With the advent of hybrid, plug-in electric, alternative fuels, and other technologies, modern autos are now run by complex computers and networked electronic systems.
The role of the service technician has transcended from just mechanical repair to high-tech proficiency, creating a need for workers who can use computerized shop equipment and a huge service information library in combination with traditional hand tools.
The automotive programs at EVC cover it all, providing everything you'll need to become a certified service technician. Sponsored by American Honda Corporation, our program has resources and vehicles available to our students that are not offered at other schools, including state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, late-model vehicles, and intensive hands-on training. Employers frequently contact us knowing we produce some of the best graduates in the industry.
In addition to seven separate certificates, we offer two fully-accredited Associate degrees with most course work and credits transferrable towards a four-year college. Our students are employed at new car dealerships, independent repair facilities, fleet operations, customization facilities, among others. Some of our students progress to management positions, engineering programs, diagnostics/tool design, and other related fields. The opportunities are endless.
Major/Degrees & Certificates
Auto - Advanced Automotive Training
Auto - American Honda Program
Auto - Basic Skills Entry Level Employment
Auto - Drivetrain and Chassis
Auto- Engine Service
Auto - Electrical-Engine Performance
Auto - Smog Specialist
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This course will introduce students to the automotive industry and provide a basic overview of the eight areas of certification as specified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). The course will examine the purpose, function, and operation of the major systems common to most automobiles. In addition, students will learn methodologies for inspecting and providing basic maintenance common to most vehicles. Students will work with the tools and equipment used for inspection, maintenace, repair, and diagnostic work.
Lecture Hours: 2 | Lab Hours: 4.5 | Repeatable: No | Grading: L | Credit by Exam: Yes
Advisory Level — Read: 3 | Write: 3 | Math: 1
Transfer Status: CSU | Degree Applicable: AA/AS
This course will prepare students for entry level employment in the automotive field as a first-level maintenance technician. The course will also introduce students to the Express Service training that the American Honda Program provides. Each student is assigned various vehicles and performs routine maintenance, inspection, and basic performance testing tasks that are commonly performed at automobile dealerships. In addition to gaining hands-on experience, successful students will build teamwork and cooperative skills, improve their time management practices, and develop sound workmanship values.
Lecture Hours: 1 | Lab Hours: 3 | Repeatable: No | Grading: L
Prerequisite: AUTO 102 with C or better or equivalent
Advisory Level — Read: 2 | Write: 2 | Math: 1
Transfer Status: None | Degree Applicable: AS
This course will cover, in both theory and practice, the proper diagnosis and repair of manual and power steering systems including: recirculating ball, rack and pinion, tie rods, idler arms, pitman arms, steering columns, air bags, and other steering components, also McPherson Strut and SLA suspension systems including: ball joints, knuckle assemblies, bushings, shocks, coils, torsion bars, pneumatic springs, and active suspension systems, also tire and wheel technology, TPM, VSA, computerized four wheel and thrust alignment procedures including: caster, camber, toe, included angle, setback, scrub radius, TOT, drift or pull correction, and cradle adjustment.
Lecture Hours: 2 | Lab Hours: 4 | Repeatable: No | Grading: L
Prerequisite: AUTO 102 with C or better
Recommended: AUTO 172, recommended or concurrent with grade of C or better.
Advisory Level — Read: 3 | Write: 3 | Math: 2
This course is a study of mechanical and hydraulic brake components and systems. Emphasis will be on system operation, adjustment, testing, replacement, and repair procedures. Drum, disc, power assist, and ABS brake systems will also be studied.
Prerequisite: AUTO 102
Recommended: AUTO 172
Advisory Level — Read: 2 | Write: 2 | Math: 2
This is an advanced course that studies the latest valve train and cylinder head designs. Precision instruments and test equipment are utilized to diagnose and adjust modern valve train components. Cylinder head repairs and service are emphasized using machine shop equipment and techniques as they would be in industry. This course prepares its students to pass the national ASE test "Cylinder Head Specialist"
Prerequisite: Auto 102 and Auto 171, with C or better
This is an advanced course that studies the latest cylinder block component designs. Precision instruments and test equipment are utilized to diagnose and test modern automotive engines. Cylinder block repairs and service are emphasized using machine shop equipment and techniques, as they would be used in industry. This course prepares its students to pass the national ASE tests "Cylinder Block Specialist" (M-2) and "Engine Assembly" (M-3).
Lecture Hours: 1 | Lab Hours: 4 | Repeatable: No | Grading: L
This is a high performance engine-machining course with theory and practice utilizing modern machine shop equipment. Comparisons will be made between engine blueprinting practices and production rebuilding techniques. This class will cover aftermarket upgrades in engine technology and how they affect engine life and performance.
This course will introduce the student to the oxygen acetylene apparatus and its use for welding, brazing, cutting, and heating as well as to the different types of metal that are weldable. Proper use and care of equipment and safety procedures and precautions are also covered.
Lecture Hours: 0.5 | Lab Hours: 1.5 | Repeatable: No | Grading: L
Advisory Level — Read: 2 | Write: 2 | Math:
This course covers automotive fuel systems, including: tanks, pumps, lines, filters, idle and vacuum control devices, electronic fuel injection, and emission control devices. Emphasis will be placed on combustion chemistry and emission testing procedures, and the diagnosis and repair of fuel and emission control system components. Students will diagnose and repair hard start, no-start, poor performance, and emission failures on a range of vehicles using the latest test equipment and methods. This course provides significant preparation and experience for those pursuing licensing as CA emission technicians.
Prerequisite: AUTO 102 with a C or better.
This course is part of the Automotive Basic Skills track emphasizing engine systems relevant to performance and driveability. Classroom theory, engine analyzers and test equipment will be utilized to diagnose modern automobile engine systems. Engine diagnostic strategies will be performed in the lab as they would be in industry. In addition to gaining hands-on experience, successful students will build teamwork and cooperative skills, improve their time management practices, and develop sound workmanship values.
Lecture Hours: 2 | Lab Hours: 2 | Repeatable: No | Grading: L
Prerequisite: AUTO 102 with a C or better, or equivalent
This course will prepare students to diagnose and repair front wheel drive and rear wheel drive automatic transmission systems. Stall and pressure testing, torque converters, planetary, CVT, and helical gear systems, overhaul practices, valve body repair, and on-car service techniques will be covered in both theory and practical application. Computerized powertrain diagnosis and repair will also be explored. Additional electronic transmission diagnosis and repair techniques are studied in Auto 174, Body Chassis Electronics. Both courses are recommended preparation for the ASE Automatic Transmission Exam.
Lecture Hours: 1.5 | Lab Hours: 3 | Repeatable: No | Grading: L
Recommended: Completion of Auto 172 with a C or better grade.
This course will prepare students to diagnose and repair front and rear wheel drive, manual transmission systems, clutches, drive lines, differentials, and CV axles. Planetary, helical, hypoid, bevel, and straight cut gear systems will be studied including ratio calculation and torque multiplication. Overhaul practices, including teardown, measurement, inspection, repair, and reassembly will be covered. Four wheel drive systems such as automatic locking hubs, transfer cases, and electronic shift on the fly are also studied.
Prerequisite: AUTO 102, with a grade of C or better.
Recommended: Completion of Auto 172, with grade of C or better.
This is an advanced automotive electrical course stressing diagram-based diagnostic methods. Students will design and build functioning circuits and systems, as well as compute and measure all aspects of performance. Students will learn to diagnose and repair a wide variety of circuit, system, and component faults in general electrical, starting, charging, lighting, instrumentation, accessory, climate control, audio, navigation, and SRS systems. Critical thinking skills and use of specialized test equipment will be stressed to provide students with excellent and highly marketable diagnostic abilities.
Prerequisite: Auto 170 with C or better
This course explores the application of electronic components and systems within a modern vehicle. Students will learn basic semiconductor theory, and operation and testing of a wide variety of input and output devices. Also covered will be multiplex (vehicle intranet) systems, serial communications, and diagnostic practices.
Lecture Hours: 1.5 | Lab Hours: 1.5 | Repeatable: No | Grading: L
Recommended: Auto 118, 122, 127, 129
This course covers the theory, diagnosis and repair of modern automotive DI and EI ignition systems. Topics include: ignition system function, combustion requirements, primary system triggering, switching components and operation. Included are secondary ignition components and operation, ignition timing devices, electronic spark timing function and strategy, as well as distributorless ignition systems i.e. Waste Spark and Coil-on-plug. System testing methods, fault isolation techniques, DSO, GDMM, Oscilloscope testing, waveform interpretation, as well as maintenance/driveability fault corrections are also included.
This laboratory oriented course explores the many aspects of advanced engine performance testing. Students will develop proficiency using digital storage oscilloscopes, current clamps, graphing multimeters, generic and manufacturer specified scan tools, and other diagnostic equipment. Emphasis will be placed on waveform and PID interpretation, and the effects erroneous signals/information can have on vehicle performance.
Lecture Hours: 0.5 | Lab Hours: 3 | Repeatable: No | Grading: L
Prerequisite: AUTO 170 with C or better
This course allows Automotive Students to complete Honda Individualized Skills Training Modules not covered in regular classes. Topics include brakes, engine repair, suspension, steering, electrical, driveability, transmission, drivetrain, fuel systems, and air conditioning.
Lecture Hours: None | Lab Hours: 4.5 | Repeatable: No | Grading: L
Recommended: AUTO 103,119, 171
This is an advanced automotive course covering electronic engine and powertrain management. Systems covered are fuel, ignition, emissions, idle, transmission, throttle control, variable valve timing, and climate control. Critical thinking skills and use of specialized test equipment will be stressed to provide students with excellent and highly marketable diagnostic abilities.
Prerequisite: Auto 125 with C or better.
This is an advanced automotive course for student/technicians possessing a solid background in mechanical/electronic engine control systems and general diagnostic procedures. Advanced diagnostic techniques include scan-tool, break-out box, DSO/GDMM, five gas, and OBD-II mode 6 diagnosis of electronic powertrain management and related sub-systems. Successful completion of this course will prepare students for the ASE L-1 Advanced Engine Performance test and California Smog licensing exam, in addition to providing practical diagnostic knowledge needed to repair modern engine control systems.
Prerequisite: AUTO 133 with C or better or equivalent industry experience
This course will prepare students to diagnose and repair modern heating ventilation and air conditioning systems. Topics studied include systems inspection, diagnosis, and repair, leak testing, performance testing, mode control, refrigerant identification, recovery, flushing, evacuation, recharging, and safe handling procedures. Students will also learn to diagnose component malfunctions and related electrical systems. Automatic temperature control systems will also be explored. Auto 135 and 174 prepares students for the ASE Air Conditioning exam.
Prerequisite: AUTO 102, with C or better
Occupational Work Experience is designed for students who work or volunteer in a field related to their career major. Students are required to provide evidence that they are enrolled in automotive technology course(s). Students can earn one unit of credit for each 60 hours of unpaid volunteer time or 75 hours of paid work during the semester. Students can repeat Career/Occupational Work Experience, combined with General Work Experience, or alone, up to a maximum of 16 units. Internship/job placement is not guaranteed.
Units: 1 - 8
Lecture Hours: None | Lab Hours: 1.81 | Repeatable: 15 | Grading: O
Corequisite: Be employed or a volunteer at an approved work-site for the minimum number of hours per unit as stipulated for paid and unpaid status.
Advisory Level — Read: 3 | Write: 3 | Math: 0
This course covers details of the California Smog Inspection Program. Succcessful completion is required for technicians wishing any level of California smog license. It covers rules, regulations, licenses, consumer rights, inspection procedures, equipment usage, safety, diagnostic techniques, failure diagnosis and periodic updates of new technology. Incorporates portions of previous BAR Updates for OBD2, 2003, 2005, and 2007.
Lecture Hours: 5 | Lab Hours: None | Repeatable: No | Grading: L
This course covers advanced testing, diagnostic and repair procedures for automotive emission systems. The course meets State of California BAR licensing requirements for smog certification and licensure. Students will utilize diagnostic equipment including digitial storage scopes and the BAR97 dynometer to test, certify, and diagnose emission problems. Instruction will include five gas analysis, baseline techniques, loaded mode testing, advanced waveform patterns, NOx diagnosis, catalytic converter testing, and O2 sensor diagnosis.
Lecture Hours: 2 | Lab Hours: 0.5 | Repeatable: 3 | Grading: L
Prerequisite: AUTO 141 with C or better or hold current CA Smog Technician License.
California Bureau of Auto Repair (BAR) Update Training for 2011, necessary for new Smog Licenses or biannual renewals. The course covers latest BAR Updates, review of proper vehicular testing procedures, catalytic converter diagnosis, use of BAR references to determine after-market parts suitability.
Lecture Hours: 1 | Lab Hours: 0.057 | Repeatable: No | Grading: O
Advisory Level — Read: 2 | Write: 2 | Math: 0
Transfer Status: None | Degree Applicable: NAA
California Bureau of Auto Repair (BAR) Update Training effective Jan 1 2013, necessary for new Smog Licenses or biannual renewals. An In-depth study of evaporative emissions systems used on OBD II vehicles will be provided. Topics include the operation, diagnosis, and repair of vacuum decay, leak detection pumps, natural vacuum leak detection, and on-board refueling. The course covers latest BAR Updates to licensing, technician and shop scoring (STAR), Ethics and OIS (OBD only testing).
Lecture Hours: 1 | Lab Hours: 0 | Repeatable: No | Grading: L
This course introduces students and entry level automotive technicians to the automotive electrical system. The course covers electrical theory, magnetism, Ohm's law, series and parallel circuits and system dynamics. Students learn to calculate and measure voltage, resistance and current in theoretical and live circuits, build and test working models of typical automotive electrical systems using table top components and industry specific simulators, and practice diagnosis and repair procedures on a variety of vehicles. Students will also develop an understanding of modern electrical test equipment, such as DMMs, GDMMs, and DSO's, and industry standard troubleshooting and repair procedures.
Lecture Hours: 2 | Lab Hours: 3 | Repeatable: No | Grading: L
Prerequisite: Auto 102 with C or better.
This is an intermediate level course that covers engine theory and repair procedures. This is a unique class, wherein students will start an engine in the first class session. Throughout the course students will complete disassemble and study each component and the system it relates to. During the last few class meetings students will have the engine properly assembled, running, and thoroughly tested. This course prepares students to pass the National Automotive Service Excellence ASE "Engine Repair" test.
Lecture Hours: 2 | Lab Hours: 1.5 | Repeatable: No | Grading: L
This course will introduce students to the service and repair procedures of drive-train systems, brakes, clutches, steering, suspension, alignment, and related measurement practices. Auto 172 is designed to prepare students for the chassis drive-train track and stresses inspection and routine maintenance services of under-car systems such as CV axles, brake friction components, universal joints, clutch systems, and transmissions. Satisfactory completion of this course is required for either automotive degree option.
This course will provide overview information about careers in Automotive Technology. Preparation for "on job" experience will include presentations and discussions about professionalism, work ethics, diplomacy, consumerism, safety, hazardous wastes, tools and equipment, as well as employee, employer, and customer relations.
Lecture Hours: 2 | Lab Hours: None | Repeatable: No | Grading: L
This course provides students with the marketable skills needed for the diagnosis and repair of modern electronic body-chassis control systems. It is designed to complement Auto 105, 106, 120, and 135 Chassis/Drivetrain classes by studying ABS, electronically controlled steering, suspension, AC, and transmission systems. Students will be using state-of-the-art equipment such as: lab scopes, ETMs, scanners, DVOMs, and other related resources. Students will apply knowledge of Ohm’s Law, digital logic, parasitic load testing, short/open location, communication protocols, and other technical resources.
Corequisite: AUTO 170
Recommended: AUTO 172, 105, 106
This course will introduce students to the hands-on skills needed to plan and fabricate components for the purpose of manufacturing. Specialized tools such as mills, lathes, MIG welders, chop saws, as well as a variety of hand tools, will be covered. In addition to gaining hands-on experience, successful students will build teamwork and cooperative skills, improve time management practices, and develop sound workmanship values.
Prerequisite: AUTO 111, with C or better or equivalent industry experience
This course will examine a variety of alternative fuels and propulsion systems used in modern automotive vehicles. The advantages and limitations of alternative fuels used in internal combustion engines (ICE) will be discussed. The topics on alternative propulsion systems will include the basic theory of operation, construction, and safety. The unique dangers surrounding alternative fuel and propulsion vehicles will be explored, and how to minimize the risks. This course will also cover what is needed to operate safely and effectively around these vehicles. The program includes a quick guide comparison chart of the different hybrid electric automobiles.
Prerequisite: Auto 102, with C or better or equivalent industry experience
This is an advanced course that provides an in-depth study of the technology, maintenance, and repair of hybrid electric light duty passenger vehicles. Basic diagnostic, repair, and maintenance procedures of the unique systems associated with hybrid electric vehicles will be discussed and practiced. Special tools and diagnostic equipment will be used during the laboratory exercises.
Prerequisite: Auto 102, Auto 170, Auto 181A, all with a grade of C or better.
This lab oriented course allows automotive technology students to utilize their previous training in electrical and powertrain performance courses to perform diagnosis of a wide variety of simulated and actual vehicle faults under real-world conditions. Students will punch in and out on a time card, work from a repair order, and bid diagnostic/repair time and needed repairs. Students will troubleshoot and repair faults in starting, charging, ignition, lighting, accessory, safety, instrumentation, heating and ventilation, fuel, emission control, powertrain control, navigation, and telematics systems.
Prerequisite: AUTO 170, and either AUTO 119 or (AUTO 118 and AUTO 127)
Advisory Level — Read: 3 | Write: 3 | Math: 3