Automotive Technician Program Curriculum

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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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Program Description

The Automotive Technician program prepares students for entry-level employment in the automotive vehicle repair and maintenance industry. The Automotive Technician program, comprised of NATEF aligned content, covers the operation, performance standards and inspection procedures of automobile systems.

Program Objectives

After completing the Automotive Technician 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. List the steps that must be followed during a standard vehicle inspection and describe the specifications that determine safe-vehicle conditions during each step.
  4. Identify and describe the standard parts of the engine, lubrication and cooling system, electrical/electronic system, and steering and suspension systems for standard automobiles and light trucks.
  5. Describe the parts, tools, and processes used to disassemble, rebuild, and reassemble an automobile or light-truck engine.

The Ashworth College Automotive Technician program trains you to become a reputable mechanic. Call 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online today.