Pulaski Technical College

Automotive Technology

Technical Certificate:

Technical certificate programs provide a short concentration in a specific technical area. These programs are intended for students who plan to enter the workforce after completion of the program or who are currently working and want to upgrade their skills. Hours earned in some certificate programs are acceptable toward associate degree programs.


Degree Requirement

General Education (6 credit hours)

AST 1106. Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
This course is a study of the automatic transmission beginning with a review of gear theory and the introduction of the planetary gearset. Course continues with a brief review of the basics of hydraulic theory and a study of the basic transmission components common to most automatic transmissions to provide students an overview of the operation and construction of a typical unit. 4 lecture hours, 5 lab hours. (6 credit hours/special course fee)

AST 1209. Power Trains
This course is a study of the power train on a vehicle with a standard transmission/transaxle. Beginning with the flywheel, the course traces the flow of power from the engine, through the flywheel and clutch assembly, to the transmission, through the differential to the wheel and hubs. 6 lecture hours, 8 lab hours. (9 credit hours/special course fee)

AST 1405. Automotive Brake Systems
This course is a background of basic brakes and hydraulic theory. The course covers drum brakes, disc brakes and various types of parking brakes in detail. It includes three types of Power brakes and the theory of operation of the Bosch and Teves antilock brake systems. 4 lecture hours, 3 lab hours. (5 credit hours/special course fee)

AST 1505. Climate Control
This course begins with a study of the theory of refrigeration, the refrigeration cycle, and the basic components of a typical automotive refrigeration system. It includes the function and construction of compressors, lines, expansion valves, orifice tubes, receiver dryers, accumulators, condensers, evaporators, blower motors and air distribution systems. Emphasis is placed on service and maintenance procedures as well as basic shop safety. 4 lecture hours, 3 lab hours. (5 credit hours/special course fee)

AST 2105. Chassis and Steering
This course is an introduction to the theory and operation of modern suspension and steering systems. It includes the study of the suspension system includes wheels and tires, hubs, bearings, seals, springs and the vehicle frame. Steering and steering systems start with the basic theory of steering geometry. Hands-on instruction is used to teach two- and four-wheel alignment. 4 lecture, 5 lab hours. (5 credit hours/special course fee)

AST 2210. Engine Performance
Two major systems are covered in this course: fuel and ignition, which include drive ability and emissions. A thorough understanding of these systems is essential for successful maintenance and repair. Hand-held and stationary test equipment is used extensively in the hands-on portion of the course. 7 lecture hours, 9 lab hours. (10 credit hours/special course fee)

AST 2306. Engine Repair
This course is an introduction to automotive engines including construction and theory. Course covers preparation and assembly of major engine components, preventive maintenance, troubleshooting and use of service and flat rate manuals. 5 lecture hours, 3 lab hours. (6 credit hours/special course fee)

AST 2409. Electrical Fundamentals
This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of electricity/electronics, including Ohm's law, basic electrical circuits, wiring diagrams and common electrical symbols. Emphasis is placed on diagnosis and troubleshooting of electrical circuits, including familiarization with most common types of testing equipment. Includes starting systems, charging systems, microprocessors, sensors, actuators and power distribution networks. 7 lecture hours, 6 lab hours. (9 credit hour/special course fee)

AST 2503. Automotive Computer Systems
An understanding of the system's purpose, operation and diagnostic approach is emphasized in this course. The diagnostic procedures within the service manual will put the system in its proper perspective as an integral part of the engine's support system. (3 credit hours/special course fee)

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