Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Automotive and Light Duty Diesel Technology

Now accelerated for even faster entry into a hot job market


Undercar Specialist - Certificate

1) 1000 level (minimum) General Education courses required unless specified

Undercar Specialist - 15 credit Certificate
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General Auto Service Theory
This course is designed as a prerequisite for all technical automotive courses. Major emphasis is placed on shop safety, use of service manuals, preventative maintenance, use of automotive tools and equipment. (Prerequisite: None) (1 Credit: 1 lecture/0 lab)

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1 cr
General Auto Service Lab
This course will let the student apply knowledge and skills learned in general automotive service. (Prerequisite: AUTO1105) (2 Credits: 0 lecture/2 lab)

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2 cr
Introduction to Light Duty Diesel and Hybrid Service
This course teaches basic fundamentals of diesel engine construction and maintenance of engine and the power plants used in hybrid vehicles. Major emphasis on engine construction, fuel systems, hybrid safety, service and maintenance. Materials and information will be presented in a manner related directly to the occupation. (Prerequisite: AUTO 1105, AUTO 1106, or instructor approval) (2 credits: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
Suspension & Steering Lab
This course will develop skills the student will need for diagnosis and replacement and alignment of suspension systems needed in the technology of automotive and light duty truck repair. (Prerequisites: AUTO1105, AUTO1106, AUTO1204 or instructor approval) (3 Credits: 0 lecture/3 lab)

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3 cr
Brake Systems Lab
This course will enhance the students' knowledge in developing skills and procedures learned in Brake Systems. (Prerequisites: AUTO1105, AUTO1106 or instructor approval) (3 Credits: 0 lecture/3 lab)

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3 cr
Suspension & Steering Theory
This course instructs the student in steering component diagnosis and component replacement/adjustment. Emphasis is placed on all components of automotive steering and suspension. (Prerequisites: AUTO1105, AUTO1106, or instructor approval) ( 2 Credits: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
Brake Systems Theory
This course includes principles of hydraulic systems, disc and drum brakes, parking brakes, and power assist units. Emphasis on anti-lock operation, diagnosis, and repair of various types of braking systems. (Prerequisites: AUTO1105, AUTO1106, or instrtuctor approval) (2 Credits: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
15 crs

Total Credit Requirement - 15

Estimated Costs for this Major

Approximate Tuition/Fees:$3,682
Minimum Tool Cost:$600
Estimated Total:$4,682


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