Automotive Courses

Introduction to Auto Technology

Electrical/Electronic Systems
Electricity/Electronics is an introductory course that is designed to provide the student with a solid foundation in automotive electricity/electronics. The emphasis will be on starting and charging system diagnosis and maintenance, but diagnostic methods and strategies for all electrical systems will be covered.

Engine Diagnostics/Engine Performance
Engine Diagnostics will cover Testing, Troubleshooting and Diagnosing, Disassembly, Inspection and Assembly of automotive engines according to manufacturer’s specifications.  

Engine Performance is an introductory course that is designed to provide the student with a solid foundation in automotive engine performance. This course covers the engine’s subsystems such as Ignition, air induction and fuel control.

Brakes/Steering and Suspension
Brake systems covers identification of brake parts and how they function, the use and types of friction materials and heat dissipation, stripping and refitting both disc and drum brakes, rotor diagnosing including measurement and cutting, identification of pad types, hydraulic principles and brake bleeding.

Steering and Suspension is a basic introduction to automotive steering and suspension systems.The course includes the identification of suspension and steering systems; hydraulic principles; bushing replacement; long and short arm diagnosis and replacement; steering geometry diagnosis; McPherson strut strip down and refit; and the effect of damping on the vehicle handling.  The course uses computer aided machines and power steering racks.

Drivetrain Automatic/Manual
The course includes an introduction to hydraulic principles, an introduction to the different types of automatic transmission fluids, automotive measurement, the identification to the parts of the automatic transmission including planetary gear sets, brake bands, bearings, pumps, boost systems, valve bodies.  It also contains some basic services performed on an automatic transmission including oil filter replacement, air testing of clutch packs, removing and refitting a transaxle and/or transmission.

Heating and Air Conditioning
Climate control systems are explained in depth including theory of refrigeration, servicing procedures, and diagnosis techniques. Compressor service and distribution systems are studied. Laboratory experience is given in testing and servicing a variety of systems and problems.

Small Engine Repair

Whether as a hobby or to make a few extra bucks in our Small Motor Repair class, you'll learn how to troubleshoot and repair small gasoline motors with hands-on exercises and tools, as well as disassemble and rebuild a small motor.

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