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AST 1003: AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRONICS

This course is an overall study of the fundamental principles of DC and AC electricity, Ohm's Law, series, parallel, and series parallel circuits as related to the automotive field.

AST 1004: GASOLINE ENGINE THEORY

Provides the student with an introduction to automotive engines. Students learn the proper use and care of hand tools, precision tools, special tools, and equipment. Theory of operation with attention to components is included. Cooling systems, lubrication systems, intake systems, exhaust systems, vehicle maintenance, as well as PC based automotive schematics and flow charts are taught. Safety is emphasized.

This course is designated as "Green".
CTE General Technology Fee: $40.

AST 1005: ENGINE PERFORMANCE

Prerequisite: AST 1004 Engine Theory.
Provides students with an understanding of fuel, ignition, drivability, and emissions systems. Theory of operation as well as relevant electronic components and computing systems diagnosis is included.

This course is designated as "green".
CTE General Technology Fee: $50.

AST 1103: AUTOMOTIVE BRAKE SYSTEMS

Concentrates on the theory and operation of disc and drum brake systems. Basic hydraulic principles as well as the operation and components of the brake foundation systems are taught. The course includes an in-depth study of various power brake systems, including vacuum assisted systems, hydraulically boosted systems, and several types of anti-lock braking systems.
CTE General Technology Fee: $30.

AST 1113: INTRODUCTION TO AUTOMOTIVE DRIVETRAINS

Designed to cover the entire drivetrain on a late model vehicle with a standard transmission. Instruction will begin with the flywheel and proceed to the transmission, through the differential assembly, and ending at the wheel and hub. Includes the principles of gear reduction as it applies to the theory, operation, and repair of manual transmission, differential, and transaxles. Several types of four-wheel drive systems will be taught.
CTE General Technology Fee: $30.

AST 1203: AUTOMOTIVE CLIMATE CONTROL

Begins with a study of refrigeration, the refrigeration cycle, and basic components of a typical automotive refrigeration system. The function and construction of compressors, lines, expansion valves, expansion tubes, condensers, evaporators, blower motors, and air distribution systems is covered. Automatic temperature control systems including the latest computer monitored systems, and heating and ventilation will also be covered. Service and maintenance procedures as well as shop safety are emphasized.

This course is designated as "green".
CTE General Technology Fee: $30.

AST 1213: AUTOMOTIVE CHASSIS AND STEERING

Designed to introduce the student to the theory and operation of modern suspension and steering systems. The study of the suspension system includes wheels, tires, hubs, bearings, seals, springs, and vehicle forms. Various designs and construction of each of these components will be covered. Steering and suspension systems start with the basic theory of steering geometry and the related factors. Wheel alignment, construction and operation of the various manual, and power steering components are included.
CTE General Technology Fee: $30.

AST 1223: ADVANCED AUTOMOTIVE DRIVETRAINS

Pre-requisite: AST 1113. A continuation of AST 1113. A study of the theory and operation of the entire drivetrain of automotive automatic transmissions and transaxles.
CTE General Technology Fee: $30.

AST 2103: ADVANCED AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRONICS

Prerequisites: AST 1003 and AST 1004. This course applies the fundamentals of electronics, including Ohm's Law, basic electrical circuits, wiring diagrams, and common electrical symbols to the automobile. Diagnosis and troubleshooting of electrical circuits is emphasized, including familiarizations with most common types of testing equipment. It includes an in-depth study of the theory and operation of automobile electronic control systems.



This course is designated as "green".

CTE General Technology Fee: $30.

AST 2113: ADVANCED ENGINE PERFORMANCE

Prerequisite: AST 1005.
This course covers advanced theory and testing of engine related fuel and computerized systems. The student should have a basic understanding of basic computer, fuel, and ignition systems. Students will use more advanced equipment for testing.
CTE General Technology Fee: $30.

AST 2203: DIESEL THEORY

Studies the basic principles involved in the construction and operation of diesel engines. Examines fuel, air, cooling, and control systems of various designs. Discusses engine overhaul and repair, includes gauging proper measuring instruments and tools for these tasks. Studies the design, operation, care, and repair of fuel injection systems used on a variety of diesel engines. Emphasizes care and cleanliness in troubleshooting the fuel preheating, starting, generating, and lighting systems.
Lecture: 2 hours, laboratory: 1 hour.
CTE General Technology Fee: $30.

AST 2993: SPECIAL TOPICS FOR AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE TECHNOLOGY

This course is designed to introduce students to specific areas in Automotive Service Technology. Course content and credit are designed to meet the needs of the student. The topic will vary from offering to offering; thus, the course may be taken more than once for a total of 6 hours. This course requires 15 clock hours per one semester credit hour.
CTE General Technology Fee: $30.