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Automotive Technology

Instructors: Jack Taff and David Pippert

Sophomore Eligibility

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This course introduces students to a career as an automotive technician. Students study automotive brakes, steering and suspension, electrical and engine performance, and more. The course includes instruction in basic automobile systems and hands-on learning experiences using up-to-date industrial equipment. Instructors are ASE Certified and use NATEF standards.


Automotive Technology: Brakes Systems

Automotive Technology: Brake Systems covers the proper repair and diagnosis of modern brake systems. Students will cover basic operation and diagnosis, and perform brake rotor and drum resurfacing. This course has online text book material accessible 24/7 offering online quizzes and tests to reinforce the classroom learning system and material. We will study components such as power boosters and master cylinders. This course also covers the design, operation, and testing of anti-lock brake and traction control systems using a variety of testing equipment. The course includes hands on lab training utilizing the safety training learned in the course.

Automotive Technology: Electrical Systems

This course provides a study of automotive electrical and electronic fundamentals with an emphasis on Ohm’s Law and application of Ohm’s Law in solving electrical system failures. It provides a study of automotive starting, supplemental restraint (air bag) and charging electrical systems and components. An emphasis is placed on electrical system diagnosis and electrical repair. This course provides an in depth study to properly use wiring and current flow diagrams in electrical diagnosis and repair. The course includes using industry standard diagnostic equipment and techniques. This course has online text book material accessible 24/7 which has online quizzes and tests to reinforce the classroom learning system and material.

Automotive Technology: Engine Performance

This course provides instruction in diagnostic procedures for drivability concerns on automotive vehicles. An in-depth study in modern ignition, fuel and power train computer controlled systems is included. Students have an opportunity to use industry standard testing equipment such as scopes and hand held scanners. This course has online textbook material which is accessible 24/7 and has online quizzes, and tests reinforcing the classroom learning system and material.

Automotive Technology: Steering and Suspension

This course teaches the knowledge of “steering and suspension.” Students learn how the components in the system relate to each other and contribute to the drivability of a vehicle. This course has an online text book
accessible 24/7 offering online quizzes and tests to reinforce the classroom learning system and material. Conventional type steering vs. rack and pinion type steering, along with the power steering vs. manual steering are studied. When this course is complete students will have been taught the operation of all safety systems on a vehicle which allows the vehicle to drive down the road correctly and safely. Safety and job related professionalism are paramount to the student’s responsibility in this class. The course includes hands on lab training utilizing the safety training learned in the course.

Automotive Technology: Transmissions/Differentials

This course provides a study of the operating principles of modern automatic transmissions and transaxles. It also provides theory, diagnosis and service of clutches, drive line, synchro transmissions and final drives. Student will learn the diagnosis, maintenance, testing, repair, and basic information on computer power train control systems. This course has online text book material accessible 24/7 and has online quizzes and tests to reinforce the classroom learning system and material.

Automotive Technology: Engine Repair and HVAC

This course covers basic engine operation of four stroke engines and related systems to make them perform properly. This course has an online text book accessible 24/7 offering online quizzes and tests to reinforce the classroom learning system and material. Engine diagnostics is taught using leak down testers, compression testers, torque wrenches, and other industry related tools. The diagnosis and repair processes of major and minor engine repair, along with the proper care of the components of the engine will be taught. All processes follow compliance with the national standards for engine repair. The course includes individualized hands-on classroom and lab training to disassemble, measure, identify internal components and identify internal failure concerns. Heating and air conditioning (HVAC) will be taught in addition to theory operation. Using diagnostic equipment, students will complete minor and major service in compliance with the national standard for HVAC. Safety training is also part of the program.