Santa Barbara City College Automotive Service & Technology

Course Descriptions

AUTO 101 — Introduction to Auto Mechanics

(3) F, S — CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103
Lecture/demonstration course introducing the operation and maintenance of the modern automobile; emphasis on the theory of basic operating systems, including engine, electrical, chassis and driveline.

AUTO 102 — Maintenance and Operations
(3) Summer — CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103
Introductory study and practice in basic car care, maintenance, and repair.  Students get laboratory experience performing service and minor repairs

AUTO 110 — Fundamentals of Automotive Servicing

(3) F, S — CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103
Course Advisories: AUTO 101, concurrently
Introductory lecture/lab course covering maintenance and diagnosis procedures used in the automotive service industry. Lab experiences in maintenance and service areas of engine lubrication, underhood, undercar, tire and wheel, cooling system, belts and hoses, fuel system, battery and electrical system, engine maintenance and performance, brakes and wheel bearings.

AUTO 111 — Engine Rebuilding
(7) F, S — CSU
Skills Advisories:  Eligibility for ENG 103
Course Advisories: AUTO 101 and AUTO 110
Lecture/lab course on generic theory and repair of automotive engines. The valve train and lower end assemblies are covered in detail. Engine problem diagnosis, service and repair, engine rebuilding and machining, and performance enhancement emphasized.

AUTO 112 — Brakes, Suspension and Steering
(4.6) S — CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103
Course Advisories: AUTO 101 and AUTO 110
Principles of brakes, suspension and steering systems, including wheel alignment and tire service. Includes disc and drum brakes, brake power assist units, anti-lock braking, tire repair, wheel balancing, steering systems, two and four wheel alignment, and all related suspension systems. Live vehicle laboratory study of lecture material. NATEF-certified course.

AUTO 113 — Automotive Fuel and Air Conditioning Systems
(4.6) F — CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103
Course Advisories: AUTO 101 and AUTO 110
Principles of automotive fuel supply systems, carburetion, fuel injection heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Live vehicle repair in lab. NATEF-certified course.

AUTO 114 — Automotive Power Train
(7) F — CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103
Course Advisories: AUTO 101 and AUTO 110
Principles of the automotive power train, including the clutch, standard and automatic transmissions and transaxles, C/V joints, drive shafts and differentials. NATEF-certified course.

AUTO 115 — Automotive Electricity
(7) S — CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103
Course Advisories: AUTO 101 and AUTO 110
Study of the complete automotive electrical system, including theory, the battery, starting system, charging system, wiring, lighting and body electrical systems. Theory of operation covered in lecture; testing, diagnosis and repair applied in lab. NATEF-certified course.

AUTO 116 — Engine Performance
(7) F, S — CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103
Course Advisories: AUTO 101 and AUTO 110
Principles of engine performance diagnosis and maintenance using modern, specialized equipment. Required by Bureau of Auto Repair to enroll in emission technician licensing program. NATEF-certified course.

AUTO 207 — Smog Check Technician Update
(1.0) F,S
Smog Check Technician Update Training Course.  Required by the California Bureau of Auto Repair for initial application for a smog check license and smog check technicians seeking license renewal.

AUTO 217 — Automotive Specialty I
(2) F, S
Prerequisites: AUTO 112 or AUTO 113 or
AUTO 114 or AUTO 115
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100
Designed to further increase the skill and knowledge of the student in the ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) specialty area(s) of choice, working to trade standards. The eight areas of ASE specialization are Engine Repair, Engine Performance, Heating and Air Conditioning, Electrical Systems, Automatic Transmissions, Manual Transmission and Axle, Brakes and Front End.

AUTO 218 — Automotive Specialty II
(3) F, S
Prerequisites: AUTO 111 or AUTO 116
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100
Designed to further increase the skill and knowledge of the student in the ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) specialty area(s) of choice, working to trade standards. The eight areas of ASE specialization are Engine Repair, Engine Performance, Heating and Air Conditioning, Electrical Systems, Automatic Transmissions, Manual Transmission and Axle, Brakes and Front End.

AUTO 221 — Principles of Hybrid and Electric Drives
(2.0) S — CSU
Skills Advisories: None
Study of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric vehicle powertrains.  Topics include: high-voltage battery packs, inverters, and motor-generators.  This lecture/demonstration course will include hands-on exercises using a second generation Toyota Prius in a lab setting.  Course is suitable for anyone interested in advanced automotive technology.

AUTO 290 —Work Experience in Automotive Service and Technology

(2-4) F, S
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103
Supervised automotive employment for students whose career objectives, automotive course studies and employment complement each other. The student must be employed in an occupation directly related to the Automotive major. Must also be enrolled in no less than seven (7) units, including Work Experience.