Kalamazoo Valley Community College

KVCC Catalog


AUTO 111 Exploring Auto Career Options
2-1-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) The work of automotive service technicians has evolved from mechanical repair to a high technology job. During this course students have the opportunity to discover the many aspects of automotive service technology and what is required to be a successful automotive technician. This is not a required course for automotive technology majors.

AUTO 112 Shop Fundamentals
2-1-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This is a required course for all automotive students to acquaint themselves with the automotive laboratory and to train them in proper shop safety, tool and equipment usage, service order writing, and technician responsibility.

AUTO 113 Ethics & Employability Skills
2-2-0 (Lecture/Discussion) This course instills the ethical values required to be successful in the automotive repair industry. Communication skills, both verbal and written, will be covered. Human and environmental ethics will be the focus of this course with Federal, State, and Local laws and regulations included. Students will be coached on proper employability skills and expectations. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of AUTO 112 and ENG 110 or ENG 160 are REQUIRED.

AUTO 120 Intro to Automotive Electrical
4-2-6 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course will build a solid foundation of electrical theory and principles needed for diagnosis and repair of basic automotive systems. Material covered in this course will include Ohm's law, Kirschhoff's law, electron theory, capacitance, resistance, AC/DC currents, magnetism, electrical test equipment and wiring diagram usage. Recommended prerequisite: MATH 106.

AUTO 121 Auto Electrical/Electronic Sys
4-2-6 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course is a comprehensive study of the operational theory of the automotive electrical and electronic systems. The student will learn the proper service and diagnosis of these systems with the use of sophisticated test equipment and hands-on experience. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of AUTO 120 is REQUIRED.

AUTO 122 Auto Chassis Electron Systems
2-1-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course is an in-depth study of the theory, diagnosis, and repair of chassis electrical and electronic systems, including the study of electronic dash circuits, inflatable restraint systems, electronic cruise control and other body electrical systems as well. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of AUTO 121 is REQUIRED. Corequisite: AUTO 151 and AUTO 175 are recommended.

AUTO 130 Automotive Brake Systems
4-2-6 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course provides theory of operation and service procedures for conventional and other related brake system components. Areas to be covered include: hydraulic systems, disc and drum brakes, power assist units and associated systems. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of AUTO 112 is REQUIRED. Corequisite: AUTO 135 is recommended.

AUTO 134 Automotive Alignment Service
2-1-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course provides an in depth study of alignment theory, operation, and service procedures for passenger car, light duty truck suspension systems. Diagnosis and correction of two-wheel and four-wheel electronic alignment systems are covered. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of AUTO 135 is REQUIRED. Corequisite: AUTO 230 is recommended.

AUTO 135 Steering & Suspension System
4-2-6 (Lecture/Standard Lab) The student will have a good understanding of the theory of operation and service of today's advanced steering and suspension systems upon completion of this course. Topics covered include steering/suspension systems diagnosis and repair, tire and wheel service, component diagnosis and replacement, and introduction to alignment settings. Noise, vibration and harshness issues are also covered in this course. Corequisite: AUTO 130 and AUTO 134 are recommended.

AUTO 138 Manual Trans/Driveline Repair
3-2-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course focuses on lecture and related laboratory experiences in the diagnosis and repair of automotive manual transmission, transaxles, light duty truck transmission, transfer cases, drive axles, ring and pinion gears, clutches and related components. The student will gain hands-on exposure by utilizing his/her or shop units. Recommended prerequisite: AUTO 112.

AUTO 139 Manual Transmission/Driveline
4-2-6 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course provides theory of manual transmissions/transaxles, transfer cases, drive axles, ring and pinion gears, universal/constant velocity joint, other driveline components, clutch theory of operation and service. Noise, vibration and harshness issues are also covered in this course. The student will be trained in proper diagnosis and repair of these components. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of AUTO 138 is REQUIRED. Corequisite: AUTO 143 is recommended.

AUTO 142 Automatic Trans/Axle Repair
4-2-6 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course focuses on lecture and related laboratory experiences in diagnosis and repair of common automatic transmission/transaxles found on today's cars and light duty trucks. Theory is supported by complete tear down, inspection and measurement of an automatic transmission in preparation for overhaul. The student will gain hands-on exposure by utilizing his/her or a shop transmission. Recommended prerequisite: AUTO 112.

AUTO 143 Automatic Transmission/Axle
4-2-6 (Lecture/Standard Lab) Students will become familiar with the theory of operation, service, and diagnosis and repair of automatic transmission/transaxles found on today's cars and light duty trucks. Diagnostic equipment will be used to troubleshoot various malfunctions. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of AUTO 142 is REQUIRED. Corequisite: AUTO 139 is recommended.

AUTO 151 Fuel and Emissions Systems
4-2-6 (Lecture/Standard Lab) The student will be provided with a basic understanding of the theory and operation of the fuel metering and emission devices found on past and present automobiles and light trucks and how they relate to engine performance. Practical experience will be gained through diagnosing, testing, and servicing the various systems found on these vehicles. Ignition systems will also be covered. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of AUTO 121 is REQUIRED. Corequisite: AUTO 122 and AUTO 175 are recommended.

AUTO 153 Adv Fuel & Emissions Systems
4-2-6 (Lecture/Standard Lab) The student will expand on the knowledge gained in Fuel and Emission Systems AUTO 151 course and apply the theories to the more advanced systems found on current vehicles. Systems covered include computer controlled electronic ignition and fuel systems, distributorless ignition, direct ignition, throttle-body and port fuel injection, on-board diagnostic II systems, and other related component systems. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of AUTO 151 is REQUIRED. Corequisite: AUTO 270 is recommended.

AUTO 162 Engine Overhaul
4-2-6 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course is designed to provide students with the theory of operation and design of the internal combustion engine and related systems. Theory is supported by complete tear down, inspection and measurement of an engine in preparation for engine overhaul. The student will gain hands-on exposure by utilizing his/her engine or a shop engine. Recommended prerequisite: AUTO 112.

AUTO 163 Engine Mechanical Theory
4-2-6 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course provides an in-depth study of engine design, operation, troubleshooting, and in-vehicle service procedures for modern gasoline engines. Topics covered: Engine coolant systems, fluid leak diagnosis, timing belt service, in vehicle repairs, noises diagnosis and other related service associated with common engine service procedures. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of AUTO 162 is REQUIRED. Corequisite: AUTO 151 and AUTO 175 are recommended.

AUTO 170 Auto Heat/Air Condition System
4-2-6 (Lecture/Standard Lab) With strong emphasis on environmental awareness, this class covers theory, operation, diagnostics, and repair of car/light truck heating and cooling systems. Topics include: R-12 and R-134a and future refrigerants, reclaiming and recycling of these refrigerants, and standard and extended life antifreeze characteristics are also covered. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of AUTO 120 is REQUIRED. Corequisite: AUTO 121 is recommended.

AUTO 172 Alt Fuels & Adv Tech Vehicles
2-2-0 (Lecture/Discussion) The rapid increase in fuel prices, coupled with concerns for the environment and air quality, have led many Americans to seek information about alternatives to gasoline, diesel fuel, and other petroleum-based products. This introductory course is designed to provide basic information for the general public, the automotive technician, the employer, the fleet operator, and the instructor and will allow you to begin to understand the nature and extent of the problems, as well as some viable solutions that are currently available or in development. Recommended prerequisite: Have an interest in environmental quality and energy independence in transportation with a good understanding of basic automotive technology.

AUTO 175 Light Duty Diesel Engines
3-2-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course is designed to provide students skills in the field of diagnosing light duty vehicle diesel fuel systems and related drivability and emission control concerns. Course content includes an advanced study of the latest theories and principles of troubleshooting procedures of late-model vehicle diesel fuel systems. Emphasis will be placed on advanced diesel engine diagnosis and repair, and diesel engine air, fuel, and emission systems diagnosis and repair. The use of a variety of modern diagnostic tools and equipment is included. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of AUTO 151 is REQUIRED or instructor permission. Corequisite: AUTO 122, AUTO 151, and AUTO 163 are recommended.

AUTO 200 Alternative Auto Propulsion
3-2-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course will be of interest and specifically geared toward existing automotive students as well as technicians already employed in the field. The focus is to provide the student with instruction on alternative automotive propulsion systems that are presently being used for the automobile transportation industry. Course content will include instruction on theory of operation and service of alternative propulsion systems, with emphasis on safety issues and concerns regarding the servicing of these systems. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of AUTO 122 is REQUIRED or permission of the instructor.

AUTO 230 Auto Brake Electronic Systems
2-1-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course provides theory of operation and service procedures for conventional and other related brake system components. Areas to be covered include: hydraulic systems, disc and drum brakes, power assist units, and associated systems. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of AUTO 130 is REQUIRED. Corequisite: AUTO 134 is recommended.

AUTO 270 Adv Auto Heat/Air Conditioning
2-1-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) The student will expand on the knowledge gained in AUTO 170, Auto Heat/Air Condition System, and apply theories learned in the diagnosis and repair of computerized automatic temperature controlled system, and related electronic systems. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of AUTO 170 is REQUIRED. Corequisite: AUTO 153 is recommended.

AUTO 278 Automotive Internship
1-0-0 to 9-0-0 (Variable) The Automotive Internship is a supervised on-the-job learning experience designed to provide students the opportunity to apply automotive competencies in a work environment. Prerequisite: With some exceptions, students must have completed 75% of the coursework in the pursued degree/certificate program and have a grade point of 2.5 in the program and 2.0 overall. Comment: See Internships under Permission Codes for more information.