Heavy Duty Wheel Service – Concentration

Students will receive training in wheel service skills as part of the overall diagnoses of heavy duty trucks. Subjects include brakes, suspension and steering, undercar and electrical systems. This concentration prepares students for employment as a technician in the heavy duty truck repair industry.


Program Requirements

Minimum credits 22
Minimum cumulative GPA 2.0
Minimum grade in all courses 2.0
Minimum Jackson College credits 15

REQUIRED COURSES (22 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 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.

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.

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.