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Automotive Technology - Diesel Fuel and Emission Systems

This Certificate is designed for the experienced Automotive Technician who desires to expand and upgrade his/her skill level to include Light-Duty Vehicle Diesel Fuel Systems and related Driveability and Emission Control Systems within the Automotive Tune-up and Driveability, Electrical and Electronics, and Automotive Emission Control Systems Service and Repair spectrum.  This certificate is also appropriate for emission control (smog) technicians desiring to take and pass the ASE A9 Light Vehicle Diesel Engines certification exam covering advanced auto/truck diesel technology.  This certificate leads to employment as a General Diesel Auto Repair Technician, Diesel Tune-up Technician and/or State-Certified Smog Technician.

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

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan represents one possible pathway through the program. Be advised that 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. Map is for reference only for the 2020-2021 catalog year. Please refer to the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format) for additional course descriptions.
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
AUTO 101 - Introduction to Automotive Service and Repair: Underhood ServiceM3.0
AUTO 101 - Introduction to Automotive Service and Repair: Underhood 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 engine and its subsystems 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 103 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 108 - Introduction to Automotive Diesel Service & OperationM3.0
AUTO 108 - Introduction to Automotive Diesel Service & Operation (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: AUTO 101
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU

This beginning course introduces students to the field of diesel powered passenger cars theory of operation and general service procedures. This course covers the principals of operation, fuel systems, electrical, exhaust systems, and controls. This course is for the beginning student, general technicians and emission control (smog) technicians interested in automotive diesel technology.

AUTO 110 - Introduction to Engine Diagnosis and Tune-UpM3.0
AUTO 110 - Introduction to Engine Diagnosis and Tune-Up (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: AUTO 101, AUTO 150
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides an overview of automotive diagnosis and tune-up procedures as they pertain to the function and control of the engine, fuel, ignition, starting, and charging systems. It is the first in a series of engine diagnosis and tune-up classes and is designed for students who want to enter the field of tune-up, driveability, and emissions mechanics.

AUTO 115 - Computerized Engine Controls and DiagnosticsM3.0
AUTO 115 - Computerized Engine Controls and Diagnostics (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: AUTO 150
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Advanced Engine Performance Specialist Certification Test (L1) "Composite Vehicle" by the use of simulator boards and computer-based training methods. This is an introductory study of computerized engine controls and diagnosis as it pertains to the function and control of the engine, fuel, ignition, and emission control systems. Emphasis will be placed upon system components and their operational characteristics. Basic troubleshooting techniques of the engine, fuel, ignition, and emission control systems will be demonstrated.

AUTO 118 - Light Duty Vehicle Diesel Fuel Systems & Emission Control DiagnosticsM3.0
AUTO 118 - Light Duty Vehicle Diesel Fuel Systems & Emission Control Diagnostics (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: AUTO 101
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment; AUTO 108
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to strengthen existing student skills in the field of diagnosing Light Duty Vehicle diesel fuel systems and related driveability and emission control concerns. This course is also for emission control (smog) technicians desiring to take and pass the ASE A9 Light Vehicle Diesel Engines certification exam covering advanced auto/truck diesel technology. Course content includes an advanced study emphasizing the latest theories and principles and troubleshooting procedures of late-model vehicle diesel fuel systems. Emphasis will be placed on advanced diesel engine diagnosis and repair, and diesel engine air, fuel, and emission systems diagnosis and repair. The use of a variety of modern diagnostic tools and equipment is included. Students, with permission from the Division, may re-enroll only one time for certification or licensure standards.

Total Semester Units:12.0 
Total Units for Automotive Technology - Diesel Fuel and Emission Systems COA program 18.0 
Notes:
MMajor course; course may also meet a general education requirement
† Some classes may have higher units.
** this course has prerequisite, please click on course name to view.
GE = General Education Course. Some of these courses also meet degree requirements. Please see a counselor to find out which ones meet both the general education and degree requirement
M = Major Course
EL = Elective Course
   

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  • This program will cost $______ if completed within normal time (including books, materials, and additional fees). There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but are subject to change.
  • Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $0* of debt. *Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.
  • License Requirements. This program qualifies students to sit for licensure exam in California.

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