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Santa Monica College|Academic Programs|Business Department|Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology

(Updated Tuesday, September 6)

Fall 2016

Section 4525 Auto 40 5:30-8:35pm MW SMHS Arnold W A
Above section 4525 meets for 14 weeks, Sep 19 to Dec 19.  Above section 4525 meets at Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405.

Section 4526 Auto 45 5:30-8:45pm TuTh SMHS Arnold W A
Above section 4526 meets for 13 weeks, Sep 27 to Dec 20.  Above section 4526 meets at Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405.

Classes are held in the Innovation Building at Santa Monica High School:​

The Automotive Program at Santa Monica College consists of a 12-unit department certificate:  Introductory Automotive Technician. Students who complete this short-term program may work in positions troubleshooting and repairing electronic and mechanical vehicle problems. Employees in these basic positions in today's automotive maintenance shop operate sophisticated tools and equipment and practice safe work practices under the guidance of more experienced technicians. Students wishing to take more advanced training may transfer their SMC courses to Rio Hondo College and to Cerritos College's Advanced Transportation Program.

Students who wish to know more about alternative vehicles may enroll in AUTO 50 Emerging and Alternative Automotive Technology where they will gain an understanding of alternative fuels, hybrid-electric vehicles, and other emerging technologies as well as how each performs as a potential solution to transportation-related energy and air pollution problems.

​​​All department certificates under 18 units are to be submitted to the Business office located in B220. Please complete the top half of the application and attach a copy of your transcript. You may log into Corsair Connect to download a copy of your unofficial transcript. Please highlight or underline the courses required for the certificate on your transcript. All required courses must have a letter grade of C or higher. Courses listed as “In Progress” are not valid.

You may drop off the application at the Business office during normal hours of operation from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday. You may also mail your application to the following address:
SMC Business Dept.
Attn: Sal Veas
1900 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Please note, your certificate will be mailed to the address listed on your application.  Please allow up to 3 weeks to receive your certificate.

Automotive Technology Courses:

AUTO 50, Emerging and Alternative Auto Technology 3 units
• Prerequisite: None.
Students will gain an understanding of the current state of vehicle technology in the U.S. In addition, they will study the impact of alternative fuels, hybrid-electric drives, and other technology emerging in the transportation marketplace. Emissions, fuel economy benefits and regulations, and safety and service requirements will be examined. The interaction of issues such as economic viability, energy independence, the regulatory environment, infrastructure, and the consumer environment will be examined from the standpoint of the ability of each technology to solve transportation-related energy and air pollution problems. The global impact of the automobile will be studied.

AUTO 40, Automotive Maintenance and Operation 3 units
• Prerequisite: None.
This course is an introductory course dealing with the maintenance and operation of the modern automobile. The course familiarizes the student with career opportunities in the automotive industry. Also covered are tools and equipment and safe working practices in the automotive industry

AUTO 45, Automotive Braking Systems 3 units
• Prerequisite: None.
This is a theoretical and practical course in automotive braking systems. It includes operating principles, component description, diagnosis, and service.

AUTO 46, Automotive Electrical Systems 3 units
• Skills Advisory: Auto 40 or equivalent.
This course covers basic electricity and automotive electrical systems such as battery, starting, charging, and electronic ignition. Test equipment and computer systems will also be covered.​​​​​

AUTO 47, Suspension and Steering 3 units
• Prerequisite: None.
This is a course in the principles of automotive suspension, steering systems, and four-wheel suspension alignment. Topics include the two types of steering systems that are widely used in today’s consumer vehicles: rack-and-pinion steering, and “recirculating ball” or “worm gear” steering, also known as conventional. This course prepares students for entry-level positions or advanced training in automotive suspension and steering systems, with the opportunity to acquire marketable skills in wheel alignment, and the testing, diagnosis, and repair of steering and suspension systems.​​​​​​​​