Automotive Technology

Overview 

All automotive courses offered with Anchor Bay schools are designed to provide students with entry-level skills and training needed to enter the automotive service industry as an Auto Service Technician. Students completing the automotive program will be prepared to take the ASE maintenance and light repair certification test needed to enter the automotive service industry. Students who complete the automotive service program will earn articulation credits to post secondary education, a great asset with today’s rising educational costs.

Automotive courses are looked upon as a foundation for many advanced positions such as CAD, CNC, and engineering in today’s industries. Students will have the ability to participate in Skills USA, Ford/AAA Student Skills Contest and in the annual MITES Auto Competition. Students will be provided all tools and equipment needed to complete all automotive courses. Coveralls and safety glasses will be provided. Students will work on donated vehicles, customer vehicles, and will have the opportunity to work personally owned vehicles. Automotive service Technology courses are at the middle school south. Shuttle busses will be provided for transportation.  

State of Michigan Department of education will recognize these courses as a credit in foreign language, science and a math-related credit.


Courses

SERVICE TECHNOLOGY LEVEL  1

Introduction to Service 
During the 1st quarter of the semester, enrolled students will be provided a basic understanding of automobile design and the ability to properly and safely perform basic service and repair procedures in the automotive industry. Students will learn to safely operate and utilize all shop equipment, electric and air power equipment. First aid, chemical storage and disposal, hazardous waste, workplace debris handling, ventilation, use of service manuals, flat rate manuals, bulletins, and troubleshooting charts, Internet resources will be introduced. Emphasis will be placed on developing diagnostic skills and interpreting specifications. Minor automotive service and introduction to automotive systems will be covered

Braking Principals
During the 2nd quarter of the semester, enrolled students will focus on hydraulic Breaking System Operations, Diagnosis, and Service. Repairs include Master Cylinder, Drum, Disc and Anti Lock Brake Systems Removal and Replacement of Brake System parts. Machining of Drums and Rotors, (on and off car) and Brake Fluid principals and fluid service will be included. Emphasis will be placed on Safety, tools and equipment use and proper techniques and diagnostic routines. This course will utilize a 75% hands-on experience for entry-level technician. Safety Glasses and Protective clothing will be provided. Steel toe shoes are recommended.

SERVICE TECHNOLOGY LEVEL 2

Engine Principals 

Enrolled students during the 1st quarter will utilize service manuals, technical service bulletins (TSBs) and product information. Inspect engine assembly for fuel, oil, coolant, and other leaks. Check for abnormal engine noises, inspect and replace pans and covers. Students will change engine oil and filter, reset oil life monitoring systems. Inspect and test radiator, heater core, pressure cap, and coolant recovery systems, perform repairs on cooling system pressure and dye tests. Inspect, replace, and adjust belt tensioners and pulleys. Inspect and replace engine cooling systems and heater system’s hoses, pipes, and fittings. Remove and replace engine thermostat, inspect and test coolant; drain, flush, and refill cooling system with recommended coolant. This course will utilize an 80% hands-on experience for entry-level technician. Safety Glasses and Protective clothing will be provided. Steel toe shoes are recommended.

Steering & Suspension

Enrolled students during the 2nd quarter of the semester will focus on steering and suspension. Students will learn principals of hydraulics operations and preventative maintenance along with repairs. Students will learn steering angles, adjustments and replacement of wearable components, wheel bearings, pitman arm, drag /center link, tie rods, bushings, ball joints, and struts. The uses of hunter alignment systems will identify alignment-related symptoms such as vehicle wander, drift, pull and perform 4 wheel alignments. Students will inspect tire condition tread depth, size, and application. Mount & Dismount tires balance wheel and tire assemblies. Check and adjust tire air pressure, identify and test tire pressure monitoring systems. This course will utilize a 75% hands-on experience for entry-level technician. Safety Glasses and Protective clothing will be provided. Steel toe shoes are recommended.


SERVICE TECHNOLOGY LEVEL 3


Introduction of Electrical Systems
During the 1st quarter of the semester students will study electrical and electronic theory. Enrolled students will develop a logic-based approach to diagnosis and repair of common automotive electrical problems. Scan Tools, Digital Volt Ohm Meters, and computer based Diagnostic Software will be used during lab. Students will service inspect or replace battery. Perform slow/fast battery charge in accordance with manufacturer. Perform charging system output test and identify undercharge, no charge, or overcharge condition. Inspect, adjust, and replace generator alternator drive belts, pulleys, and tensioners. Remove, inspect, and replace alternator. Inspect, replace, and aim headlights bulbs and auxiliary lights fog lights/driving lights Completed simple circuits principals. This course will utilize a 70% hands-on experience for entry-level technician. Safety Glasses and Protective clothing will be provided. Steel toe shoes are recommended.

 
Automatic & Manual Drive Train Principals
Enrolled students during the 2nd quarter of the semester will focus on automatic and manual transmissions. Students will identify internal components for operation in both automatic and manual transmissions, entry-level diagnosis for simple faults and preventative maintenance. Students will identify drivetrain placement FWD vs RWD and 4X4. Students will determine transmission fluid type, level, and condition. Students will inspect transmission for leaks replace external seals, axles, drive shafts and powertrain mounts.  Students will Inspect and replace drive shaft, half-shaft, and universal joints and Constant Velocity joints. This course will utilize a 65% hands-on experience for entry-level technician. Safety Glasses and Protective clothing will be provided. Steel toe shoes are recommended.

SERVICE TECHNOLOGY LEVEL 4


Engine Performance & Heating Ventilation A/C

Enrolled students during the 1st quarter students will learn engine designs/components, engine construction, air, fuel, ignition systems, exhaust, computer and emissions engine diagnostic tools and strategies for basic diagnostics testing. Principals in Chassis, body and engine electrical systems used in today’s automobiles.

Enrolled students will be introduced to heating, cooling and ventilation. Students will learn to verify HVAC operations, vent temperature, condenser fan, and compressor operation. Visually check A/C components, Inspect A/C condenser for restricted airflow. Inspect and replace cabin air filter. This course will utilize a 75% hands-on experience for entry-level technician. Safety Glasses and Protective clothing will be provided. Steel toe shoes are recommended.

Advanced Engine & Electrical Systems

Enrolled students the second half of the semester will focus on internal components that complete a naturally aspirated gasoline engine. Students will be issued a complete engine assembly following course overhaul procedures, grouped students will completely dissemble engine to base block, measure all internal components then reassemble all components back to original manufacturing specifications. The use of multiple courses such as introduction to engine principals, electrical and drive-ability will set a foundation for enrolled students to complete this task.  This course will utilize a 75% hands-on experience for entry-level technician. Safety Glasses and Protective clothing will be provided. Steel toe shoes are recommended.

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