Automotive Service Technology – Heavy Duty Truck – 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 heavy duty technologies.

Gainful Employment

Program Requirements

Minimum credits 51
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

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

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 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 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 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 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.

AUT 251 Heavy Duty Brakes 3 ENG 085, MAT 030, AUT 101 and AUT 234

A comprehensive study of the heavy duty trucks braking systems. This course is designed to address the safe, effective diagnostic, repair and maintenance procedures for today’s medium and heavy duty vehicles. Service procedures include braking fundamentals, air brake foundation systems and air brake circuits, hydraulic and air over hydraulic braking systems, anti-lock, vehicle stability and servicing of these 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 to become a Michigan Certified Technician.

AUT 263 Heavy Duty Steering and Suspension 3 ENG 085, MAT 030, AUT 101 and AUT 234

A comprehensive study including a hands-on repair of the medium and heavy duty trucks’ steering and suspension systems. Service procedures include pre-alignment inspections, commercial vehicle tires, wheels, front axles and vehicle alignment factors suspension systems and steering systems, 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.

AUT 268 Heavy Duty Heating & Air Conditioning 3 ENG 085, MAT 030, AUT 101 and AUT 234

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.

ELT 105 Introduction to Electrical Systems 3 ENG 085*, ENG 090* and MAT 020* or higher

This course provides non-electricians an introduction to principles of electricity, circuits, electrical devices and electrical safety. Students gain hands-on experience wiring circuits, using test equipment, and troubleshooting electrical equipment problems. The course gives students the tools necessary to work safely with and around electricity in an industrial environment that may include special machines, facility (process) support equipment, energy production equipment, and energy distribution systems.

MFG 170 Hydraulics/Pneumatics 4

This course provides instruction in the basics of hydraulic and pneumatic systems including pumps, valving, control assemblies and actuators. Provides a general understanding of basic laws and formulas used in simple hydraulic circuits, including standard hydraulic symbols and maintenance procedures.

Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
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.

WLD 100 Fundamentals of Welding 4

Fundamentals of oxyacetylene and electric arc processes, history and applications. Includes study of gases, electricity, equipment and safety procedures. Provides laboratory experience welding in flat and horizontal positions.