Automotive Service Technology

2016-17 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

Admission Prerequisites

Academic Prerequisites

  • 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 also show computer literacy through the successful completion of CAS 133 with a grade of "C" or higher. 

Other Prerequisites

  • The Automotive Service Technology program accepts new students three times a year. New students must contact the PCC automotive department for advising and registration.

Program Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • Students must complete each AM course with a "C" or "P" or higher in order to earn the degree or certificate.

Other Requirements

  • None

Automotive Service Technology AAS Degree

Minimum 93 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 58/65 competency. Students should consult with program advisors for course planning.

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 161Electrical Systems I4
AM 111Engine Repair4
CG 209Job Finding Skills1
General Education4
Second Term
AM 151Brakes4
AM 141Suspension and Steering4
AM 142Advanced Suspension, Steering and Brakes4
General Education4
Third Term
AM 162Electrical Systems II4
AM 163Advanced Electrical/Electronic Systems4
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 131Manual Drive Train and Axles4
AM 121Automatic Transmission/Transaxle4
AM 132Advanced Automatic and Manual Drive Train4
Automotive Service Technology Elective4
Sixth Term
AM 201Auto Shop Lab I4
AM 202Auto Shop Lab II4
AM 203Auto Shop Lab III4
 Total Credits: 93

Automotive Service Electives

AM 280ACooperative Education: Automotive Service4
BA 101Introduction to Business4
CAS 133Basic Computer Skills/Microsoft Office4
CG 101College Survival and Success: Personal Responsibility1
CG 111AStudy Skills for College Learning3
CG 140ACareer and Life Planning3
COMM 130Business & Professional Communication4
MSD 101Principles of Management and Supervision3
MSD 105Workplace Communication Skills3
MSD 110Gender Conflict Resolution1
MSD 111Workplace Correspondence3
MSD 115Improving Work Relations3
MSD 117Customer Relations3
MSD 119AIntercultural Communication1
MSD 123Job Search Strategies1
MSD 128Crisis Intervention: Handling the Difficult Person1
MSD 130Creative Problem Solving3
WLD 136ABeginning Wire Welding3
WLD 156ABeginning Oxy-Acetylene Welding Practice3
WR 117Introduction to Technical Writing3
WR 227Technical and Professional Writing 14

Automotive Service Technology Two-Year Certificate

Minimum 77 credits. Students must meet all certificate requirements.

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 Technology Elective4
Second Term
AM 151Brakes4
AM 141Suspension and Steering4
AM 142Advanced Suspension, Steering and Brakes4
Third Term
AM 162Electrical Systems II4
AM 163Advanced Electrical/Electronic Systems4
AM 171Heating & Air Conditioning Systems4
Fourth Term
AM 181Engine Performance I4
AM 182Engine Performance II4
AM 183Engine Performance III4
Fifth Term
AM 131Manual Drive Train and Axles4
AM 121Automatic Transmission/Transaxle4
AM 132Advanced Automatic and Manual Drive Train4
Sixth Term
AM 201Auto Shop Lab I4
AM 202Auto Shop Lab II4
AM 203Auto Shop Lab III4
 Total Credits: 77

Automotive Service Electives

AM 280ACooperative Education: Automotive Service4
BA 101Introduction to Business4
CAS 133Basic Computer Skills/Microsoft Office4
CG 101College Survival and Success: Personal Responsibility1
CG 111AStudy Skills for College Learning3
CG 140ACareer and Life Planning3
COMM 130Business & Professional Communication4
MSD 101Principles of Management and Supervision3
MSD 105Workplace Communication Skills3
MSD 110Gender Conflict Resolution1
MSD 111Workplace Correspondence3
MSD 115Improving Work Relations3
MSD 117Customer Relations3
MSD 119AIntercultural Communication1
MSD 123Job Search Strategies1
MSD 128Crisis Intervention: Handling the Difficult Person1
MSD 130Creative Problem Solving3
WLD 136ABeginning Wire Welding3
WLD 156ABeginning Oxy-Acetylene Welding Practice3
WR 117Introduction to Technical Writing3
WR 227Technical and Professional Writing 14

AM 100. Intro to Automotive Systems. 4 Credits.

Introduces automotive tools, fasteners, precision measurement, service information systems/manuals and shop procedures. Includes basic automotive service, inspection, and measuring procedures and 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. Automatic Transmission/Transaxle. 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. Manual Drive Train and Axles. 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. Advanced Automatic and Manual Drive Train. 4 Credits.

Introduces work on approved customer vehicles, including 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. This is the capstone course building on the skills, knowledge and abilities learned through successful completion of AM 121 and AM 131. Prerequisite: CG 209. Audit available.

AM 141. Suspension and Steering. 4 Credits.

Introduces basic principles of suspension, steering and wheel alignment for passenger cars and light duty trucks including tire construction, types and sizing. Includes disassembling and reassembling suspension and steering system components. Introduces computerized 4-wheel-alignment, tire balancing and tire changing equipment. Prerequisite: CG 209. Audit available.

AM 142. Advanced Suspension, Steering and Brakes. 4 Credits.

Covers diagnosis and repair of suspension, steering and brake systems in a laboratory/shop setting. Includes how to perform complete suspension, steering and brake 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. This is the capstone course building on the skills, knowledge and abilities learned through successful completion of AM 151 and AM 141. Prerequisite: CG 209. Audit available.

AM 151. Brakes. 4 Credits.

Introduces principles of automotive braking systems. Includes disassembling and reassembling brake system components using school owned equipment. Includes 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. Covers proper repair procedures, component identification and service procedures performed on school owned vehicles and components. Audit available.

AM 162. Electrical Systems II. 4 Credits.

Covers reading schematics, starting and charging system theory, operation, diagnosis and repair. Includes proper repair procedures, component identification and service procedures performed on school owned vehicles and components. Audit available.

AM 163. Advanced Electrical/Electronic Systems. 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. This is the capstone course building on the skills, knowledge and abilities learned through successful completion of AM 161 and AM 162. 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. This is the capstone course building on the skills, knowledge and abilities learned through successful completion of AM 163. 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.

Emphasizes advanced engine performance theory and practice. Includes automotive service work in a live shop setting. This is a capstone course and the first course in a three-course sequence. Prerequisite: CG 209. Audit available.

AM 202. Auto Shop Lab II. 4 Credits.

Emphasizes advanced engine performance theory and practice. Includes automotive service work in a live shop setting. This is a capstone course and the second course in a three-course sequence. Prerequisite: CG 209. Audit available.

AM 203. Auto Shop Lab III. 4 Credits.

Emphasizes advanced engine performance theory and practice. Includes automotive service work in a live shop setting. This is a capstone course and the third course in a three-course sequence. 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 supervised by on site professionals and program instructor(s). Emphasizes independent learning and workplace skills with limited instruction. Requires work mastered at an automotive repair facility. May be taken three times for credit. Prerequisites: CG 209 and Department permission required.