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AM-Automotive Technology

Career and Technical Programs

AM111 (2 credits)
Electricity for Automotive Technicians

Introduces the fundamentals of basic electricity and the use of electrical service and testing equipment. Provides instruction in all phases of starting and charging systems. Emphasis is on hand-held instruments and basic troubleshooting techniques. Course is required for all entering Automotive Technology students, or waiver for equivalent work experience and ASE Electrical Systems certification. Prerequisites: AM120, AM120L and AM122, AM122L.

AM111L (4 credits)
Electricity for Automotive Technicians Lab

Lab associated with AM111.

AM120 (2 credits)
Automotive Maintenance and Practices

Introduces students to industry expectations related to professionalism. Includes communication in the workplace, effective employee/employer relations, and job search skills. Course is for second-year students only. Corequisites: MTH20, and BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score(s), and an Automotive or Diesel Technology student enrolled as a declared major in the program.

AM120L (4 credits)
Automotive Maintenance and Practices Lab

Lab associated with AM120.

AM122 (3 credits)
Gasoline Engines Rebuild

Reviews theory and construction of various gasoline internal combustion engines and how to rebuild, service, inspect, and repair them. Corequisites: MTH20 and BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score(s).

AM122L (4 credits)
Gasoline Engines Rebuild Lab

Lab associated with AM122.

AM131 (3 credits)
Engine Dynamics and Diagnosis

Provides students with basic engine performance skills. Topics covered are basic and electronic ignition systems, basic fuel systems, oscilloscope diagnosis, emissions systems, infrared diagnosis, and mechanical diagnosis. Prerequisites: AM120, AM120L or AM122, AM122L.

AM131L (4 credits)
Engine Dynamics & Diagnosis Lab

Lab associated with AM131.

AM141 (3 credits)
Manual Transmissions and Transaxles

Covers theory of operation, maintenance, diagnosis, and repair of manual transmissions and transaxles, clutches, drive axles, and four-wheel and all-wheel drive systems. Prerequisites: AM111, AM111L and AM120, AM120L. 

AM141L (3 credits)
Manual Transmissions and Axles Lab

Lab associated with AM141.

AM151 (2 credits)
Automotive Brake Systems

Covers the principles of brake operation, function, and design as well as troubleshooting, overhauling, repairing, and servicing of automotive brake systems. Prerequisites: AM111, AM111L and AM120, AM120L.

AM151L (4 credits)
Automotive Brake Systems Lab

Lab associated with AM151.

AM160 (2 credits)
Auto Suspension and Steering Systems

Focuses on the diagnosis and repair of major under-car components and wheel alignment. Topics covered are suspension and steering systems as well as front- and rear wheel alignment. Prerequisites: AM111, AM111L and AM120, AM120L.

AM160L (4 credits)
Auto Suspension and Steering Systems Lab

Lab associated with AM160.

AM190 (4 credits)
Automotive Repair Lab I

Provides live work experience in all aspects of repair expected of entry-level line technicians. Includes basic engine performance, diagnosis and repair of engines, chassis, power trains, and basic electrical systems. Primarily designed for first-year students or those with appropriate skill levels. Prerequisites: AM111, AM111L and AM120, AM120L.

AM199 (variable credits)
Special Topics: Automotive

Focuses study in a variety of mechanical technology topics to fulfill specific educational goals. Prerequisites: AM111, AM111L and AM120, AM120L and a declared major in the Automotive Technology program.

AM210 (1 credit)
Mechanical Careers Development

Introduces students with industry expectations related to professionalism. Includes communication in the workplace, effective employee/employer relations, and job search skills. Course is for second-year students only. Prerequisites: AM111, AM111L and AM120, AM120L.

AM232 (3 credits)
Computerized Engine Management Systems

Provides students with computer-managed engine performance skills. Topics covered are computer engine control systems, fuel injection, turbo-charging, and the use of sophisticated electronic test equipment to diagnose problems in these systems. Prerequisites: AM131, AM131L.

AM232L (4 credits)
Computerized Engine Management Systems Lab

Lab associated with AM232.

AM233 (4 credits)
Advanced Automotive Computer Systems

Topics include OBDII systems, network computer systems, airbag system diagnosis, anti-lock brake diagnosis, electronic instrument clusters, security systems, and various other automotive computer systems. Prerequisites: AM232, AM232L.

AM233L (3 credits)
Advanced Automotive Computer Systems Lab

Systems Lab
Lab associated with AM233.

AM242 (3 credits)
Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles

Covers theory of operation, diagnosis, maintenance, and repair of automotive automatic transmissions and transaxles. Prerequisites: AM141, AM141L.

AM242L (4 credits)
Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles Lab

Lab associated with AM242.

AM270 (2 credits)
Air Conditioning for Automotive Technicians

Covers vehicle automotive air conditioning systems theory and operation. Uses industry identified skills for diagnosis, repair, and servicing of R12 and R134A systems. Also covers government regulations in the safe handling of refrigerants. Prerequisites: AM111, AM111L and AM120, AM120L.

AM270L (3 credits)
Air Conditioning for Automotive Technicians Lab

Lab associated with AM270.

AM280 (variable credits)
Cooperative Work Experience / Automotive

Cooperative Work Experience is an educational program that enables students to receive academic credit for on-the job, experiential learning based on skills acquired in their programs. Together, the instructor, employer, and student establish learning objectives that specify the significant and appropriate learning which is expected to result from the work experience. This course offers a career-related experience for students working for an approved employer. As a capstone course, it should be completed within the last two terms of a certificate or degree program. Prerequisite: CWE courses require prior arrangements with faculty or the Department Chair.

AM290 (4 credits)
Automotive Repair Lab II

Continues building skills, knowledge, and work habits related to all types of automotive repair work performed in the industry. Course is for second-year students, or can be taken in place of cooperative work experience. Prerequisite: AM190.