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.
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an in-depth study of automotive engines, nomenclature of parts, engine types, sizes and operating principles. Engine overhaul procedures are studied and performed including valve train service and machining. Emphasis is placed on proper diagnoses of engine problems including loss of compression, lubrication of components, cylinder balance, noise and vibration problems. 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.
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 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.
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 classroom and lab experiences related to approved techniques for diagnosis of driveability problems. Course content will include, but not be limited to, brake, steering and suspension, transmission and drive train, engine and performance diagnoses, including various computer-controlled systems. 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.