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AUTO 3175 - Advanced Electrical Diagnostic Techniques

Automotive Mechanics Part-time Studies Course

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BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the fall 2021 term as informed by BC Public Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

Course Details

​Move beyond standard electrical resistance and available voltage testing procedures. Thinking outside of the workshop manual and develop your advanced diagnostic skills utilizing alternative circuit testing methods, lab scope and network system diagnostic techniques. This course is suitable for both professional technicians and apprentices. 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.


AUTO 1175AUTO 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





Winter 2022

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2022 term.

CRN 89491

Tue Mar 08 - Sat Mar 26 3 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Mar 08 Tue 18:00 - 21:00 Online
Mar 12 - Mar 26 Sat 08:30 - 16:00 BBY



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. This session combines both online learning and classroom delivery; students will complete online learning modules between classroom sessions. Prerequisite: AUTO 0173 or minimum Automotive Service Technician Level 1 Apprentice. CSA approved safety glasses and steel-toed footwear required. Classes held Tuesday, Mar 8 (online) PLUS Saturdays, Mar 12, 19 & 26.
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Perform voltage drop testing to diagnose electrical circuits,
  • Perform current testing strategies to diagnose electrical circuits,
  • Demonstrate the use of a lab-scope to test common automotive electrical signals,
  • Explain automotive network system operation,
  • Apply diagnostic techniques to diagnose automotive network system failure.

Effective as of Fall 2021


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