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ATE 121 - Electrical Systems

Credits: 3
4 Skills Lab Hours

This course covers electrical principles, including voltage, resistance, current flow, series and parallel circuits and Ohm’s Law relating to the automobile. Students learn the operation, testing and repairing of the starting and charging systems including electrical accessories. Certain course sections are manufacturer-specific.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Apply basic automotive electricity using simulators and lab exercises.
  2. Apply the principles of Ohm’s Law to diagnose circuit faults.
  3. Identify basic electrical circuit designs and critical components.
  4. Analyze voltage and current readings obtained during battery, starting and charging testing and diagnosis.
  5. Describe proper safety procedures working with vehicle electricity.
Listed Topics
  1. Electrical terms (voltage, current, resistance)
  2. Ohm’s Law
  3. Series, parallel and series-parallel circuit design and operation
  4. Magnetism
  5. Electrical test equipment
  6. Batteries
  7. Wiring schematics
  8. Wiring and circuit repair
  9. DC motors and starting systems
Reference Materials
Instructor-approved textbook and materials
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 3/25/2021
Last Reviewed: 3/25/2021

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