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The Auto Mechanics program prepares students to service and repair automobiles, and includes two components: classroom instruction, covering theory and operation of the technical subsystems of the automobile, and hands-on work experience conducted in a modern automotive lab. All shop work is done with safety being a predominant factor. Instruction in diagnostic procedures with the use of flow charts helps the learner locate malfunctions before making repairs. Engine operation and rebuilding are covered. Electrical theory with emphasis on battery, engine, starter, and alternators is taught by demonstration and student participation. Students are exposed to the different types of braking systems and proper repairs necessary for a quality job. In addition, steering suspension and 4-wheel alignment are taught, utilizing a state-of-the-art laser alignment system.
The program offers instruction in the following topics: computerized systems such as fuel injection, servicing manual and automatic transmissions, trans-axles and differentials. Accessories such as air conditioning, heaters, power seats, and windows are presented with the student encouraged to learn by actually performing the procedures involved.
Related career possibilities include auto body technician, repair mechanic, auto sales representative, auto parts associate, fleet maintenance, tune-up and diagnostic specialist, front end and brake specialist, heavy equipment mechanic.