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Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair

Career Studies Certificate

PURPOSE: This career studies certificate is designed to train individuals for employment in express service light repair and maintenance positions at dealerships and independent repair shops. The curriculum covers both theory and shop training with an emphasis on service and minor repair. As a result of instruction, students will be able to describe the purpose and function of each vehicle system and identify the parts involved and how they work. Additionally, students will learn how to perform basic diagnosis with the end goal of determining if a system is working as designed or if further service is required. 

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Auto Mechanic, Service Advisor, Maintenance Technician, Parts Clerk, and Service Writer 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission 

PROGRAM NOTES: Students are required to meet with the program head either before registering for their first semester or early in their first semester of study. 

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

AUT 101

Introduction to Automotive Systems

2

2

3

AUT 241

Automotive Electricity I

2

3

3

AUT 111

Automotive Engines I

3

3

4

AUT 265

Automotive Braking Systems

2

3

3

AUT 266

Automotive Alignment, Suspension, and Steering

1

6

3

TOTAL

10

17

16

Total Credits for Career Studies Certificate Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair

16

AUTOMOTIVE

AUT 101 Introduction to Automotive Systems 3 cr.

Introduces fundamental systems of automobile, the engine fuel, exhaust, electric, ignition, lubrication, cooling, transmission, steering, brake, and suspension systems. Teaches theory and function of each system. Demonstrates operation.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 2 hours.Total 4 hours per week.

AUT 111 Automotive Engines I 4 cr.

Presents analysis of power, cylinder condition, valves, and bearings in the automotive engine to establish the present condition, repairs, or adjustments.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 6 hours per week.

AUT 126 Auto Fuel and Ignition Systems 5 cr.

Studies automobile ignition and fuel systems and their functions in operation of the engine. Includes carburetors, fuel pumps, ignition systems, troubleshooting, engine testing and adjustment, and tune-up. Prerequisite AUT 242.Lecture 4 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 7 hours per week.

AUT 129 Automotive Electronic Safety Control Systems 3 cr.

Introduces advanced automotive electronic safety control systems, including driver alert, unintended lane departure, blind spot detection, active headlights, and electronic control of braking systems. Addresses diagnostic procedures and maintenance of electronic safety control systems, and the theory, function, and operation of each system.Lecture 3 hours per week.

AUT 136 Automotive Vehicle Inspection 2 cr.

Presents information on methods for performing automotive vehicle safety inspection.Lecture 1 hour.Laboratory 2 hours.Total 3 hours per week.

AUT 156 Small Gasoline Engines 2 cr.

Studies small gasoline engine operating principles, construction, design, variety, and their many purposes. Gives instruction on two-cycle and four-cycle small gas engines, their construction, design, fuel system, ignition system, and lubricating systems. Demonstrates disassembly, reconditioning, overhaul, and reassembly in the lab.Lecture 1 hour.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 4 hours per week.

AUT 165 Auto Diagnosis and Tune-Up 2 cr.

Presents the techniques for diagnosis of malfunctions in systems of the automobile. Uses dynamometers, oscilloscopes, and other specialized diagnostic and testing equipment. Demonstrates tune-up of conventional and rotary engines.Prerequisite: AUT 126.Lecture 1 hour.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 4 hours per week.

AUT 178 Automotive Final Drive and Manual Transmission Systems 4 cr.

Presents the operation, design, construction, and repair of manual transmissions and final drive systems for both front and rear drive vehicles. Includes clutches, synchronizers, and torque multiplication/gear reduction, along with differentials, transmission/transaxles, drive axles, U-joints, CV joints, 4-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive systems.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 6 hours per week.

AUT 197 Cooperative Education in Automotive 2 cr.

Provides on-the-job training for automotive technology students.Laboratory 10 hours per week

AUT 229 Applied Automotive Electronic Guidance and Safety Control Systems 3 cr.

Covers advanced automotive electronic systems, including GPS navigation, communication, and guidance control systems. Addresses the theory, function, operation, diagnostic procedures, and maintenance of each system. Emphasizes safety.Prerequisite: AUT 129.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 5 hours per week.

AUT 230 Introduction to Alternative Fuels and Hybrid Vehicles 3 cr.

Introduces current trends in alternative fueled vehicles, including current alternative fueled vehicles and the implication and safety precautions necessary for working on hybrid vehicle systems.Lecture 3 hours per week.

AUT 236 Automotive Climate Control 4 cr.

Introduces principles of refrigeration, air-conditioning controls, and adjustment and general servicing of automotive air-conditioning systems.Prerequisite: AUT 241.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 6 hours per week.

AUT 241 Automotive Electricity I 3 cr.

Introduces electricity, magnetism, symbols, and circuitry as applied to the alternators, regulators, starters, lighting systems, instruments and gauges, and accessories. Part I of II.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 5 hours per week.

AUT 242 Automotive Electricity II 3 cr.

Introduces electricity, magnetism, symbols, and circuitry as applied to alternators, regulators, starters, lighting systems, instruments and gauges, and accessories. Part II of II.Prerequisite: AUT 241.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 5 hours per week.

AUT 243 Automotive Control Electronics 4 cr.

Covers the electronic control systems found in hybrid electric vehicle systems, battery electric vehicle systems, and fuel cell electric vehicle systems. Teaches theory, function, and operation of each electronic control system and provides students an opportunity to perform diagnostic procedures and maintenance for these systems. Focuses on safety.Prerequisites: Experience in the automotive repair field, AUT 241, AUT 242, AUT 245, and AUT 230 or approval of the program head.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 6 hours per week.

AUT 245 Automotive Electronics 4 cr.

Introduces the field of electronics as it applies to the modern automobile. Emphasizes basic circuit operation and diagnosis and repair of digital indicator and warning systems.Prerequisites: AUT 241 and AUT 242.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 6 hours per week.

AUT 251 Automatic Transmissions 4 cr.

Studies several types of automatic transmissions, torque converters, and their principles of operation. Includes adjustment, maintenance, and rebuilding.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 6 hours per week.

AUT 253 Electric Vehicles 4 cr.

Covers electric vehicle systems and advanced automotive electronics. Provides students an opportunity to perform diagnostic procedures and maintenance for electric vehicle systems. Teaches theory, function, and operation of electric vehicle systems. Focuses on safety.Prerequisites: Experience in the automotive repair field, AUT 241, AUT 242, AUT 245, and AUT 230 or approval of the program head.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 6 hours per week.

AUT 254 Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles 4 cr.

Covers plug-in hybrid electric vehicle systems, extended-range electric vehicle systems, and advanced automotive electronics. Teaches theory, function, and operation of each plug-in hybrid vehicle system and provides students an opportunity to perform diagnostic procedures and maintenance for these vehicles. Focuses on safety.Prerequisites: Experience in the automotive repair field, AUT 241, AUT 242, AUT 245, and AUT 230 or approval of the program head.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 6 hours per week.

AUT 256 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles 4 cr.

Covers hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle systems and advanced automotive electronics. Teaches theory, function, and operation of fuel cell electric vehicles and provides students an opportunity to perform diagnostic procedures and maintenance for fuel cell electric vehicle systems. Focuses on safety.Prerequisites: Experience in the automotive repair field, AUT 241, AUT 242, AUT 245, and AUT 230 or approval of the program head.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 6 hours per week.

AUT 265 Automotive Braking Systems 3 cr.

Presents operation, design, construction, repair, and servicing of braking systems, including Anti-Lock Brake Systems (ABS). Explains uses of tools and test equipment, evaluation of test results, and estimation of repair cost for power, standard, and disc brakes.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 5 hours per week.

AUT 266 Auto Alignment, Suspension, and Steering 3 cr.

Introduces use of alignment equipment in diagnosing, adjusting, and repairing front and rear suspensions. Deals with repair and servicing of power and standard steering systems.Lecture 1 hour.Laboratory 6 hours.Total 7 hours per week.

AUT 297 Cooperative Education in Automotive 2 cr.

Provides supervised on-the-job training for automotive technology students.Laboratory 10 hours per week

Name Program Email Phone
Lou Luchsinger Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair CS lluchsinger@reynolds.edu 523-5454
Lorenza Dickerson Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair CS ldickerson@reynolds.edu 523-5445
William Jenkins Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair CS wjenkins@reynolds.edu 523-5947
Michael Olson Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair CS molson@reynolds.edu 523-5961
Lawrence Schwendeman Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair CS lschwendeman@reynolds.edu 523-5938
Michael Trapani Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair CS mtrapani@reynolds.edu 523-5940
Leslie Tyler Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair CS ltyler@reynolds.edu 523-5433

Common Job Titles1: A/C Technician (Air Conditioning Technician); Auto Technician; Automobile Mechanic (Auto Mechanic); Automobile Technician; Automotive Service Technician; Automotive Technician; Automotive Technician (Auto Technician); Certified ASE Master Automotive Technician (Certified Automotive Service Excellence Master Automotive Technician); Drivability Technician; Heavy Line Technician; Lube Technician; Master Automotive Technician; Master Technician; Mechanic; Oil Bay Technician; Quick Service Technician; Service Technician; Shop Foreman; Truck Technician


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected number of jobs by 2026: 3,770

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $28,200 - $53,000


Bright Outlook Bright Outlook occupations are expected to have rapid growth over the next 10-years (employment increase of 14% or more over the period of 2016-2026), are expected to have a high demand (projected to have 500 or more job openings in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2016-2026), or are new and emerging occupations in high growth industries.

Green Occupation "Green occupations will likely change as a result of the green economy. Green economy activities and technologies are increasing the demand for occupations, shaping the work and worker requirements needed for occupational performance, or generating new and emerging occupations." -- O*NET

1 This program may prepare you for one or more of the listed jobs; however, graduates may not be qualified for all of the jobs listed in this section.

Reynolds Community College makes every attempt to provide students with the best, most accuarate information possible. The data was sourced from external agencies (O*NET and JobsEQ) on February 08, 2017.