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Automotive Technician Training

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Automotive Technician

Turn your passion for cars into a career as an automotive technician. Our online Automotive Technician training program is aligned with the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). Learn from a leader in auto tech schools and graduate ready to gear up for a fast-paced career.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Study Method: eBooks (Online Lesson Content & Exams)
  • Program Length: As few as 4 Months

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  What You'll Learn

The online Automotive Technician training course is comprised of comprehensive lesson modules that present "how-to" topics in step-by-step detail. The topics covered in each lesson of our auto technician training are recommended by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). The inner workings of automotive systems are revealed through exciting, animated videos and lab simulations as you learn about...

  • Setting up a workshop
  • Using specialized tools and machinery
  • Auto body designs and engine configurations
  • Engine repair and rebuilding techniques
  • Electrical and lighting systems

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Lesson Group 1 – Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Lesson: Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Lesson: Careers for Mechanics and Technicians  

An overview of potential career paths and professional development available for students who formally develop their mechanical and technical skills. Includes a summary of math and science concepts important to mechanics as well as applications of modern technologies in the mechanics workplace. The lesson concludes with an overview of general workplace safety practices and applications of personal protection equipment.

Lesson Group 2 – Foundation and Safety, Part 1

Lesson: Safe Work Practices and Emergency Procedures  

Review of common safety practices and materials hazards associated with vehicle repair as well as the techniques and equipment used to protect technicians.

Lesson: Tools and Equipment for the Automotive Technician  

This lesson also covers the identification and applications of a wide range of hand and power tools and tools used during vehicle repair and assembly procedures.

Lesson Group 3 – Foundation and Safety, Part 2

Lesson: Specialty Tools and Equipment  

Students will continue their exploration of tools and equipment focusing on power tools, diagnostic equipment, measuring tools and lifting equipment.

Lesson: Automotive Engine Basics  

The final segment of this lesson group introduces students to the basic terminology and configurations of vehicles, engines, and drivetrains. Students will also learn the basic elements of the vehicle inspection process.

Lesson Group 4 – Engine Repair, Part 1

Lesson: Engine Parts and Theory of Operation  

The theory of operation of motive power and basic components for 4-stroke and 2-stroke spark-ignition engines. Students are also introduced to alternative engine types and components and hybrid engine and drive assemblies.

Lesson: Automotive Engine Components and Assemblies  

This lesson covers the fundamental components and assemblies of components used in standard motive engines such as cylinder heads, valves & valve trains, camshafts & drives; cylinder blocks, pistons, and crankshaft assemblies.

Lesson Group 5 – Engine Repair, Part 2

Lesson: Engine Disassembly and Reassembly  

This introduction to engine rebuilding covers removing the engine and engine disassembly. Students will learn about machining practices required for engine rebuild as well as pre-assembly and final assembly procedures.

Lesson: Engine Lubrication and Cooling  

Specific coverage devoted to the components and operation used for engine lubrication as well as internal and external engine cooling theory and practices.

Lesson Group 6 – Steering and Suspension

Lesson: Steering Components, Operation and Repair Procedures  

An introduction to the basic principles of steering assembly operation, and the components used for steering boxes and columns and steering arms. Students will learn the basic repair procedures used for steering systems.

Lesson: Suspension Components, Operation, and Repair Procedures  

Lesson coverage includes the fundamental principles of suspension operation and the various types of front and rear suspension systems. This lesson also covers springs and shock absorbers as well as the procedures commonly used for suspension system repairs.

Lesson: Wheels and Tires  

This lesson covers the basic wheel and tire types, sizes characteristics, and construction. Students will also learn wheel and tire maintenance and repair procedures and wheel alignment fundamentals.

Lesson Group 7 – Brakes

Lesson: Braking Systems, Operations, and Components  

Students will learn the fundamentals of basic brake operation, the types of braking systems and the components used for each type of system.

Lesson: Brake Types and Repair Procedures  

This lesson provides instruction on drum, disc and antilock braking system as well as the associated repair and maintenance procedures.

Lesson Group 8 – Electrical and Electronics, Part 1

Lesson: Basics of Electricity and Circuits  

A summary of basic electrical/electronics theory including the standard sources of vehicle electricity and basic circuit configurations. Students will also begin to learn basic electrical measurement techniques and meter usage.

Lesson: Electrical and Electronics Components and Hardware  

Students continue their instruction on vehicle electrical/electronics systems by learning about standard electronic components and the standard testing procedures used for troubleshooting. The lesson also covers standard hardware, wiring systems and batteries.

Lesson Group 9 – Electrical and Electronics, Part 2

Lesson: Starting and Charging Systems  

Student investigation of vehicle electronics continues by looking at specific electrical/electronics systems used for vehicle starting and the charging system required to maintain optimum battery charge.

Lesson: Lighting and Accessories Circuits  

This lesson group concludes by looking at basic electronic circuits used for lighting, and then the advanced electronic systems used for vehicle security and entertainment as well as satellite navigation and occupant and pedestrian safety.

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  What You Get

Complete our Automotive Technician training on your terms. Start any time, study at your own pace and move ahead fast. We’ve erased the barriers in other auto tech schools so that you can easily succeed.

  • Fully interactive online lessons and study materials
  • Step-by-step lab simulations with animated videos
  • Online, open-book exams
  • Dedicated academic support and tutoring
  • Access to the online Student Community
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Graduates receive a personalized diploma and may attend our annual graduation ceremony. You will be proud knowing your Automotive Technician career diploma is awarded by a nationally accredited college, and employers will respect your job-ready skills and your commitment to professional success.

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