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Automotive Service Technology (AST)

AST 1101 - Automotive Lab II

The Automotive Lab courses are designed to allow the students to gain practical working knowledge in a simulated automotive repair setting. Engine Repair and/or Brakes will be emphasized along with a variety of actual automobile repairs to give the student the "hands-on" instruction needed to complete their training as an automotive repair technician. Corequisite: AST 1203 Brakes or AST 1603 Engine Repair. Fall.
Units: 1
Offered: Fall Semesters
Area: Technical

AST 1102 - Automotive Lab I

The Automotive Lab courses are designed to allow the students to gain practical working knowledge in a simulated automotive repair setting. Electrical/Electronic and/or Engine Performance will be emphasized along with a variety of actual automobile repairs to give the student the "hands-on" instruction needed to complete their training as an automotive repair technician. Corequisite: AST 1103 Electrical / Electronic Systems I or AST 1803 Engine Performance I. Fall.
Units: 2
Offered: Fall Semesters
Area: Technical

AST 1103 - Electrical/Electronic Systems I

An introductory course to the basic fundamentals of the automotive electrical and electronic systems, and how they apply to the modern automobile. Electrical theories and principles, Ohms Law, basic electrical circuits, wiring diagrams, electrical symbols, and test meters will be covered as well as the construction and operation of batteries, alternators and starters. This course will serve as an excellent foundation for further studies as an automotive electrical service technician. Corequisite: AST 1102 Automotive Lab I. Fall.
Units: 3
Offered: Fall Semesters
Area: Technical

AST 1106 - Automotive Lab I

Automotive Lab I is designed to expose the student to live automotive repair under the supervision of certified master automotive technicians. Various automotive repair procedures will be covered with emphasis placed on engine performance and/or automotive electrical/electronics. The student will learn from hands on experience in the areas of repair, parts identification, use of shop manuals, and parts ordering. Safety training and shop management will also be stressed. Co-Requisite of AST-1113 Introduction to Automotive and AST
Units: 6
Offered: Fall Semesters
Area: Technical

AST 1113 - Introduction to Automotive

This course is an introduction to the automotive service repair industry. It is designed to introduce the basic principles of safety, electronic service information, routine maintenance, tool identification and usage, diagnostic procedures, and customer relations.
Units: 3
Offered: Fall Semesters
Area: Technical

AST 1202 - Automotive Lab III

The Automotive Lab courses are designed to allow the students to gain practical working knowledge in a simulated automotive repair setting. Electrical/Electronics II and/or Engine Performance II will be emphasized along with a variety of actual automobile repairs to give the student the "hands-on" instruction needed to complete their training as an automotive repair technician. Corequisite: AST 1303 Electrical / Electronic Systems II or AST 1403 Engine Performance II. Spring.
Units: 2
Offered: Spring Semesters
Area: Technical

AST 1203 - Brakes

This course is designed to offer an introduction to the automotive brake system and its hydraulic principles of operation. Includes the theory, operation, and construction of disc brakes, drum brakes, power brakes, master cylinders, precision machining of rotors and drums as well as antilock braking systems and their related computer controlled components. Troubleshooting, diagnosis, and repair are emphasized. The student completing this curriculum will have been given the opportunity to gain the technical skills required to become a certified automotive brake specialist. Corequisite: AST 1101. Automotive Lab II. Fall.
Units: 3
Offered: Fall Semesters
Area: Technical

AST 1206 - Automotive Lab II

Automotive Lab II is designed to expose the student to live automotive repair under the supervision of certified master automotive technicians. Various automotive repair procedures will be covered with emphasis placed on Engine Performance and Electrical. The student will learn from hands on experience in the areas of repair, parts identification, use of shop manuals, and parts ordering. Safety training and shop management will also be stressed.
Units: 6
Offered: Spring Semesters
Area: Technical

AST 1301 - Automotive Lab IV

The Automotive Lab courses are designed to allow the students to gain practical working knowledge in a simulated automotive repair setting. Suspension & Steering and/or High Performance will be emphasized along with a variety of actual automobile repairs to give the student the "hands-on" instruction needed to complete their training as an automotive repair technician. Corequisite: AST 1503 Suspension and Steering or AST 1703 High Performance. Spring.
Units: 1
Offered: Spring Semesters
Area: Technical

AST 1303 - Electrical/Electronics Systems II

This course will build upon the knowledge gained on Electrical/Electronics I. The student will continue to build upon the basic fundamentals and principles of automotive electrical and progress to troubleshooting and analysis. Major subjects covered are electrical system failures, troubleshooting techniques, chassis electrical, lighting, specialized electronic circuits, electrical components, and power accessories. Students completing this curriculum will have been given the opportunity to gain the technical skills required to become a certified automotive electrical systems specialist. Prerequisite: AST 1103 Electrical/Electronic Systems I. Corequisite: AST 1202 Auto Lab III. Spring.
Units: 3
Offered: Spring Semesters
Area: Technical

AST 1403 - Engine Performance II

In this course the operation of computer sensors and their effect on drive ability will be covered. The use of computer scan tools, lab scopes, four-gas exhaust analyzers, and chassis dynamometers will be used to monitor the vehicles fuel, ignition, and electrical systems. Diagnostic procedures and troubleshooting will be stressed. Prerequisite: AST 1803 Engine Performance I. Corequisite: AST 1202 Automotive Lab III. Spring.
Units: 3
Offered: Spring Semesters
Area: Technical

AST 1503 - Suspension And Steering

This course is the study of the automotive suspension and steering designs used in late model cars, trucks, and sport-utility vehicles. Instruction will cover suspension and steering components, McPherson strut, rack and pinion, power steering, wheels and tires as well as two and four-wheel alignment. Diagnosis, service, and repair will be emphasized along with the latest procedures used with specialized tools and computerized equipment in order for the student to gain the knowledge and hands-on skills needed to become a certified suspension and steering technician. Corequisite: AST 1301 Automotive Lab IV. Spring.
Units: 3
Offered: Fall Semesters
Area: Technical

AST 1603 - Engine Repair

This course covers the introduction to automotive gasoline engines, and their theories of operation. The student will be instructed from the beginner level of engine operation through the final stages of engine rebuilding. Areas of training include assembly of major engine components, lubrication, cooling systems, basic tools and precision measuring devices. Shop safety, preventive maintenance, and engine troubleshooting are stressed. Corequisite: AST 1101 Automotive Lab II. Fall.
Units: 3
Offered: Fall Semesters
Area: Technical

AST 1703 - High Performance

This course covers engine modifications and component selection to improve performance of the modern internal combustion engine. High performance carburation and fuel injection, ignition system upgrades, fuel selection, and chassis improvements will be stressed. The theory of superchargers, turbochargers, and nitrous oxide will also be explained. Corequisite: AST 1301 Automotive Lab IV. Spring.
Units: 3
Offered: Spring Semesters
Area: Technical

AST 1803 - Engine Performance I

This course offers an introduction to basic ignition system fundamentals and fuel system design and operation. This course is a how to class on tune-ups, carburetor rebuilding, and fuel injection service. The modern automotive computer system will be introduced along with troubleshooting and diagnostic procedures. Corequisite: AST 1102 Automotive Lab I. Fall.
Units: 3
Offered: Spring Semesters
Area: Technical