Automotive (AUT)

AUT 129 - Automotive Electronic Safety Control Systems

Course Description

Effective: 2016-08-01

Introduces advanced automotive electronic safety control systems, including driver alert, unintended lane departure, blind spot detection, active headlights, and electronic control of braking systems. Addresses diagnostic procedures and maintenance of electronic safety control systems, the theory, function and operation of each system.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

To examine theory, function, and maintenance of electronic safety control systems and to emphasize the critical importance of safety.

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AUT 149 - Basic Automotive Electrical Diagnostics

Course Description

Effective: 2015-01-01

Introduces basic automotive electrical concepts, including theory and practical application. Provides instruction on using circuit wiring diagrams to accurately diagnose, troubleshoot, and repair simple electric circuits. Covers basic electrical principles, electrical terminology, and how to use electrical testing equipment. Provides preparation for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A6 Electrical/Electronic Systems Certification examination.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 6 hours. Total 8 hours per week.
5 credits

General Course Purpose

This course introduces basic automotive electrical concepts, including theory and practical application. Provides instruction on using circuit wiring diagrams to accurately diagnose, troubleshoot, and repair simple electric circuits. Covers basic electrical principles, electrical terminology, and how to use electrical testing equipment. The course also provides preparation for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A6 Electrical/Electronic Systems Certification examination.

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AUT 151 - Automotive Braking Systems Diagnostics

Course Description

Effective: 2015-01-01

Introduces basic and advanced automotive braking system concepts, including theory and practical application. Provides instruction on Antilock Braking Systems, base brake systems, and Virginia State Inspection practices. Covers basic mechanical brake systems, hydraulics, precision measuring instruments, and how to use diagnostic test equipment. Provides preparation for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A5 Brakes Certification examination.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 6 hours. Total 8 hours per week.
5 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of the course is to introduce basic and advanced automotive braking system concepts, including theory and practical application. It provides instruction on Antilock Braking Systems, base brake systems, and Virginia State Inspection practices. Covers basic mechanical brake systems, hydraulics, precision measuring instruments, and how to use diagnostic test equipment. The course also prepares students for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A5 Brakes Certification examination.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

AUT 149

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AUT 152 - Automotive Engine Diagnostics

Course Description

Effective: 2015-01-01

Introduces basic and advanced internal combustion engine concepts, including theory and practical application. Covers cooling systems, lubrication, valve train, block assembly, and general engine diagnosis. Provides preparation for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A1 Engine Repair Certification examination.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 6 hours. Total 8 hours per week.
5 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to introduce basic and advanced internal combustion engine concepts. It also covers cooling systems, lubrication, valve train, block assembly, and general engine diagnosis. Preparation for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A1 Engine Repair Certification examination is provided.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

AUT 149

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AUT 153 - Automotive Steering and Suspension Systems Diagnostics

Course Description

Effective: 2015-01-01

Introduces basic and advanced automotive steering and suspension system concepts, including theory and practical application. Covers steering systems, suspension systems, tires and wheels, electronic suspension, power assisted steering, and wheel alignments. Provides preparation for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A4 Steering and Suspension Certification examination.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 6 hours. Total 8 hours per week.
5 credits

General Course Purpose

This course serves as an introduction to basic and advanced automotive steering and suspension system concepts, including theory and practical application. Steering systems, suspension systems, tires and wheels, electronic suspension, power assisted steering, and wheel alignments are covered. Course provides preparation for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A4 Steering and Suspension Certification examination.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

AUT 149

Course Objectives

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AUT 155 - Basic Automotive Engine Performance Diagnostics

Course Description

Effective: 2015-01-01

Introduces basic engine performance concepts, including theory and practical application. Covers vehicle communications, scan-tool diagnostics, basic engine mechanical tests, and diagnosing and repairing vehicle drivability issues. Provides preparation for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A8 Engine Performance Certification examination.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 6 hours. Total 8 hours per week.
5 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to introduce basic engine performance concepts, including theory and practical application. Vehicle communications, scan-tool diagnostics, basic engine mechanical tests, and diagnosing and repairing vehicle drivability issues are covered. The course is designed to prepare students for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A8 Engine Performance Certification examination.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

AUT 149

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AUT 229 - Applied Automotive Electronic Guidance and Safety Control Systems

Course Description

Effective: 2016-08-01

Covers advanced automotive electronic systems, including GPS navigation, communication, and guidance control systems. Addresses the theory, function, operation, diagnostic procedures, and maintenance of each system. Emphasizes safety.
Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

To provide an in-depth study of the advanced systems used for self-driving vehicles. Automotive students entering the workforce need to understand and be able to diagnose complex, integrated vehicle safety systems in which vehicles can operate autonomously. This course may be used, with program head approval, as an elective for the Automotive Technology AAS degree, replacing a cooperative education course.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisite: AUT 129

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AUT 233 - Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technology

Course Description

Effective: 2013-05-01

Presents technologies used in hybrid electrical vehicles (HEV), includes safety, theory, diagnosis, and component replacement. Covers automotive electronics; theory, operation and testing.
4 Credits. Lecture 3 hours. Lab 3 hours. Total 6 hours.
4 credits

General Course Purpose

This course will introduce students to the technologies used in hybrid electric vehicles. The course will cover various HEV powertrain design platforms and the various modes of vehicle propulsion. Students will become familiar with HEV: safety, electric motors/generators, power inverter systems, battery technologies, braking systems and climate control systems.

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AUT 235 - Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning

Course Description

Effective: 2019-01-01

Studies separate and combined automotive heaters and air conditioning, including direct and vacuum operated controls, basic principles of refrigeration, adjustment, general servicing, and charging of air conditioning systems.
Lecture 1-2 hours. Laboratory 2-3 hours. Total 3-5 hours per week.
2-3 credits

General Course Purpose

This course introduces anyone studying automotive service technology, hobbyists, and service technicians to the operation of safe and proper procedures of maintaining, diagnosing, and servicing automotive heating and air conditioning systems and their controls

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AUT 243 - Automotive Control Electronics

Course Description

Effective: 2012-05-01

Covers the electronic control systems found in hybrid electric vehicle systems, battery electric vehicle systems, and fuel cell electric vehicle systems. Teaches theory, function, and operation of each electronic control system and provides students an opportunity to perform diagnostic procedures and maintenance for these systems. Focuses on safety.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits

General Course Purpose

This course, which is required for the Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technology Career Studies Certificate, addresses the rapidly emerging automotive technologies of electronic control systems found in electric drive vehicles, which automotive technicians are now being required to service. The course was developed with funding provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Applied locally

Course Objectives

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AUT 249 - Advanced Automotive Electrical Diagnostics

Course Description

Effective: 2015-01-01

Introduces advanced automotive electrical concepts, including theory and practical application. It provides instruction on diagnosing and repairing computer controlled modules, circuits, and systems. Covers advanced electronic principles, definitions of electronic terminology, computer networking, and how to use electronic test equipment. Provides preparation for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A6 Electrical/Electronic Systems Certification examination.
Lecture 2 hours. Lab 6 hours. Total 8 hours per week.
5 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to introduce advanced automotive electrical concepts, including theory and practical application. It provides instruction on diagnosing and repairing computer controlled modules, circuits, and systems. Covers advanced electronic principles, definitions of electronic terminology, computer networking, and how to use electronic test equipment. The course also prepares students for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A6 Electrical/Electronic Systems Certification examination.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

AUT 149

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AUT 250 - Chassis Dynamometer Testing and Tuning

Course Description

Effective: 2013-01-01

Teaches the dynamic application of engine management by using a chassis dynamometer to measure and record performance gains and losses during component and software alterations. Provides instruction on proper use of a chassis dynamometer. Introduces different combinations of engine performance evaluation methods in a climate-controlled, 1200HP-capable, dynamometer cell. Teaches how to reduce chances of major engine damage through proper dynamometer tuning techniques.
(3 Cr.) Lecture 2 hours. Lab 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

This class will be part of a motorsports career studies program currently being developed.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

AUT 166 and AUT 167 or equivalent

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AUT 253 - Electric Vehicles

Course Description

Effective: 2012-05-01

Covers electric vehicle systems and advanced automotive electronics. Provides students an opportunity to perform diagnostic procedures and maintenance of electric vehicle systems. Teaches theory, function, and operation of electric vehicle systems. Focuses on safety.
(4 Cr.) Lecture 3 hours, Lab 3 hours, Total 6 hours per week
4 credits

General Course Purpose

This course, which is required for the Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technology Career Studies Certificate, addresses the rapidly emerging automotive technologies of electronic control systems found in electric drive vehicles, which automotive technicians are now being required to service. The course was developed with funding provided by a grant from the US Department of Energy.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Applied locally

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AUT 254 - Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles

Course Description

Effective: 2012-05-01

Covers plug-in hybrid electric vehicle systems, extended range electric vehicle systems, and advanced automotive electronics. Teaches theory, function, and operation of each plug-in hybrid vehicle system and provides students an opportunity to perform diagnostic procedures and maintenance for these vehicles. Focuses on safety.
(4 Cr.) Lecture 3 hours, Lab 3 hours, Total 6 hours per week
4 credits

General Course Purpose

This course, which is required for the Hybrid and Electric Technology Career Studies Certificate, addresses the rapidly emerging automotive technology of plug-in hybrid vehicles, which automotive technicians are now being required to service. The course was developed with funding provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Applied locally

Course Objectives

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AUT 255 - Advanced Automotive Engine Performance Diagnostics

Course Description

Effective: 2015-01-01

Introduces advanced engine performance concepts, including theory and practical application. Covers vehicle communications, scan-tool diagnostics, advanced engine mechanical tests, and diagnosing and repairing complex vehicle drivability issues. Provides preparation for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A8 Engine Performance Certification examination.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 6 hours. Total 8 hours per week.
5 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to introduce advanced engine performance concepts, including theory and practical application. The course covers vehicle communications, scan-tool diagnostics, advanced engine mechanical tests, and diagnosing and repairing complex vehicle drivability issues. It also provides preparation for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A8 Engine Performance Certification examination.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

AUT 155

Course Objectives

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AUT 256 - Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

Course Description

Effective: 2012-05-01

Covers hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle systems and advanced automotive electronics. Teaches theory, function, and operation of fuel cell electric vehicles and provides students an opportunity to perform diagnostic procedures and maintenance for fuel cell electric vehicle systems. Focuses on safety.
(4 Cr.) Lecture 3 hours, Lab 3 hours, Total 6 hours per week
4 credits

General Course Purpose

Developed with funding provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, this course is required in the Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technology Career Studies Certificate. The course addresses the rapidly emerging automotive technologies of fuel cell power generation systems found in electric drive vehicles, which automotive technicians are now being required to service.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Applied locally

Course Objectives

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AUT 260 - Advanced Small Gasoline Engines

Course Description

Effective: 2013-01-01

Presents advanced theory of operation for small gasoline engines, combustion principles, construction, design, variety, and their many purposes. Explains two-cycle and four-cycle small gas engine operation, ignition systems, various construction principles, functional design and usage, fuel systems and lubricating systems. Provides hands-on instruction in disassembly, reconditioning, overhaul and reassembly procedures in the lab.
(2 Cr.) Lecture 1 hour. Lab 2 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
2 credits

General Course Purpose

This course is a follow-up to a current course, AUT 156, Small Engine Repair. These two courses are being considered for part of a possible small engine repair career studies program.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

AUT 156 or equivalent

Course Objectives

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