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Automotive Technology

 This course prepares students with skills labeled by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as those used in traditional or evolving green occupation.

Course No. Course Title Credits
VMR 141 Introduction to Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Technology 3
This course covers information on hand tools, machines, and equipment common to the Vehicle maintenance field, general service procedures, lubricants, reference manuals, pre-delivery inspection of new and used vehicles and preventive maintenance procedures. High priority tasks recommended by ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) are covered. This will prepare students to take the ASE technician certification test.
VMR 142 Brake Systems 3
This course covers information on hydraulic and air brake systems. Mechanical foundation, air supply, service system principles, major components, parking brake systems, brake system diagnostics, service to drum brake assemblies, air lines and hoses, brake switches, antilock brake principles and service are all a part of this course. High priority tasks recommended by ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) are covered. This will prepare students to take the ASE technician certification test.
VMR 143 Steering and Suspension Systems
3
This course covers information on steering and suspension systems, theory and principles, independent suspensions, geometric principles, factors affecting wheel alignment, tools and equipment used for steering and suspension, troubleshooting of suspension and steering, wheel bearings service, manual steering and power steering system operation. High priority tasks recommended by ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) are covered. This will prepare students to take the ASE technician certification test.
VMR 144 Electrical & Electronic Systems 3
This course covers information on electricity, basic electrical circuits, tools and equipment, batteries, charging systems, starting systems, lighting systems, horn, wipers and washers, cooling fans, instrument circuits and body electrical systems. High priority tasks recommended by ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) are covered. This will prepare students to take the ASE technician certification test.
VMR 245 HVAC Vehicle Systems 3
This course covers information on the operation of heating and air conditioning as applied to today’s cars and trucks. New learning experiences in the troubleshooting and servicing of these systems are taught. High priority tasks recommended by ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) are covered. This will prepare students to take the ASE technician certification test.
AUT 155 Engine Performance & Emissions 3
This course covers information and practical experience on the operation and approved servicing of emission systems, fuel injection systems, computerized emission control systems, computerized engine procedures and live vehicles to reinforce the information presented. Computer diagnostics is introduced including closed-loop theory, closed-loop diagnostics; basic troubleshooting and scan tool operation is also covered. Proper safety procedure related to fuel and emission systems is also covered. High priority tasks recommended by ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) are covered. This will prepare students to take the ASE technician certification test.
AUT 158 Internal Combustion Engine Fundamentals 3
This course covers information and practical experience on the operation and approved servicing of engine cooling systems and lubrication systems. The four- and two-stroke engine configurations are addressed along with various camshaft configurations. Proper safety procedures related to the diagnosis and repair of the internal combustion engine are also covered. High priority tasks recommended by ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) are covered. This will prepare students to take the ASE technician certification test.
AUT 241 Gasoline Engine Overhaul Procedures 4
Information and practical experience is provided for engine overhaul procedures. Emphasis is placed on the repair of cylinder heads, valve trains, and engine blocks. Proper safety procedures related to engine overhaul will also be covered. High priority tasks recommended by ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) are covered. This will prepare students to take the ASE technician certification test.
AUT 252 Fuel Injection Systems
3
This course covers information and operation of various fuel injection systems. An in-depth study of safety procedures, preventive maintenance, and distinctions between gasoline and diesel injection are stressed. High priority tasks recommended by ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) are covered. This will prepare students to take the ASE technician certification test.
AUT 254 Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles
3
This course covers the information and practical experience necessary to service automatic transmissions. Systematic troubleshooting procedures, adjustments and unit overhaul are part of this program. High priority tasks recommended by ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) are covered. This will prepare students to take the ASE technician certification test.
AUT 255 Manual Transmissions & Differentials 3
This course covers the theory and service experience on complete power-train systems for front-, rear-, and four-wheel drive vehicles. New learning experiences include inspection, replacement, servicing, and rebuilding of manual transmissions, transaxles, locking hubs and power take-off systems. In addition, servicing, troubleshooting and overhaul for 4-wheel drive differentials and drive differentials and drive shafts will be covered. Proper safety procedures related to manual transmissions and differentials will also be covered. High priority tasks recommended by ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) are covered. This will prepare students to take the ASE technician certification test.
AUT 247 Internship 4
This work experience is designed to expose the student to an industrial,
commercial, or clinical environment. Students are placed into a contracted facility after completing 50 credit hours, having a 2.00 GPA, and meeting all other program prerequisites and academic requirements prior to their final spring semester.  Students are expected to adhere to all policies and regulations associated with the facility.  Students will work on projects selected to expose the student to “live” work situations, while building upon the student’s knowledge, skill and attitude as an entry-level technician and will be used to grade the student’s performance for the course. (No compensation)
AUT 248 Cooperative Educational Experience 4
This work experience is designed to expose the student to an industrial,
commercial, or clinical environment. Students are placed into a contracted facility after completing 50 credit hours, having a 2.00 GPA, and meeting all other program prerequisites and academic requirements prior to their final spring semester. Students are expected to adhere to all policies and regulations associated with the facility. Students will work on projects selected to expose the student to “live” work situations, while building upon the student’s knowledge, skill and attitude as an entry-level technician and will be used to grade the student’s performance for the course. (Compensation)
AUT 249 Automotive Electrical Technology 4
This course will reinforce theories and principles of automotive electronics through the use of diagnostic equipment for practical troubleshooting scenarios. Shop experiments will be performed to trace and repair electrical issues with the use of wiring diagrams. Students will be able to follow electrical flow through a circuit on a vehicle wiring diagram. Proper safety procedures related to electrical troubleshooting will also be covered. Prerequisite: IET 101
IET 101 Introduction to Automotive & Diesel Electronics 3
This course will provide the student with an introduction to DC electric principles and the different electronic devices seen in modern diesel and automotive vehicles. It will explain instruments and procedures used in testing and measuring these devices.
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