At Automotive Training Center (ATC), our goal is to enable graduates to enter the workforce with the proper automotive technician training and experience.
Our Automotive Technology courses are taught both during the day and at night to fit into your busy schedule. Below, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about these courses and what to expect from the Automotive Technology program at ATC, an auto technician and mechanic school with campuses in Exton and Warminster.
Manual Drive Train & Axles
While many vehicles on the road these days may have automatic transmissions, it’s important to understand manual transmissions and how they operate. That’s what this course will cover, with a focus on:
- Clutches and drivelines
- Rear axles
In the classroom, you’ll get to learn more about how transmissions work and what role they play under the hood of a car. When you get into the shop, you’ll get hands-on experience while diagnosing potential transmission problems, creating repair plans, and then carrying them out with the guidance of an ASE-certified instructor.
Students will review and practice basic shop safety during this Automotive Technology course. They will learn basic service bay procedures in the process, preparing them for future courses at ATC.
This course will also cover service procedures on all-wheel and 4-wheel drive systems and drivelines, so you’ll have a better idea of how vehicles operate out on the road.
Every car’s brakes are important. They are key to a safe and comfortable ride. They are also the last line of defense when it comes to preventing a collision. At our mechanic school, the Brakes course focuses on the operation, diagnosis, maintenance, service, and repair of all kinds of braking systems.
The Brakes course will cover the innerworkings and relationships between the following braking systems:
- Hydraulic systems
- Power brake boosters
- Parking brake systems
- ABS theory and diagnosis
Have you ever wondered how an anti-lock braking system works? In the classroom, you’ll learn more about ABS theory as you take a deep dive into this advanced system. Once in the shop, you’ll get to perform repairs and diagnose potential issues. You will also get experience with an ABS scanning tool that will help you easily troubleshoot problems.
Our Brakes course will get students ready for the ASE Brakes exam, so you’ll be prepared to take it when the time comes. Passing this exam will put students one step closer to becoming an ASE-certified technician.
Automotive Electrical Systems
There are actually a few different courses that fall under this umbrella: Electrical Systems I, Electrical Systems, and Electrical/Electronics II. As society moves towards hybrid and all-electric vehicles, the knowledge gained in these courses becomes an increasingly pivotal part of any technician’s toolkit.
The fundamental principles of electricity and electromagnetism as applied to automotive and truck systems will be taught in the Electrical Systems I course, while Electrical Systems coursework focuses on operation, diagnosis, and repair of ignition systems, gauges, engine management, and chassis electrical systems.
Practical shop exercises will provide practice with unique technology and equipment, such as:
- Digital multimeters
- Graphing meters
- Distributorless ignition systems
Electrical/Electronics II extends your learning with a closer look at operation, diagnosis, and repair of modern electrical and electronic systems. You’ll get to work with infotainment systems, audio systems, driver information displays, and so much more.
Automotive Engine Repair
A properly tuned engine is key to getting a driver from Point A to Point B. That’s what makes the Engine Repair course such an important part of the Automotive Technology courses. You’ll learn about the principles of operation, design, diagnosis, and repair of modern internal combustion engines.
Students will also work with systems related to the engine. In our Engine Repair course, you’ll work towards gaining a solid understanding of the functions behind the following systems:
- Cylinder heads
- Valve trains
- Cylinder blocks
- Connecting rods
Get an introduction to diesel engine operation and gain practical shop experience in the disassembly, measurement, cleaning, and reassembly of all major engine components and sub-systems.
If you see a future in hi-performance, this course will also give you a strong foundation to enter our Hi-Performance Technology courses. You’ll be ready to fine-tune powerful engines for vehicles that belong on the racetrack.
Automotive Suspension & Steering
Suspension and steering systems help improve a car’s stability and control. In our Suspension & Steering courses, students will gain an understanding of the operation, design, diagnosis, and service of modern suspension and steering systems.
Familiarize yourself with a range of suspension and steering equipment, like:
- Hunter computerized 4-wheel alignment system
- Hunter TCA34S Leverless Tire Changer
- TC3500 Tire Changer with Run Flat Technology
- GSP 9700 Straight Trak LFM Wheel Service System
The Hunter Engineering Company® makes some of the most advanced undercar service equipment available. You’ll get to work with this equipment in the shop, so you’ll be more prepared to use it in real-world repair scenarios.
Safety topics and proper use of shop equipment will provide you with an outline of how to perform various suspension and steering jobs while in the service bay.
Automotive Heating & Air Conditioning
The Heating & Air Conditioning course that is part of our Auto Technology program will teach students the skills needed to keep drivers comfortable behind the wheel.
Our Heating & Air Conditioning course will cover the following key components of the vehicle’s HVAC system:
- A/C Compressor
- Radiator Fan
- Expansion Valve
The condenser plays a key role in removing heat from the passenger cabin and ensuring proper radiator performance. During this course, students will explore both electrically and hydraulically controlled condensers and gain hands-on experience with the on-board computer that controls them.
An expansive knowledge of automotive heating and air conditioning will take you anywhere your future career may lead. Whether drivers are in warm climates, cold climates, or somewhere in between, it’s important to have an HVAC system that’s performing at its best.
Explore the ATC Automotive Technology Program Today!
If you’re looking to learn more about the Automotive Training Center course offerings, visit us for a campus tour. We’ll show you around campus, answer any questions you may have, and guide you through the application process.
Your journey to becoming an auto technician can start today!