Program Description

The curriculum prepares the student for entry-level employment in brake and suspension repair. Students will receive hands-on instruction experience in removing, rebuilding, adjusting and re-installing brake systems and components of both foreign and domestic vehicles. A wide variety of vehicle models are discussed and used during the lab portion of the class. Both early and late model vehicles are covered during the course of the semester for both the brakes class and the steering and suspension class. Antilock brake systems (ABS) are discussed and service procedures are demonstrated. The use of precision equipment such as computerized alignment machines, brake disc and drum lathes and diagnostic scan tools keep students current with the latest industry standards. All applicable machining procedures and technical calculations are covered. Students are highly recommended to purchase tools while in the program, tools are required once entering the workforce. A uniform and valid drivers license is required for program participation.

Students are encouraged to take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) exams for Suspension and Steering (A4), and Brakes (A5). Students are required to take the NATEF Student Certification Examinations.

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.

Program Outcomes

  1. Describe the theory, operation, and fundamentals of automotive brakes, suspension, and steering systems to apply a practical diagnosis, service, maintenance, and repair.
  2. Demonstrate and integrate the safe set up and operation of tools and equipment required by the automotive industry as it relates to automotive brakes, suspension, and steering systems.
  3. Perform a majority of the NATEF laboratory tasks (as outlined) in an acceptable amount of time in a safe and consistent manner.
  4. Prepare students to successfully take and complete the Automotive Service Excellence exam in the areas of automotive brakes (A5), suspension, and steering systems (A4).
  5. Prepare students to take the NATEF Student Certification Exam at the end of term.

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Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

Required Units: 20

  • AUTO 200 - Automotive Fundamentals for Technicians (4)
  • ELTN 130 - Introduction to Electronics (3)
  • AUTO 050 - Automotive Electrical Systems (3)
  • AUTO 224 - Automotive Brake Systems (5)
  • AUTO 225 - Suspension and Steering (5)

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Earn an Associate of Science Degree With Your Certificate of Achievement

An AS Degree prepares you with the unique skills needed to enter a specialized career field. Earned in conjunction with a Certificate of Achievement, it will open up further opportunities for career advancement.

To earn your AS degree, you will need to complete the general education requirements for an AS degree in addition to the above listed Certificate of Achievement Requirements.

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