Automotive Training Center (ATC) is committed to providing all students at our Exton and Warminster campuses with the education needed to enjoy a successful career in their chosen industry. If you’ve always had a passion for the fast cars on the road and the racetrack, then the Automotive and Hi-Performance Technology program may be for you.
In this program, coursework includes a focus on these engines as you work on them in the shop, enhancing your knowledge of automotive engine principles and understanding how to maximize performance. Continue reading to learn about the hi-performance-specific and general automotive courses you’ll take at our mechanic school.
Hi-Performance Technology Courses
When it comes to the hi-performance courses, you will be in the shop diagnosing, reconditioning, and preparing major engine components for assembly in the Machine Shop course.
Students will get to repair and build with major engine components including:
- Cylinder heads
- Valve trains
- Cylinder blocks
- Connecting rods
Practical shop exercises will involve valve refacing, valve guide and seat repair, and the use of seat grinders. You’ll also practice analyzing the effects of the camshaft profile and gain experience disassembling and reassembling the cylinder head.
In the classroom, you’ll learn more about the relationship between horsepower and torque. How do you use them to maximize the performance of an engine? You will find out! You’ll also get to learn more about the theory and history behind these terms and why we use them today!
Advanced Machine Shop
The Advanced Machine Shop & Engine Rebuilding course is the second step in the process with a continuation of the Machine Shop course, and additional instruction in the realm of advanced engine assembly, blueprinting, and measurement.
Utilize unique industry-specific equipment such as:
- Hines Legend Crankshaft Balancer
- SuperFlow® Powermark engine dynamometer
- SuperFlow® SF-450 Flowbench
- Mustang Chassis Dynamometer
What is a Hines Legend Crankshaft Balancer? You’ll learn more about how it works in the classroom and then get hands-on experience using it in the shop. It will help you balance the hi-performance components in the engine, so that every part works together seamlessly and provides maximum output.
SuperFlow® is a global engineering leader that specializes in testing and remanufacturing equipment for hi-performance vehicles. Students will get hands-on training with the most up to date SuperFlow® equipment. That will help get them better prepared for a career in the hi-performance field.
General Automotive Courses Taught in the Hi-Performance Program
While you will spend some extra time with the hi-performance courses, you’ll still get experience with the standard Automotive Technology programs, such as:
- Manual Drive Train & Axles
- Electrical Systems
- Engine Repair
- Suspension & Steering
- Heating & Air Conditioning
The Brakes course is an important part of the Automotive and Hi-Performance Technology Courses here at ATC. After all, giving hi-performance vehicles the stopping power needed to keep the driver safe is critical.
In our brakes course, students will learn more about various braking systems, along with hydraulic systems, power brake boosters, and parking brake systems. They will also study ABS theory and learn how to repair and diagnose ABS systems. This course helps get students better prepared for the ASE Brakes exam.
The Engine Repair course will be of major interest to you, particularly if you’re moving on to machine shop learning. Internal combustion theory will be a part of this course, along with:
- Introduction to diesel engine operation
- Disassembly and measurement
- Overhaul of shop engines
It’s a great way to prepare yourself for the Machine Shop and Advanced Machine Shop & Engine Rebuilding courses that will come later in the Hi-Performance Technology Program.
Additional Automotive Courses
Manual transmissions tend to be the favorite for hi-performance drivers, and you can learn more about them in our Manual Drive Train & Axles course. It covers the theory of operation and servicing of manual transmissions, along with:
- Rear axles
Suspension and Steering will go hand in hand with the Manual Drive Train & Axels course. Balance is key to any hi-performance vehicle, and the suspension plays an important role in keeping the vehicle on even footing. When properly tuned, it will allow the driver to hug tight turns and accelerate out of them more effectively.
Electrical Systems (I) teaches the fundamental principles of electricity and electromagnetism, and how it’s applied to automotive and truck systems. We’ll introduce you to basic electrical components, switches, wiring, and system repairs. Electrical repairs and maintenance are critical for the sensors that ensure hi-performance vehicles are achieving top-notch performance.
If you want to keep drivers comfortable, you’ll learn how in our Heating & Air Conditioning course. You will get to repair and diagnose HVAC problems, so you can keep drivers cool when they’re sitting behind that hot, hi-performance engine you just built.
Where Can Our Automotive and Hi-Performance Technology Courses Take You?
Hi-performance technicians dream about working with fast cars and loud engines. After completing our 80-week Automotive and Hi-Performance Technology Program and receiving your diploma, you’ll have the knowledge needed to set out and make that dream a reality. There are several entry-level positions you could pursue:
- Automotive Machinist
- Engine Builder
- Performance Technician
- Calibration Technician
- Race Shop Technician
The automotive machinist is an important position in an automotive repair shop. They put their focus solely on the engine. They specialize in replacing and repairing internal engine components. If a customer wants a few performance improvements, they’re in charge of that, too.
If you decide to follow the career path of an engine builder, you could end up working in a repair shop or with a manufacturer. You will get to put your experience to work reading blueprints, taking measurements, and assembling engines for optimal output and efficiency.
Do you like the smell of burnt rubber and the roar of a trimmed-out engine? It sounds like you belong in a race shop. If you follow this career path, you’ll get to work with racecars before they hit the track. You’ll help make sure they find their way to victory lane.
Visit Automotive Training Center for a Campus Tour!
If you’re ready to start your engine and accelerate towards a career in the automotive industry, schedule a campus tour at our mechanic school. We’ll be happy to show you around campus as you learn more about our course offerings.
Do you have questions for our staff? Reach out to us today!