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Automotive Technology

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The local automotive repair industry is looking for bright, well-trained individuals that are willing to work hard and upgrade their skills regularly. Although beginning salaries are comparable to other technical careers, experienced auto technicians can earn $40,000 to $60,000 per year. Some top notch technicians earn even more!

Program Outcomes

ASE Certified

The UAS Automotive Technology program has been evaluated by NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) and is ASE-certified in all eight repair areas.

Engine Repair

As labor costs rise, automotive technicians are doing progressively less engine repair and more complete engine replacement. Despite this overall trend, it is still important that automotive students have a thorough understanding of the workings of an internal combustion engine and basic repair procedures.


Associated coursework:

AUTO 102 – Introduction to Automotive Technology
3 credits
No prerequisites
Introduction to all components in an automobile. Includes career information for the automotive industry, shop safety, hand tools, fasteners, and basic automotive service.

AUTO 140 – Auto Engine Repair
3-credits
Prerequisite: AUTO 102 or concurrent enrollment.
Diagnosis and repair skills essential to overhaul and reconditioning of automotive internal combustion engines.

Automatic Transmission/Transaxle


Illustration: General Motors

Electronic control is now the standard for automatic transmissions. This means that a technician specializing in automatic transmission repair must know advanced electronic theory and scan tool use in addition to mechanical systems and hydraulics.


Associated coursework:

AUTO 102 - Introduction to Automotive Technology
3 credits
No prerequisites
Introduction to all components in an automobile. Includes career information for the automotive industry, shop safety, hand tools, fasteners, and basic automotive service.

AUTO 121 - Auto Electrical I
3 credits
Prerequisite: AUTO 102 or concurrent enrollment
Fundamental electrical theory for the automotive technician. Diagnosis and repair of starting and charging systems.

AUTO 131 - Auto Electrical II
3 credits
Prerequisite: AUTO 121
Theory, diagnosis, and repair of automotive electrical systems, to include testing tools, schematics, and computers.

AUTO 260 - Electronic and Automatic Transmissions
3 credits
Prerequisite: AUTO 131 or concurrent enrollment
Theory, diagnosis, and repair of automotive power train systems to include automatic and electronically-controlled automatic transmissions.

Manual Drive Train and Axles

lincoln ls 5 speedPhoto: Ford Motor Company

In order to put an engine’s power to the ground, it must be transferred through the vehicle’s drive train. Manual drive train components include clutches, transmissions, transaxles, transfer cases, and drive axles. While the components involved in this process are relatively simple in operation, tolerances are often tight and repair operations require strict attention to detail.


Associated coursework:

AUTO 102 – Introduction to Automotive Technology
3 credits
No prerequisites
Introduction to all components in an automobile. Includes career information for the automotive industry, shop safety, hand tools, fasteners, and basic automotive service.

AUTO 160 – Manual Drive Train and Axles
3 credits
Prerequisite: AUTO 102 or concurrent enrollment
Theory, diagnosis, and repair of manual drive train components. Course content includes clutches, manual transmissions and transaxles, four-wheel drive components, and drive axles.

Suspension and Steering

Jeep

Of all the aspects of vehicle operation, two that are a high priority for most drivers is ride comfort and handling. Engineers continue to work on building a car that rides smooth on even the worst roads, and yet is able to corner easily at high speed.

The newest suspension and steering systems have incorporated computer control in an effort to achieve these high standards. While the sophistication of computer control has increased the overall complexity of these systems, the basic principles remain the same.

Suspension and steering repair work is the bread-and-butter for many automotive technicians. Learning these skills is essential for any automotive technology student.


Associated coursework:

AUTO 102 – Introduction to Automotive Technology
3 credits
No prerequisites
Introduction to all components in an automobile. Includes career information for the automotive industry, shop safety, hand tools, fasteners, and basic automotive service.

AUTO 121 – Auto Electrical I
3 credits
Prerequisite: AUTO 102 or concurrent enrollment
Fundamental electrical theory for the automotive technician. Diagnosis and repair of starting and charging systems.

AUTO 162 – Suspension and Alignment
4 credits
Prerequisite: AUTO 121 or concurrent enrollment
Modern automotive suspension, alignment, and steering theory. Laboratory emphasis on inspection, service, and adjustments, including four wheel alignment.

Brakes

Many motorists take their vehicle’s brake system for granted, until they experience a brake failure. Not being able to go is one thing, but not being able to stop is another matter again.

Brake systems have increased greatly in sophistication in the past decade. Antilock brake systems are now standard equipment on most vehicles, and these incorporate advanced electronic and computer technology in their operation. Further advancements are on the horizon, with brake-by-wire systems being incorporated into some European models.

The brakes are the most important safety system on a vehicle. Motorists demand top performance from their brakes, thus the need for competent brake service technicians. Automotive brake service technicians must be familiar with basic mechanics, hydraulics, and machine tool operation, as well as electrical/electronic theory and scan tool use.



Associated coursework:

AUTO 102 – Introduction to Automotive Technology
3 credits
No prerequisites
Introduction to all components in an automobile. Includes career information for the automotive industry, shop safety, hand tools, fasteners, and basic automotive service.

AUTO 121 – Auto Electrical I
3 credits
Prerequisite: AUTO 102 or concurrent enrollment
Fundamental electrical theory for the automotive technician. Diagnosis and repair of starting and charging systems.

AUTO 152 – Brake Systems
4 credits
Prerequisite: AUTO 121 or concurrent enrollment
Theory, diagnosis, and repair of automotive brake systems.

Electrical/Electronic Systems

continental motor
Illustration: Continental 
The electrical system has become the common denominator in vehicle system design. Many systems that were once mechanically-driven are now utilizing electric drive for simplicity and overall efficiency. This includes vehicle powertrains, which are being "hydridized" using internal combustion engines and electric motors.

More electronic content is being added to vehicles with each new model year. Tighter emissions and safety regulations require more careful monitoring and control of vehicle functions. Computer modules are now controlling most vehicle systems, and these modules often share data over a network.

There is no escaping the fact that automotive technicians need to have a thorough understanding of electrical/electronic theory and have a strong diagnostic background. Learning these skills ought to be the first priority of any automotive technology student.




Associated coursework:

AUTO 102 - Introduction to Automotive Technology
3 credits
No prerequisites
Introduction to all components in an automobile. Includes career information for the automotive industry, shop safety, hand tools, fasteners, and basic automotive service.

AUTO 121 - Auto Electrical I
3 credits
Prerequisite: AUTO 102 or concurrent enrollment
Fundamental electrical theory for the automotive technician. Diagnosis and repair of starting and charging systems.

AUTO 131 - Auto Electrical II
3 credits
Prerequisite: AUTO 121
Theory, diagnosis, and repair of automotive electrical systems, to include testing tools, schematics, and computers.

AUTO 227 - Auto Electrical III
3 credits
Prerequisite: AUTO 131
Theory, diagnosis, and repair of automotive electrical and electronic systems, to include accessories.

Heating and Air Conditioning

Alaska's climate creates immense challenges for automotive engineers. With cold down to -50° F and highs of over 90° F, the extremes seen in Alaska demand top performance from heating and air conditioning systems.

At one time, the vehicle's heating and air conditioning were two independent systems. This is no longer the case, as they now work together using computer control to provide a low-humidity, moderate temperature environment for maximum passenger comfort.

Automotive technicians who perform air conditioning service need to be familiar with basic physics related to fluids, electrical/electronic theory, and environmental laws regarding the handling of refrigerants.


Associated coursework:

AUTO 102 - Introduction to Automotive Technology

3 credits
No prerequisites
Introduction to all components in an automobile. Includes career information for the automotive industry, shop safety, hand tools, fasteners, and basic automotive service.

AUTO 121 - Auto Electrical I

3 credits
Prerequisite: AUTO 102 or concurrent enrollment
Fundamental electrical theory for the automotive technician. Diagnosis and repair of starting and charging systems.

AUTO 225 - Auto Heating and A/C

3 credits
Prerequisite: AUTO 121 or concurrent enrollment
Theory, diagnosis, and repair of automotive heating and air conditioning systems.

Engine Performance


Photo: Chrysler LLC

The term “Engine Performance” now has less to do with engine modification and racing than driveability and maximizing performance of stock (original equipment) powertrains.

Today’s internal combustion engines run better and are more efficient than they’ve ever been, and this is driven by emission control regulations that become tighter with each model year. These improvements would not be possible without the ever-increasing use of computer control. Progressively more engine parameters are being monitored, and this extra information makes it possible for automotive engineers to build cleaner-burning engines.

This progression in technology also creates challenges for the automotive technician. Gone are the days when basic tune-up skills could service the majority of the vehicles on the road. Today’s driveability technician must be competent in a wide variety of areas, including internal combustion engine theory, fuel and combustion chemistry, emission controls, and electrical/electronic system operation. Of critical importance are personal computing skills, as automotive diagnostic equipment is becoming more similar to the PC with each passing day.


Associated coursework:

AUTO 102 – Introduction to Automotive Technology
3 credits
No prerequisites
Introduction to all components in an automobile. Includes career information for the automotive industry, shop safety, hand tools, fasteners, and basic automotive service.

AUTO 121 – Auto Electrical I
3 credits
Prerequisite: AUTO 102 or concurrent enrollment
Fundamental electrical theory for the automotive technician. Diagnosis and repair of starting and charging systems.

AUTO 122 – Engine Performance I
3 credits
Prerequisite: AUTO 121 or concurrent enrollment
General engine diagnosis and engine-related service.

AUTO 131 – Auto Electrical II
3 credits
Prerequisite: AUTO 121
Theory, diagnosis, and repair of automotive electrical systems, to include testing tools, schematics, and computers.

AUTO 202 – Fuel and Emissions Systems
4 credits
Prerequisite: AUTO 122
Corequisite: AUTO 131
Theory and practice in diagnosis, service, and repair of automotive fuel and emission systems.

AUTO 222 – Engine Performance II
3 credits
Prerequisite: AUTO 122
Corequisite: AUTO 131
Diagnosis and repair of computerized engine controls and ignition systems.

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Automotive Technology
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Technical Education Center 
1415 Harbor Way
Juneau, AK
99801
 
 

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