Automotive Service Technology – Certificate

Designed for the student preparing for a career in the automotive field. Classroom activities provide students an opportunity to learn theory and test-taking skills to successfully pass the Michigan and/or ASE certification examinations. Shop activities provide students an opportunity to become proficient in testing, diagnosing and servicing the various systems of the automobile. All eight areas of an automotive certification are thoroughly covered, and when combined with general and related courses, lead to an Associate in Applied Science degree.

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Program Requirements

Minimum credits 49
Minimum cumulative GPA 2.0
Minimum grade in all courses 2.0
Minimum Jackson College AUT credits 12
Minimum Jackson College credits 15

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (7 credits)

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ENG 131 Writing Experience I 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This is an intensive writing course. Narrative and descriptive modes are stressed. Basic research strategies are introduced. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

MAT 130 Quantitative Reasoning 4 MAT 030

Quantitative Reasoning develops student skills in analyzing, synthesizing and communicating quantitative information. Cultivates algebraic reasoning and modeling skills through a quantitative literacy lens. Emphasizes critical thinking and the use of multiple strategies in applied contexts. Topics include proportional and statistical reasoning, probability, and evaluation of bias and validity.

CORE REQUIREMENTS (42 credits)

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
AUT 101 General Service 2

This course is designed for those who wish to explore the automotive service technician occupation. Introductory exposure to the various service areas is provided, along with student participation of various service tasks.

AUT 102 Engine Performance I 4 ENG 085*and MAT 020* or higher

A comprehensive study including hands-on repair of the automobile’s ignition and emission systems. Service procedures include scope analysis, compression testing, cylinder leak-down testing, component testing with digital multimeters and lab scopes, tune-up, and troubleshooting of the various systems. The combination of AUT 102 and 103 prepares the student with job skills for entry into the workforce and the knowledge for successfully completing the Michigan or ASE certification examinations required for mechanic licensing.

AUT 103 Engine Performance II 4 AUT 102

A comprehensive study including hands-on repair of the automobile’s fuel and computerized engine control systems. Service procedures include fuel pressure testing, fuel injector testing, exhaust gas analysis, scan tool usage, component testing with digital multimeters and lab scopes, and troubleshooting of the various systems. The combination of AUT 102 and 103 prepares the student with job skills for entry into the workforce and the knowledge for successfully completing the Michigan or ASE certification examinations required for mechanic licensing. Students are required to take the Michigan certification test as an integral part of the course.

AUT 105 Automotive Brakes 3 AUT 101, AUT 234, ENG 085* and MAT 020*

A comprehensive study including hands-on repair of the automobile’s braking systems. Service procedures include drum brake service, disc brake service, machining drums and rotors, parking brake service, hydraulic system repair, anti-lock brake system service, and troubleshooting the various systems. This course prepares the student with job skills for entry into the workforce and the knowledge for successfully completing the Michigan or ASE certification examinations required for mechanic licensing. Students are required to take the Michigan certification test as an integral part of the course.

AUT 106 Suspension & Steering 3 AUT 101, AUT 234, ENG 085* and MAT 020*

A comprehensive study including hands-on repair of the automobile’s steering and suspension systems. Service procedures include pre-alignment inspections, four-wheel alignment, conventional suspension and steering systems, McPherson strut service, rack & pinion steering service, component replacement, and troubleshooting the various systems. This course prepares the student with job skills for entry into the workforce and the knowledge for successfully completing the Michigan or ASE certification examination required for mechanic licensing. Students are required to take the Michigan certification examination as an integral part of the course.

AUT 108 Automotive Air Conditioning & Heating 3 ENG 085* and MAT 020*

A comprehensive study including hands-on repair of the automobile’s air conditioning and heating systems. Service procedures include cooling system service, refrigeration system service, control system repair, heater service, component testing, environmental issues (the ASE Refrigerant and Recovery Certification test is included and required), and troubleshooting the various systems. This course prepares the student with job skills for entry into the workforce and the knowledge for successfully completing the Michigan or ASE certification examination required for mechanic licensing. Students are required to take the Michigan certification test as an integral part of the course.

AUT 112 Electrical Systems I 3 ENG 085*and MAT 020*

A comprehensive study including hands-on repair of the automobile’s electrical system. Service procedures include basic electrical testing using test lights and multimeters, reading basic electrical schematics, battery service, starter service, alternator service, and troubleshooting the various systems. The combination of AUT 112 and 113 prepares the student with job skills for entry into the workforce and the knowledge for successfully completing the Michigan or ASE certification examination required for mechanic licensing.

AUT 113 Electrical Systems II 3 AUT 112 and ENG 090*

A comprehensive study including hands-on repair of the automobile’s electrical system. Service procedures include basic electronics testing using digital multimeters, advanced electrical schematics, chassis wiring, lighting, circuits, instrumentation, power seats, power windows, wiper systems, air bag systems, electrical accessories, and troubleshooting the various systems. The combination of AUT 112 and 113 prepares the student with job skills for entry into the workforce and the knowledge for successfully completing the Michigan or ASE certification examination required for mechanic licensing. Students are required to take the Michigan certification test as an integral part of the course.

AUT 201 Engine Repair 4 ENG 085* and MAT 020* or higher

A comprehensive study including hands-on repair of the automobile engine. Service procedures include cooling system repair, lubrication system repair, intake systems repair, exhaust repair, engine testing, engine replacement, engine disassembly, cleaning and measurement, cylinder head reconditioning, block reconditioning, machining operations, assembly techniques, and troubleshooting the various systems. This course prepares the student with job skills for entry into the workforce and the knowledge for successfully completing the Michigan or ASE certification examination required for mechanic licensing. Students are required to take the Michigan certification test as an integral part of the course.

AUT 202 Automatic Transmission 4 AUT 101, AUT 234, ENG 085* and MAT 020* or higher

A comprehensive study including hands-on repair of automatic transmissions and transaxles. Service procedures include basic transmission service, transmission pressure testing, scan tool testing, transmission assembly replacement, transmission disassembly, inspection of parts, transmission reassembly, and troubleshooting the various systems. This course prepares the student with job skills for entry into the workforce and the knowledge to successfully complete the Michigan or ASE certification examination required for mechanic licensing. Students are required to take the Michigan certification test as an integral part of the course.

AUT 204 Manual Transmissions & Drivelines 3 AUT 101, AUT 234, ENG 085* and MAT 020* or higher

A comprehensive study including hands-on repair of manual transmissions, manual transaxles, and drivelines. Service procedures include transmission service, clutch overhaul, half-shaft repair, driveshaft repair, differential service, axle repair, and troubleshooting the various systems. This course prepares the student with job skills for entry into the workforce and the knowledge to successfully complete the Michigan or ASE certification examination required for mechanic licensing. Students are required to take the Michigan certification test as an integral part of the course.

AUT 210 Internship/Externship 4 Instructor Permission Required

This co-op experience is paid on-the-job training. It prepares the student to acquire hands-on job skills and work habits in conjunction with the student’s employment site. The student will work at a sponsoring repair shop or dealership approximately three days a week (or to be arranged with instructor’s approval) performing a variety of automotive repairs. Visits by the school supervisor provide the basis for evaluation. Students are required to complete a total of one co-op experience in the associate degree program.

AUT 234 Undercar Service 2

This course will provide training in MIG welding, exhaust pipe bending and oxyacetylene cutting procedures. This class is designed to prepare the students to pass the ASE XI Specialist Test: Exhaust Systems.


Sample Course Map

The following is a sample course map for informational purposes and will not suit every student’s situation. A detailed, individualized course map will be created when a student meets with their Student Success Navigator.

SEMESTER 1

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
AUT 101 General Service 2

This course is designed for those who wish to explore the automotive service technician occupation. Introductory exposure to the various service areas is provided, along with student participation of various service tasks.

AUT 105 Automotive Brakes 3 AUT 101, AUT 234, ENG 085* and MAT 020*

A comprehensive study including hands-on repair of the automobile’s braking systems. Service procedures include drum brake service, disc brake service, machining drums and rotors, parking brake service, hydraulic system repair, anti-lock brake system service, and troubleshooting the various systems. This course prepares the student with job skills for entry into the workforce and the knowledge for successfully completing the Michigan or ASE certification examinations required for mechanic licensing. Students are required to take the Michigan certification test as an integral part of the course.

AUT 112 Electrical Systems I 3 ENG 085*and MAT 020*

A comprehensive study including hands-on repair of the automobile’s electrical system. Service procedures include basic electrical testing using test lights and multimeters, reading basic electrical schematics, battery service, starter service, alternator service, and troubleshooting the various systems. The combination of AUT 112 and 113 prepares the student with job skills for entry into the workforce and the knowledge for successfully completing the Michigan or ASE certification examination required for mechanic licensing.

AUT 118 Diesel Fundamentals 2 ENG 085* and MAT 020*

This course is designed for those who wish to explore modern automotive and light truck diesel engines. This will include a study of diesel operating principles, fuel systems, engine construction, sub-systems, diesel maintenance and diagnosis. Shop time will include disassembly, exploration and reassembly of compact diesel engines.

AUT 234 Undercar Service 2

This course will provide training in MIG welding, exhaust pipe bending and oxyacetylene cutting procedures. This class is designed to prepare the students to pass the ASE XI Specialist Test: Exhaust Systems.

SEM 140 Seminar in Life Pathways 3

Seminar in Life Pathways is a gateway course to Jackson College. This course is designed to help all students develop the skills, inner qualities and external behaviors needed to take charge of their academic and career success. Students will be guided through an extensive process in making career choices and selecting an academic program of study at Jackson College and beyond. With the exception of second-admit programs, SEM 140 is required of all students.

SEMESTER 2

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
AUT 113 Electrical Systems II 3 AUT 112 and ENG 090*

A comprehensive study including hands-on repair of the automobile’s electrical system. Service procedures include basic electronics testing using digital multimeters, advanced electrical schematics, chassis wiring, lighting, circuits, instrumentation, power seats, power windows, wiper systems, air bag systems, electrical accessories, and troubleshooting the various systems. The combination of AUT 112 and 113 prepares the student with job skills for entry into the workforce and the knowledge for successfully completing the Michigan or ASE certification examination required for mechanic licensing. Students are required to take the Michigan certification test as an integral part of the course.

AUT 202 Automatic Transmission 4 AUT 101, AUT 234, ENG 085* and MAT 020* or higher

A comprehensive study including hands-on repair of automatic transmissions and transaxles. Service procedures include basic transmission service, transmission pressure testing, scan tool testing, transmission assembly replacement, transmission disassembly, inspection of parts, transmission reassembly, and troubleshooting the various systems. This course prepares the student with job skills for entry into the workforce and the knowledge to successfully complete the Michigan or ASE certification examination required for mechanic licensing. Students are required to take the Michigan certification test as an integral part of the course.

AUT 248 Diesel Engine Performance 2 AUT 118

This course is designed to provide an in-depth study of the compact diesel fuel and emission systems. This will include the study of diesel fuel, diesel fuel supply systems, high pressure mechanical and electronic fuel injection systems, computerized engine controls, exhaust gas recirculation valves, exhaust emissions, and soot particle reduction. Shop time will include using diesel fuel systems simulators, scan tool usage for diagnosis of fuel and emission system problems, and work on a diesel powered pick-up truck.

ENG 131 Writing Experience I 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This is an intensive writing course. Narrative and descriptive modes are stressed. Basic research strategies are introduced. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

SEMESTER 3

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
AUT 108 Automotive Air Conditioning & Heating 3 ENG 085* and MAT 020*

A comprehensive study including hands-on repair of the automobile’s air conditioning and heating systems. Service procedures include cooling system service, refrigeration system service, control system repair, heater service, component testing, environmental issues (the ASE Refrigerant and Recovery Certification test is included and required), and troubleshooting the various systems. This course prepares the student with job skills for entry into the workforce and the knowledge for successfully completing the Michigan or ASE certification examination required for mechanic licensing. Students are required to take the Michigan certification test as an integral part of the course.

AUT 204 Manual Transmissions & Drivelines 3 AUT 101, AUT 234, ENG 085* and MAT 020* or higher

A comprehensive study including hands-on repair of manual transmissions, manual transaxles, and drivelines. Service procedures include transmission service, clutch overhaul, half-shaft repair, driveshaft repair, differential service, axle repair, and troubleshooting the various systems. This course prepares the student with job skills for entry into the workforce and the knowledge to successfully complete the Michigan or ASE certification examination required for mechanic licensing. Students are required to take the Michigan certification test as an integral part of the course.

SEMESTER 4

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
AUT 102 Engine Performance I 4 ENG 085*and MAT 020* or higher

A comprehensive study including hands-on repair of the automobile’s ignition and emission systems. Service procedures include scope analysis, compression testing, cylinder leak-down testing, component testing with digital multimeters and lab scopes, tune-up, and troubleshooting of the various systems. The combination of AUT 102 and 103 prepares the student with job skills for entry into the workforce and the knowledge for successfully completing the Michigan or ASE certification examinations required for mechanic licensing.

AUT 201 Engine Repair 4 ENG 085* and MAT 020* or higher

A comprehensive study including hands-on repair of the automobile engine. Service procedures include cooling system repair, lubrication system repair, intake systems repair, exhaust repair, engine testing, engine replacement, engine disassembly, cleaning and measurement, cylinder head reconditioning, block reconditioning, machining operations, assembly techniques, and troubleshooting the various systems. This course prepares the student with job skills for entry into the workforce and the knowledge for successfully completing the Michigan or ASE certification examination required for mechanic licensing. Students are required to take the Michigan certification test as an integral part of the course.

MAT 130 Quantitative Reasoning 4 MAT 030

Quantitative Reasoning develops student skills in analyzing, synthesizing and communicating quantitative information. Cultivates algebraic reasoning and modeling skills through a quantitative literacy lens. Emphasizes critical thinking and the use of multiple strategies in applied contexts. Topics include proportional and statistical reasoning, probability, and evaluation of bias and validity.

SEMESTER 5

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
AUT 103 Engine Performance II 4 AUT 102

A comprehensive study including hands-on repair of the automobile’s fuel and computerized engine control systems. Service procedures include fuel pressure testing, fuel injector testing, exhaust gas analysis, scan tool usage, component testing with digital multimeters and lab scopes, and troubleshooting of the various systems. The combination of AUT 102 and 103 prepares the student with job skills for entry into the workforce and the knowledge for successfully completing the Michigan or ASE certification examinations required for mechanic licensing. Students are required to take the Michigan certification test as an integral part of the course.

AUT 202 Automatic Transmission 4 AUT 101, AUT 234, ENG 085* and MAT 020* or higher

A comprehensive study including hands-on repair of automatic transmissions and transaxles. Service procedures include basic transmission service, transmission pressure testing, scan tool testing, transmission assembly replacement, transmission disassembly, inspection of parts, transmission reassembly, and troubleshooting the various systems. This course prepares the student with job skills for entry into the workforce and the knowledge to successfully complete the Michigan or ASE certification examination required for mechanic licensing. Students are required to take the Michigan certification test as an integral part of the course.

AUT 210 Internship/Externship 4 Instructor Permission Required

This co-op experience is paid on-the-job training. It prepares the student to acquire hands-on job skills and work habits in conjunction with the student’s employment site. The student will work at a sponsoring repair shop or dealership approximately three days a week (or to be arranged with instructor’s approval) performing a variety of automotive repairs. Visits by the school supervisor provide the basis for evaluation. Students are required to complete a total of one co-op experience in the associate degree program.