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Automotive technician program curriculum

Our automotive technician program curriculum aligns with National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) standards, which means you can explore the latest best practices in this high-tech trade. You will graduate with marketable skills in the exciting field of engine performance and diagnostics.

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 Engine Performance, Part 1 

Students will learn about a variety of engine types and theories of engine operation including 4-stroke and 2-stroke spark-ignition engines, rotary spark-ignition engine & components, and various hybrid systems. This lesson will review standard gasoline carbureted systems, and the basic principles of fuel-system repair procedures. This lesson concludes with thorough coverage of EFI fuel system principles, components and operation including the diagnostic and repair techniques required for electronic control unit (ECU) and EFI sensors.

Automotive Engine Performance, Part 2 

In this lesson students will learn about engine emissions and how the integration of emission control, electronic ignition systems, and on-board computer diagnostics are used to establish and maintain optimum engine performance. Students will learn about a wide variety of ignition systems and intake and exhaust systems for gasoline engines. This lesson will also introduce students to the basic principles of diesel-engine fuel and electronic control systems. The lesson concludes with instruction on how lubrication and engine-cooling systems contribute to the overall performance of automotive engines.

Program Description

The Automotive Engine Performance program provides students with advanced knowledge and practices used to diagnose and adjust automobile ignition, fuel, and pollution-control systems to obtain peak engine performance. The Automotive Engine Performance 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 A8 – Engine Performance.

Program Objectives

After completing the Automotive Engine Performance 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. Describe the process used to diagnose and repair computer control systems
  4. Identify and describe the operation of diagnostic test equipment used to improve engine performance.
  5. Understand the integration of engine ignition, fuel and electronic engine controls and how these systems interact to maximize engine performance
  6. Outline common diagnostic practices and repair procedures required for ignition, fuel, emissions control and electronic engine controls.
  7. Understand the theory and operation of alternative engine types such as two-stroke, diesel, and rotary engine systems.

Pursue your professional goals

Our automotive technician program curriculum is designed to help you develop skills for new opportunities in a rewarding trade. As an Ashworth College student and graduate, you have the support of our complete range of Career Tools to help you network and apply everything you learned.

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