The Butte College Automotive Technology Program consists of a core group of classes that must be taken by all students regardless of which of the two program tracks a student chooses, i.e. Honda PACT or our General Technician Program. These six courses are listed in the Organizational Chart shown below. Most students take four to five semesters to complete the program however with some exceptional students, the program has been completed in as little as three semesters.
Aut 1 Introduction to Automotive Technology*
This class is sometimes waived due to high school automotive training, military training or previous exposure to the automotive industry due to work experience.
(Class Meets two days a week)
*Waived for thase with previous automotive training.
Aut 41 Specialized Automotive Electronics
This class is a prerequisite to all of the remaining core courses in our program. The automotive industry relies heavily on electronics so students must take this course first in their training. Also in terms of safety, new Hybrid vehicles have been involved in the death and injury of several technicians. This class is a must for technician safety and understanding of complex electrical subsystems.
Lecture is delivered online via Blackboard and consists of interactive modules. Embedded within these modules are lab sign up request for hands on skills training at the main campus on tues and thurs, 6 to 10 pm
Aut 6A & 7A Brakes and Suspension & Chassis Electrical
In this combination class, eleven weeks are spent in the study of brakes, suspension and steering with a focus on antilock brakes and electronic stability control. Design features, principles and service procedures are covered. During the remaining six weeks, this class covers chassis electrical systems including batteries, starters, alternators, electrical accessories and body controlled multiplexing systems. This section of the class places a heavy emphasis on the diagnostic service procedures of these systems.
(Class meets daily from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon)
Aut 8A & 9A Engines & A/C
This is a combination class covering engine design, construction, diagnostic procedures and service procedures in the first section for a period of ten weeks. In second portion, air conditioning system principles, designs, servicing, diagnostic procedures and safety are covered for a period of seven weeks. This class places a heavy emphasis on personnel safety and environmental safety while working with air conditioning servicing equipment.
(Class meets daily 8 a.m. to 12 noon)
Aut 52A & 53A Automatic Transmissions and Manual Drive Trains
This is the last of the combination classes and for the first ten weeks, automatic transmissions and transaxles are studied. Design, theory, construction, servicing and diagnostic procedures are explored. This course places an emphasis on electronically controlled transmissions. During the last seven weeks of the course, manual drive trains are looked at including transmissions, rear differentials, clutches, transfer cases, drive shafts and CV halfshafts. Design, theory, construction, servicing and diagnostic procedures are studied.
(Class meets daily 1 pm to 5 pm)
Aut 30 & 31 Engine Performance and Emissions
This class focuses the entire semester on ignition, fuel, emissions and diagnostic test procedures for today's modern computer controlled vehicles. This class also includes all tests and coursework required by the California Bureau of Automotive Repair that must be completed prior to signing up to take the state smog examination. A major portion of this class focuses on the diagnostic procedures of these systems. Service procedures, theory, safety and design are also studied.
(Class meets daily 1 to 5 p.m.)
Aut 1 is lecture only, meeting two days per week. (4 units) .
Aut 41 lecture is delivered online and meets for hands-on lab skills two nights per week. (6 units)
The remaining core classes listed above meet daily for 4 hours either in the morning from 8-12 or in the afternoon from 1-5. These classes generally use the format of one hour lecture and three hours lab. (10 units each)