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How ATC’s Boat Mechanic School Will Prepare You for a Marine Technician Career

For boating enthusiasts, a career on the water working on different kinds of vessels would be a dream come true. A passion for boating and marine mechanics is a must, but training and expertise in marine technologies is equally important. Fortunately for aspiring marine technicians who are looking for a boat mechanic school in Pennsylvania, […]

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The Extraordinary Engine Configurations of 18-Wheelers

The loud, massive 18-wheel trucks you see barreling down the highways, referred to as semi-trucks, play an important role in the transportation of goods and supplies across our country. But to do so, they need powerful engine configurations. ATC’s Diesel Technology course teaches our students the mechanics of diesel engines, such as the ones found […]

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How Supercars Get from 0 to 60 mph in Under 3 Seconds

One of the main selling points of a high-performance vehicle or supercar is how fast it can go from 0 to 60 mph. For car buyers with money to spend, the faster the better. From an automotive technician standpoint, however, it’s not all about which car goes the fastest but how the fastest cars can […]

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Dissecting the Dodge Charger’s Hellcat Engine

The brand-new Dodge Charger changes the way that we perceive the sedan vehicle class. While the stigma for sedans is that they’re slow, bulky, and built primarily as commuter vehicles or for taking the kids to school, the Dodge Charger shatters those expectations and gives drivers the thrill of 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of […]

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What It Takes to Break the Land Speed Record

One of the most admirable accomplishments in the eyes of any automotive enthusiast is the land speed record. Set by Andy Green in 1997 in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, the land speed record over one mile is 763.035 mph. Since it was set 18 years ago, one has to wonder if anyone will […]

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What are Direct Injection Engines?

You may have noticed that some manufacturers have been advertising the engines in their newer vehicles as extra fuel efficient thanks to direct injection technology. Since using such technology is becoming a standard in the automotive industry, it’s important for aspiring automotive technicians to understand how direct injection technology works. Defining Direct Injection Direct injection […]

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PA State Inspection Checklist: How To Perform A State Inspection

How’d you like to be on other side of a PA State Inspection? Vehicle Inspections are a tradition some Pennsylvanians might like to see disappear, but that probably won’t be happening anytime soon. State inspections can be stressful if drivers don’t know what the inspectors are looking for and the potential for expensive mandatory repairs can […]

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Five Iconic Mustangs

With the next generation of Mustangs debuting in 2015, we thought it would be appropriate to look at five of our favorite iconic Mustangs that preceded it: 1964½ Mustang: In the early ‘60s, Ford introduced a small, sporty compact car with style and flair – the original Mustang with its 289 V-8 – and blazed […]

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Early HEMI Engines: From Mild To Wild

In 1951, Chrysler engineers were seeking fuel economy and engine durability rather than high output when they designed a new V-8 motor known as the HEMI, because the combustion chamber was machined into the shape of a half dome or hemisphere. This was the first HEMI engine in an American car. The intake and exhaust […]

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Installing a Performance Camshaft

Installing a camshaft is a routine repair that many tuners and mechanics enjoy. It’s less work if you have a hoist, but the lack of a hoist will not prevent you from performing this repair. You can replace the cam with the engine in the car by removing the radiator, grille and brackets to provide […]

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