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Automotive Technology - Brake and Suspension Service

The courses listed in this certificate compile a comprehensive list of job-related skills needed to enter the automotive field. The skills acquired during class will help one complete the ASE Certification Test in the areas of A-4 Steering and Suspension and/or A-5 Brakes.  The certificate is designed to prepare an individual for entry-level employment as a Suspension and Steering and/or Brakes Service/Repair Technician.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan for the 2021-2022 catalog year represents one possible pathway through the program. Each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements; please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Additional course descriptions may be found in the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format).
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
AUTO 103 - Introduction to Automotive Service and Repair: Undercar ServiceM3.0
AUTO 103 - Introduction to Automotive Service and Repair: Undercar Service (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU

This is an introductory course designed to provide the student with the fundamentals of the transmission, brakes, suspension, heating and air conditioning, engine performance, and emission control systems of the modern automobile. Students will learn basic automotive tool and equipment use and how to safely perform basic repair and maintenance operations. Students will have the opportunity to perform minor repair work on their own vehicles to complete required tasks. This course is designed to be a companion course to AUTO 101 and AUTO 106, and is one of the three prerequisite courses for AUTO 107. Students are encouraged to complete all three courses in order to obtain a firm foundation in this subject, and it is required for the General Service Technician Certificate Program.

AUTO 106 - Automotive Electrical Tools and Diagnostic ProceduresM3.0
AUTO 106 - Automotive Electrical Tools and Diagnostic Procedures (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU

This is an introductory course designed to provide the student with the fundamentals of the electrical systems of the modern automobile. Emphasis will be placed on electrical fundamentals, symbols and circuit diagrams, batteries, starting, charging, ignition, and lighting systems. Students will learn the proper use of automotive electrical tools and equipment, and how to safely perform basic vehicle electrical repair and maintenance operations. Students will have the opportunity to perform minor repair work on their own vehicles to complete required tasks. This course is designed to be a companion course to AUTO 101 and AUTO 103, and is one of the three prerequisite courses for AUTO 107. Students are encouraged to complete all three courses in order to obtain a firm foundation in this subject, and it is required for the General Service Technician Certificate Program.

Total Semester Units:6.0 
2nd Semester
AUTO 140 - Body and Chassis Electrical SystemsM4.0
AUTO 140 - Body and Chassis Electrical Systems (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: AUTO 102 or AUTO 106
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate assessment; AUTO 157
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides an overview of the modern automobile’s electrical system as related to the body and chassis of the vehicle. The theory of operation, operational characteristics and methods of problem diagnostics and repair for the following systems are included: lighting, instruments, windshield wipers, power windows/seats/mirrors, audio systems, convertible tops, safety restraints, (SRS) Supplemental Restraint Systems, and anti-theft systems. This course prepares the student for the (ASE) Automotive service Excellence A-6 exam and is intended for Automotive majors. Students with permission from the Division may re-enroll only one time for certification or licensure standards.

AUTO 200 - Suspension, Steering, and Alignment ServiceM4.0
AUTO 200 - Suspension, Steering, and Alignment Service (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: AUTO 103
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment;
Transfers to: CSU

This course discusses the principles of suspension, steering and wheel alignment for modern imported and domestic automobiles and light trucks. Emphasis is placed on developing skills required in the diagnosis, and/or repair and adjustment to steering systems and wheel alignment angles. Complete suspension and steering system overhaul will be covered in the laboratory. Computerized wheel alignment and computerized wheel balancing equipment will be used / demonstrated. This course is designed for students wanting to work in the automotive sector or automotive technicians needing to improve their skills and knowledge in suspension, steering and alignment. Students with permission from the Division may reenroll only one time for certification or licensure standards.

AUTO 210 - Automotive Brake SystemsM4.0
AUTO 210 - Automotive Brake Systems (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: AUTO 103
Transfers to: CSU

This course examines the theory of the operation, service and repair procedures, related tool and equipment use, and strategy-based problem diagnosis of modern disc and drum brakes. The procedures for imported and domestic automobiles and light trucks are developed through classroom discussions, demonstrations, and laboratory experiences. The course is designed for students who want to work in the automotive sector or automotive technicians needing to improve their skills and knowledge in brake service. Students with permission from the Division of Career and Technical Education (CTE) may reenroll only one time for certification or licensure standards.

AUTO 211 - Antilock Brakes/Traction Control SystemsM3.0
AUTO 211 - Antilock Brakes/Traction Control Systems (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: AUTO 103
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment; AUTO 210
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed for students wanting to work in the automotive sector or automotive technicians needing to improve their skills and knowledge in modern Anti-lock and/or Traction Control systems. This course will provide instruction in automotive anti-lock brake systems, traction control systems and vehicle stabling assist (VSA), including diagnosis, operation and maintenance of ABS/ TCS/VSA. The course will include the use of scanners, DVOM meters and lab-scopes in diagnosis of various ABS/TCS/VSA systems; both 2 wheel and 4 wheel systems will be covered.

Total Semester Units:15.0 
Total Units for Automotive Technology - Brake and Suspension Service COA program 21.0 
Notes:
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
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M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
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