AT100 – Performance Fundamentals
This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of engine operation. Students will learn to identify engine components and to have a thorough understanding of the four-stroke cycle principle. Once engine operating principles are understood, the student will then learn to properly identify engine mechanical problems and perform pinpoint testing using state-of the-art equipment and diagnostic procedures. Cooling and lubrication systems will also be discussed along with their components and diagnosis and repair procedures. The laboratory component of the course includes various activities that follow the guidelines of the National Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). A library/internet research written project concerning some aspect of engine operational principles will be assigned and is an integral component of this course.
Students enjoy Performance Fundamentals. They learn how an internal combustion engine works, and the major differences between a gasoline and a diesel engine.The initial mystery of the automobile is revealed. Students also enjoy this class because it teaches them the necessary entry-level skills which are required for future employment.
Peter Licostie, ASE Master Automotive Technician