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Brad McCombs

Brad McCombs

Instructor Ford ASSET Program Coordinator


Contact Info:

Phone: (619) 660-4267 Office: (619) 701-1226 Cell
Fax: (619) 660-4389
Office: K-118
Office Hours: See below for office hours



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Ford ASSET Work Experience  Auto 197

Course Links:

Ford ASSET Work Experience Record Book
Student Evaluation Form
Community Service Learning- Work Experience Agreement

Course Notes:

We can't learn to play the piano with pressing on the keys and memorizing the sounds and feel of the instrument. It is best to learn from a master. During campus based classes you will learn fundamentals of applied technologies. During work experience you will learn how technologies are applied in a real work environment. Students will learn more from experience in the field; and the classroom, and online learning modules will gain perspective and meaning. This class is the only repeated class in our Ford ASSET curriculum because it is the most important class.
Introduction to Automotive Technology  Auto 99

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Course Notes:

PURPOSE: This course will provide the student with an overview of the physical, electrical and mechanical functions of the automobile. The theory of operation of many of the basic components of automobiles will be emphasized. This course attempts to recognize the entry-level of the student population ranges from no theoretical or practical automotive mechanical experience to extensive practical and some theoretical experience.

This course also recognizes that the expectations of the student population varies widely, including those seeking a consumer point of view and those who plan a career as a professional automotive technician.

The course will be informative and enlightening for the consumer oriented student and will set the stage for students in the automotive technology major for the remainder of their course work.

This course does not provide “hands-on” automotive experience. The basic “hands-on” course is the accompanying, and recommended lab: Auto100. Both the Auto 099 and Auto 100 courses are highly recommended for those students who wish to maximize their understanding of basic automotive systems.

AUTO 195-0482  Ford ASSET Engine Performance

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Syllabus Ford ASSET Engine Performance

Course Notes:

The Ford ASSET engine performance course includes an in-depth study of engine drivability and electronic engine controls on modern automobiles and trucks. This course includes the study of basic and electronic ignition systems, early and modern fuel systems, and the repair and diagnosis of these systems. Emphasis is on electronic engine control system theory of operation and repairs including discussion of sensors, processors and actuators, and system diagnosis and repair. On-board computer logic and strategies will also be presented. This course will prepare students for ASE Certification. Students who successfully complete this course will receive Ford Motor Company certification in Electronic Engine Control and Diesel Engine Performance Diagnosis.

This course also demonstrates repair procedures as applied to checking and correcting ECU updates. We will use state of the art equipment provided by Ford. Students will demonstrate ability to repair and replace components, and describe various modern designs including sensors used to measure speed, temperature, and air fuel ratios.  This course emphasizes practical experience on Ford laboratory automobiles. This course is complemented by required work experience in a Ford dealership. Performance projects are required to be performed by students at their respective dealership under the direction of Cuyamaca College, service managers, and lead technicians.

Engine performance engineering and design is a fascinating art form. The designs mimic nature, and have complexity to control torque and emissions. Students will find this is an exciting specialization of work at Ford dealerships, and will enjoy demonstrating knowledge about engine performance.


Ford ASSET Student Application

Office Hours

Monday 7:00 p.m. - 10 p.m. Web Based
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. K-118
Wednesday 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Web Based
Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. K-118
Friday 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. K-118

Military Veterans are encouraged to enroll in our Ford ASSET Program.

Do you have questions about the Ford ASSET Program? Please contact me and I will help you make an informed decision about this program.

The work experience component of the Ford ASSET Program does not need to be fulfilled until we have arranged a Ford dealer sponsor. You can register without a sponsor and gain certificates, which will improve your ability to gain employment at a Ford Dealership. 

Last Updated: 01/02/2018
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