AUTO - Automotive

Alfred State courses are grouped into the following sections:

  • The course is designed to teach students the general function and importance of the automotive aftermarket and aftermarket parts supply network.

  • This course will teach the students to identify components sold in the automotive parts industry. Major automotive systems covered include brake, exhaust, fuel, ignition, and heating and air conditioning.

  • This course provides a practical understanding of the principles, operation, diagnosis, and repair of suspension, steering, and brake systems. Vehicle alignment, tire balancing, and vibration diagnosis are included. Students will be trained to operate a variety of brake, suspension, and alignment equipment while performing actual repairs, adjustments, and diagnosis. This training will supplement the students' auto education in preparation for entry-level employment.

  • This course covers all facets of welding as they apply to the servicing of cars and light trucks. Some methods covered are: stick, oxy-acetylene, MIG, and TIG. The safe use of the cutting torch and plasma cutter and "booth time" is supplemented by the use of various processes in the actual repair of vehicles and equipment.

  • This course is designed to provide instruction in the diagnosis and repair of electrical circuits, charging systems, and starting systems. OHMS law, alternators, and starters will be investigated.

  • This course includes lab application of vehicle exhaust, tires, preventive maintenance, and annual safety inspection checks. Repair techniques to insure driver comfort and engine efficiency through the control of heat are studied as they apply to auto cooling, heating, and air conditioning systems.

  • The students will become proficient in diagnostics and repair of ignition systems, fuel systems, charging and starting systems, electrical & computer applications, emission systems, and complete engine diagnostics.

  • This unit of instruction is designed to train high school graduates and adult learners in the service and diagnosis of light truck brake, steering, and suspension systems. Vehicle alignment, tire balancing, and vibration diagnosis are included. Students will be trained to operate a variety of brake, suspension, and alignment equipment while performing actual repairs, adjustments, and diagnosis. This training will supplement the students' truck education in preparation for entry-level employment.

  • The application of several common welding methods in use in the heavy repair field is covered in this course. Actual welding using arc, gas, MIG, TIG, and spot are practiced in the lab. The safe use of the cutting torch and plasma cutter and "booth time" is supplemented by the use of various processes in the actual repair of vehicles and equipment.

  • This course includes lab application of vehicle preventive maintenance and mandated annual safety inspection. Repair techniques to insure driver comfort and engine efficiency through the control of heat are studied as they apply to the truck cooling, heating and air conditioning systems. Analyzing how refrigerated cargo is maintained is a part of this course.
  • This course is designed to provide instruction in the diagnosis and repair of electrical circuits, alternators, distributors, starters, and fuel systems. Basic wrecker operation and the use of manuals and computer information services are also included.

  • Encompasses the causes, repair, and prevention of rust formation and develops an awareness in the student that it is his/her ethical duty to make rust repairs properly and economically.

  • This course provides instruction and practical experience in wrecker operation including hook-ups, winching, dolly use, wheel lifts, and safety. It includes instruction and practical experience in auto body damage estimate writing and analysis.

  • This course covers welding methods used for securing body sheet metal including the thinner, high-strength, low alloy steels. Some of the methods covered in depth are: arc, oxy-acetylene, MIG, and TIG welding. Emphasis is placed on proficiency in repairing steels found in panels and vehicle frames, the use of heat as a straightening medium is investigated, and choosing welding equipment for a body shop, sheet metal fabrication and fuel tank repairs are included.

  • Develops in the student the basic skills of the refinishing industry and provides the technical knowledge of different types of finishes as well as the sequence of foundation coats.

  • Designed to acquaint trainee with the proper process of reconditioning a vehicle before customer delivery. Students will learn how to remove and install seat upholstery as well as interior trim panels and hardware.

  • This course will teach the students to identify components sold in the automotive parts industry. Major automotive systems covered include engine components and transmissions.

  • The course is designed to teach students the basic format components in most aftermarket catalogs including the contents, application sections and illustrations. The course will also teach students how to obtain correct information from a customer, and as economically as possible, provide assistance.

  • The students will become proficient in diagnostics and repair of ignition systems, fuel systems, charging and starting systems, electrical & computer applications, emission systems, and complete engine diagnostics.

  • This unit of instruction is designed to train high school graduates and adult learners in the service and diagnosis of automotive brake and suspension systems as they relate to collision repair. Vehicle alignment, tire balancing, and vibration diagnosis are included. Students will be trained to operate a variety of brake, suspension, and alignment equipment while performing actual repairs, adjustments, and diagnosis. In addition, identification and analysis of structural damage, as well as frame and body measuring techniques are covered.

  • This unit of instruction is designed to enable trainees to become proficient in chassis electrical testing, repair, and component replacement.

  • This course is designed to teach scheduled preventive maintenance procedures as they apply to trucks and heavy equipment. Vehicle system checks include air brakes, tires, critical fluids and lubrication points. Training is focused on ensuring safety and reliability between scheduled Preventive Maintenance checks.
  • This course familiarizes students with auto body parts, construction, nomenclature, paint and materials. Students also learn about body panels, interior trim, and other dealer items in the auto body field. Safety issues will also be addressed.

  • This course provides instruction and practical application of the various aspects of managing an auto parts sales business. Students will learn how to obtain the current information from technicians and retail customers in dealership operations. Students will also develop an insight into employers' expectations of a salesperson and expert counterperson.

  • In this course the students will define and demonstrate the functions of computer hardware, printer and software used in automotive parts management. Students will apply this knowledge both in a simulated classroom environment and in the campus auto parts store.

  • Theory of operation and repair procedures of gasoline engine valve systems, crankshaft and bearings, connecting rods, cylinders, and pistons, diagnosis of engine malfunctions repair procedures, cooling system repairs and diagnosis, cylinder boring, piston pin fitting, connecting rod reconditioning, valve guide resizing and replacement, valve seat replacement, and other machine work and service procedures.

  • Lecture sessions cover most areas of the automobile except engine and drive train repairs. Designed to update and bring together earlier training with emphasis on diagnosing sophisticated drivability and emission-related problems. This is an extremely critical area with enhanced Inspection programs and OBDII systems.

  • This course is designed to teach the student the fundamental skills of complete chassis and roll cage fabrication. Major topics include principles of layout, bending, bead rolling, riveting and welding processes. Laboratory exercises emphasize technique and skill development to build race cars.

  • This course is designed to teach the student the fundamental skills of team organization and management. Major topics include introduction to motor sports, team structure, budgeting and finance. Laboratory exercises emphasize technique and skill development for success at the track. A sponsorship proposal is developed by each student.

  • This course is designed to teach the student advanced skills in race car chassis. Major topics include principles of suspension set-up, development and weight transfer. Laboratory exercises emphasize technique and skill development in modified suspension and steering geometry to build race cars to meet different track demands.

  • This course is designed to teach the student the advanced skills of tuning the race car for optimum performance at the track. Major topics include principles of proper fuel and modified delivery. Laboratory exercises emphasize technique and skills to modify fuels and ignition systems.

  • This course is designed to teach the student the formulas and concepts of race car brakes and steering. Major topics include the principles of modified chassis, brakes, and steering. Laboratory exercises emphasize technique and skill development in the different modified demands.

  • This course is designed to teach the student the advanced skills for reconstruction of high performance engines. Major topics include modified engine building and dynamometer testing. Laboratory exercises emphasize technique and skill development in engine assembly and dynamometer testing.

  • This course is designed to teach the student the fundamental principles of aerodynamics for racing and performance cars. Major topics include principles of aerodynamic effects on braking, handling, lift and drag coefficient. Laboratory exercises emphasize technique and skill development to build race cars.

  • This course is designed to teach the student the advanced skills of complete chassis, cage, and suspension fabrication. This course and its laboratory exercises evaluate the actual process of fabricating a complete race car.

  • This course consists of the service and repair of heavy duty clutches, transmissions, drive line and rear axle, leaf, torsion bar, and air suspensions, the alignment of front and rear axle, also alignment of trailer suspension and on-vehicle tire balancing. This will include Eaton and Meritor clutches, Mack and Eaton transmissions, and Meritor, Eaton and Mack rear axles. Also covered are Road Ranger auto shift transmissions.

  • This course consists of maintenance and repair of air brake systems including compressors, valves, tubing, and circuitry. This course will also include troubleshooting of foundation brakes and related components. Also covered is air ABS brake components, operation and troubleshooting.

  • This nine credit hour course covers the procedures needed to understand, test, repair, and overhaul diesel engines and their related components. Major emphasis is placed on the mid-range and heavy-duty diesels of the following makes: Cummins, Caterpillar, Detroit Diesel, Mack, John Deere, and Navistar. Covered is the use of special tools and equipment necessary to troubleshoot, maintain, and overhaul these engines and their related components.

  • Includes lab application of body panel alignment and mandated annual safety inspection, repair techniques to insure customer satisfaction with component fit and operation, keeping customer safety in mind when components are replaced, and techniques to insure customer comfort and engine efficiency through control of heat as they apply to auto cooling, heating and air conditioning systems.

  • Includes the different states of repair: metal analysis, metal straightening, filling and metal finishing, glass replacement, alignment problems, fender and door replacement, any and all small, quick, one or two day jobs. Also includes how to make manual and computerized estimates.

  • In this course the student will learn about the various types of inventory controls available to the automotive and related parts replacement fields. These controls include balance versus acquisition costs, computerized management systems, and inventory balance.

  • The course is designed to teach students the basic format components in most manufacturer's catalogs, including the cover, contents, applications, sections, and illustrations. The course will introduce students to the process of obtaining correct information from a customer, as economically as possible, and provide assistance.

  • This course familiarizes the student with the many aspects of managing a parts store. Areas covered are management responsibilities, individual development, steps in building a successful team and objectives of the management team.

  • This three credit hour course consists of the service and troubleshooting of electrical systems as they pertain to heavy equipment, truck and diesel. This will include series parallel circuits including 12- and 24-volt systems. Included in this course is the service and troubleshooting of hydraulic systems as found in heavy equipment, truck and diesel. This will include pumps, valves, actuators, accumulators and other related components in today's hydraulic systems.

  • This course will provide insight into other aspects of the automotive trade. Covered in shop management is repair order writing, duties of a shop adviser, customer relations, customer communications, questioning and follow-up, estimating repair costs, checking for recalls, searching for technician service bulletins, researching new product information, motorist's bill of rights, lemon laws and understanding the nature of the automotive business, and reviewing Hybrid vehicle information. The lab portion allows the student to perform as a service manager in one of our many automotive shops.

  • Study and actual repair of standard, automatic, and automatic transmissions and transaxles with emphasis on overdrives and electronically controlled units. Full coverage of clutches, axles, drivelines, C-V joints, and 4 x 4 transfer cases, as well as open, limited-slip, and front drive differentials. Extensive hands-on work in a busy "line shop" situation. This is a seven-and-one-half (7 1/2) week course course.

  • This course is designed to further the student's knowledge and practical experience in the use of painting and refinishing equipment, blending paints, metallic finishes, and hard to match colors, correcting paint failures, custom refinishing and how to solve their problems.

  • Provides instruction in the repair procedures of vehicles considered by appraisers to be totals, or near totals. Study and repair of frame and uni-body damage, suspension repairs. This includes computerized measuring systems, plastic welding, use of structural adhesives, and complete vehicle refinishing.

  • This nine credit hour course is intended for heavy equipment, truck and diesel mechanic majors. Coverage will include the fundamentals of diesel fuel systems, both mechanical and computer-controlled will be covered. Engine tune-up procedures, and diesel fuel system troubleshooting and computer usage will be included. Injection pumps, governors, injectors, emission control devices, automatic advance units and transfer pumps of the following systems will be covered: American Bosch, Caterpillar, Detroit Diesel, Cummins and Navistar.

  • A capstone course which provides an integrative experience in applying the knowledge and skills of earlier course work, with particular emphasis on furthering their in-depth skills in the contracted area. The student may contract for three to nine hours of independent study through an arrangement with the instructor and approval of the department chair. The chair shall be kept informed of the progress of study by the instructor and student. Enrollment is limited in order to allow each student the opportunity to pursue his/her field of special interest.