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Automotive Engines Service & Repair

This is one of the first subjects students will learn when starting their automotive mechanic course. Students discover the fundamentals of a vehicle’s 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 program you will have the opportunity to completely disassemble and reassemble an engine. 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. You will tear down an engine and put it back together to become familiar with how each piece works together and contributes to the inner workings of the engine, so that you are able to diagnose possible failures and repairs. Then we’ll turn the engine to certain torque to make sure that they’re not binding up. After the students are done they will understand the internal workings of the engine and if a failure happens what could cause that failure.


Professional Automotive Service Writing

Students will learn the principles of specific questioning techniques necessary for service-order. You’ll be shown how the service writer should ask questions of the customer in order to better understand the problem, use written and verbal communication to be able to relay the information from the customer to the technician, and how they should never diagnose a problem in the service lane. He/she will learn about different computer software systems used to write and track service work in the field. The class will do some mock customer write ups, as well as how the service department runs and what happens with the paper work as it moves through the system.


Automotive Powertrains & Transmissions

Students diagnose and service electronic automatic transmission, manual transmissions and transaxle concerns related to electronic control systems faults, and perform external hydraulic system diagnosis using proper equipment. Students will learn the inner workings of the manual and automatic transmissions. You will be taught how fluid flows inside an automatic transmission as well as the multiple gear and shift patterns in a manual transmission. You will build an automatic transmission from the ground up and run it on the transmission dyno. Rear differentials, drive line angles, u-joints to name a few other areas will be covered as well.


Vehicle Steering and Suspension Service and Repair

Students will 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 so that the car will travel straight on the road and the tires will wear normally. Struts, ball joints, tie rod ends, rack and pinion, steering gear boxes are a few of the components that will be covered. Preventive maintenance is also part of this course such as oil changes, vehicle inspections, and tire mounting and balancing.


Vehicle Brake Systems

Students diagnose and service wheel bearings, brake power assist systems, brake hydraulic systems, brake electrical systems, anti-lock, traction control, and stability control systems. What makes a vehicle stop is what this class is all about. Students will learn drum and disc brake systems. Hydraulic brakes and the different components used. ABS braking systems are used on every car built today, and there are multiple ways to make them work. You will diagnose ABS and the hydraulic systems. By the end of this class you will have an understanding of the brake systems used in cars today.


Vehicle Electronic Systems and Technology

During our Electronic Fundamentals and Applications classes, our students learn the science of electrical principals and electricity and how they are related to automotive technology. You cannot see electricity in a vehicle, so you need to understand how it flows through a circuit and what it does. Students will learn Ohms law, and with that understanding use a digital multimeter to read voltage, resistance and amps. There are different sensors and electric motors that use different voltage in order to work. So by understanding the basics you will learn to diagnose all electrical components in a vehicle using different diagnostic tools. These tools include multimeters, oscilloscopes and hand held scanners that plug into the vehicles computer system which can read as well as control components in an electrical system.


Automotive Climate Control Systems and Repair

HVAC: Upon completion of this course, students will have learned the technology principles of automotive heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) through diagnosis and service of HVAC systems and sub systems, refrigerant systems and electronic climate control systems. Students will learn about EPA rules and regulations. There are different types of refrigerants in the market today and you will learn how to handle these. In today’s system the vehicles can come with a dual zone system which means driver and the passengers have their own controls. When refrigerants flow it changes from a gas to a liquid and from hot to cold, so as you learn how this happens, you will also learn how to diagnose these systems.


Automotive Power & Performance Tuning and Emissions Repair

Students gain knowledge in the operation of a dynamometer, which is a method of testing engine power output, with emphasis on tuning and component selection for optimum performance. UTI has partnered with Roush Yates. Roush Yates is one of the top names in racing. Students gain knowledge of basic engine rebuilding procedures when given an exacting set of specifications. This is where you put a lot of your training to use. First course you will build an engine from the ground up do all the measurements of the cylinder walls the pistons, valves, spring height, know the ring gaps and much more. When you are finished with your engine you will take it to the next class and install it in a rolling T-bucket chassis. Here you will do a basis line run with your engine on a chassis dyno and see how it works. You will see what kind of horse power and torque your engine develops. Then you will be using already built engines with racing components on them to see what your horse power and torque could be. Many of our schools also have engine dynos that will demonstrate measurements of force, torque or power of various engines and configurations. In the third class you'll learn about EPA emission requirements. In this course you will modify cars by changing up the inputs to the vehicles computer system to change parameters of different sensors. You will be doing this while the car is sitting on a chassis dyno with a 5 gas analyzer attached and reading horsepower and torque and staying with in the emission requirements.


Install performance parts and make tuning adjustments on a high performance engine understand how the right combination of parts and tuning helps to maximize engine performance and drivability.


Hybrid Vehicle System Maintenance

Students learn theory, diagnosis and repair information necessary to safely and effectively service hybrid vehicles and alternative fuels systems and technology. Students will learn how the engine, powertrain and electrical system of a hybrid differs to engines electrical systems and transmissions found in a regular gas powered vehicle. HVAC systems and brake regeneration systems will also be covered in this course.


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