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Automotive Technology Course Descriptions

AUT 114  Safety and Emissions

This course covers the laws, procedures, and specifications needed to perform a North Carolina State Safety and Emissions inspection. Topics include brake, steering and suspension, lighting, horn, windshield wiper, tire, mirrors, and emission control devices inspection. Upon completion, students should be able to perform complete and thorough North Carolina State Safety and Emissions inspections.

Auto Class

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 2

Semester Hours Credit: 2

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

AUT 114 Course Outline

AUT 116  Engine Repair

This course covers the theory, construction, inspection, diagnosis, and repair of internal combustion engines and related systems. Topics include fundamental operating principles of engines and diagnosis, inspection, adjustment, and repair of automotive engines using appropriate service information. Upon completion, students should be able to perform basic diagnosis, measurement and repair of automotive engines using appropriate tools, equipment, procedures, and service information.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 3

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

AUT 116 Course Outline

AUT 141  Suspension and Steering Systems

This course covers principles of operation, types, and diagnosis/repair of suspension and steering systems to include steering geometry. Topics include manual and power steering systems and standard and electronically controlled suspension and steering systems. Upon completion, students should be able to service and repair steering and suspension components, check and adjust alignment angles, repair tires, and balance wheels.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 3

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

AUT 141 Course Outline

AUT 151  Brake Systems

This course covers principles of operation and types, diagnosis, service, and repair of brake systems. Topics include drum and disc brakes involving hydraulic, vacuum boost, hydra-boost, electrically powered boost, and anti-lock and parking brake systems. Upon completion, students should be able to diagnose, service, and repair various automotive braking systems.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 3

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

AUT 151 Course Outline

AUT 163 Advanced Auto Electricity

This course covers electronic theory, wiring diagrams, test equipment, and diagnosis, repair, and replacement of electronics, lighting, gauges, horn, wiper, accessories, and body modules. Topics include networking and module communication, circuit construction, wiring diagrams, circuit testing, and troubleshooting. Upon completion, students should be able to properly use wiring diagrams, diagnose, test, and repair wiring, lighting, gauges, accessories, modules, and electronic concern

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 3

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: TRN 120

Corequisite: None

AUT 163 Course Outline

AUT 181  Engine Performance I

This course covers the introduction, theory of operation, and basic diagnostic procedures required to restore engine performance to vehicles equipped with complex engine control systems. Topics include an overview of engine operation, ignition components and systems, fuel delivery, injection components and systems and emission control devices. Upon completion, students should be able to describe operation and diagnose/repair basic ignition, fuel and emission related driveability problems using appropriate test equipment/service information.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 3

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

AUT 181 Course Outline

AUT 183  Engine Performance 2

This course covers study of the electronic engine control systems, the diagnostic process used to locate engine performance concerns, and procedures used to restore normal operation. Topics will include currently used fuels and fuel systems, exhaust gas analysis, emission control components and systems, OBD II (on-board diagnostics) and inter-related electrical/electronic systems. Upon completion, students should be able to diagnose and repair complex engine performance concerns using appropriate test equipment and service information.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 6

Semester Hours Credit: 4

Prerequisite: TRN 120, AUT 181

Corequisite: None

AUT 183 Course Outline

AUT 211  Automotive Machining

This course covers engine machining processes for remanufacturing automotive engines. Emphasis is on cylinder head service, machining block surfaces, reconditioning connecting rod assemblies, camshafts, flywheels, and precision measurement. Upon completion, students should be able to explain the operation and proper use of automotive machining equipment.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 6

Semester Hours Credit: 4

Prerequisite: TRN 120

Corequisite: None

AUT 211 Course Outline

AUT 221  Automatic Transmission/Transaxles

This course covers operation, diagnosis, service, and repair of automatic transmissions/transaxles. Topics include hydraulic, pneumatic, mechanical, and electrical/electronic operation of automatic drive trains and the use of appropriate service tools and equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to explain operational theory, diagnose and repair automatic drive trains.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 3

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite:TRN 120

Corequisite: None

AUT 221 Course Outline

AUT 231  Manual Transmissions/Axles/Drivetrains

This course covers the operation, diagnosis, and repair of manual transmissions/transaxles, clutches, driveshafts, axles, and final drives. Topics include theory of torque, power flow, and manual drive train servicing and repair using appropriate service information, tools, and equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to explain operational theory, diagnose and repair manual drive trains.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 3

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: TRN 120

Corequisite: None

AUT 231 Course Outline

AUT 281  Advanced Engine Performance

This course utilizes service information and specialized test equipment to diagnose and repair power train control systems. Topics include computerized ignition, fuel and emission systems, related diagnostic tools and equipment, data communication networks, and service information. Upon completion, students should be able to perform diagnosis and repair.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 2

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: AUT 183

Corequisite: None

AUT 281 Course Outline
Transportation Course Descriptions
TRN 110 Introduction to Transportation Technology

This course covers workplace safety, hazardous material environmental regulations, hand tools, service information,  basic concepts, vehicle systems, and common transportation industry terminology.  Topics include familiarization with major vehicle systems proper use of various hand and power tools, material safety data sheets, and personal protective equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate appropriate safety procedures, identify and use basic shop tools, and describe government regulations regarding transportation repair facilities.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 3

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

TRN 110 Course Outline: Not Available
TRN 120  Basic Transportation Electricity

This course covers basic electrical theory, wiring diagrams, test equipment, and diagnosis, repair and replacement of batteries, starters, and alternators. Topics include Ohm's Law, circuit construction, wiring diagrams, circuit testing, and basic troubleshooting. Upon completion, students should be able to properly use wiring diagrams, diagnose, test, and repair basic wiring, battery, starting, charging, and electrical concerns.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 4; Lab, 3

Semester Hours Credit: 5

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

TRN 120 Course Outline: Not Available
TRN 130  Introduction to Sustainable Transportation

This course provides an overview of alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles. Topics include composition and use of alternative fuels including compressed natural gas, biodiesel, ethanol, hydrogen, and synthetic fuels, hybrid/electric, and vehicles using alternative fuels. Upon completion, students should be able to identify alternative fuel vehicles, explain how each alternative fuel delivery system operates, and perform minor repairs.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 2

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

TRN 130 Course Outline: Not Available

TRN 140  Transportation Climate Control

This course covers the theory of refrigeration and heating, electrical/electronic/pneumatic controls, and diagnosis and repair of climate control systems. Topics include diagnosis and repair of climate control components and systems, recovery/recycling of refrigerants, and safety and environmental regulations. Upon completion, students should be able to diagnose and repair vehicle climate control systems.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 2

Semester Hours Credit: 2

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: TRN 140A

TRN 140 Course Outline: Not Available

TRN 140A  Transportation Climate Control Lab

This course provides experiences for enhancing student skills in the diagnosis and repair of transportation climate control systems. Emphasis is placed on reclaiming, recovery, recharging, leak detection, climate control components, diagnosis, air conditioning equipment, tools and safety. Upon completion, students should be able to describe the operation, diagnose, and safely service climate control systems using appropriate tools, equipment, and service information.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 2

Semester Hours Credit: 2

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: TRN 140

TRN 140A Course Outline: Not Available

TRN 145  Advanced Transportation Electronics

This course covers advanced transportation electronic systems including programmable logic controllers, on-board data networks, telematics, high voltage systems, navigation, collision avoidance systems and electronic accessories. Topics include interpretation of wiring schematics, reprogramming PLC?s, diagnosing and testing data networks and other electronic concerns. Upon completion, students should be able to reprogram PLC?s, diagnose and test data networks and other electronic concerns, and work safely with high voltage systems.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 3

Semester Hours Credit: 4

Prerequisite: TRN 120

Corequisite: None

TRN 145 Course Outline: Not Available
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