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Hybrid Electric Vehicle

AMT104

Overview of the emerging technology found in current hybrid electric vehicles. Study includes various vehicle powerplant designs, electric motors, energy storage, hybrid transmissions, hybrid controls, internal combustion engine modifications, safety, and fuel sources. Course work demonstrates the advantages and limitations of the varied vehicle architectures and the underlying physical and electrical principles involved in the operation of an electric hybrid powerplant. Hybrid electric topics include power-split hybrid transmissions, three-phase induction motors, torque smoothing, electrical inverters/converters, external charging, low voltage cooling systems, engine stop/start, battery types, and hi-voltage electrical safety. 1 Credit (1 Lecture)

Automotive Electrical Fundamentals

AMT109

Study of the electron theory of electricity. Topics include Ohm's law and Kirchhoff's law; AC and DC principles; series and parallel circuits; test meters; wiring diagrams; basic solid state devices; circuit analysis; and the concepts of capacitance, inductance, and impedance. Overview of integrated circuits and on-board microcomputers. (Formerly AMT124) 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): MTH011 or MTH004 or Placement by Examination. Corequisite(s): AMT126.

Manual Transmission and Transaxle Principles

AMT111

Theory and basic service techniques, including power flow of standard transmissions/transaxles, clutches, universal and C-V joints, drive shafts, axles, and differentials. 3 Credits (1.50 Lecture - 4.50 Lab) Prerequisite(s): Placement by Examination or MTH004 and Placement by Examination or RDG001.

Brake Systems

AMT112

Fundamentals of brake hydraulics, including theory and operation of servo and non-servo drum brakes, disc and drum brake machining, operation of disc brakes, operation of power assist brakes, and overview of electronic anti-skid brakes. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): Placement by Examination or MTH004 and Placement by Examination or RDG001. Corequisite(s): AMT242.

Steering and Suspension

AMT113

Principles of operation of steering and suspension, rack and pinion steering gears, and conventional steering gears. Study includes the theory of operation of power steering gears, steering geometry, wheel alignment principles, and static and dynamic wheel balancing. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): Placement by Examination or MTH004 and Placement by Examination or RDG001. Corequisite(s): AMT242.

Fundamentals of Automatic Transmissions

AMT119

Nomenclature and operating principles of front- and rear-wheel-drive automatic transmissions/transaxles. Procedures for inspection, bench repairs, and testing of automatic transmissions and transaxles. 3 Credits (1.50 Lecture - 4.50 Lab) Prerequisite(s): Placement by Examination or MTH004 and Placement by Examination or RDG001. Corequisite(s): AMT111.

Automotive Fuel and Emission Control Systems

AMT121

Introduction to the modern automotive engine with an overview of ignition, fuel, and emission control systems. Topics include the functions and common malfunctions of controlling microprocessor, sensors, and actuators as well as major components of ignition, fuel, and emission control systems. Laboratory work includes installation and system operation. (Formerly AMT 123) 2 Credits (1.50 Lecture - 1.50 Lab) Prerequisite(s): Placement by Examination or MTH004 and Placement by Examination or RDG001. Corequisite(s): AMT122.

Engine Principles

AMT122

Operating principles of internal combustion engines. Topics include two- and four-stroke cycles, engine nomenclature, cooling, lubricating, and valve systems. Skills/techniques developed include engine disassembly, precision measurement, and assembly. Additional topics include power and torque curves, diesel principles, thread sizes, drilling and tapping. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): Placement by Examination or MTH004 and Placement by Examination or RDG001. Corequisite(s): AMT121.

Engine Electrical Systems

AMT126

Principles of engine electrical systems, including testing equipment and procedures. Topics include wiring, connectors, and circuit protection devices; batteries and battery tests; cranking circuits, starter motors, and drives; charging circuits, alternators, and voltage regulators; ignition systems; engine computer controls and electronic fuel injection; and the oscilloscope and other special test equipment. 4 Credits (3 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): Placement by Examination or MTH004 and Placement by Examination or RDG001. Corequisite(s): AMT109.

Ford Dealership Internship IV

AMT163

Specialized work experience to be completed at a participating Ford Lincoln/Mercury dealership. Application of knowledge and skills developed during the third semester of automotive instruction. Conducted in accordance with guidelines established by the Ford ASSET program. 2 Credits (0 Lecture - 10 Co-op) Prerequisite(s): MTH011 or MTH005 or Placement by Examination. Corequisite(s): AMT210 and AMT220. Fall Only.

Ford Dealership Internship V

AMT164

Specialized work experience to be completed at a participating Ford Lincoln/Mercury dealership. Application of knowledge and skills developed during the fourth semester of automotive instruction. Conducted in accordance with guidelines established by the Ford ASSET program. 2 Credits (0 Lecture - 10 Co-op) Prerequisite(s): MTH011 or MTH005 or Placement by Examination. Corequisite(s): AMT230 and AMT240. Spring Only.

Ford Steering, Suspension and Brake Systems

AMT210

Principles of Ford suspension systems, including construction, operation, components, relationships, steering geometry, alignment, rear and front suspension service, repair and wheel balancing. Types of braking systems, system components, system operation, troubleshooting, adjustments, and repair. 5 Credits (4 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): AMT130 and AMT141 and AMT146 and MTH005 or AMT130 and AMT141 and AMT146 and Placement by Examination. Fall Only.

Ford Engine Management Systems

AMT220

Ford performance analysis and basic tune-up procedures. Operation and troubleshooting of the following systems: traditional and diesel-fueled (high pressure type), emission control, ignition, engine control, and turbochargers. Topics include the purpose and performance of computerized engine control systems, theory of operation, service, troubleshooting and repair, with emphasis on closed-loop microprocessor systems. 5 Credits (4 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): AMT130 and AMT141 and AMT146 and MTH005 or AMT130 and AMT141 and AMT146 and Placement by Examination. Fall Only.

Ford Automotive Manual Transmissions, Drivelines and Transfer Cases

AMT230

Operational theory, troubleshooting, diagnosis, and repair of the drive train and drive train components. Topics include clutches, manual transmissions, drive axles, transaxles, drive shafts, universal joints, transfer cases, and carriers. 5 Credits (4 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): AMT210 and AMT220 and MTH005 or AMT210 and AMT220 and Placement by Examination. Spring Only.

Engine Performance

AMT236

Theory and practice surrounding engine performance and driveability. Topics include the systems and components that affect engine performance and the proper procedures for diagnosing and repairing those systems. Emphasis on developing and following a logical diagnostic process. Skills developed include using electronic repair information systems and diagnostic equipment, both manufacturer-specific and generic. Laboratory work involves school-owned vehicles and live repairs on customer-owned vehicles. (Formerly AMT 263) 4 Credits (3 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): AMT121 and AMT126 and MTH011 or AMT121 and AMT126 and MTH005 or AMT121 and AMT126 and Placement by Examination.

Ford Automotive Transmissions and Transaxles

AMT240

Function and repair of the complete power drive systems. Topics include the theory of operation, troubleshooting, service, repair, and overhaul of Ford automatic transmission transaxles. Skills developed include drive line; universal joint inspection and repair; and differential construction, diagnosis, and repair. 5 Credits (4 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): AMT210 and AMT220 and MTH005 or AMT210 and AMT220 and Placement by Examination. Spring Only.

Vehicle Safety Inspection

AMT242

Preparation for the Vehicle Safety Inspection exam. As mandated by Pennsylvania regulations, a state-provided course outline will be followed. (Formerly AMT245) 1 Credit (1 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): Placement by Examination or MTH004 and Placement by Examination or RDG001. Corequisite(s): AMT112 and AMT113.

Automotive Chassis and Wheel Service

AMT243

Broad examination and practical application of the inspection and maintenance procedures for brakes, steering, suspension, lighting, tires/wheels, and exhaust systems on many makes of vehicles. Introduction to technological developments in these areas. Laboratory work includes hands-on experiences using customer vehicles as appropriate. (Formerly AMT 241) 6 Credits (3 Lecture - 9 Lab) Prerequisite(s): MTH011 or MTH005 or Placement by Examination.

Automotive Service Internship I

AMT260

Specialized work experience in the automotive customer service field, including performing the duties of service writers and assistant service managers. Application of theories and techniques being studied in Automotive Customer Service Techniques, AMT262. Completed in live-work automotive laboratories. 2 Credits (0 Lecture - 10 Internship) Corequisite(s): AMT262. Fall Only.

Automotive Internship II

AMT261

Specialized, flexible work experience in the automotive customer service field. Emphasis on gathering technician and shop efficiency information, warranty repair issues, and service facility concerns. Placement will be in an appropriate service facility or in the College's live-work laboratory. 2 Credits (0 Lecture - 10 Internship) Prerequisite(s): AMT260.

Automotive Customer Service Techniques

AMT262

Overview of the skills and techniques needed to successfully handle automotive service customers. Topics include communication techniques, conflict resolution, co-worker relations, inventory control, customer billing, and the oversight/management of daily operations. 2 Credits (2 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): AMT126 or ABC122 or ABC125 or AMT109 and AMT121. Corequisite(s): AMT260.

Powertrain Electronics

AMT264

Theory of operation, diagnostic procedures, and repair techniques for computerized powertrain (engine and transmission) controls on modern automobiles. Emphasis on developing and following a logical diagnostic process. Skills developed include using electronic repair information systems and diagnostic equipment, both manufacturer-specific and generic. Laboratory work involves school-owned vehicles and live repairs on customer-owned vehicles. (Formerly AMT 263) 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): MTH011 or MTH005 or Placement by Examination. Corequisite(s): AMT236.

Automotive Engine Machining Processes

AMT265

Basic principles and methodologies of engine machining operations. Topics include parts preparation and checking prior to the machining process; parts cleaning operations, including chemical and abrasive cleaning methods; precision measuring and crack detection on cast iron and aluminum engine parts; engine cylinder reboring and precision honing with torque plates; cylinder head and block deck milling, including square decking on V-type engine blocks; cylinder head rebuilding, including valve guide and seat replacement, spring seat machining, and special valve seat forming with carbide cutters; removal of press-in rocker-arm studs; machining of screw-in-rocker-arm studs; and the use of precision horizontal honing machines for reconditioning connecting rods, honing piston pin bosses, and other small bores found on automotive engine components. (Formerly AMT 256) 3 Credits (1.50 Lecture - 4.50 Lab) Prerequisite(s): AMT266.

Engine Repair

AMT266

Study and practical application of the procedures, techniques, and special equipment used to diagnose engine problems relating to oil consumption, engine noise, power loss, the lubrication system, and the cooling system. Topics covered also include the procedures, techniques, and special equipment used for engine removal and installation. Laboratory work includes performing in-chassis engine repair and engine replacement. (Formerly AMT 239) 4 Credits (1.50 Lecture - 7.50 Lab) Prerequisite(s): AMT122 and MTH011 or AMT122 and MTH005 or AMT122 and Placement by Examination. Corequisite(s): AMT236 and AMT264.

Automotive Air Conditioning Systems and Service

AMT274

Theory and operation of automotive air conditioning systems. Topics include proper diagnosis and servicing techniques, including recycling and handling of refrigerants and retrofitting of vehicles from R-12 to R-134 A refrigerant. Practical skills developed in a live-work laboratory setting. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): AMT124 and MTH011 or AMT124 and MTH005 or AMT124 and Placement by Examination or AMT109 and MTH011 or AMT109 and MTH005 or AMT109 and Placement by Examination.

Electrical/Electronic Accessory Service

AMT276

Principles of operation, diagnosis, and repair of many common automotive electrical accessories, including those controlled using conventional electrical components and those controlled by computers. Specific systems include lighting circuits, windshield wiper/washer circuits, horn, power seats, power mirrors, power windows and door locks, supplemental restraint systems, keyless entry, instrumentation, and speed control. Emphasis on accessing pertinent service information, interpreting wiring diagrams to analyze circuits, troubleshooting circuits, and using scan tools in the diagnosis of computer-controlled electrical accessories. 4 Credits (2 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): AMT124 or AMT109.

Engine Head; Porting and Polishing Modifications

AMT277

Introduction to the technical skills needed to increase the volumetric efficiency of an engine by increasing the size of the head ports and polishing the surface casting.  Applications include matching the manifold runners to the head ports, and determining displacement of the combustion chamber.  Course work includes using a bench head flow tester to pre-test and post-test the heads.  Safety is stressed as well as the proper use of power tools. 2 Credits (1 Lecture - 3 Lab)

Automotive Dynamometer and Performance Parts Testing I

AMT278

Introduction to the basic principles and techniques of bolt-on aftermarket performance parts and evaluation with the use of a chassis dynamometer.  Topics include chassis dynamometer operation and use; SAE correction factoring; vehicle performance baseline testing; air cleaner element testing; ignition timing adjustment and testing; computer flash performance updating and evaluation, cold air intake design and testing; extensive exhaust testing; cam timing adjustment and testing in conjunction with the use of adjustable cam gears; cylinder head porting and flow bench evaluation. 3 Credits (1.50 Lecture - 4.50 Lab) Prerequisite(s): AMT121 and AMT122. Fall Only.

Automotive Dynamometer and Performance Parts Testing II

AMT279

Advanced principles and techniques of bolt-on aftermarket performance parts and evaluation with the use of a chassis dynamometer.  Topics include camshaft installation and induction testing; cylinder head tests of different flow characteristics as a result of porting, camshaft selection, or combustion chamber volume; forced induction with main focus on turbo-charging; drive train modifications necessary to handle the increased engine performance; and drive train modifications, limited to flywheel, pressure plate, clutch material, or torque converter stall/flash performance. 3 Credits (1.50 Lecture - 4.50 Lab) Prerequisite(s): AMT111 and AMT119 and AMT278. Corequisite(s): AMT265 and AMT266. Spring Only.

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