Automotive & Transportation

Explore a career in the automotive industry, enhance your skills, or start your own business. 

Course Details & Registration Information

Basic Auto Maintenance
Available Classes
Not currently offered.
Description Course Outline Requirements Intended Audience More Details
Intended Audience
Persons who are looking for an entry level mechanic position or the general public who want to take care of their own car.
Learn skills for entry-level automotive service positions in oil and lube maintenance, and gain confidence for the job market. The course will cover automotive systems, driving safety, working in a bay area environment, customer service, service managers’ expectations and career options as well as industry trends. Also, this class is a good opportunity for individuals who would like to learn basic car maintenance.
Course Objectives
  1. Acquire skills to perform auto oil change and preventive maintenance.
  2. Students will have a better understanding to the job market and the new trends in the automotive service industry
  3. Students will develop confidence in themselves and their abilities, and become better skilled for the job market.
  4. Learn about safe driving and ethics
Outline of Instruction
  1. Introduction and safety precautions
  2. Fluid maintenance , how and when to check and change
  3. Preparing a car for seasonal changes
  4. Electrical system maintenance
  5. fuel and Ignition maintenance, Is it time for service?
  6. visual vehicle inspections check list
  7. Tire maintenance
  8. Preparation for the job market : where and how to present yourself
Contact Hours
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
CE to CU Articulation
Text and Supplies Needed
Auto Manual, oil and filter for own car
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Automotive shop with car lift
Requirements for Successful Completion of this Course
  1. Attendance 90% or above
  2. Participation
  3. Successful completion of this course requires 90% attendance and satisfactory class participation (i.e., be able to demonstrate proficiency in all concepts taught). If a student has extenuating circumstances causing absences of greater than 10% of the class time, the student must make arrangements with the instructor to provide evidence of keeping up with the class material and making up the work, exercises, and projects missed; or demonstrate competency in the course objectives.
Accreditation/Special Approval Requirements
Intended Audience
Persons who are looking for an entry level mechanic position or the general public who want to take care of their own car.
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
Oil Change technician, entry level auto mechanic
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
Related Courses
Course Contact Information
Vocational Training Department