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Automotive 12-Volt Battery, Starting, and Charging Systems AUTO 2175

Automotive Mechanics Course

International Fees

International fees are typically 3.12 times the domestic tuition. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

​Combining understanding of the basic chemistry of the lead acid battery along with the application of magnetic principles used in motor and generator operation enables fundamental understanding upon which a technician can apply an effective starting and charging system diagnostic strategy. In addition to the 24 hours of instructor guided course delivery, each week students are assigned approximately 5 additional hours of self-paced online interactive knowledge building assignments.


  • Successful completion of any one of the following: AUTO 1175 or AUTO 0173 Electrical and Electronic Diagnostic Fundamentals; Level 1 Automotive Foundation Certificate; Level 1 Automotive or Motorcycle Apprenticeship; ASTO 1027 or ASTO 1127 Basic Electrical Systems; AUTO 1503 or MPET 1208 Electrical or Electronic Systems.



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the design, construction and operation of a lead acid battery,
  • Perform lead acid battery testing and service procedures,
  • Describe electromagnetic principles,
  • Explain DC starter motor operation,
  • Interpret 12 volt starting system wiring diagrams,
  • Test and inspect 12 volt starting systems,
  • Explain the operation of a 12 volt alternator/generator,
  • Interpret 12 volt charging system wiring diagrams,
  • Diagnose 12 volt charging systems.

Effective as of Fall 2021


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