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Automatic transmission program curriculum

Our automatic transmission program curriculum aligns with National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) standards for this fast-evolving field. Through your coursework, you will develop valuable skills for maintaining automobiles and light trucks.

Curriculum Lessons

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.

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.

Specialty Tools and Equipment 

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

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.

Automotive Automatic Transmissions, Part 1 

In this lesson, students will learn to identify the parts and operation of common torque converters. Students will also learn to describe the parts and theory of operation for planetary gear sets and the specific assemblies for Ravigneaux and Simpson gear sets. This lesson concludes with instruction on the parts and operation of electronically controlled transmissions and how they compare/contrast with manually controlled transmissions.

Automotive Automatic Transmissions, Part 2 

This lesson provides instruction on the layout and operation of servos and clutches used in automatic transmission assemblies. Students will learn about hydraulic systems and controls and about various valve types and their functions. This lesson will also help students identify the parts and operation used in pressure regulation and flow control, and the basic components and operation of a continuously variable transmission (C.V.T.). In addition students learn the procedures required to diagnose and repair common problems in automatic transmissions.

Program Description

The Automotive Automatic Transmissions program provides students with maintenance and repair knowledge specific to automatic transmissions used in automobiles and light trucks. This Automotive Automatic Transmissions program, comprised of NATEF-aligned content, is appropriate for students desiring to expand their career options in the automotive repair industry and to prepare for specific industry certifications such as ASE Certification Exam A2 - Automatic Transmissions/Transaxle.

Program Objectives

After completing the Automotive Automatic Transmissions Career Certificate program, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the hand and power tools, lift equipment, and diagnostic equipment used to evaluate, repair, and maintain automobiles and explain the procedures required for the safe use of each item.
  2. Describe the various engine types, body styles, and drive systems that are used to classify cars and light trucks.
  3. Identify the major components and systems used in Automatic Transmissions and axles.
  4. Describe the basic mechanical and hydraulic principles used in automotive automatic transmissions.
  5. Identify and describe the safe application of specialty tools used for automatic transmission repair.
  6. Outline common repair and maintenance procedures used for automatic transmissions in automobiles and light trucks.
  7. Identify the parts and subassemblies of several common servo systems.

Pursue your professional goals

This automatic transmission program curriculum gives you skills that can lead to opportunities in a satisfying trade. As an Ashworth College student and graduate, you have the support of our full range of Career Tools to help you find opportunities to apply your skills.

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