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Brad McCombs
Program Coordinator
Email:

brad.mccombs@gcccd.edu
Phone: (619) 660-4267
Fax: (619) 660-4389

Automotive Technology Program

Automotive technology is becoming increasingly sophisticated, prompting more and more employers to seek those who have completed a formal training program in a post-secondary institution. Cuyamaca College’s comprehensive Master Automotive Service Excellence Automotive Technology Program, which emphasizes practical experience in actual repairs under simulated shop conditions, is among the best in the region and will help prepare you for a career in the field.

 

 

 FORD ASSET

Cuyamaca College’s Automotive Technology Program offers a Ford-sponsored ASSET degree program, which trains students in all systems of the manufacturer’s vehicles. One of only three in the state, the college’s Ford ASSET (Automotive Student Service Education Training) is recognized as one of the best training programs in the world.

GM ASEP

In addition, Cuyamaca College also offers the General Motors-sponsored ASEP degree program, which trains students in all systems of GM vehicles.

Degrees and Certificates

Students enrolling in the Automotive Technology Program at Cuyamaca College can earn an Associate of Science Degree in Automotive Technology, or a Certificate of Achievement in Automotive Technology with an emphasis in areas that include Advanced Engine Performance & Emissions, Brakes & Front End, and Engine Performance & Drive Train.

SMOG Inspector Training

The Grossmont Cuyamaca Community College District offers continuing education courses for Smog Technicians through its Corporate College and through new short term semester length classes. Auto 123 BAR Specified Diagnostic Training, Auto 141 Inspector Level I Training, and Auto 142 Smog Inspector License Level II Training.

 

 

 

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This program is accredited by the ASE Education Foundation

 

 

Attention: 

Due to COVID 19 we have modified our course offerings for Fall and possibly Spring semesters.

We encourage all students, regardless of their major of: 
 
  1. General Motors ASEP
  2. ASCCA, Ford ASSET
  3. Automotive general programs
 to take advantage of this training opportunity.
 
All Majors graduation requirements will be modified according to the equivalent course from the course catalog.
(For example, Auto 122 electrical is equivalent to Auto 196A and 196B.)
 
All subjects are organized by specialty. It is best to take all of the courses listed in a section. For example, take 196A,B,C, and D Electrical, Electronics, Test Out, and Climate Control.
 
We recommend Electrical and Electronics be taken during the first semester. Additionally, students may enroll in any other courses.
 
Below are course descriptions and meeting times:

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AUTO 191A – Brake System Diagnosis and Repair

Times: Wednesday 6:00pm – 8:00pm (08/17 – 10/10)

Due to COVID 19 all students may enroll.

This course is designed to provide the student with skills and knowledge to perform diagnosis and service on base brake systems. Topics include drum and disc brake system inspections and methods of diagnosing and repairing various mechanical and hydraulic brake systems. Lectures will be recorded live on specified date(s) and uploaded to Canvas. Course code 38S07T1.

AUTO 191B – Brakes, Advanced Brakes, Steering and Suspension, and NVH Test Out

Times: Monday 12:00pm – 2:00pm and/or appointment (08/17 – 12/14)

Due to COVID 19 all students may enroll.

This course includes hands on summative and criterion tests for students to prove knowledge skills and abilities to perform diagnosis and repair of basic brake systems, advanced brake systems, steering and suspension systems, and noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) concerns using vehicles in the department laboratory; or by using distance education technologies. Students may test out of one or more vehicle systems.

AUTO 191C – Advanced Brake System Diagnosis and Service

Times: Wednesday 6:00pm – 9:00pm (10/12 – 12/14)

Due to COVID 19 all students may enroll.

This course is designed to provide the student with skills and knowledge to perform diagnosis and service procedures for advanced brake systems. Topics include electronic braking system inspection, methods of diagnosing and repairing various electro-mechanical and hydraulic brake systems, and Antilock-Braking System repairs. Lectures will be recorded live on specified date(s) and uploaded to Canvas. Course code 38S08T1.

 AUTO 191D – Steering and Suspension Diagnosis

Times: Thursday 6:00pm – 8:00pm (08/17 – 10/10)

Due to COVID 19 all students may enroll.

This course is designed to provide the student with skills and knowledge to perform diagnosis and service procedures for steering and suspension systems. Topics include power steering purging and filling procedures, ball joint inspection, using a power steering analyzer, diagnosing alignment related concerns and diagnosing variable assist power steering and air suspension systems. Lectures will be recorded live on specified date(s) and uploaded to Canvas. Course code 33S15T0.

 AUTO 191E – Noise, Vibration and Harshness Diagnosis

Times: Thursday 6:00pm – 7:00pm (10/12 – 12/14)

Due to COVID 19 all students may enroll.

This course covers NVH concerns, system identification techniques and practice diagnosing noise, vibration and harshness concern. The course also includes system diagnosis with Chassis Ears and Vibration Analyzers. Lectures will be recorded live on specified date(s) and uploaded to Canvas. Course code 30S06T0.

  AUTO 192A – Automatic Transmission Service  

Times: Monday and Wednesday 3:00pm – 5:00pm (08/17 – 10/10)

Due to COVID 19 all students may enroll.

This course contains information about the operation and service of planetary style automatic transmissions. Course topics include disassembly, inspection, assembly, critical

measurements an adjustments, and main control operation and service. Lectures will be recorded live on specified date(s) and uploaded to Canvas. Course code 37S13T2.

 AUTO 192B – Automatic Transmission Service and Diagnosis, Differential and 4WD Test Out  

 Times: Tuesday 12:00pm – 2:00pm and/or appointment (08/17 – 12/14)

Due to COVID 19 all students may enroll.

This course includes hands on summative and criterion tests for students to prove knowledge skills and abilities to perform diagnosis and repair of active transmission systems and differential and 4WD systems on vehicles in the department laboratory; or by using distance education technologies. Students may test out of one or more vehicle systems.

 AUTO 192C – Automatic Transmission Diagnosis  

Times: Monday and Wednesday 3:00pm – 5:00pm (10/12 – 12/14)

Due to COVID 19 all students may enroll.

This course provides training about diagnosing automatic transmission concerns. Topics include normal operation, electrical fault diagnosis, diagnosing shift concerns, diagnosing engagement concerns, and the proper diagnostic process. Lectures will be recorded live on specified date(s) and uploaded to Canvas. Course code 37S15T3.

 

 AUTO 192D – Differential and 4WD Systems Diagnosis and Repair  

Times: Tuesday 6:00pm – 8:00pm (10/12 – 12/14)

Due to COVID 19 all students may enroll.

This course provides student with the skills and knowledge to properly set up ring and pinions, disassemble and assemble transfer cases, rebuild locking differentials, and diagnose several 4WD concerns. Lectures will be recorded live on specified date(s) and uploaded to Canvas. Course code 36S17T1.

 AUTO 193A – Engine Diagnosis and Repair  

 Times: Tuesday and Thursday 6:00pm – 8:00pm (08/17 – 10/10)

Due to COVID 19 all students may enroll.

The courses teaches proper disassembly, assembly, repair, and diagnostic technique for engine. Topics include proper timing procedure and how to identify and measure critical engine clearances. Lectures will be recorded live on specified date(s) and uploaded to Canvas. Course code 32S09T1.

 AUTO 193B – Engine Repair and Diesel Performance Test Out  

Times: Wednesday 12:00pm – 2:00pm and/or appointment (08/17 – 12/14)

Due to COVID 19 all students may enroll.

This course includes hands on summative and criterion tests for students to prove knowledge skills and abilities to perform diagnosis and repair of base engine and diesel performance systems on vehicles in the department laboratory; or by using distance education technologies. Students may test out of one or more vehicle systems.

 AUTO 193C – Diesel Engine Performance and Diagnosis  

Times: Tuesday and Thursday 6:00pm – 8:00pm (10/12 – 12/14)

Due to COVID 19 all students may enroll.

This course will cover diesel engine performance cover diesel engine performance concerns and diagnosis, which will include the use of service publications, diagnostic test procedures

as well as special tools and equipment. The information and exercises, presented in the course, are focused on the 6.7L and 3.0L Power Stroke diesel engines and key subsystems found on Ford diesel powered vehicles. Lectures will be recorded live on specified date(s) and uploaded to Canvas. Course code 51S15T1.

 AUTO 195A – Engine Performance Theory and Operation

Times: Tuesday 2:00pm – 5:00pm (08/17 – 10/10)

Due to COVID 19 all students may enroll.

This course will provide the knowledge and skills needed to understand fundamental engine performance theory and operation. The course includes the study of basic and electronic ignition systems, early and modern fuel systems, and related systems. Lectures will be recorded live on specified date(s) and uploaded to Canvas. Course code 31S31T0.

 

 AUTO 195B – Engine Performance Theory, Diagnosis and Advanced Diagnosis Test Out  

Times: Thursday 12:00pm – 2:00pm and/or appointment (08/17 – 12/14)

Due to COVID 19 all students may enroll.

This course includes hands on summative and criterion tests for students to prove knowledge skills and abilities to perform diagnosis and repair of engine performance theory and operation, engine performance diagnosing and testing, and advanced engine performance systems on vehicles in the department laboratory; or by using distance education technologies. Students may test out of one or more vehicle systems.

 

 AUTO 195C – Engine Performance Diagnosing and Testing  

Times: Thursday 2:00pm – 5:00pm (08/17 – 10/10)

Due to COVID 19 all students may enroll.

This course will provide the knowledge and skills needed to understand engine performance diagnosing and testing. This course includes and introduction to the Symptom/System/Component/Cause (SSCC) process, pinpoint test diagnosis and specific scan tool operation. Lectures will be recorded live on specified date(s) and uploaded to Canvas. Course code 31S32T0.

 AUTO 195D – Advanced Engine Performance  

Times: Thursday 2:00pm – 5:00pm (10/12 – 12/14)

Due to COVID 19 all students may enroll.

This course will provide the knowledge and skills needed to understand and diagnose advanced engine performance topics. The course includes difficult to diagnose engine performance drivability concerns and advanced oscilloscope usage. Lectures will be recorded live on specified date(s) and uploaded to Canvas. Course code 31S33T0.

 AUTO 196A – Electrical Diagnosis and Repair  

Times: Monday and Wednesday 6:00pm – 8:00pm (08/17 – 10/10)

Due to COVID 19 all students may enroll.

This course provides knowledge and skills about vehicle electrical systems. The course will cover electrical systems theory, diagnosis, and repair procedures using state of the art equipment. Lectures will be recorded live on specified date(s) and uploaded to Canvas. Course code 34S14T1.

 AUTO 196B – Electrical, Electronics and Climate Control Test Out  

Times: Friday 12:00pm – 2:00pm and/or appointment (08/17 – 12/14)

Due to COVID 19 all students may enroll.

This course includes hands on summative and criterion tests for students to prove knowledge skills and abilities to perform diagnosis and repair of electrical, electronics, and climate control systems on vehicles in the department laboratory; or by using distance education technologies. Students may test out of one or more vehicle systems.

 AUTO 196C – Electronics Diagnosis and Repair  

Times: Monday and Wednesday 6:00pm – 8:00pm (10/12 – 12/14)

Due to COVID 19 all students may enroll.

This course provides knowledge and skills about vehicle electronic systems. This course will cover electronic systems theory, diagnosis and repair procedures using state of the art equipment. The course applies basic electrical test applications incorporating electronic control units and computer networks. Lectures will be recorded live on specified date(s) and uploaded to Canvas. Course code 34S19T2.

 AUTO 196D – Climate Control System Diagnosis  

Times: Monday 8:00pm – 10:00pm (10/12 – 12/14)

Due to COVID 19 all students may enroll.

This course provides knowledge and skills to understand and diagnose climate control related systems. Topics include refrigeration, heating, air management and control subsystem concern diagnosis, service and repair. The course applies heating and air conditioning tests applications incorporating electronic control units and computer networks. Lectures will be recorded live on specified date(s) and uploaded to Canvas. Course code 35S05T1

 AUTO 197 – Work Experience  

Times: 08/17 – 12/14

Due to COVID 19 all students may enroll.

This is a work experience-training course. Students are responsible to attain sponsoring dealership employment before enrollment.

 

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