AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIAN TRAINING In less than a year, you could be a trained automotive technician.4 It all starts with completing a core program at one of our auto mechanic schools. These foundational courses build your base knowledge from the ground up, teaching you how to diagnose, maintain and repair domestic and foreign vehicles like a true automotive professional. From here, you can move on to Manufacturer-Specific Advanced Training courses.15 Our campuses feature a blended learning model, which combines instructor-led online training with hands-on application in the lab.18 This training provides more flexibility for you as a student and also prepares you for the type of training you’ll experience in the field. While our Automotive Technology program is not an online mechanic school, students typically spend about half their day completing online coursework and about half in the lab. VEHICLE ELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGY In our electronic technology classes, you'll learn the basics of how electricity functions within a vehicle. Use tools like multimeters, oscilloscopes and hand-held scanners to read and diagnose the various electrical components in a vehicle. SUSPENSION SYSTEMS You'll work with front- and rear-wheel alignments to understand how the suspension parts all need to work together to allow a vehicle to travel straight on the road and the tires to wear normally. Struts, ball joints, tie-rod ends, rack and pinion, and steering gear boxes are just a few of the components that will be covered. DIAGNOSTICS & DRIVABILITY Vehicle diagnostic knowledge is a must for any entry-level technician. Use computer-aided systems and scan tools to perform data retrieval and diagnose drivability issues. In the lab, you'll use real-world scenarios to learn the correct procedures for realizing on-board diagnostic problems in today's vehicles. POWER & PERFORMANCE This is where you'll put all of your training to the test! Install performance parts and make tuning adjustments on a high-performance engine to understand how the right combination of parts and tuning helps to maximize engine performance and drivability. Major equipment you'll use include chassis dynamometers, T-bucket style roadsters and computers. ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY Learn how the engine, powertrain and electrical systems of a hybrid differ from electrical systems and transmissions found in a regular gas-powered vehicle.