIO107 Introduction to Biotechnology   4
BIO108 Concepts in Plant Biology   4
BIO109 Natural History Southwest   4
BIO156 Human Biology Allied Health   4
BIO160 Intro Human Anat & Physiology   4
BIO181 General Biology I   4
BIO182 General Biology II   4
BIO201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I   4
BIO202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II   4
BIO205 Microbiology   4
CHM121 Environmental Chemistry   4
CHM130 Fundamental Chemistry   4
CHM138 Chemistry for Allied Health   5
CHM151 General Chemistry I   5
CHM152 General Chemistry II   5
CHM235 General Organic Chemistry I   4
CHM235L Gen Organic Chemistry I Lab   1
CHM236 General Organic Chemistry II   4
CHM236L Gen Organic Chemistry II Lab   1
ENV105 Environmental Biology   4
ENV110 Environmental Geology   4
ENV121 Environmental Chemistry   4
GEO103 Intro Physical Geography   4
GEO212 Intro to Meteorology   4
GLG100 Concepts in Basic Geology   2
GLG101 Intro to Geology I   4
GLG102 Intro to Geology II   4
GLG110 Environmental Geology   4
GLG116 Geology Verde Valley   2
GLG117 Implications Plate Tectonics   2
GLG118 Evolution of Basin and Range   2
GLG119 Geology of Grand Canyon   2
GLG120 Geology of Northern Arizona   2
GLG121 Volcanoes/Earthquakes N AZ   2
GLG122 Geology of Death Valley   2
GLG123 Geology of Bryce and Zion   2
GLG124 Geology of the Prescott Region   2
PHY100 Intro to Astronomy   4
PHY111 General Physics I   4
PHY112 General Physics II   4
PHY140 The Physical World   4
PHY150   
PHY151 Physics Scientists/Engineer II   5
IWR = This course meets the requirements of the Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry awareness area.
ERG = This course meets the requirements of the Ethnic/Race/Gender awareness area.
GIH = This course meets the requirements of the Global/International or Historical awareness area.
       2.  Behavioral OR Social Science (3 credits)
Choose one course from either list
 
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Behavioral Science Courses

You may select from the following courses to fulfill the requirements of the behavioral science component of this degree.

CourseTitleHours
ECE210 Infant and Toddler Development   3
ECE234 Child Development   3
GRN101 Psychology of Aging   3
GRN102 Health and Aging   3
PHE152   
PHE205 Stress Management   3
PSY101 Introductory Psychology   3
PSY132 Cross Cultural Psychology   ERG 3
PSY234 Child Development   3
PSY238 Psychology of Play   ERG 3
PSY240 Personality Development   3
PSY245 Human Growth and Development   3
PSY250 Social Psychology   3
PSY277 Human Sexuality   ERG 3
IWR = This course meets the requirements of the Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry awareness area.
ERG = This course meets the requirements of the Ethnic/Race/Gender awareness area.
GIH = This course meets the requirements of the Global/International or Historical awareness area.
OR
 
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Social Science Courses

You may select from the following courses to fulfill the requirements of the social science component of this degree.

CourseTitleHours
ANT101 Stones,Bones,Human Origin   3
ANT102 Intro Cultural Anthro   ERG 3
ANT104 Buried Cities/Lost Tribes   3
ANT214 Magic, Witchcaft and Healing   ERG 3
ANT231 Southwestern Archaeology   3
ANT232 Indians of the Southwest   ERG 3
BSA235 Principles Economics-Macro   3
GEO101 World Geography West   GIH 3
GEO102 World Geography East   GIH 3
GEO105 Intro Cultural Geography   ERG GIH 3
HIS260 History Native Am in the U.S.   ERG 3
SOC101 Intro to Sociology   ERG 3
SOC140 Sociology Intimate Relationshp   ERG 3
SOC142 Race and Ethnic Relations   ERG 3
SOC212 Gender and Society   ERG 3
SOC250 Social Problems   ERG 3
IWR = This course meets the requirements of the Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry awareness area.
ERG = This course meets the requirements of the Ethnic/Race/Gender awareness area.
GIH = This course meets the requirements of the Global/International or Historical awareness area.
II.  Automotive Technology Requirements
AUT100 Auto/Diesel Preventative Maint

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AUT 100. Automotive/Diesel Preventative Maintenance (2). Fundamentals of truck equipment and automobile basic preventative maintenance procedures. One lecture. Two lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Safety
2. Hand tools
3. Equipment
4. Electrical system
5. Fuels and fuel system
6. Brakes
7. Suspension and Steering
8. Four-stroke Engine
9. Ignition system
10. Tires and wheels

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Use hand tools and shop equipment, proficiently and safely. (1-3)
2. Explain and identify the use of precision measuring and diagnostic tools. (4)
3. Test the battery, charging and starting system of an engine. (4,8,9)
4. Inspect steering, disc and drum brake systems for wear. (6)
5. Test the automotive and diesel fuel systems for proper operation. (5,9)
6. Remove, repair, and install a tire. (10)
7. Explain the theory of 4-stroke internal combustion engines. (8)

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AUT108 Engine Repair Technology

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AUT 108. Engine Repair Technology (4). Theory, diagnosis and service common to all diesel engines. Includes engine rebuilding and performance testing along with engine mechanical fuel systems and testing. Preparation for the ASE Certification test on Medium/Heavy Truck Diesel Engines and Light Duty Diesel Engines ASE Automotive Certification. Two Lecture. Four lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Safety
2. Mechanical condition of diesel engines
3. Engine block components/assembly
4. Cylinder head and valve train components/assembly
5. Dielel fuel systems
6. Mechanical diesel pump systems
7. Engine removal/disassembly and assembly

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Identify shop environment hazards and employ safety procedures. (1)
2. Determine mechanical condition of engine assembly and its internal components. (2)
3. Interpret engine performance diagnostic test results. (2)
4. Determine the causes of oil leaks and unusual noises on a diesel engine. (2)
5. Determine the causes of unusual odors and exhaust color coming from a running diesel engine. (2)
6. Rebuild short block engine assembly according to manufacturer requirements. (3)
7. Identify worn and/or out-of-specification engine block assembly and components. (3,7)
8. Rebuild cylinder head according to manufacturer requirements. (4)
9. Identify worn and/or out-of-specification cylinder head assembly and components. (4)
10. Identify component operation and service of mechanical fuel systems. (5,6)
11. Remove, disassemble and assemble a diesel engine. (7)

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AUT109 Auto/Diesel Elect Systems

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AUT 109. Auto/Diesel Electrical Systems (4). Electrical principles and diagnosis of diesel and automotive electrical systems. Includes repair of batteries, charging systems, starting systems, ignition systems and use of electrical testing instruments. Two lecture. Four Lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Electrical Theory
2. Batteries
3. Charging system
4. Starting system
5. Ignition system
6. Electrical schematic symbols
7. Digital/Volt/Ohmmeter use

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Define and use the terminology of electricity. (1)
2. Test, clean, and replace batteries. (2)
3. Test and repair charging systems. (3)
4. Test and repair starting systems. (4)
5. Explain the theory of operation of ignition systems. (5)
6. Use and interpret electrical schematics to diagnosis basic circuit faults. (6)
7. Use the Digital/Volt/Ohmmeter to test current and voltage drops. (7)

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AUT122 Auto Transmission/Transaxle

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AUT122. Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles (4) (Spring). Theory, diagnosis and repair of selected GM, Ford and Chrysler automatic transmissions. Prerequisite: AUT 109. Two lecture. Four lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Torque converters
2. Automatic transmissions and transaxles
3. Drivelines of transaxles
4. Adjustments of automatic transmissions and transaxles
5. Power flow of automatic transmissions

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Describe and apply theory of operation to the diagnosis of torque converters. (1)
2. Describe and apply theory of operation to the diagnosis of drivelines and constant velocity joints. (4)
3. Describe and apply theory of operation to the diagnosis of automatic transmission gear trains. (5, 6)
4. Assemble and disassemble automatic transmission clutches and bands. (1-6)
5. Describe band and clutch performance. (5)
6. Disassemble, measure, repair, reassemble, and adjust automatic transmissions. (1-6)

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AUT123 Automotive Brakes

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AUT 123. Automotive Brakes (4). General braking principles, terms, definitions, and other functions connected with the automobile braking system. Correct operation and use of brake servicing equipment for drum and disc brakes. Two lecture. Four lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Routine brake operations
2. Machinery operations
3. Drum brake systems
4. Rotor brake systems
5. Power brakes
6. Anti-lock brake system (ABS)

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Turn drum and rotors. (2)
2. Describe the fundamentals of disc and drum brake service. (3-5)
3. Troubleshoot the entire brake system. (1-6)
4. Service and repair an entire brake system. (1-6)
5. Remove and replace brake shoes. (3)
6. Remove and replace brake pads.(4)
7. Pack wheel bearings.(4)
8. Bleed the hydraulic system.(1)

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AUT124 Auto/Diesel Manual Drive

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AUT 124. Auto/Diesel Manual Drive Trains (4) (Spring). Theory, diagnosis, and service of clutches, driveline, synchromesh transmissions, final drives and manual shift transmissions. Preparation for the ASE Certification Test on A3 Manual Drive Trains and T3 Truck Drive Trains. Two lecture. Four lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Safety
2. Manual transmission theory
3. Mechanical clutch
4. RWD vehicle drive axle, shaft and differential assembly
5. Transmission electrical controls
6. Manual transmission inspections
7. Differential axle inspections

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Identify shop environment and hazards. (1)
2. Utilize material safety data sheets and chemicals in the shop environment. (1)
3. Implement trouble-shooting processes including verifying customer concerns, preliminary inspection, and clutch systems performance tests. (2,3)
4. Perform linkage adjustments and any needed or recommended preventative service on transmission systems/transaxle. (2,5)
5. Remove, inspect and replace clutch system components or flywheel and torque converter components. (3)
6. Inspect electrical switches and solenoids. (5)
7. Perform recommended preventative service on driveline assembly. (4,6,7)
8. Remove, inspect and replace system components within or on drive axles, shaft, and differential assembly. (4,6,7)

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AUT126 Auto/Diesel Steer/Suspension

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AUT 126. Auto/Diesel Suspension and Steering (4). Principles of suspension system geometry and steering systems operation. Adjustment, correction, repair and replacement components of system components. Two lecture. Four lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Alignment terminology and inspection
2. Basic parts replacement
3. Methods of adjustment
4. Alignment machines
5. Wheel balancing
6. Tire machines.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Use terminology associated with suspension repair. (1)
2. Inspect suspension systems. (1)
3. Replace parts in a suspension system. (2)
4. Perform a four-wheel alignment. (3, 4)
5. Operate alignment machines. (4)
6. Balance wheels and tires. (5)
7. Remove and replace wheels and tires. (6)

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AUT128 Auto/Diesel Heat & Air

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AUT 128. Auto/Diesel Heating and Air Conditioning (4). Theory of heat transfer forms of matter, refrigeration cycle, and operating principles of automotive air conditioning systems. Fundamentals in testing, repairing, disassembling and assembling components of heating and air conditioning systems. Two Lecture. Four Lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Cooling systems
2. Heating systems
3. Basic thermodynamics
4. Basic refrigeration system
5. Basic service procedures
6. Compressor service
7. Applied service procedures
8. Specific systems
9. Diagnosis of systems
10. Automatic temperature control

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Explain function of auto heaters and refrigeration systems. (1-3)
2. Explain how the refrigeration cycle operates. (4)
3. Use manifold gauge test set. (9)
4. Disassemble and reassemble an air compressor. (6)
5. Test and diagnose the major manufacturers' systems. (5,8)
6. Explain how automatic temperature control systems function. (10)
7. Repair temperature control systems. (10)
8. Hook up manifold gauge set, read and interpret the pressure gauges, discharge the system, repair the system, evacuate and recharge the system and performance check it. (7,9)

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AUT131 Auto Engine Diagnosis

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AUT131. Auto Engine Diagnostics (5). Principles of operation, diagnosis and repair of engine fuel and ignition systems. Use of diagnostic oscilloscope to repair malfunctioning fuel and ignition systems. Prerequisite: AUT 109. Three lecture. Four lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Engine control sensors and processors 2. Ignition system diagnosis and testing 3. Fuel injection theory 4. GM Fuel injection 5. Ford electronic fuel injection 6. Chrysler electronic fuel injection 7. Using hand-held scanner 8. Diagnostic oscilloscope

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Use the diagnostic oscilloscope to find and correct malfunctions in an electronic fuel injection system. (3,8) 2. Diagnosis and repair General Motors fuel injection systems. (3,4) 3. Diagnosis and repair Ford fuel injection systems. (3,5) 4. Diagnosis and repair Chrysler fuel injection systems. (3,6) 5. Pull engine codes from Analog Link Diagnostic Line (ALDL). (1, 7) 6. Troubleshoot computer related problems with hand-held scanners. (1, 2, 7)

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AUT151 Auto Engine Repair

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AUT 151. Auto Engine Repair (2). Theory of operation of gasoline powered engines. Includes engine servicing and engine removal and replacement procedures. Four lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. The four stroke cycle
2. The engine cooling system
3. The engine lubrication system
4. Cylinder head and service
5. Engine performance analysis
6. Valve train and service
7. Timing belts and engine servicing

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Explain theory of operation of 4 stroke cycle gasoline powered engines. (1)
2. Inspect and evaluate engine cooling systems. (2)
3. Inspect and evaluate engine lubrication systems (3).
4. Inspect and adjust valve trains. (6)
5. Remove and install timing belts and components. (7)
6. Use vacuum compression and leakage testing to evaluate engine condition. (5)
7. Remove and install engine cylinder head. (4)

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AUT252 Adv Automotive Systems

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AUT 252. Advanced Engine Performance (4) (Spring). Advanced concepts of electronic fuel injection system theory of operation, diagnosis and repair. Prerequisite: AUT 131 (May be taken concurrently). Two lecture. Four lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Computer controls and processors
2. Body control computer systems
3. Airbag systems
4. Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and traction control systems
5. Collision avoidance systems
6. Scan tools, digital volt/ohmmeters (DVOMís) and oscilloscopes

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Use the diagnostic oscilloscope to find and correct malfunctions in an electronic fuel injection system. (1, 6)
2. Diagnose and repair automotive body control systems. (2)
3. Diagnose and repair automotive airbag systems. (3)
4. Diagnose and repair automotive ABS and traction control systems. (4)
5. Explain the theory of automotive collision avoidance systems. (5)
6. Troubleshoot computer related problems with hand-held scanners, DVOMís and lab scopes. (6)

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