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Program Overview:   The Automotive Technology MLR Plus CTE Program of Study (POS) is an instructional program that incorporates the ASE Education Foundation program accreditation standards and task lists for their accreditation levels: MLR (Maintenance and Light Repair) in five repair areas, and  AST (Automotive Service Technician) in three repair areas. The program prepares students for further education and careers in the Transportation Equipment Pathway and Automotive Technology. Safety & Service Information and Workplace/Employability Skill

 

Students participating in the AT MLR Plus POS receive training in the following learning objectives in the automotive lab as measured by Job Sheet and Worksheet completion along with passing the  ASE MLR Student Certification Exam:

 

  • Develop workplace (employability) skills by demonstrating completion of required academic and performance skills;
  • Identify safety requirements and recognize safety signs and symbols.  Apply appropriate information to respond, use shop equipment safely and take appropriate actions; 
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify appropriate industry procedure/reference/estimation/training materials (both computerized and hardbound) to locate appropriate instructions and perform according to the stated guidelines;
  • Identify and interpret the construction and operation of gasoline engine systems (A-1).  Service engine systems at the ASE Education Foundation MLR level;
  • Identify and interpret the construction and operation of automatic transmissions and transaxles (A-2) . Perform in-vehicle routine maintenance, inspections, repairs, and external adjustments at the ASE MLR level;
  • Identify and interpret the construction and operation of the manual drive train, clutch, axles, & final drive (A-3). Perform in-vehicle routine maintenance, inspections, repairs, and external adjustments at the ASE MLR level ;
  • Identify and interpret the operation of automotive suspension systems (A-4). Diagnose and repair malfunctions in automotive suspension systems at the ASE AST level;
  • Identify and interpret the operation of all automotive brake systems (A-5). Diagnose and repair malfunctions in hydraulic brake systems at the ASE AST level;
  • Identify and interpret the operation of all automotive electrical and electronic systems (A-6). Diagnose and repair malfunctions in these systems at the ASE AST level;
  • Identify & interpret principles & functions of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems (A-7). Perform needed maintenance on these systems at the ASE MLR level;
  • Identify and interpret computerized gasoline-engine controls and performance systems (A-8). Perform needed maintenance on these systems at the ASE MLR level;
  • Work in teams to analyze and solve challenging simulated and real- world repair problems utilizing late model vehicles and state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and equipment.  Under the supervision of ASE certified automotive instructors, students troubleshoot, solve and repair complex problems as members of teams
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Course Title:  Electrical/Electronic and HVAC

 

Description: ASE AST A6, Electrical & Electronic Systems Repair: 

This technical course is designed to teach the principles of electricity and electronics and apply them at the ASE AST level. It builds on the measurement of electrical parameters, such as voltage, current, resistance, power, magnetism, electromagnetism, and magnetic induction to connect with Physical Science courses.  Students are taught the concept of Ohm’s law in both application and mathematical theory.  Detailed topics include the use of a digital multimeter (DMM) for the analysis of series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits. Specific automotive systems covered include batteries, charging and starting systems, lighting, gauges, accessories, electronics, automotive computers and solid-state devices, along with communication systems. Students are taught how to apply electrical/electronic principles to repair car and truck electrical systems using a diagnostic strategy.

 

Students will understand and be able to:

 

  • Identify and demonstrate a working knowledge of basic electrical concepts and units including resistance, voltage, & current and principles of electricity and magnetism & their interrelationship & application using course instructional materials.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use the Digital Multimeter (DMM) to measure voltage, amperes, and ohms in an automotive classroom, using a S.E.T Project Board or trainer, as measured by building the circuits.
  • Demonstrate the ability to measure and analyze voltage drops across a load in a circuit in a classroom, using a S.E.T (Specialized Electronics Training) Project Board or trainer as measured by correctly building the circuit.
  • Demonstrate the ability to build series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits and apply the principles of Ohm’s and Kirchhoff Laws to perform circuit analysis and diagnosis in a classroom, using a S.E.T Project Board or trainer as measured by correctly building the circuits, answering the fill-in-the-blank questions and solving the Ohm’s Law equations.
  • Apply combinations of algebra and statistics techniques to use in formulas to solve for simple and complex equations for the unknown quantity in series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits on a S.E.T Project Board or trainer.
  • Demonstrate ability to build a circuit containing a diode & transistor and measuring effects it has on a DC powered circuits.
  • Use wiring diagrams during diagnosis of electrical circuit problems and identify and use automotive symbols, schematics, and diagrams.
  • Research the system breakdown using technical information to determine diagnostic procedures. Follow strategy-based diagnostic routines. Generate solutions to problems and determine needed repairs while recognizing when assistance is needed. Document the diagnostic procedures and results.
  • Identify wiring properties and service wiring and fusible links by performing techniques to cut and strip wires along with the procedures to join components or wires by soldering and using various types of connectors and terminals.
  • Identify and interpret the operation of battery starting and charging systems. Diagnose and repair malfunctions in battery starting and charging systems.
  • Diagnose and repair malfunctions in electrical components, gauges, and warning devices.

 

 

Students will understand and be able to:

 

  • Identify safety requirements and recognize safety signs and symbols.  Apply appropriate information to respond, use safety equipment correctly, and take appropriate actions.
  • Identify and demonstrate safe and correct use of tools, precision measuring tools, diagnostic scan tools, and automotive shop equipment. 
  • Identify standard and metric designation in the automotive lab as measured by Job Sheets and Worksheet completion.
  • Define basic automotive shop communication, procedures, and service information under classroom and lab conditions.
  • Explain how to prepare a vehicle for service and complete an automotive shop repair order (RO) using course instructional materials as measured by completion of the Repair Order (RO) Job Sheet.
  • Qualify for SP2 Certification.

 

 

 

Course Title:  Suspension & Steering and Brakes  (One Course - Two Credits) SCED 20922

 

Description: ASE AST (A4), Suspension & Steering

This technical course is designed to teach the principles of automotive suspension/steering systems and 4-wheel suspension alignment.  It builds on the concepts of geometry, gear reduction, hydraulics laws, and characteristics of liquids and how they apply to the operation and diagnosis of power steering and suspension systems.  Steering column operation and diagnosis including supplemental restraint system service are included.  The course covers the fundamentals of short/long-arm, and strut suspensions, including:  caster, camber, thrust angle, toe-in, steering axis inclination (SAI), including angle, toe-out on turns (turning angle/radius), and how they apply to steering, suspension, and 4-wheel alignment.  Wheel balance terms are specifically explained:  static balance, dynamic balance, tramping, and radial force variation.  Students learn strategy-based diagnostic routines to help interpret and verify customer concerns and proper operation and to perform tests and inspections to determine the causes and make corrections related to suspension/steering/wheel systems and alignment.  These areas include steering columns, power steering, wheels/tires, short/long-arm/strut suspensions, and 4-wheel alignment.  Through the inspection, testing, or measurement of component processes, students will apply this knowledge to determine needed repairs and correctly repair a vehicle.

 

Students will understand and be able to:

 

  • Identify and interpret the operation of steering and suspension. Service malfunctions in the steering column, power non-rack-and-pinion and power rack-and-pinion steering gear, and long- and short-arm and strut suspension.
  • Identify and interpret wheel alignment and the operation of wheels and tires. Service malfunctions in wheel alignment, wheels, and tires.
  • Inspect the general condition of tools, equipment, systems, and inventory. Follow an inspection process. Respond to warning conditions indicated.
  • Research the system breakdown using technical information to determine diagnostic procedures. Follow strategy-based diagnostic routines. Generate solutions to problems and determine needed service while recognizing when assistance is needed. Document the diagnostic procedures and results.

 

Description: ASE AST (A5) Brakes

This technical content is designed to teach the principles of automotive hydraulic brake systems.  It builds on the essential laws of physics, motion, forces, hydraulics, thermodynamics, and chemical reactions and how these principles apply to the operation and diagnosis of automotive brake systems.  This course covers the energy conversion of motion changed to heat energy (when you apply brakes), the effects of weight and speed on braking and stopping distance, thermal expansion, friction, force, and coefficient of friction as they apply to braking systems.  Courseware covers the fundamentals and service of disc/drum brakes including how they operate, brake-fluid properties, diagnosis, component replacement/repair/adjustment, disc/drum machining, power-assist units, and the fabrication (ISO or double flaring) of brake lines.  The content also covers computer-controlled anti-locking brake system (ABS) operation and diagnosis.  The student is taught strategy-based diagnostic routines for interpreting and verifying customer concerns and proper operation.  The student performs tests and inspections using special tools and scan tools to determine the cause of problems and make corrections related to hydraulic brakes and will communicate electronically with anti-lock brake systems (ABS).  Through the inspection, testing, or measurement of components process, the student will be able to apply this knowledge to determine needed repairs and repair vehicle.

 

Students will understand and be able to:

 

  • Identify and interpret the operation of hydraulic brake systems. Diagnose and repair malfunctions in hydraulic brake systems.
  • Identify and interpret the operation of drum/disc brakes and power-assist units. Service malfunctions in drum/disc brakes and power-assist units.
  • Identify and interpret the operation of anti-lock brake systems. Service malfunctions in anti-lock brake systems.
  • Inspect the general condition of tools, equipment, systems, and inventory. Follow an inspection process. Respond to warning conditions indicated.
  • Research the system breakdown using technical information to determine diagnostic procedures. Follow strategy-based diagnostic routines. Generate solutions to problems and determine needed repairs while recognizing when assistance is needed. Document the diagnostic procedures and results.

 

 

 

Course Title:  MLR Powertrain and Engine Repair/Performance (One Course - One Credit) SCED 20923

 

Description: ASE MLR (A1) Engine Repair Service 

This course is designed to teach the principles of automotive engine operation and ASE MLR level service.  It builds on the essential laws of physics, thermodynamics, and chemical reactions and how these principles apply to the operation of engine systems.  It also covers general engine design and operation, cylinder head/valve train, cylinder block, lubrication, and cooling systems.  The student is taught to verify customer concerns, proper operation, and perform tests and inspection at the ASE MLR level based on the ASE MLR (A1) task list.  Through the inspection, testing, or measurement-of-components process, the student is taught to apply this knowledge to determine needed repairs and repair vehicles.

 

Students will be understand and be able to:

 

  • Identify and interpret the construction and operation of a gasoline engine. Service the engine at the ASE MLR level.
  • Inspect the general condition of tools, equipment, systems, and inventory. Follow an inspection process. Respond to warning conditions indicated.
  • Identify and interpret the construction and operation of gasoline engine valve train systems. Service engine valve train systems at the ASE MLR level based on the ASE A1 MLR task list.
  • Identify and interpret the construction and operation of gasoline engine cooling & lubrication systems. Service cooling and lubrication systems at the ASE (A1) MLR level.

 

Content Description: ASE MLR (A2) Automatic Transmission/Transaxle Service

The technical content is designed to teach the principles of automotive automatic transmission/transaxle operation and ASE MLR level service.  It builds on the essential laws of physics and motion, including friction, force, inertia, lever, gear ratios, planetary gears, momentum, reduction, overdrive, speed, work, torque, and power and how they apply to the operation of an automatic transmission.  The course covers the fundamental laws of hydraulics and characteristics of liquids as they apply to the operation of an automatic transmission/transaxle.  It also covers transmission/transaxle general design and operation as well as inspection and service of in-vehicle service.  Students are taught the hydraulic and mechanical operation of transmissions/transaxles with electronic valve bodies.  Students will apply this knowledge to interpret and verify customer concerns and proper operation, and will perform service using special tools.

 

Students will understand and be able to:

 

  • Identify and interpret the construction and operation of automatic transmissions and transaxles. Perform in-vehicle routine maintenance, inspections, repairs, and external adjustments at ASE MLR level based on the ASE (A2) MLR task list.
  • Inspect the general condition of tools, equipment, systems, and inventory. Follow an inspection process. Respond to warning conditions indicated.

 

Description: ASE MLR (A3) Manual Transmission and Rear Axle Service

This technical content is designed to teach the principles of automotive manual transmission/transaxle operation and ASE MLR level service.  This course builds on the essential laws of physics and motion including friction, force, inertia, levers, gear ratios, momentum, reduction, overdrive, speed, work, and torque and how they apply to the operation of manual transmissions/transaxles, drive components, and final drives.  This course will cover transmission/transaxle general design and operation and service at the ASE MLR level based on the (A3) MLR task list.  Courseware will further cover the operation, diagnosis, and service of drive shafts, constant velocity (CV) joints, four-wheel-drive bearings, differentials and four-wheel-drive systems.  Students will be taught to perform ASE MLR (A3) level service on transmissions/transaxles, drive shafts, final drives, CV joints, and transfer cases.  Students will be able to apply this knowledge using strategy-based diagnostic routines, to interpret and verify customer concerns, check for proper operation.

Students will understand and be able to:

 

  • Identify and interpret the construction and operation of the manual drive train and clutch. Service manual drive train and clutch assemblies and components at the ASE MLR level based on the ASE (A3) MLR task list.
  • Identify and interpret the construction and operation of final drives, axles, and four-wheel drives/all-wheel drives. Repair malfunctions in final drive, axles, and four-wheel drive/all-wheel drive assemblies and components at the ASE MLR level based on the ASE (A3) MLR task list.
  • Inspect the general condition of tools, equipment, systems, and inventory. Follow an inspection process. Respond to warning conditions indicated.

 

Description: ASE MLR (A8) Engine Performance Maintenance

A technical course designed to teach the principles of automotive engine performance and ASE MLR (A8) level service.  This course builds on the essential laws of physics, thermodynamics, and chemical reactions and teaches how these principles apply to the operation of engine performance systems. This course covers distributor-less (electronic ignition) and distributor ignition systems, fuel management, exhaust emission control, and computer input and output signals and identifies the different types of sensors used by automotive engine computers. The student is taught to interpret and verify customer concerns, confirm proper operation, and perform maintenance and inspection using special tools and scan tools at the ASE MLR level. Courseware also covers diagnostic trouble codes (DTC) and access and use of electronic service information (ESI).  The student learns to locate and interpret vehicle component identification numbers (VIN, vehicle certification labels, and calibration decals), check and adjust (where applicable) ignition system timing and timing advance/retard, emission component service, and computerized engine control system data and service.

 

Students will understand and be able to:

  • Identify and interpret computerized gasoline-engine controls and performance systems. Service emissions systems at the ASE (A8) MLR level based on the ASE (A8) MLR task list.
  • Inspect the general condition of tools, equipment, systems, and inventory. Follow an inspection process. Respond to warning conditions indicated.

 

The Automotive Technologies Program is an ASE Certified program designed to introduce and prepare students for entry into the many different facets of the Transportation Industry. Students will work in “Hands On Labs” with “Real World” applications of the technology. They will work with Industry standard tools and equipment, as well as receive practical, applicable instruction driven by Industry standards. Course curriculum is aligned with ASE Foundation expectations. The students will be instructed at MLR(Maintenance Light Repair) and AST(Advanced Service Tech) levels in a multitude of Automotive areas. Students will have an opportunity to take ASE Certification Tests in Electrical, Brakes, Steering/Suspension, and MLR. These credentials will line them up for immediate entry into the Industry Workforce, at a higher entry level of pay than a non-certified technician