2014-15 Catalog

Automotive Technology

Certificate

www.sandburg.edu/academics/automotive-technology

Carl Sandburg College offers a two-semester certificate program in Automotive Technology providing students with the basic skills to gain employment in automotive dealerships, automotive technology centers, and independent service centers.

Nature of the Work

The work of automotive service technicians and mechanics has evolved from simply mechanical to high technology. Technicians must have an increasingly broad base of knowledge about how vehicles’ complex electronic components work and interact, as well as the ability to work with electronic diagnostic equipment and computer- based technical reference materials. Automotive service technicians and mechanics use these high tech skills to inspect, maintain, and repair vehicles. The ability to diagnose the source of a problem quickly and accurately requires good reasoning ability and a thorough knowledge of automobiles. Many technicians consider diagnosing hard-to-find troubles one of their most challenging and satisfying duties.

Working Conditions

Almost half of automotive service technicians work a standard 40-hour week, but about one third work over 40 hours per week. Many of those working over 40- hour weeks are self-employed technicians. Some shops offer evening and weekend service to meet the needs of their customers. Generally, service technicians work indoors in well ventilated and lighted repair shops.

Employment

Job opportunities for those individuals who complete automotive training programs are expected to be very good. Persons with good diagnostic and problem-solving skills should have the best opportunity. For well-prepared people with a technical background, automotive service technicians careers offer an excellent opportunity for good pay and secure employment. To learn more about the admission requirements and the application process for this program, call 309.345.3500.

Admission to the Program:   Open

First-Time Enrollees

  • Complete an application for admission and, if desired, apply for financial aid.
  • Send an official high school transcript or GED score report to the Admissions and Records Office.
  • Complete the placement exam, COMPASS.
  • Meet with an advisor/counselor to select classes and complete the registration process.

For Additional Program Information Contact the Welcome Center

Department of Career Technical & Health Education
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone: 309.345.3500
welcomecenter@sandburg.edu
 

Certificate

First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Hours
AUT.101Spark Ignition Engines 1 3
AUT.105Electrical Systems 3
AUT.201Ignition Systems 3
AUT.107Shop Practices 1 4
Spring Semester
AUT.103Braking Systems 2
AUT.202Steering Suspension & Front Wheel Dr 3
AUT.203Manual Transmission & Dr Trains 2
AUT.204Automatic Transmissions 3
AUT.206Heating and Air Conditioning 2
 Total Program Hours: 25.0
 

(Students who do not expect to complete their degree within five years should refer to the Graduation Requirements section in this catalog.)

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Courses

AUT.101 Spark Ignition Engines 1143

This course is designed to introduce the student to the spark ignition engine. Emphasis will be placed on engine nomenclature, operation, rebuild procedure, and precision measuring instruments relative to the course. The student will perform a complete rebuild on a furnished engine with evaluation of the work performed on an engine dynamometer.
Offered: Fall
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AGS and Automotive Technology Certificate.
General Education -- Not Applicable

AUT.103 Braking Systems132

This course is designed to include all aspects of the braking system with emphasis on brake repair and diagnosis. The student will learn to operate a brake lathe. Students will also utilize computer scanners to diagnose ABS brake problems.
Offered: Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AGS and Automotive Technology Certificate.
General Education -- Not Applicable

AUT.105 Electrical Systems223

This course is designed to cover the basic electrical systems found on late model automobiles. Electricity/electronic theory will be covered with an emphasis on DC circuits. The student will be exposed to an in-depth use of test equipment relative to diagnosis of electrical systems problems.
Offered: Fall
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AGS and Automotive Technology Certificate.
General Education -- Not Applicable

AUT.107 Shop Practices 12.54.54

This course is designed to enhance student skills by repairing automobiles in a simulated dealership setting. Emphasis will be placed on student following repair practices utilized in local dealerships. Customer automobiles will be used in this course.
Offered: Fall
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AGS and Automotive Technology Certificate.
General Education -- Not Applicable

AUT.124 Engine Performance Design.511

This course pertains to designing an engine to meet performance objectives. Analytical methods of design will be applied before parts are selected. Performance software will be utilized for design analysis.
Offered: As Needed
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

AUT.201 Ignition Systems223

This course is designed to include all aspects of ignition systems with emphasis on operation, repair and diagnosis. The student will utilize electronic ignition test equipment and computer scanners to diagnose and monitor late model computer controlled engines.
Offered: Fall
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AGS and Automotive Technology Certificate.
General Education -- Not Applicable

AUT.202 Steering Suspension & Front Wheel Dr1.533

This course is designed to expose student to an in-depth use of a four wheel computer controlled alignment machine. Student will inspect/repair front end components of vehicles prior to performing alignment. Shock and strut replacement will be covered along with tire repair and balancing.
Offered: Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AGS and Automotive Technology Certificate.
General Education -- Not Applicable

AUT.203 Manual Transmission & Dr Trains132

This course is designed to include all aspects of manual transmissions and drive trains with emphasis on repair and diagnosis. The student will be exposed to an in-depth study of gear ratios and their effects on torque and speed. Differential and transaxles will also be covered in this course.
Offered: Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AGS and Automotive Technology Certificate.
General Education -- Not Applicable

AUT.204 Automatic Transmissions1.533

This course is designed to include repair procedures and diagnosis of automatic transmissions and transaxles. The student will be responsible for rebuilding and testing two transmissions/transaxles. Maintenance procedures will also be covered in this course.
Offered: Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AGS and Automotive Technology Certificate.
General Education -- Not Applicable

AUT.206 Heating and Air Conditioning132

This course is designed to include all aspects of heating and air conditioning with emphasis on repair, diagnosis and system charging utilizing all safety precautions. The student will operate an AC reclaiming system for removing and charging the AC system.
Offered: Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AGS and Automotive Technology Certificate.
General Education -- Not Applicable

Wright, Larry E
associate professor, automotive technology