Classroom instruction is provided in the organization and management of small automotive shops, employer-employee and customer relations, processing of work orders, parts inventory control, job search, relocation and interview techniques. Students will identify the advantages and disadvantages of owning and managing a business, identify acceptable work ethic and explain procedures for managing employer-employee and customer relations. Lab fee required.
This course begins with an introduction to the automotive systems, tools and equipment and proper procedures for performing lubrication, tire and minor maintenance service on automotive vehicles. Included are use of service manuals, both paper and computer driven, use of measuring and special tools, use of digital volt-ohmmeters, safety and hazardous materials handling and identification and operation and minor service of various automotive systems. Lab fee required.
This course introduces the student to the relationship between the engine, clutch, transmission, drive axle and differential. Organized learning experiences are provided in the operation, service and maintenance of mechanical and hydraulic clutches, manual and automatic transmissions, transaxles and differentials. Automatic transmission and transaxle operation and minor service is included. Lab fee required.
In this course, emphasis is placed on safety and the use of proper procedures for diagnosing, inspecting and repairing brake and suspension systems. Theory and principles of operation are combined with laboratory work which includes wheel alignment, suspension and brake systems, inspection, diagnosis and repair. Lab fee required.
This course provides an in-depth study of electrical and electronic theory, test equipment, wiring diagram interpretation, engine, body and chassis electrical systems. The student, on simulators, computer-based trainers and on-vehicle applications, will demonstrate application of theory. Included are actual work experiences and the use of modern diagnostic tools and equipment. Lab fee required.
This course is a systematic study of the heating and ventilation system, the engine cooling system, air conditioning system operation, temperature controls, refrigerants, recovery and recycling. Procedures for diagnosis, service and repair of air conditioning components are also covered. Lab fee required.
This course is designed to introduce the student to the various systems of the automobile. It includes instruction in shop practices. The student will learn minor repair procedures, including lubrication, wheel and tire, exhaust system service and new car pre-delivery services. Lab fee required.
This course is a study of the principles of operational and problem diagnoses of the internal combustion engine. The theory of operation of the various engines in use is presented. Engines will be properly disassembled, parts identified, inspected, measured and reassembled. Proper testing and break-in procedures along with approved diagnostic troubleshooting procedures will be emphasized. Lab fee required.
The student will develop the knowledge and skills related to the operation and function of steering and suspension systems. Alignment, testing, diagnosis and repair of modern vehicle systems will be emphasized. Lab fee required.
This course is a study of the theory and operation of brake systems. Students will learn all aspects of the diagnosis, repair and testing of brake systems including drum and disc brakes and power brake operation and repair, anti-lock brake, traction control and stability control systems. Lab fee required.
A comprehensive course introducing the student to the principles of electricity and electronics as applied to electrical systems. The principles of Ohm's Law will lead the student into the use of digital volt ohmmeters and oscilloscopes utilizing lab and hands-on exercises. Proper diagnostic skills will be taught and applied through the troubleshooting and repair of problems on live vehicles. Lab fee required.
This course will cover automotive chassis-related electrical and electronic systems. Covered systems will include, but not be limited to, instrumentation, ride control, supplemental inflatable restraint system, four wheel steering and power accessories. Theory of operation and diagnosis will be emphasized. Lab fee required.
This course is designed to develop an understanding of the theory and operation of modern heating and air conditioning systems as used on vehicles. Included are proper diagnostic and repair procedures. Recycling and storage of CFC's and the effect on the environment is stressed. Lab fee required.
This course covers the operation of modern transmission and drive train components. The student will learn in detail overhaul, testing, diagnosis and repair procedures. Courses related to automatic transmission/transaxles will be included in the curriculum. These are subject to change as new courses replace outdated and obsolete courses. Lab fee required.
This course covers the operation of modern manual transmission and drive train components. Overhaul, testing, diagnosis and repair procedures will be emphasized. Noise, vibration and harshness will be taught. Lab fee required.
This course will continue the study of electricity and electronics. It will begin with a review of semiconductor diodes and transistors and continue on through digital devices and microprocessors as applied to electronic and computer-controlled systems. Emphasis will be placed on testing and diagnosis of vehicle communication systems and subsystems. Hybrid, high voltage and electrical safety procedures will be covered. Lab fee required.
This course will teach the theory and operation of engine control systems. Emphasis is on approved diagnostic procedures, testing and repair of fuel injected gasoline engine controls. Covered topics include fuel injection, spark and emission control systems and diagnosis. Lab fee required.
This course introduces the student to emerging technology and alternative fuel propulsion systems. Safety, theoretical operation and service procedures are discussed and practiced in the laboratory environment. Personal protective equipment, high voltage systems, hybrid and electric vehicle components and diagnostic service procedures are emphasized. Hybrid vehicle powertrain sub-systems are explored and unique features that distinguish these vehicles from conventional automobiles are discussed.
This course offers the automotive student additional lab experiences to complete the necessary requirements for the Automotive A.S. degree program or automotive dual enrollment. The lab experiences will vary depending on the needs of the student. Lab experiences include automotive service shop work-flow processes such as safety, diagnostics, repair and interpreting service information.
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to practical, work-related applications. Seminars may be a component of this course and regular contact with the assigned faculty advisor is required. Students may earn cooperative education credits based on the completion of the required work experience and satisfactory completion of assignments including, but not limited to, seminars and a project. This course may be repeated based upon the student’s academic program.