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Automotive technician program curriculum

Our automotive technician program curriculum aligns with National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) standards, which means your lessons include current industry best practices for this high-tech trade. Gain marketable skills with these studies in engine performance/diagnostics and prep for ASE-Certified Master Automobile Technicians test A8-Engine Performance.

Curriculum Lessons

Safe Work Practices and Emergency Procedures  

Remaining safe from personal injury, not damaging the vehicles you service or the environment around you, and using tools and equipment properly are critical elements of a career in Automotive Repair.


  • Identify and describe the safety practices and procedures used in an automotive shop.
  • Describe the tools used in an automotive shop and explain how they’re used, including online service information.
Automotive Engine Basics  

In this course, you’ll learn about gasoline and engine operation. You’ll also review engine issues as well as how to remove, disassemble, measure, repair, assemble, and install an internal combustion gasoline-fueled engine.

  • Explain gasoline and diesel engine operation, including cooling and lubrication systems and intake and exhaust systems
  • Define typical engine-related complaints and engine smoke diagnosis
  • Identify the detailed process of removing, disassembling, measuring, repairing, assembling, and installing an internal combustion gasoline-fueled engine

Additional Course Materials:
Textbook: Automotive Technology

Automotive Engine Performance  

In this course, you’ll cover details about gasoline, alternative fuels, and diesel fuels along with the fundamentals, diagnosis, and service of ignition systems.

  • Describe gasoline, alternative fuels, and diesel fuels along with the fundamentals, diagnosis, and service of engine ignition systems
  • Define fuel systems operation, including computer operation fundamentals, input sensors, fuel supply systems, fuel delivery systems, and fuel system diagnosis
  • Identify the many different systems used for engine emission control
  • Explain onboard diagnostics generation II (OBD-II) and strategy-based diagnos

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.

Revving up job opportunities

You'll gain job skills from every lesson in the Automotive Engine Performance Career Certificate course and prep for your job search at the same time. The online tools available through the Ashworth College Central Network are integrated into your studies so you'll be ready to deliver a polished presentation of your qualifications to potential employers as soon as you graduate. You'll also be able to revisit the Ashworth College Central Network whenever you need to after you've earned your certificate. Learn more about it at the Ashworth College Career Services page.

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