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Course Descriptions

Automotive History in the 20th Century

RST100

Historical milestones in the development, manufacturing, and increased availability to the public of the American automobile over the last 100 years.  Emphasis on the historical, political, and economic impacts on society.  Topics examined include, but are not limited to, the historical impact of the automobile's development on society and on the economy as well as the manufacturing of automobiles and its impact on culture, civil society, the legal system, the political system, workforce migration, urbanization, corporate development, wartime activities, the interstate system, and the Americanization of other countries. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) (Science, Technology and Society) Fall Only.

Automotive Research

RST101

Examination of knowledge and resources necessary to restore a domestic or European vehicle to original equipment manufactures' (OEM) foreign and domestic specifications.  Study includes the use of current technologies in durability and preservation in conjunction with era-specific authenticity from pre-1900 through 1972.  The history, designs, and trends that influence auto manufacturers are discussed. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): RST100. Spring Only.

Introduction to Restoration Procedures

RST102

Introduction to the theory and practical skills needed to restore a vehicle to original equipment manufacturers' (OEM) specifications.  Study includes the use of today's technologies in durability and preservation in conjunction with era-specific authenticity from the 1900s through 1972, with attention to the history of designs, styles, and trends.  Processes used when restoring a vehicle will be in accordance to era-specific options.  Additional study includes the requirements for safe highway vehicle operation under Pennsylvania inspection codes. 4 Credits (1 Lecture - 9 Lab) Prerequisite(s): RST101. Summer Only.

Restoration Internship

RST160

Specialized work experience to be performed in a participating restoration facility.  The experience will apply knowledge and skills developed during the first year of automotive restoration instruction. 2 Credits (0 Lecture - 10 Internship) Prerequisite(s): RST102. Summer Only.

Restoration Laboratory I

RST201

Application of restoration techniques to a 1900-1972 vintage automobile.  In depth on documenting, researching, proper labeling, removing, fabricating, refurbishing, refinishing, fitting, installing, and detailing all structural, non-structural, mechanical and electrical components and systems.  Course work includes additional component projects for broad-based skill development in restoration techniques reflecting the complexity and variety of early automotive operational systems.  Emphasis on contest preparation and powertrain disassembly. 3 Credits (0 Lecture - 9 Lab) Prerequisite(s): RST100 and RST101. Corequisite(s): RST202 and RST210 and RST211. Fall Only.

Restoration Laboratory II

RST202

Application of restoration techniques to a 1900-1972 vintage automobile.  Emphasis in engine assembly, structural repair, steering, suspension, and brakes.  In depth study on documenting, researching, proper labeling, removing, fabricating, refurbishing, refinishing, fitting, installing, and detailing all structural, non-structural, mechanical and electrical components and systems.  Course work includes additional component projects for broad-based skill development in restoration techniques reflecting the complexity and variety of early automotive operational systems. 3 Credits (0 Lecture - 9 Lab) Prerequisite(s): RST101. Corequisite(s): RST201 and RST210 and RST211 and RST212. Fall Only.

Restoration Laboratory III

RST203

Application of restoration techniques to a 1900-1972 vintage automobile.  Emphasis in refinishing, interiors, electrical, and metal structures forming.  In depth study on documenting, researching, proper labeling, removing, fabricating, refurbishing, refinishing, fitting, installing, and detailing all structural, non-structural, mechanical and electrical components and systems.  Course work includes additional component projects for broad-based skill development in restoration techniques reflecting the complexity and variety of early automotive operational systems. 3 Credits (0 Lecture - 9 Lab) Prerequisite(s): RST202. Corequisite(s): RST204 and RST220 and RST221 and RST222 and RST223. Spring Only.

Restoration Laboratory IV

RST204

Application of restoration techniques to a 1900-1972 vintage automobile.  Emphasis on interiors, HVAC, fit, metal preservation, appraisal and estimating.  In depth study on documenting, researching, proper labeling, removing, fabricating, refurbishing, refinishing, fitting, installing, and detailing all structural, non-structural, mechanical and electrical components and systems.  Course work includes additional component projects for broad-based skill development in restoration techniques reflecting the complexity and variety of early automotive operational systems. 3 Credits (0 Lecture - 9 Lab) Prerequisite(s): RST202. Corequisite(s): RST203 and RST220 and RST221 and RST222 and RST223. Spring Only.

Structural Repair Theory

RST210

Study of structural restoration and repair procedures for vehicles from 1900-1972 model years.  Topics include industry best practices for chassis restoration procedures, including vehicle pre-teardown inspection, digital image archiving, structural and non-structural preliminary measurements, fastener organization, and component storage.  Overview of procedures necessary to effectively plan and prepare the vehicle structure for the beginning stages of restoration. 2 Credits (2 Lecture) Corequisite(s): RST201 and RST202 and RST211. Fall Only.

Powertrain Theory

RST211

Theory and operational understanding of the mechanisms that are used to propel vehicles.  Emphasis on drivetrain components used in pre-1972 vehicles.  Study includes, but is not limited to, engines, transmissions, and differentials.  Additional studies on subsystems in drivetrain operation. 2 Credits (2 Lecture) Corequisite(s): RST201 and RST202 and RST210. Fall Only.

Chassis Theory

RST212

Overview of the various systems used in the chassis of pre-1972 vehicles.  Topics include braking, steering, and suspension systems, and how they function in vehicle operation.  Restraints and vehicle wheel alignment are also studied. 2 Credits (2 Lecture) Corequisite(s): RST201 and RST202 and RST210 and RST211. Fall Only.

Paint, Trim, and Interiors

RST220

Theoretical study of vehicle paint technologies, trim design and interior components.  Topics cover basic concepts, designs, installation, and restoration of automotive paint, trim and interior components of vehicles from 1900-1972 model years. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Corequisite(s): RST203 and RST204 and RST221 and RST222 and RST223. Spring Only.

Electrical and HVAC Systems

RST221

Study of the operating principles of automotive air conditioning and heating systems, and electrical systems.  Emphasis on diagnosing common malfunctions and servicing components.  Discussion includes the technician's responsibility regarding environmentally hazardous materials and the federal laws and regulations governing them. 2 Credits (2 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): RST211. Corequisite(s): RST203 and RST204 and RST220 and RST222 and RST223. Spring Only.

Job Estimating, Judging, and Appraising

RST222

Overview of the knowledge and resources needed to perform an accurate vehicle appraisal according to vehicle age and condition, including managing the shop overhead needed to support a restoration.  Vehicle judging provides an in-depth view of the logistics behind show vehicle judging, as well as the expertise required to become an AACA-sanctioned senior judge.  Guidelines for judging AACA and Concours d'Elegance events are covered. 1 Credit (1 Lecture) Corequisite(s): RST203 and RST204 and RST220 and RST221 and RST223. Spring Only.

Advanced Structural Repair and Final Fit

RST223

Study of vehicle orientation and safety, automobile construction, hand and power tools, sheet metal fabrication, frame repair analysis, automotive refinishing, final fit and finish, and automotive detailing. 2 Credits (2 Lecture) Corequisite(s): RST203 and RST204 and RST220 and RST221 and RST222. Spring Only.

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