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ATC 103 Automotive Fundamentals (4 credits)

Provides a foundation for students entering the automotive service field. It prepares the student with shop and tool safety, basic automotive maintenance procedures and pre-delivery inspection procedures. The internal combustion engine and related components are introduced in this course. Three class hours, and three-hour lab. Prerequisite: MAT 114 or Permission of Instructor.

ATC 115 Automotive Electrical Systems (4 credits)

An introductory course applied to the automobile. DC and AC circuits including series, parallel and series parallel are investigated. Concepts of magnetism and inductance are studied and applied to starting and charging systems. Laboratory emphasis is on basis electronic test equipment for diagnosing basic vehicle accessories and systems. Three class hours and a three-hour lab. Prerequisite: MAT 114 or Permission of Instructor.

ATC 116 Automotive Electronics (4 credits)

An introductory course in semiconductor devices, circuits, digital concepts and microprocessors applicable to the modern automotive system. Laboratory emphasis is on test instrumentation and the application of troubleshooting techniques. Three class hours and a three-hour lab. Prerequisite: ATC 115 or Permission of Instructor.

ATC 131 Engine Concepts (3 credits)

A detailed study of the internal combustion engine. Topics include design criteria, theoretical combustion concepts, energy transfer, cylinder head design, intake and exhaust systems and efficiency principles. Service operations and measurement techniques are investigated in laboratory exercises. Two class hours and a three-hour lab.

ATC 142 Fuel and Ignition Controls (4 credits)

Extensively explores fuel delivery and emissions control. The emphasis is on microprocessor control applications applied to fuel management ignition and related emissions devices. Principles of feedback control signals are investigated in laboratory exercises. Three class hours and a three-hour lab. Prerequisite: ATC 116 or Permission of Instructor.

ATC 190 CO:Cooperative Education I (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide work experience directly related to the student's field of study. A learning contract, containing specific educational objectives as they relate to the specific work experience and the student's field of study, is developed between the student, department coordinator,and the employer. There is a 120-hour minimum of work in the student's co-op experience. The student is required to keep a daily journal which provides relevant feedback to the department coordinator thereby ensuring a consistent monitoring of tasks performed during the work session. Prerequisites: ATC 103 and 115.

ATC 207 Chassis Fundamentals (5 credits)

This course examines the design, construction and operation of basic vehicular suspension systems, braking systems, alignment geometry, wheel and tire fundamentals and steering systems. The emphasis is on service and diagnostic procedures are discussed in detail. Laboratory exercises consist of wheel balancing and alignment, proper brake system service practices, suspension component diagnosis and replacement, anti-lock troubleshooting techniques and related chassis services. Rotor and drum machining techniques are explored in detail. Four class hours and a three-hour lab.

ATC 222 Drivelines and Geartrains (5 credits)

A thorough examination of manual and automatic transmissions/transaxles. Clutch operations, drivelines and differentials are addressed. Detailed power flow analysis for manual and automatic geartrains is provided in lecture with practical applications derived from laboratory exercises. Vehicle manufacturer service and maintenance procedures are investigated in lab activities. Four class hours and a three-hour lab. Prerequisite: ATC 243 or Permission of Instructor.

ATC 243 Advanced Engine Performance (4 credits)

Modern engine control systems are discussed. Ignition systems and related diagnostics with an emphasis on computer-controlled fuel management are examined. Laboratory topics include gas analyzers, oscilloscopes and scanning devices (DRBs). Three class hours and a three-hour lab. Prerequisite: ATC 142 or Permission of Instructor.

ATC 271 Climate Control Systems (3 credits)

Fundamentals of refrigeration and heating are analytically discussed. Concepts of modern electronic air temperature control systems are developed in the lecture. Laboratory activities focus upon service and diagnostic methods. Proper evacuation and recharging techniques applicable to current EPA standards are developed. Two class hours and a three-hour lab. Prerequisite: ATC 116 or Permission of Instructor.

ATC 290 CO:Cooperative Education II (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide work experience directly related to the student's field of study. A learning contract, containing specific educational objectives, is developed between the student, the chairperson of Automotive Technology and the employer. There is a 120-hour minimum employment requirement in the student's cooperative experience along with a course component. Tasks include advanced automotive service activies involving electronic diagnostics and engine repair. The student is required to keep a daily journal of activities performed and periodic evaluations will be conducted by department faculty. Students will have assistance in the co-op placement, however, the ultimate responsibility for obtaining placement rests with the student. The Automotive chairperson must grant prior approval for the cooperative experience, which must be directly related to the student's curriculum. The work experience cannot be used to satisfy the requirement of another course. No experiential credit based upon past work experience will be awarded for this course. A letter grade will be assigned.

ATC 223 Hybrid, Electric and Alternative Fuel Vehicles (4 credits)

The course is designed to introduce the student into the theory and systems applications of modern  hybrid, electric and alternative fuel vehicles, hydrogen and natural gas. All vehicle systems will be covered: HEV Technology, Hybrid Engines and Transmissions, Electric Machines, Power Inverter  Systems, DC-DC Converter Systems, Hybrid Braking and Steering Systems, Battery Pack Technology.  Emphasis in laboratory is placed on vehicle systems and safety. Three class hours and a three hour lab. Prerequisite: ATC-115, ATC-131, MAT-119 or POI. Co-requisite: ATC-116, ATC-222 or POI.