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Certificate of Achievement
Honda Professional Career Training Program Specialization (PACT) - Honda/Acura Heating and Air Conditioning Systems

The courses listed in this certificate of achievement constitute a comprehensive training package that includes both cognitive and skill-based training activities. The training in these courses helps prepare students for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification Tests A6 (Electrical/Electronic Systems) and A7 (Heating and Air Conditioning). Students also develop skill-based training techniques that reflect hands-on work experience. The courses are structured to prepare Honda Professional Automotive Career Training (PACT) students for occupations within the Honda/Acura dealership network, such as express service technicians and/or entry-level repair technicians.

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 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:3.0 
2nd Semester
AUTO 240 - Heating and Air ConditioningM4.0
AUTO 240 - Heating and Air Conditioning (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: AUTO 102 or AUTO 103
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment, READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide instruction on the operating principles of common automotive heating and air conditioning systems. Topics include new service equipment, contamination issues, servicing and diagnosing manual and automatic systems, and retrofitting R-12 systems to R-134a, as well as the rules of AQMD/EPA. Students will be given the opportunity to earn their certification license (EPA Rule 1411). Students with permission from the Division may enroll in this course only one time for certification or licensure standards.

Total Semester Units:4.0 
3rd 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 290 - Cooperative Work Experience/Internship for Automotive Technology Related FieldsM4.0
AUTO 290 - Cooperative Work Experience/Internship for Automotive Technology Related Fields (4.0 units)

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

This course supports and reinforces on-the-job training in business and industrial establishments under the supervision of a college instructor, and is facilitated by the use of learning objectives. The student will be working in a skilled or professional level assignment in their area of vocational interest, and will meet performance objectives related to instruction that are above and beyond the conditions of regular employment. This course is intended for students whose job is related to the automotive/transportation field and have completed or enrolled in the appropriate coursework. Contact the CWE office regarding re-enrollment procedures.

Student Unpaid Internship:
1 Unit/60 hours; 2 Units/120 hours;
3 Units/180 hours; 4 Units/240 hours
Student Paid Internship:
1 Unit/75 hours; 2 Units/150 hours;
3 Units/225 hours; 4 Units/300 hours.

Total Semester Units:8.0 
Total Units for Honda Professional Career Training Program Specialization (PACT) - Honda/Acura Heating and Air Conditioning Systems COA program 15.0 
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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