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Automotive Technology - Engine Repair

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.

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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 101 - Introduction to Automotive Service and Repair: Underhood Service *M3.0
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.

Total Semester Units:3.0 
2nd Semester
AUTO 160 - Upper End Engine Rebuilding and MachiningM4.0
AUTO 160 - Upper End Engine Rebuilding and Machining (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: AUTO 101 or AUTO 102
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides occupational preparation in the skills required in the adjustment and repair of the modern automobile engine upper end and valve train assembly. Emphasis is placed on problem diagnosis, repair techniques, service procedures, and machining operations. This course prepares the student for the (ASE) Automotive Service Excellence A-1 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 170 - Lower End Engine Rebuilding and MachiningM4.0
AUTO 170 - Lower End Engine Rebuilding and Machining (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: AUTO 101
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment; AUTO 160
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides occupational preparation in the skills required for adjustment and repair of modern automobile engine lower end assembly. Emphasis is placed on problem diagnosis, repair techniques, service procedures, and machining operations. This course prepares students for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A-1 exam and is intended for automotive majors.

AUTO 190 - Engine Blueprinting & MachiningM3.0
AUTO 190 - Engine Blueprinting & Machining (3.0 units)


Advisory:
AUTO 160 or AUTO 170; READ 043 or appropriate assessment; ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU

This is an advanced course for students interested in engine blueprinting and engine machining practices. Topics include: cylinder block machining and preparation, cylinder head machining and repair, crankshaft materials and construction, connecting rod applications and machining, piston design and applications as well as camshaft lobe applications and profile analysis. Students must be proficient with basic precision instruments or have prior experience with engine machining or assembly practices. Emphasis will be placed upon engine blueprinting methods machining operations and component applications.

Total Semester Units:11.0 
Total Units for Automotive Technology - Engine Repair COA program 14.0 
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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Whittier, CA 90601

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