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Intro to Automotive Technology


An introduction to the automotive industry, including automotive history, safety practices, shop equipment and tool, vehicle subsystems, service publications, fasteners, professional responsibilities, and automotive maintenance.

Automotive Electrical Systems


This is an overview of automotive electrical systems including topics in operational theory, testing, diagnosis, and repair of charging and starting systems, and electrical accessories. Emphasis on electrical principles schematic diagrams, and service manuals. Safety is emphasized throughout the course. Elements of the course may be taught manufacturer specific. This course also includes an overview of computer information systems. It introduces computer hardware, software, procedures and related systems with an emphasis in automotive service.

Automotive Engine Repair


Fundamentals of engine operation, diagnosis and repair including lubrication systems and cooling systems. Emphasis on overhaul of selected engines, identification and inspection, measurements, and disassembly, repair, and reassembly of the engine. Prepares students for ASE certification tests.

Automotive Brake Systems


Operation and repair of drum/disc type brake systems. Topics include brake theory, diagnosis, and repair of power, manual, anti-lock brake systems, and parking brakes. May be taught with manufacturer specific instructions.

Automotive Suspension & Steering Systems


Diagnosis and repair of automotive suspension and steering systems including electronically controlled systems. Includes component repair, alignment procedures and tire and wheel service. May be taught manufacturer specific.

Automotive Heating & Air Conditioning


This course explores the theory of automotive air conditioning and heating systems. Emphasis is placed on the basic refrigeration cycle and the diagnosis and repair of system malfunctions. The course includes EPA guidelines for refrigerant handling and new refrigerant replacements. Elements of the course may be taught to the specifications of a manufacturer.

Automotive Drive Train & Axles


A study of automotive clutches, clutch operation devices, manual transmissions/transaxles, and differentials with emphasis on diagnosis and repair. Course material may be taught using manufacturer-specific information.

Automotive Engine Performance Analysis I


This is a study of the theory, operation, diagnosis of drivability concerns, and repair ignition and fuel delivery systems. Use of current engine performance diagnostic equipment.

Automotive Automatic Transmissions & Transaxles


A study of the operation, hydraulic circuits and electronic controls of modern automatic transmissions/transaxles. Diagnosis, disassembly, and assembly procedures with emphasis on the use of special tools and repair techniques

Automotive Electronics


Topics address electrical principles, semiconductor and integrated circuits, digital fundamentals, microcomputer systems, and electrical test equipment as applied to automotive technology.

Automotive Service


Emphasis is placed on mastery of automotive vehicle service and component systems repair. Specific attention is placed on mastering current automotive competencies covered in related theory courses in specialized areas previously obtained by the student. The course will enhance the student's competency of NATEF task listings and give additional preparation for ASE testing and employment.

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