Course Descriptions

Service Assistor -- 300 Hours
This course will introduce students to shop safety, standard use of tools and equipment, identifying specific tools and equipment and shop rules and regulations in compliance with the State of Florida. Write repair estimates, customer service and proper workplace communication. Along with being able to perform light vehicle repair and maintenance, perform tire repair and maintenance. A large focus of the course is studying and understanding the Scientific theory and Mathematics behind all major automotive systems such as pneumatics, hydraulics, electronics, and thermodynamics.

Electrical / Electronic Systems Technician -- 300 Hours
This course covers automotive circuit construction emphasizing meter usage, analog and digital meters and oscilloscopes. This is a practical approach to reading wiring diagrams, service manuals and manufacturers wiring diagrams; repair procedures, including diagnosis of selected vehicle accessory circuits. Starting and charging systems, including starting and charging components, system testing for both no-start and preventive maintenance conditions and charging system construction and on-car testing. Construction, operation, function and testing of ignition systems of current vehicles including electronic ignition, distributor-less ignition and oscilloscope testing will be covered as well.

Brake Systems Technician -- 150 Hours
This course covers automotive braking systems including rotor and drum machining, caliper and wheel cylinder rebuilding, wheel-bearing service, brake pad and shoe replacement, and diagnosis and service of anti-lock systems. 

Suspension and Steering Technician -- 150 Hours
This course is an introduction to front and rear suspension systems for front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive vehicles. Steering systems, including rack and pinion, are diagnosed and repaired. Wheel alignment angles are measured and adjusted. 

Air Conditioning and Heating Technician -- 150 Hours
This course will address the servicing of automotive air conditioning and heating systems, including refrigerant recovery and recycling, compressor clutch and seal repair, performance testing, and system diagnosis and repair. 

Engine Performance Technician -- 300 Hours
This course covers topics related to engine computer controls, including inspection, testing, and diagnosis of sensors, fuel injectors, emission controls, and fuel delivery by using scan tools, electrical meters, and exhaust gas infrared analyzers. Computerized engine control systems common to Ford and Daimler Chrysler vehicles. Testing of sensors, components, systems, circuits, on-board diagnosing, scan-tool use, and fuel injectors Also, we will be reviewing emissions regulations, engine management systems and sub-systems, and emission control devices used on automobile engines. Includes on-car testing, analysis and diagnosis of vehicle components with an emphasis on using a lab scope, scan tool and exhaust infrared analyzer.

Engine Repair Technician -- 150 Hours
This course covers the design, operation and troubleshooting procedures of the gasoline engine. This course includes disassembly, identification and inspection of parts, use of service manuals, safety and shop procedures. 

Manual Drivetrain and Axle Technician -- 150 Hours
This course covers inspection, construction, operation, and diagnosis of manual transmission, transaxle, transfer case, and driveline electrical components and controls. This includes fundamental theory, operation, construction, inspection, and diagnosis of switches, sensors, solenoids, motors, and control devices. 

Automatic Transmissions and Transaxle Technician -- 150 Hours
This course covers inspection, construction, operation, and diagnosis of automatic transmissions, transaxle, transfer case, and driveline electrical components and controls. This includes fundamental theory, operation, construction, inspection, and diagnosis of switches, sensors, solenoids, motors, and control devices. 

Automotive Service Technology Co-op Work Experience -- 150 Hours
This internship requires participation in an occupational work experience under supervision of both HCC and an employer. The Internship/cooperative education learning objectives are developed by the program coordinator, with the approval of the employer to provide appropriate work-based learning experience.