Degrees and Certificates
Automotive Technology,Associate in Applied Science
Electric Vehicle Technician,Certificate
Automotive Electricity I studies electricity as it applies to today's automobiles. This course covers topics that include the theory of electricity; the study of magnetism and electrical circuits; and the theory and service of batteries, starters, and charging systems.
Automotive Power Trains covers in detail the construction, operation, and maintenance procedures of transmissions and power trains. It covers the new developments in manual five- and six- speed transmissions, dual clutch transmissions, overdrives, and transaxles, as well as automatic transmissions/transaxles with overdrive, lock-up torque converters, CVT transmissions, and transfer cases.
Automotive Electricity II provides an in-depth study of ignition systems, control units, indicators, dash units, tire pressure monitoring systems, light circuits, and automobile accessories. It covers theory, troubleshooting, and service.
Automotive Electronics covers electronic components, devices, circuits, and systems used in today's automobiles. Upon successful completion of this course, student technicians are better equipped to understand, troubleshoot, and repair automotive electronic systems.
Chassis Service and Alignment Procedures teaches students how to balance tires, replace suspension and steering components, and service and/or repair manual and power steering systems. During the class, students perform two- and four-wheel alignments with a computerized alignment system.
Automotive Suspension and Brakes covers design, trouble diagnosis, and servicing of old and new systems in brakes, suspensions, and steering. These systems include the anti-lock braking systems, modern suspension systems, MacPherson strut front and rear suspensions, and air and hydropneumatic suspensions. It also includes the latest techniques in brake servicing.
Computerized Diagnostic Service and Air Conditioning provides a thorough background for drivability diagnosis and tune-up. Students learn how to test various components and systems in engine operation and, using the available equipment, adjust or replace them to restore engine performance. The course also introduces students to computerized controls to assist them with the diagnosis and repair of computer-controlled components. Students have access to the following items: engine, fuel, ignition, oscilloscopes, scan tools, electronic and emission analyzers, and other modern equipment. This course also covers the basic theory, diagnosis, and service of automotive air-conditioning systems.
Working with High Voltage Batteries is designed to educate potential Electric Vehicle Technicians on how to safely handle high voltage batteries found in hybrid and electric vehicles. Students learn about best practices to prevent incidents and reduce risks associated with handling, storing, and transporting high-voltage batteries.
Electric Vehicle Technology focuses on theory, operation, construction, and diagnostics of electric passenger vehicles. Students learn proper safety procedures and techniques using actual electric vehicle components. This course includes constructions of a drivable, street-legal electric vehicle that is built from a bare chassis and will be driven by students at the end of the semester.
Electric Vehicle Propulsion Systems provides practical training in the basic theory and design aspects of the electric vehicle propulsion system. Topics discussed and applied in the lab include the rationale for electric vehicles, basic battery technologies and battery testing, electric motor types and operation, power management, power inverters, DC to DC converters, accessory systems, and future technologies.