Driveability – Concentration

Students will be exposed to procedures of engine performance and diagnosis of the internal combustion engine. Students will learn how to make a logical diagnosis based on vehicle operation. Focus will be on correct use of specifications, equipment, and interpretation of test results. This concentration prepares students for employment as an auto technician in the auto repair industry.


Program Requirements

Minimum credits 21
Minimum cumulative GPA 2.0
Minimum grade in all courses 2.0
Minimum Jackson College credits 15

REQUIRED COURSES (21 credits)

Take the following:

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 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 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 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.