Heavy Duty Undercar Service – Skill Set

The emphasis in this skill set is on wheel service and how this system is impacted by brakes and steering and suspension. An additional emphasis in this skill set is on pipe bending and welding.  It provides a foundation basis for students. This skill set prepares students for employment as a technician in the heavy duty truck repair industry.


Program Requirements

Minimum credits 8
Minimum cumulative GPA 2.0
Minimum grade in all courses 2.0
Minimum Jackson College credits 8

REQUIRED COURSES

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
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.

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.

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.