Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning Technician

Course Code:

Credit Hours:
150 clock hours

Effective beginning:

001, 002


Course Description:
This course prepares the student to diagnose, service, and repair automotive heating and air conditioning systems. Automatic temperature control systems are introduced, and refrigerant recovery procedures are taught. Components include lecture/discussion, online testing and assignments, written assignments, and hands-on experience.


Course Details


John Gardner
ASE Master Certified & A.S. degree, Automotive Technology
Workforce Development Building “WD”, Room 134
Office hours as posted.


Required textbooks/ course materials:

Fundamentals of Automotive Technology (bundle), 3rd Edition, (textbook, workbook, and 2-year Access Code), ISBN: 9781284271669.

Modern Automotive Technology (textbook), 10th ed., ISBN: 9781645646907.


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

Automotive Technology focuses on broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of the automotive industry:

See chart below.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Demonstrate knowledge of air conditioning system theory and operation by written and hands-on assessment.

Identify the location and function of all major components of an air conditioning and heating system, including the compressor, condenser, filter drier, evaporator, service valves, high and low pressure cutoff devices, all high and low pressure lines, and all heater core connections to the cooling system.

Perform an air conditioning performance test; perform refrigerant recovery and reclamation, use a recovery system; identify refrigerant types; perform an evacuation, a recharge, and a leak test.

Demonstrate knowledge of the differences between the R-12 and R-134A systems, and the special handling procedures associated with recovery and use of R-134A refrigerant by written and hands-on assessment.

Diagnose system problems with a manifold gauge set, charging stations, and temperature gauge; diagnose system problems via electronic and dye leak detection.

Remove and replace compressors, evaporators, and condensers.

Perform diagnostic checks on an automatic temperature control system.

Disassemble, inspect, and reassemble clutch assembly.

AUT Outcome 1:Demonstrate mastery of Automotive Service Technology knowledge and skills.

AUT Outcome 2: Demonstrate safety skills appropriate for employees in an Automotive Service work setting.

AUT Outcome 3: Apply critical thinking and diagnostic skills as appropriate for Automotive Service Technicians.

AUT Outcome 4: Exhibit interpersonal and ethical skills as appropriate for Automotive Service Technicians.

AUT Outcome 5: Exhibit leadership, organizational, and professional skills appropriate for Automotive Service Technicians.

AUT Outcome 6: Students exhibit employability and/or entrepreneurship skills as appropriate for employees in an Automotive Service work setting.

Tests, Quizzes, Final Exams, Skills Performance and Skills Demonstration, Projects, Skills Check



Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

The course is competency-based and self-paced using handouts, videotapes, textbooks, computer-assisted instruction and instructor demonstrations.

  1. Attending classes, completing book and computer assignments along with laboratory work.
  2. Completing reading and homework assignments.
  3. Studying/maintaining handouts.
  4. Reading current publications from the automotive industry.

Student must demonstrate an understanding theory of operating principles prior to stating lab sheets. Have the instructor or lab assistant sign and verify your lab sheets after completing each lab assignment. Turn in your lab sheets to the instructor or lab assistant for grading and recording.           

You will be assigned a specific lab station work area. The equipment you will use is rugged and reliable. However, with abuse or misuse, it will malfunction and become inoperable. Be careful and have the instructor/instructional aide demonstrate the use of the equipment before using it for the first time. Read all instructions carefully and ask questions prior to use. Keep your lab bench work area clean and orderly while performing assignments. Return all equipment/lab components to the proper storage area before departing at the end of the day. Lab and shop will be clean and secured at the end of each project or day whichever comes first. If a lab assignment will take more than one day notify the instructor and secure all parts and project at the end of the day.


The course examinations consist of written knowledge examinations and performance evaluations. A knowledge examination is given upon completion of each assignment on the course outline. If you take an exam and score less than 70%, you are allowed to retake the exam on the next class day. First, restudy your textbook, quizzes, lab experiments, etc. and make another attempt. If you have taken the exam three or more times to pass, your grade can never be more than 60. Performance evaluation must be mastered before proceeding to the next assignment. Student will be able to repeat performance evaluations till complete mastery is achieved. Students are encouraged to take the nationally and industry recognized Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) exam upon completion of each automotive area.


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