FREE Auto Tech Classes (Noncredit)

  • No Fees

  • No Placement Tests

  • No Prerequisites

De Anza’s Automotive Technology program is offering free, noncredit courses that don’t require placement tests or prerequisites. This noncredit option is an affordable way to increase your knowledge, gain skills and get a fast track to employment – without paying for tuition. Noncredit classes do not count toward a degree or academic certificate.  

Ready to register?  Follow the same steps you'd follow for credit classes.

FREE Level 1 and Level 2 SMOG Classes

AUTO 365P and 365W: Level 1 and Level 2 SMOG training, Next Available Class is Fall 2020 (Class Begins September 21, 2020)

  • Required classes for all new licensed SMOG inspectors. Mandated by BAR 

Please contact Pete Vernazza for SMOG related questions:  (408) 864-8216,

FREE Auto Tech Introductory Classes 

AUTO 350A: Automotive Principles

  • Engine, lubrication and cooling theory; basic electrical

AUTO 350B: Applied Automotive Principles

  • Compression tests, vehicle inspections and oil changes

AUTO 351A: Automotive Principles – Chassis

  • Tire, wheel, suspension, alignment and brake system theory

AUTO 351B: Applied Automotive Principles – Chassis

  • Mounting and balancing tires; front end inspections; brake repair

FREE Auto Tech Evening Classes

AUTO 360: Electrical Systems

  • Principles of electricity, electronics, cranking and charging systems; testing, diagnosis and repair


AUTO 361A and 361B: Brake Systems and ABS

  • Maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of automotive brake systems, including ABS

AUTO 362A: Suspension, Steering, and Alignment

  • Suspension, steering, and alignment systems; maintenance, repair, and troubleshooting

AUTO 362B: Advanced Wheel Alignment & ADAS

  • Performance alignments, chassis simulation, and ADAS Calibration

Engine Performance

 AUTO 360A and 360B: Electrical Schematic Diagnosis & Automotive Electronics

  • Wiring diagrams, schematics; troubleshooting electrical and electronic systems

AUTO 360C: Automotive Ignition, Fuel and Emission Systems

  • Components, subsystems, and functions of ignition, fuel delivery, carburetor, and fuel injection systems. Introduction to automotive emission controls. Basic diagnosis, service, and repair procedures

AUTO 360D and 360E: Ignition and Scope Diagnosis, and Fuel Injection

  • Use of electronic test equipment in ignition system diagnosis.  Theory of operation and service of electronic fuel injection systems.

AUTO 360F and 360G: No-Start Diagnosis and Advance Scan Tool Diagnosis

  • Diagnosing no-starts in fuel, ignition, and electrical systems. Advanced diagnosis using scan tools

AUTO 360H and 360J: On-Board Diagnostics and Advanced Lab Scope

  • Advanced electronic diagnostic procedures using an automotive scan tool.  Diagnosis of automotive electronic systems using a laboratory oscilloscope and a power graphing meter

 Engine Repair

AUTO 364:  Machining and Engine Repair 

  • Repair and rebuilding of engine cylinder heads and block components, engine assembly and testing. Includes theory, diagnosis, disassembly, cleaning, inspection and failure analysis

AUTO 364H:  High Performance Engine Preparation

  • Precision and performance engine preparation. Includes selection and matching of engine and valve train components for maximum efficiency and output.


AUTO 363: Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles

  • Hydraulic and mechanical system operation. Power flow and component repair techniques

AUTO 363D: Transmission Diagnostic and Repair

  • Emphasis on development of diagnostic procedures and repair techniques

AUTO 363A: Advanced Manual Drivetrain

  • The design operation and repair of four wheel and all wheel drive components, as well as the theory and practical application of the diagnosis of noise and vibrations in the drive train based on frequency calculation and measurement

 Alternative Fuels

AUTO 367A: Hybrid Electric Vehicles

  • Understanding the functions of automotive hybrid propulsion systems. Operating characteristics of hybrid drive systems. Integration of high voltage power supplies and energy storage systems

AUTO 367B: Plug-In Electric Vehicle Technology

  • Understanding the functions of plug-in electric vehicles and hybrid extended-range electric vehicles. Operating characteristics of high voltage onboard charging systems. charging stations, photovoltaic systems, and electrical grid charging

AUTO 367J: Introduction to Automotive and Light Truck Diesel Systems

  • Introduction to diesel engine theory and diagnostic techniques for engine, fuel system, and emissions

AUTO 367G: Gaseous Fuels

  • Gaseous fuels include propane, compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and hydrogen.  Introduction to these fuels and their theory and safety

 Advanced Automotive Technology

AUTO 360K: Automotive Body Electrical

  • Theory of operation for body electrical, electronic, and electromechanical systems. Understanding the functions of automotive body electrical systems. Utilization of special diagnostic equipment for body electrical systems and subsystems. Appropriate repair protocol for applied body electrical systems. Symptom to system diagnosis.

AUTO 366: Automotive Air Conditioning

  • Operation and service of automotive air conditioning refrigeration and electrical control systems. Includes retrofitting. Emphasis on diagnosis and repair of systems.

Additional Classes

 AUTO 353A: Automotive Mechanisms

  • The application of physical principles to the operation of mechanical and hydraulic systems, using an applied physics technique.

AUTO 357A: Career Research and Employment in the Automotive Industry

  • Career research in the automotive industry: job search, applications, and resumes, employer-employee relationships, job interviews.

Noncredit Enrollment History

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