Automotive Controller Systems Technician Level 1 - Career Pathway Certificate of Completion (CPCC)

Description

The Automotive Controller Systems Technician Level I Career Pathway Certificate of Completion trains students to be the key troubleshooter of a vehicle’s drivability problems. Students learn to identify everything from power train malfunctions to ignition failures using state-of-the-art computer diagnostic equipment. Students will be well prepared to work with multiple vehicle platforms to reprogram vehicle computer systems for safety and vehicle function. Students will become competent working with logic circuits and controller area network.

The certificate prepares students for the Automotive Service Excllence certification in (A6) Automotive Electrical/Electronic Systems and (A8) Automotive Engine Performance. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate appropriate basic technical knowledge and practical skills necessary for employment in Automotive Technology from previous basic skills courses, plus second level electrical / electronic courses.
  • Perform various scan tool operations to update vehicle modifications. 
  • Describe the use of Controller Area Network on operational vehicles.
  • Describe the need for system features as applied to vehicle safety.
  • Perform Vehicle Data List, Parameter Identification (PIDS) and Service Identification (SIDS) extraction.
  • Describe vehicle reprogramming for performance and emissions.
  • Perform vehicle reprogramming for software issues updates.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Academic Entrance Requirements

Required:

  • Students must complete the following five courses before enrolling in other AUT courses: AUT 101 Basic Electricity for AutomotiveAUT 106 Automotive Program OrientationAUT 107 Mechanical Systems IAUT 110 Small Gas Engines, and AUT 115 College Success for Automotive Technology

Recommended:

  • High school diploma or GED

ADDITIONAL PROGRAM COSTS (BEYOND STANDARD TUITION/FEES AND TEXTBOOKS)

Material Costs

  • Automotive Service Excellence certification: up to $450 total for all eight areas of testing
  • Tools: $1,500 to $2,500
  • Materials (coveralls, safety glasses, work jacket, safety shoes, t-shirts): $200

Enrollment Fees

  • All AUT courses AUT 260 Diesel Performance II and higher: $200 course fee
  • All AUT courses lower than AUT 260 Diesel Performance II: $15 course fee

Course Requirements

Course Title Credits
Core Courses
AUT 101Basic Electricity for Automotive2
AUT 102Automotive Electric I5
AUT 103Automotive Electric II2
AUT 104Automotive Electric III2
AUT 105Diesel Performance I2
AUT 106Automotive Program Orientation1
AUT 107Mechanical Systems I3
AUT 110Small Gas Engines3
AUT 111Computerized Engine Controls5
AUT 115College Success for Automotive Technology2
AUT 205Engine Performance I2
AUT 206Engine Performance II2
AUT 270Automotive Controller Systems I4
Total Credits35

Performance Standards

  • Academic Requirements:

    • Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC certificate or degree.
    • All courses in the program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

Sample Plan

Sample Plan Grid
First Year
FallCredits
AUT 101Basic Electricity for Automotive2
AUT 106Automotive Program Orientation1
AUT 107Mechanical Systems I3
AUT 110Small Gas Engines3
AUT 115College Success for Automotive Technology2
 Credits11
Winter
AUT 102Automotive Electric I5
AUT 103Automotive Electric II2
AUT 105Diesel Performance I2
AUT 205Engine Performance I2
 Credits11
Spring
AUT 111Computerized Engine Controls5
AUT 206Engine Performance II2
AUT 104Automotive Electric III2
 Credits9
Second Year
Fall
AUT 270Automotive Controller Systems I4
 Credits4
 Total Credits35

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