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From vehicle electronic technology to diagnostics and drivability, the courses offered in UTI’s Automotive Technology program are designed to provide you with the knowledge and hands-on
experience you need to succeed as an automotive technician in today’s world. Each class covers specific aspects of the automotive industry to provide you with a foundation you can build upon as you pursue your career.1
Keep reading to find out what you’ll learn in each UTI automotive course:
This is one of the first subjects students will learn when starting their automotive technician program. Students discover the fundamentals of a vehicle’s internal engine operation and how to repair it by learning about the various components that
make up the internal combustion engine. As a student at UTI in the automotive and/or diesel program, you will have the opportunity to completely disassemble an engine to become familiar with how individual
parts work together and contribute to the inner workings of the engine.
You will also review all engine components from valve train components, gasket types and different applications, how the oil system works and how compression ratios relate to speed, horsepower and torque. Then, you will reassemble the engine. Upon completion
of the course, students will understand the internal workings of an engine and, if a failure happens, what could cause that failure.
In this course, you will learn written and verbal communication standards typical of a professional dealership environment in providing customer service, questioning techniques, efficient understanding of customer concerns, report completion, organization,
and co-worker and management interaction skills. You will learn the principles of being a service advisor, including specific questioning techniques necessary to repair the vehicle correctly.
You will also be shown how service writers should ask questions of the customer in order to better understand the concern, how to effectively relay the information from the customer to the technician, and how service managers should never diagnose a problem
in the service lane. This course includes various mock scenarios that cover customer write-ups, how the service department runs, and what happens with the paperwork as it moves through the system.
In this course, you will learn to assemble and disassemble an electronic automatic transmission. You will diagnose and service electronic automatic transmission with concerns related to electronic control system faults and perform external hydraulic system
diagnosis using proper equipment. You will also be taught how fluid flows inside an automatic transmission.
Learning takes place in a hands-on environment, where you will have the opportunity to assemble and disassemble a manual transmission while learning the inner workings of multiple gear and shift patterns. You will also learn to assemble and disassemble
rear differentials and drive shafts, replace u-joints, understand drive line angles and more.
Students in this course learn to identify, diagnose and safely service wheels and tires, steering and suspension systems, and components. You will work with front- and rear-wheel alignments and understand how the suspension parts all need to work together
to ensure the car travels straight on the road and the tires wear normally. Struts, ball joints, tie-rod ends, rack and pinion and steering gear boxes are a few of the components that will be covered in your coursework. You will also learn the basics
of tire mounting and balancing.
In this course, you will learn to diagnose and service wheel bearings, brake power assist systems, brake hydraulic systems, parking brakes, brake electrical systems, anti-lock, traction control and stability control systems. You will learn the different
components used in hydraulic brake systems, including the assembly and disassembly of the master cylinder, calipers, drum assembly, and proper bleeding.
Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) are on every vehicle built today, and there are multiple ways to make them work. Upon completion of this course, you will have an understanding of the brake systems used in vehicles on the road.
Students in this course learn the science of electrical principals and electricity and how they are related to automotive technology. The electricity in a vehicle cannot be seen, which is why it’s important to understand how it flows through a circuit
and what it does.
You will learn Ohm's law, and with that understanding learn to use a digital multi-meter to read voltage, resistance and amps. Your coursework will also cover how various electrical components operate, how to read wiring diagrams, and how to build and
test circuits. You will also troubleshoot on vehicles and perform various electrical tests. The knowledge gained in this course will be built upon throughout the rest of your courses.
In this course, you will have the opportunity to learn about EPA rules and regulations. You will learn about the different types of refrigerants and oils in the market today and how to handle them properly. Your coursework will also cover the different
systems vehicle manufactures use. Some vehicles can be equipped with multiple zone systems, which means the driver and occupants have their own controls.
Additionally, students will learn about the potential dangers of working with refrigerant and high system pressures and how to avoid them. You will understand how refrigerant, when flowing, changes from a gas to a liquid in order to properly diagnose.
Upon completion of this course, you will have learned the technology principles of automotive heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) through diagnosis and service of HVAC systems and subsystems, refrigerant systems and electronic climate
*These courses are not offered at NASCAR Technical Institute.
Power & Performance I
Students in Power & Performance I gain knowledge in calculating compression ratios, calculating bore/stroke, port matching, camshaft understanding and much more. The lessons learned in this course will be used to disassemble a V-8 engine, inspect
and measure every component, reassemble and time the rotating assembly.
Students learn using various tools, including basic hand tools, basic engine assembly and disassembly tools and precision measuring tools. At the end of the course, students will have an assembled V-8, which they will take with them to Power & Performance
Power & Performance II
Building upon the material covered in Power & Performance I, students in this course gain knowledge in fuel flow, ignition timing, exhaust flow, engine add-on performance, engine installation and dynamometer operation. Students have the opportunity
to install their engine on a rolling chassis and install carburation, ignition and an exhaust system.
Once completed and checked, you will hear your engine run for the first time. You will then strap your chassis to the chassis dyno and do full pulls to see what horsepower and torque your engine produces. You will then remove your engine and return it
to the Power & Performance I lab.
You will also install a heavily modified V-8 on your chassis and dyno it. You will compare your engine numbers to the modified one and add nitrous to the modified engine to see what happens to the power and torque. This is a hands-on course where you
will have the opportunity to see your hard work come to life!
Emission Legal Performance
In this course, you will learn to use different types of tuning software and tune normally aspirated, supercharged, turbo-charged and nitrous-powered vehicles on a chassis dynamometer. To do this, you will modify vehicles by changing parameters in the
engine computer while the car is sitting on a chassis dyno. After the dyno run, you will look at fuel trim and ignition timing to see if the engine is lean or rich. Then you will make adjustments to obtain the maxim power and torque, while still being
*If attending NASCAR Technical Institute, you will take the following courses:
Students learn techniques for assembling and disassembling a competitive NASCAR engine. Topics covered in this course include engine rules, cylinder head preparation, camshaft selection and installation, engine rotating assembly, and working in a zero-defect
Students learn to install ancillary equipment and test a competitive NASCAR engine. Topics covered in this course include race-day longevity; fuel, cooling, lubrication and exhaust systems; restrictor-plate issues; working with dynamometers; and adjustments
that can be made at the track.
In this course you will learn theory, diagnosis and repair necessary to safely and effectively service hybrid vehicles and alternate fuels systems. You will also learn how the engine, powertrain, HVAC, brakes and electrical system of a hybrid vehicle
differ from a conventional vehicle. Using a scanner, you will observe hybrid-specific data to diagnose and repair induced faults.
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