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Automotive Technologies (ASE) Courses
ASE 102 - Workplace Technical Skills
This course introduces students to personal and work related strategies for seeking and keeping employment. This includes an employment plan, cover letter, resume and interview. Students will study professionalism, teamwork, how to properly dress for an interview, how to accept a job, and how to interact with employers and other employees. Students will also be introduced to warranty report writing, work orders, estimates, and how technicians are compensated. Students will be introduced to different types of communications. Students will learn how to tell the difference between technical and people skills. Students will set short and long term goals.
ASE 111 - Basic Power Plant Systems
This course is an in-depth study of the internal combustion engine. Items to be covered include four-cycle theory, power development in the internal combustion engine, cylinder arrangement, valve train arrangement, displacement, compression ratio, engine components and their function, lubricating systems, the classification and rating of engine oils, diagnosis of engine oil leaks, compression loss, oil consumption, engine noise, and engine measurements. A four-cycle engine will be disassembled, measured, and assembled; making all necessary adjustments. The engine will run upon completion.
ASE 112 - Upper Power Plant Systems
Items to be covered include valve covers, gaskets, timing cover and seals, intake manifolds, cylinder heads, head surfaces, camshafts, valve guides, valve springs and retainers, timing chains and gears, rocker arms, pushrods, valves, and cam bearings. Areas of study include description, identification, failure analysis, disassembly, preparation for assembly, and assembly.
ASE 113 - Lower Power Plant Systems
Items to be covered include oil pan, motor mounts, oil and filter changing, detection of oil leaks, engine removal and replacement, disassembly and assembly procedures, parts cleaning, cylinders, main bearings and alignment, cam bearings, block surface, crankshaft, connecting rods and bearings, pistons, piston pins, oil pumps and soft plugs. Study will include description, identification, failure analysis, disassembly, inspection, measurements, preparation for assembly, and assembly.
ASE 121 - Automatic Transmissions
This course covers theory, operation, and principles of automatic transmissions. Items covered are fluid couplings, torque converters, planetary gear systems, hydraulic and electrical control systems, and transmission lubricating and cooling systems. Minor adjustments, transmission tune-up service, replacement, repairs, and diagnosis are included in this course.
ASE 131 - Manual Drivetrains & Axles
The theory and principle of clutches, manual transmissions, drive lines (including U-joints), differential assemblies, and transaxles as used on cars and light trucks, both domestic and foreign, will be covered. 4x4 and AWD transfer cases, both single and double reduction units will also be covered.
ASE 141 - Automotive Suspension & Steering Systems
Covered in this course are theory, adjustment, and repair of manual steering systems, front and rear suspension systems, basic four-wheel alignment, wheel balancing (both statically and dynamically),tires, and wheel bearings. The student will use our wheel alignment and tire service equipment.
ASE 151 - Automotive Brake Systems
This course covers the theory, principles, and operation of brake systems. Items covered are hydraulics as applied to brakes, brake fluid types and characteristics, master and wheel cylinder operation, disc brake caliper operation, brake system valving, operation of drum brakes, operation of disc brakes, operation of parking brakes, and operation of vacuum and hydraulic brake boosters. Inspection of brake components, adjustments, service, and minor repairs of brake systems are included in this course.
ASE 163 - Introduction to Automotive Electronics
This course covers theory, principles, and operation of automotive electrical systems. Items covered are electrical terms, electrical current flow, magnetism, electrical current sources, conductors, insulators, circuit test instruments, circuit protection, switches, relays, solenoids, diodes, transistors, gauges, simple motors, induction coils, resistors, and capacitors. Testing of batteries, as well as testing, disassembly, inspection, and rebuilding or repair of generating systems and starting systems are included in this course.
ASE 172 - Basic Heating & Air Conditioning
This course covers safety, basic theory, operation, maintenance, testing, and repair of water pumps, cooling fans and drive clutches, drive belts, coolant/antifreeze, radiators, radiator caps, recovery systems, heater controls, heater cores, heater hoses and clamps, A/C compressors and clutches, evaporators, condensers, receiver dryers, accumulator dryers, TXVs, orifice tubes, and various other control systems. Proper use of specialized diagnostic equipment and tools is included.
ASE 184 - Basic Computer Controlled Engine Systems
This course is an introduction to computer engine controls and a study of how and why computers have been introduced into the automotive industry. Items covered will be the microcomputer, sensors, actuators, and wiring which are necessary for the proper function of the computer. Proper identification, location, function, and testing of these components will be stressed.
ASE 185 - Ignition Systems
Covered in this course are the purpose, theory, and fundamentals of standard and modern electronic ignition systems, tune-up procedures and analyzing, testing, diagnosing, and proper repair of ignition systems. The key fundamentals of the ignition system and its components and functions will be covered. Safe testing procedures to diagnose the ignition system to include: compression tests, starter draw tests, cylinder output/balance tests, basic scan-tool tests, and the use of the automotive oscilloscope will be stressed and practiced.
ASE 214 - Diesel Engine Rebuilding
A complete engine rebuild will be performed including removal and replacement of the engine. Complete disassembly, measurement, preparation for assembly, and assembly will be covered.
ASE 216 - Diesel Engine Service
This course is a complete study of the diesel engine, covering Cummins, Detroit, and other diesel engines. Diesel theory, troubleshooting, maintenance, and tune-up will be covered.
ASE 221 - Computer Controlled Auto Transmissions
This course covers diagnosis and correction of major problems in automatic transmissions such as fluid leaks, transmission slipping, transmission lock-up, and shifting problems. Major diagnosis, repair, and overhaul of automatic transmissions are included in this course.
ASE 233 - Heavy Duty Drive Train, Transmissions, Clutches
This course describes the component needs for a truck driveline and the procedures needed for inspecting, servicing, and lubricating universal joints. The eliminating of vibrations through correct phasing and driveline alignment is discussed. The students will learn the importance of drive line angles and how to measure and calculate them. Both hydraulic and electrical driveline retarders will be introduced. The students will learn how to identify the types of axles and combinations of axles as used in medium and heavy-duty trucks. They will be able to explain the function of a power divider and trace the flow of power through a tandem drive axle combination. They will be familiar with the various types of gears used for truck axles. Students will know the lubrication requirements and service procedures required for truck axles. Basic troubleshooting and repair of differential carriers will be taught. Students will demonstrate competence by disassembling and reassembling both power dividers and differential carriers.
ASE 242 - Advanced Suspension & Steering Systems
Major repair of power steering components, pumps, gears, cylinders, individual and integral units, rack and pinion steering (both standard and power), complete suspension overhaul, four-wheel alignment, and balance is emphasized.
ASE 243 - Heavy Duty Suspension and Steering
In this course the student will study heavy-duty suspension and steering systems as applied to class 3 through class 8 trucks. Emphasis will be on the diagnosis and repair of: manual and power steering systems; front and rear axle suspension systems, tires and wheels; and wheel alignment diagnosis, adjustment and repair. Related subjects include the inspection of fifth wheel assemblies, frames and frame members, and cab suspension systems.
ASE 252 - Antilock & Power Brake Systems
This course covers diagnosis and repair of major problems in brake systems. Items included are brake system leaks, fluid contamination, and major repair of drum and disc brake systems. Diagnosis, repair, replacement, overhaul, resurfacing of brake drums, disc rotors, and skid control systems are covered. All components of the brake system are included in this course.
ASE 253 - Air Brake Systems
This course covers theory, principles of operation, and related math of both light-duty and heavy-duty trucks. This course also covers air brakes used on trucks and equipment. This course will cover cam, wedge, power-assist (hydrovac) brakes, and air brakes (air compressors, treadle valves, brake chambers, and components related to air brakes). Also an introduction to engine brakes and truck/trailer ABS is included. Troubleshooting and repairs will be performed on mock-up units and live work projects as they are available.
ASE 262 - Automotive Electronics
This course covers theory, operation, and principles of automotive body electrical systems. Items covered are wiring diagrams and harnesses, windshield wipers, dash components, speed controls, power seats, power windows, horns, printed circuits, seat belt interlocks, fusible links, power door locks, external and internal lighting systems, and other components of the body electrical system. Testing, replacement, and repair of body electrical systems and wiring harnesses are included in this course.
ASE 264 - Advanced Automotive Electrical Component Testing & Safety
This course covers a review of Ohm's Law and its application to the modern-day computer systems. There will be a review of alternators, starters, and an introduction to the automotive security systems used on today's automobiles. The main emphasis of this course will be theory, operation, and testing of the electronic components which support the automotive computer. A section of electronic safety while working with today's automotive computer is included. How to repair the sensitive components without serious damage to the component or the technician will be covered in this section.
ASE 266 - Diesel Electrical Systems
This course covers the electrical system as used on medium and heavy-duty trucks. Students registered for this class will have previously successfully completed ASE 163. This course is designed to cover the tasks required by ASE to complete test T6 Electrical and Electronic Systems. The content areas are: *General Electrical Systems Diagnosis and review of Ohm's Law *Electrical safety necessary while working with today's automotive and truck computer electronics *Battery Diagnosis and Repair *Starting System Diagnosis and Repair *Charging System Diagnosis and Repair *Lighting System Diagnosis and Repair *Gauges and Warning Devices Diagnosis and Repair *Related Electrical Components
ASE 272 - Advanced Heating & Air Conditioning
This course reviews safety, the basic theory, operation, maintenance, testing, and repair of heating and air conditioning components and systems. It is a comprehensive study of different diagnostic practices and approaches for the proper repair of the modern automotive and diesel industry heating and air conditioning systems. Emphasis will be on the proper use of test equipment to avoid damage to the HVAC system, the specialized tools, and the technician.
ASE 284 - Light Truck Diesel Fuel Injection Systems
This course includes diesel theory, fuel, fuel system components, and operation. Topics include removal, replacement, and timing of fuel injection pumps. Injector nozzles of various styles are disassembled, repaired, and tested by the student. Minor fuel system problems are discussed. Students learn the theory of operation of distributor style injection pumps. Troubleshooting and resealing procedures will be demonstrated.
ASE 285 - Gasoline Fuel Injection Systems
This course covers components and functions, diagnosis, replacement, repair, and overhaul of major problems in the gasoline fuel injection system. Items covered are fuel pump pressure, flow and pressure regulator tests, identification of various components and types of gasoline fuel injection systems. Safe-testing, overhauling and component replacement procedures within the system are covered. Students will receive both lecture and hands-on practical applications.
ASE 286 - Computer Controlled Engine Systems
This course covers the basic operation of a microcomputer, how binary numbers are used in the computer, the function of a microprocessor or how a microcomputer is programmed to control ignition timing, fuel air ratio, and exhaust emissions, theory of operation, troubleshooting, tune-up procedures, diagnosis and repair of all major manufacturers. Electronic Engine Control systems will be covered.
ASE 287 - Emission Control Systems
A comprehensive study of service repair and installation of emission controls in the following areas: crankcase, ventilation systems, fuel evaporation emission control systems, air inlet temperature control systems, spark timing control devices, air pumps and air pulse systems, temperature sensing, vacuum valves and switches, exhaust gas recirculation systems, catalytic converters (both single and three-way), and computer controlled systems. Use of proper test equipment to meet Federal Clean Air Standards is also covered.
ASE 288 - On Board Diagnostics II
On-Board Diagnostics II is a study of developments in the control and diagnostics of all the computerized engine systems. This course is a study of the functions, the terminology and of the diagnostics self-test capabilities of the modern automobile. Students will receive both lecture and hands-on practical applications of the control built into today's automobiles.
ASE 289 - Heavy Duty Diesel Fuel Injection Systems
More detailed training included is the fuel injection nozzles, including unit injectors. The study of Cummins, Detroit, and in line style injection pumps with more detailed theory to provide the student with a better understanding of fuel injection systems for tune-up and troubleshooting capability. Pump operation with more detailed theory including bury cycle will assist the student to understand the system better for enhanced troubleshooting capability. Governors will be discussed and demonstrated. Final requirements for this course will include live work troubleshooting.
ASE 291 - Fluid Power Systems
This unit of instruction covers in greater detail theory and application of fluid power systems. Component parts and theory relationship to circuitry, diagnosis, and testing will be studied. Troubleshooting and repair of live work projects will be utilized as available.
ASE 292 - Computer Controls for Diesel Engines
This course covers computer engine controls and a study of how and why computers have been introduced into the trucking industry. Items covered will be the microcomputer, sensors, actuators, and wiring necessary for the proper function of the computers which are used to control modern diesel engines. Proper identification, location, function, and testing of these components will be stressed. The theory of operation and troubleshooting procedures for the diesel engine computer systems will be covered through a detailed study of diagnostic and engine management software provided by diesel engine manufacturers.
ASE 294 - Automotive Trends
This course is designed to cover current and future automotive trends. The information in this class is designed to keep the entry level technician apprised of some of the technology they may expect to see in the automotive repair industry. Some of the topics will include Alternative Fuel Sources, Hybrids and Hybrid Technologies, and Fuel Cell technology.