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Ford Maintenance & Light Repair Technician Certificate

certificate Info at a Glance
Type
Certificate
Estimated # of Quarters
This certificate is approximately 4 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Fall, winter and spring quarters.
Prerequisites
Valid driver’s license is required. Successful completion of Introduction to Automotive or equivalent.

Designed by Ford Motor Company to prepare students with the basic skills needed to gain employment as a maintenance and light repair technician.

In addition to Ford training, students receive hands-on experience working with Ford vehicles and using the latest Ford diagnostic tools.

The program is also designed to prepare students for entry-level positions as Automotive Technicians. Students participate in realistic training that prepares them for pre-apprenticeship training and ASE certification.

To receive a certificate or degree in an automotive program all courses must be completed with a 2.0 GPA or higher.

To remain in the program all students must have the required textbooks by the start of the third week of classes and must have the required tools by the start of the second quarter. Students must also successfully complete ENG 094 and MAT 091 by the end of the second quarter.

Certificate Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
IAUT 102Introduction to Automotive Trades3
IAUT 104Introduction to Automotive Electrical4
IAUT 115Introduction to Automotive Steering, Suspension & Brakes5
IAUT 130Automotive HVAC2
IAUT 139Basic Automotive Welding5
AUT 120Automotive Basics2
AUT 144Ford Basic Electrical Systems Diagnosis and Testing6
AUT 147Automotive Brakes6
AUT 149Automotive Brakes, Suspension, Steering & Wheel Alignment7
AUT 156Automotive Brakes, Suspension, Steering & Wheel Alignment Lab5
AUT 172Ford Base Steering, Suspension & Alignment6
AUT 179Automotive General Maintenance & Tires7
AUT 185Ford Brake Systems Diagnosis2
AUT 203Electrical Systems11
AUT 209Electronic Systems7
AUT 255Automotive Air Conditioning, Heating & Ventilation6
English Composition (or higher) or Public Speaking5
Any 100-Level Math Class5
General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class)5
 Technical Credits99

Introduction to Automotive Trades

Item #
IAUT 102
Total Credits
3

This course is an introduction to the automotive industry. Students will learn about the industry, automobile safety, pollution and hygiene, basic hand tools, fasteners and resume preparation.

Co-requisites
IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT 139.
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Introduction to Automotive Electrical

Item #
IAUT 104
Total Credits
4

This course is an introduction to automotive electrical systems. Students will learn electrical theory, basic electrical testing equipment and procedures and proper wire splicing and repairs.

Co-requisites
IAUT 102, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT 139.
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Introduction to Automotive Steering, Suspension & Brakes

Item #
IAUT 115
Total Credits
5

This course is an introduction to automotive steering, suspension and braking systems. Students will learn the basic theory of these systems, how to put a vehicle on a lift and perform inspections, and how to perform a four-wheel alignment.

Co-requisites
IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 130, IAUT 139.
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Automotive HVAC

Item #
IAUT 130
Total Credits
2

Students will learn auto HVAC system diagnosis and proper service techniques.

Co-requisites
IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 139.
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Basic Automotive Welding

Item #
IAUT 139
Total Credits
5

This course is an introduction to automotive welding. Includes basic welding using Oxy-Fuel, MIG and other processes used in automotive repair.

Co-requisites
IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130.
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Automotive Basics

Item #
AUT 120
Total Credits
2

Provides information on basic shop safety, hazardous-material handling, industry trends and opportunities, tools and fasteners. Upon completion of this course, students will be familiar with safety, hazardous-material handling and disposal procedures, the future of the industry, and employment potential. The student will also be familiar with automotive tools, fasteners and their usage. 

Prerequisites
Must have required textbooks, coveralls and eye protection. Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT and 139.
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Ford Basic Electrical Systems Diagnosis and Testing

Item #
AUT 144
Total Credits
6

Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems using the symptom-to-system-to-component-to-cause process. Use special tools and service equipment associated with electrical diagnosis and repair. Use all service publications in their available formats to obtain needed information for diagnosis. Perform diagnosis test procedures. Perform repair procedures. Students will become familiar with the tools, terminology, basic theory, diagnostics, removal and installation procedures used during common service operations and will have the opportunity to practice procedures identified as priority tasks in the NATEF (ASE) task list. 

Prerequisites
Must have required textbooks, coveralls and eye protection. Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT and 139.
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Automotive Brakes

Item #
AUT 147
Total Credits
6

Theory and troubleshooting of hydraulic systems, disc brake systems, drum brake systems, power booster systems and antilock brake systems. 

Prerequisites
Must have required tools and textbooks. Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT and 139.
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Automotive Brakes, Suspension, Steering & Wheel Alignment

Item #
AUT 149
Total Credits
7

Theory and troubleshooting of front suspension systems, steering systems, rear suspension systems, and computer-controlled systems. This course will also cover basic wheel alignment, including two- and four-wheel alignment. 

Prerequisites
Must successfully complete AUT 147 and have required tools and textbooks. Completion of introduction to automotive courses.
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Automotive Brakes, Suspension, Steering & Wheel Alignment Lab

Item #
AUT 156
Total Credits
5

Repair automotive brakes, steering and suspension systems by applying knowledge attained in required courses. This is a hands-on class that uses live projects. 

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Ford Base Steering, Suspension & Alignment

Item #
AUT 172
Total Credits
6

Students will learn suspension and steering principles, alignment geometry and service procedures to diagnose and correct excessive tire wear and pull concerns. Students will become familiar with the tools, terminology and procedures used during common steering and suspension service operations, and will have the opportunity to practice procedures identified as priority tasks in the NATEF (ASE) task list. 

Prerequisites
Must have required tools and textbooks. Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT and 139.
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Automotive General Maintenance & Tires

Item #
AUT 179
Total Credits
7

Topics covered include shop safety practices, general automotive maintenance, vehicle checkups and multi-point inspections. Students will use all available service publications to identify automotive systems and components and become familiar with the tools, terminology and procedures used during routine maintenance, inspections and wheel and tire service. Students will have the opportunity to practice the procedures identified as priority tasks in the NAFEF (ASEO) task list. 

Prerequisites
Must have required textbooks, coveralls and eye protection. Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT and 139.
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Ford Brake Systems Diagnosis

Item #
AUT 185
Total Credits
2

Topics covered include brake-system diagnosis and testing and brake-system service. Identify brake-system components and perform brake-system inspections; machine rotors using an on-car lathe; and become familiar with the tools, terminology, and procedures used during routine brake service operations. Students will have the opportunity to practice procedures identified as priority tasks in the NATEF (ASE) task list.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT and 139.
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Electrical Systems

Item #
AUT 203
Total Credits
11

Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems and study basic application of computerized electronic control systems. Upon completion of this course, the student will be familiar with the terminology, basic theory, diagnostics, removal and installation procedures used on automobiles and light trucks. 

Prerequisites
Must have required tools and textbooks. Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT and 139.
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Electronic Systems

Item #
AUT 209
Total Credits
7

Diagnose and repair automotive electronic systems and study basic application of computerized electronic control systems. Upon completion of this course, the student will be familiar with the terminology, basic theory, diagnostics, removal and installation procedures used on automobiles and light trucks. 

Prerequisites
Must successfully complete AUT 203 and must have required tools and textbooks.
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Automotive Air Conditioning, Heating & Ventilation

Item #
AUT 255
Total Credits
6

Theory, troubleshooting and repair of automotive air-conditioning systems, heating systems and ventilation systems. Also covers recovery and recycling of both R-12 and R134A refrigerants. 

Prerequisites
Must successfully complete AUT 203 and 209 and have required tools and textbooks.
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English Composition (or higher) or Public Speaking

Total Credits
5
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Any 100-Level Math Class

Total Credits
5
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General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class)

Total Credits
5
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