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 Course Title:   Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning

 Title Abbreviation:   AUTO/ HEAT/AIR CONDITION

 Department:    AT

 Course #:    207

 Credits:    7

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    9.25

 CIP:    470604

 EPC:    712

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

Operation, diagnosis and repair of automotive air conditioning and heating systems including climate control systems and related electrical circuits. Includes proper service and maintenance of heating, cooling and refrigeration systems, and use of specialty equipment.


Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment: AT 100 or 107; AT 133, and 205 and WT 231.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 77

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree, Required for certificate  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand safety and the hazards associated with air conditioning systems.
  2. Describe the nomenclature and function of the manifold gauge set.
  3. Determine if the air conditioning malfunction is due to an electrical or mechanical failure.
  4. Identify the different types of automotive air conditioning systems.
  5. Identify the various makes and models of compressors used in automotive air conditioning service.
  6. Leak test air conditioning systems with different types of leak detectors.
  7. Identify the blower motors, linkage contacts of the air conditioning systems.
  8. Understand retrofit or change from R-12 or CFC-12 or HFC 134a.
  9. Determine the problems relating to electrical by following a wiring diagram.
  10. Identify the major components of the automotive engine cooling and comfort heating system.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.2 Demonstrate standards of professionalism in manner, appearance, and setting appropriate to the context, including the classroom, workplace, and community.

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.3 Use technology appropriate to the context and task to effectively retrieve and manage information, solve problems, and facilitate communication.

Course Contents

  1. Health and safety.
  2. Temperature and pressure fundamentals.
  3. The refrigeration system.
  4. System components.
  5. Compressors and clutches.
  6. System, servicing testing and diagnosing.
  7. Car and duct systems.
  8. Retrofit (CFC-12>0 HFC-134a).
  9. System controls.
  10. Engine cooling and comfort heating system.
  11. Operation and diagnosis of refrigeration system.
  12. Operation and diagnosis of related electrical circuits.
  13. Service and maintenance of refrigeration system.
  14. Operation and diagnosis of automatic temperature control.
  15. Operation and diagnosis of heating system.