Systems, Diagnostics Service and Repair
High School / Post Secondary Program of Study
Automotive Technology - CONCENTRATOR
Automotive Technology is designed to build on the foundational training provided in the Automotive Mechanics and Engineering course, and teach the advanced skills, and background knowledge about the internal combustion engine, basic automotive systems, and careers in the automotive service industry. Upon completion, students will be prepared to make minor repairs and adjustments on the various systems of the modern automobile, using up-to-date equipment and tools. This course also offers students expanded training in nonstructural collision repairs. Emphasis on mixing and spraying of automotive topcoats include formula ingredient, reducing, thinning, and special spraying techniques. Students will be provided with an introduction to partial panel refinishing techniques and current industry paint removal techniques, and exploration in the use of hand and power tools, techniques of metalworking, body preparation, plastic fillers, fiberglass, and SMC repair, sanding, and application of primers with emphasis on shop safety practices. The study of nonstructural repair includes the theory and practice of industry-standard welding and cutting procedures. Completion of industry-specific forms used in automotive and collision repair shops to improve management functions and profitability will provide students with front office skills. Academic emphasis is on learning the relevant vocabulary, terms, and practical theory for automotive and collision repair and refinishing.
Automotive Engineering Theory and Design - CAPSTONE
Through this capstone course integrated with the local community college (Monterey Peninsula College), students will learn to diagnose and test automotive systems. They will develop essential competencies and foundational critical thinking skills throughout the process of completing group projects and independent activities. Removal and replacement of vehicle trim and glass service. In-depth coverage of basic metal principles and working techniques including proper tool usage and product application will complete the course of study. Skill development in multi-stage refinishing techniques. Further development in the identification of problems and solutions in color matching and partial panel refinishing. Expanded training in the roughing and shaping procedures on automotive sheet metal necessary to make satisfactory body repairs. Emphasis on the alignment of component parts such as doors, hood, front-end assemblies, and deck lids. The repair of interior and exterior plastics including the use of various types of adhesives and plastic welding.