Wheel Service – Concentration

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


Program Requirements

Minimum credits 17
Minimum cumulative GPA 2.0
Minimum grade in all courses 2.0
Minimum Jackson College credits 15

REQUIRED COURSES (17 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 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 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 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.