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Automotive Technology is designed to give students a basic
understanding of automotive construction, theory of operation,
and standard industry service and repair procedures. This
instruction gives them not only the knowledge to perform
vehicle service but to develop the skills necessary to diagnose
unit malfunctions. Two of the most important skills that will be
developed are problem solving and critical thinking.
A graduate of this program will be able to do the following:
* Diagnose and repair common malfunctions of the
following automotive systems: engine lubrication and
cooling; brake, suspension, steering, wheels and tires,
electrical (including wiring, batteries, starting, charging,
and ignition), fuel, onboard electronics/computers, and
engine assemblies; and power train components including
manual and automatic transmissions and transaxles.
* Develop the knowledge and skills to operate the
latest generation of computerized test and diagnostic
equipment, including digital storage lab scopes, onboard
scan tools, and a chassis dynamometer, as well as develop
skills in the safe operation of a chassis dynamometer.
* Develop sound, basic, and safe automotive shop practice
skills, including environmental protection.
* Develop good basic shop habits, including demonstrating
a good attendance record, punctuality, a willingness to
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work, and an ability to work with others as a team.
* Apply basic laws of physics/scientific principles to
automotive systems and components when performing
in-shop testing exercises and diagnosing problems. This
includes exam questions containing diagnostic questions.
* Record diagnostic testing data and reports using
necessary mathematics; solve basic problems using
* Locate and interpret technical data represented in shop
repair manuals, diagnostic charts, and wiring diagrams.
This data will be in hard print and/or various electronic
* Demonstrate good automotive shop management
practices, including student management, customer
relations, shop procedures, and writing repair orders.
* Prepare to take and pass the ASE automotive tests series
after successful completion of this program and having
at least one additional year of on-the-job experience in the
particular area or areas that will be tested.
* Prepare to accept the challenge of continuous training in
the automotive field, that is, learning to learn, which will be
necessary to adapt to new technologies and to become a
problem solver and a critical thinker.
* Obtain the Pennsylvania Auto Safety Inspection Certificate
and the Pennsylvania Emissions tester certificate.