Study of the automotive industry and shop safety. Through class discussion, guest speakers, and audio-visual aids, students learn about such automotive careers as service technicians, service advisors, and parts personnel. Students also learn safety regulations and methods for safe operation of shop equipment and work areas.
Automotive Technology (inactive Summer, 2021)
Degrees and Certificates
An ASE/NATEF course designed to familiarize the student with methods, construction, working principles, theory, and aspects used in reconditioning and servicing the internal combustion engine. Classroom theory, along with hands-on experiences utilizing precision measuring tools, torque wrenches, and machining equipment and special tools will be discussed. The theories of levers, pressure/volume, expansion, momentum, inertia, leverage, and the operation of cams are stressed.
An ASE/NATEF course designed to familiarize the student with methods, construction, working principals, theory, and aspects used in the reconditioning and servicing the internal combustion engine. Students will learn classroom theory along with hands on experiences utilizing precision measuring tools, torque wrenches, and machining equipment. Theories include levers, pressure/volume, expansion, momentum, inertia, leverage and the operation of cams.
An ASE/NATEF course designed to familiarize the student with methods, construction, working principals, theory, and aspects used in provide instruction in the principles of automotive brake systems. Included are theory, service and repair of disc and drum brakes, manual and power brakes, and brake system control and indicating devices.
An ASE/NATEF Engine Performance course with a brief overview of automotive fuel chemistry. The main emphasis of the class will be an introductory overview of fuel injection systems including fuel pump testing and inspection. Also covered will be an introduction to computer controls that relate to fuel delivery and emission control.
An ASE/NATEF course designed to familiarize the student with fundamentals of DC electricity pertaining to the automotive trade. Included in the course of study will be instruction in basic electrical fundamentals, batteries, starters, charging systems, body wiring, and diagnosis of electrical components.
Continuation of ATEC 201, with review and a more in-depth study of the fundamentals of DC electricity: Electrical fundamentals review, batteries, starters, charging systems, modern ignition systems, body wiring, and an introduction to automotive computer-control systems are included.
Continuation of ATEC 202 with emphasis on computer-controlled systems in modern automobiles and light-duty trucks. Review of electricity theory; advanced wiring diagnosis; modern ignitions systems; theory and diagnosis of modern computer-controlled systems, such as antilock brakes, safety restraint systems, ride control and air suspension; climate control, electronic four-wheel drive; OBD I and OBD II engine-control computers; and GEM modules.
Continuation of ATEC 200. Emphasis on modern fuel-injection systems. Includes diagnosing fuel-related drivability; emission testing; computerized inputs and outputs relating to fuel delivery and emission control; and an introduction to alternative fuels.
An ASE/NATEF Engine Performance course covering all aspects of drivability diagnosis in modern passenger vehicles including modern fuel injection, modern ignition systems, on board computers, mechanical failures and emission failures. There is also extensive use of modern diagnostic equipment.
Fundamentals of automatic transmission operation, including methods of gear change, power flows, and basic hydraulic principles used in automatic transmissions.
Theory and operation of automotive heating and air-conditioning systems. Methods for service and repair of heating and air conditioning and troubleshooting techniques.
Theory and diagnosis of automotive power-train components on vehicles in the lab. Practical application of diagnosis, service, and repair on clutches, drive shafts, universal joints, front-wheel drive axles, manual transmissions, manual transaxles, real axles, differentials, and four-wheel drive transfer cases.
Hands-on experience on prescribed automobile repairs. Synthesizes prior training in a laboratory that is an operational shop. Speed and accuracy stressed. Laboratory time dedicated to repair and service of automatic transmission, automatic transaxle, and internal combustion engines.
Students will learn from and be mentored by professionals in the automotive industry. Employability skills will be stressed; mentor evaluations will be part of the learning process. Students will complete weekly work journals. 55 hours per credit.