Automotive Service Technology

2014-15 Edition

Sylvania Campus
Automotive Metals Building (AM), Room 210
971-722-4130

www.pcc.edu/ast

Career and Program Description

The automotive service technician maintains, diagnoses and repairs mechanical, hydraulic, fuel and electrical systems on modern automobiles and light-duty trucks. Automotive Service Technology graduates find jobs in independent repair shops, dealerships and fleet maintenance facilities. Some start their own businesses.

The PCC Automotive Service Technology Department provides flexible, career-oriented automotive repair education and training in an authentic and diverse environment. As a PCC Automotive student, you may prepare for any segment of the repair industry, including dealerships, fleets and independent repair shops. Partnerships between PCC and automotive repair businesses will allow you to learn in the classroom and on the job.

Students may select a certificate or degree program that meets their needs. The program consists of instructional modules of seventeen days, each module being an intensive course in a specialized area. At the completion of each module, students are assessed according to their success in meeting course outcomes. The automotive modules consist of lecture and hands-on laboratory work. Students will have additional costs for tools and equipment.

PCC Automotive provides comprehensive training to technicians already working in the field. See the Automotive Department chairperson to develop a personalized training plan.

Degrees and Certificates Offered

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Automotive Service Technology

Two-Year Certificate

Automotive Service Technology

Prerequisites and Requirements

Applicants must take the placement test administered through test centers located at each campus. To begin the program, students must place into (RD 90 and WR 90) or (ESOL 260, ESOL 262, and ESOL 264) and into MTH 60 or higher-level math class. Students who place below MTH 60 must successfully complete MTH 20 and be ready for MTH 60 before registering for the automotive program. Students must complete each AM course with a P or C or higher in order to earn the Degree or Certificate.

The Automotive Service Technology Program accepts new students three times a year. New students must contact the PCC Automotive Department for advising and registration.

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Automotive Service Technology

Automotive Service Technology AAS Degree

Minimum 97 credits. Students must also meet Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements and Associate of Applied Science Requirements. Students must complete a total of sixteen credits of General Education. In addition to required courses in the program of study, students must satisfy MTH 65 competency. Students should consult with program advisors for course planning.

Automotive Service Technology Degree Credit Summary

AM80
General Education16
CG1
Total Credits97

Course of Study

The coursework listed below is required. The following is an example of a term-by-term breakdown. 

First TermCredits
AM 100Intro to Automotive Systems4
AM 111Engine Repair4
AM 161Electrical Systems I4
CG 2091Job Finding Skills1
General Education4
Second Term
AM 151Undercar Systems I4
AM 141Undercar Systems II4
AM 142Undercar Systems III4
General Education4
Third Term
AM 162Electrical Systems II4
AM 163Electrical Systems III4
AM 171Heating & Air Conditioning Systems4
General Education4
Fourth Term
AM 181Engine Performance I4
AM 182Engine Performance II4
AM 183Engine Performance III4
General Education4
Fifth Term
AM 131Drive Train Systems I4
AM 121Drive Train Systems II4
AM 132Drive Train Systems III4
Sixth Term
AM 201Auto Shop Lab I4
AM 202Auto Shop Lab II4
AM 203Auto Shop Lab III4
Seventh Term
AM 280ACooperative Education: Automotive Service8
 Total Credits: 97
1

Class must be completed before enrolling in cooperative education (AM 280A.)

Automotive Service Technology Two-Year Certificate

Minimum 81 credits. Students must meet certificate requirements. The Automotive Service Technology Certificate is a related certificate. All courses are contained in the Automotive Service Technology AAS Degree.

Automotive Service Technology Certificate Credit Summary

AM80
CG1
Total Credits81

Course of Study

The coursework listed below is required. The following is an example of a term-by-term breakdown.

First TermCredits
AM 100Intro to Automotive Systems4
AM 111Engine Repair4
AM 161Electrical Systems I4
CG 209Job Finding Skills1
Automotive Service Elective11
Second Term
AM 141Undercar Systems II4
AM 151Undercar Systems I4
AM 142Undercar Systems III4
Third Term
AM 162Electrical Systems II4
AM 163Electrical Systems III4
AM 171Heating & Air Conditioning Systems4
Fourth Term
AM 182Engine Performance II4
AM 181Engine Performance I4
AM 183Engine Performance III4
Fifth Term
AM 131Drive Train Systems I4
AM 121Drive Train Systems II4
AM 132Drive Train Systems III4
Sixth Term
AM 201Auto Shop Lab I4
AM 202Auto Shop Lab II4
AM 203Auto Shop Lab III4
 Total Credits: 74
1

At least 1 approved AM elective course must be chosen.

Courses

AM 100. Intro to Automotive Systems. 4 Credits.

Introduces automotive tools, fasteners, precision measurement, service information systems/manuals and shop procedures. Perform basic automotive service, inspection, and measuring procedures including the practical application of mathematics for the automotive trade. Audit available.

AM 111. Engine Repair. 4 Credits.

Covers purpose, inspection and repair of engine components including disassembly and reassembly of school owned engines to gain experience in hand tool use and proper engine repair and evaluation procedures. Prerequisites: CG 209. Audit available.

AM 121. Drive Train Systems II. 4 Credits.

Introduces automatic transmissions/transaxles, the study of power flow and diagnosis of automatic transmission mechanical and hydraulic systems. Includes proper rebuild procedures, component identification and dynamometer testing of a student built automatic transmission. Prerequisite: CG 209. Audit available.

AM 131. Drive Train Systems I. 4 Credits.

Introduces manual transmissions/transaxles, the study of power flow and diagnosis of manual transmission systems. Includes proper repair procedures, component identification and service procedures performed on school owned vehicles and components. Prerequisite: CG 209. Audit available.

AM 132. Drive Train Systems III. 4 Credits.

Introduces work on approved customer vehicles diagnosing and servicing automatic and manual drive train customer concerns. Provides a realistic experience and develops an understanding of procedures, which take place daily in an automotive repair facility. Prerequisite: CG 209. Audit available.

AM 141. Undercar Systems II. 4 Credits.

Continues development of skills learned in Undercar I. Introduces basic principles of steering, suspension and wheel alignment for passenger cars and light duty trucks including tire construction, types and sizing. Includes practicing disassembly and re-assembly of steering and suspension system components. Introduces computerized 4-wheel-alignment, tire balancing and tire changing equipment. Prerequisite: CG 209. Audit available.

AM 142. Undercar Systems III. 4 Credits.

Covers diagnosis and repair of steering system service, suspension system service and 4-wheel alignments in a laboratory/shop setting. Includes how to perform complete steering and suspension system inspections and determine what repairs are needed, order parts and complete repairs under close instructor supervision. Vehicles serviced are drawn from a pool of customer or school owned vehicles. Prerequisite: CG 209. Audit available.

AM 151. Undercar Systems I. 4 Credits.

Introduces principles of automotive braking systems. Includes practicing disassembly/assembly of brake system components using school owned equipment including proper measuring and machining of brake drums and discs. Prerequisite: CG 209. Audit available.

AM 161. Electrical Systems I. 4 Credits.

Introduces electrical theory, schematic symbols, battery and starter theory, operation, diagnosis and repair. Lecture and lab work includes proper repair procedures, component identification and service procedures performed on school owned vehicles and components. Audit available.

AM 162. Electrical Systems II. 4 Credits.

A continuation of reading schematics, starting and charging system theory, operation, diagnosis and repair. Lecture and lab work includes proper repair procedures, component identification and service procedures performed on school owned vehicles and components. Audit available.

AM 163. Electrical Systems III. 4 Credits.

Introduces customer work on approved automobiles including diagnosis of electrical problems, reading of schematics, use of test equipment, satisfactory completion of wire connections, testing, repair, and/or replacement of electrical units. Prerequisite: CG 209. Audit available.

AM 171. Heating & Air Conditioning Systems. 4 Credits.

Introduces theory, operation and repair of automotive heating and air conditioning systems. Includes the testing and repair of HVAC control systems on approved customer automobiles. Prerequisite: CG 209. Audit available.

AM 181. Engine Performance I. 4 Credits.

Introduces the use of automotive scan tools, lab scopes and electronic test equipment. Covers the operation and testing of electronic ignition systems including El, Dl and related components. Prerequisite: CG 209. Audit available.

AM 182. Engine Performance II. 4 Credits.

Introduces the causes of air pollution and climate change, the use of the five gas analyzer, catalytic converters, crankcase ventilation systems, evaporative control systems and federal and state emission control laws. Prerequisite: CG 209. Audit available.

AM 183. Engine Performance III. 4 Credits.

Introduces the operation, service and testing of fuel management systems, on board diagnostics and idle control systems. Includes diagnostic of failed fuel management systems. Prerequisite: CG 209. Audit available.

AM 201. Auto Shop Lab I. 4 Credits.

Includes automotive service work in a live shop setting. Emphasizes advanced engine performance theory and practice. This is a capstone course and the first class in a three course sequence. This class may be repeated one time for credit. Prerequisite: CG 209. Audit available.

AM 202. Auto Shop Lab II. 4 Credits.

Includes automotive service work in a live shop setting. Emphasizes advanced engine performance theory and practice. This is a capstone course and the second class in a three course sequence. This class may be repeated one time for credit. Prerequisite: CG 209. Audit available.

AM 203. Auto Shop Lab III. 4 Credits.

Includes automotive service work in a live shop setting. Emphasizes advanced engine performance theory and practice. This is a capstone course and the third class in a three course sequence. This class may be repeated one time for credit. Prerequisite: CG 209. Audit available.

AM 280A. Cooperative Education: Automotive Service. 1-12 Credit.

Includes automotive service work in a live shop setting performing diagnostic and repair work under the supervision of an automotive technician. Emphasizes independent learning and workplace skills with limited instruction. Requires work mastered at an automotive repair facility. May be taken three times for credit. Department permission required. Prerequisite: CG 209.