To some people cars are just transportation. But to you, cars are high-performance machines—art on wheels! You not only understand what makes cars run, you have the drive to make cars run at peak levels. Take your love of cars to the next step.

Turn the key and listen to the engine. You know what high performance sounds like: no whining, no hesitation—just pure, smooth power. Diagnose, tune, and rebuild engines as you prepare for post-secondary education in this dynamic field.

What will my classes be like?
ASE-certified instructors help you build skills in computerized engine controls; engine tune-up and lubrication; brakes; electrical, fuel, cooling, and exhaust systems; steering and alignment. In the second year, move up to diagnostics and engine building. Qualifying students have the opportunity to participate in Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES)—a factory-sponsored training program that combines learning at TCD with an internship through an area dealership.
 
 
Instructors:
 
Stuart Behrman, Parts Technician
Doug Schlachter  (2nd year students)
Auto Tech       
 
 
TCD Automotive Technology is an ASE and NATEF certified  program, supported by Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES).
 
NATEF    AYES

CURRICULUM TOPICS
The topics below are among the essential skills for this program. This is not a comprehensive list of all available skills and goals, but given to show the scope of the curriculum. Changes may occur year to year based on industry input, change in focus, or other factors. Please contact the program instructor or coordinator for additional information.
 

Shop Safety

Related Shop Skills

§         Orientation

§         Manuals and parts catalogs

§         Automotive math skills (decimals, fractions, measurements)

§         Automotive electricity

§         Standard/Metric bolt identification

Tool & Equipment Management

Introduction to 4 Stroke Cycle

Automotive Electrical System

Heating & Air Conditioning

Engine Ignition System

Engine Design & Operation

§         Principles of Engine Operation (NATEF)

§         Engine block diagnosis and repair

§         Cylinder heads & valve train

Emission Control System

Engine Cooling System

Suspension & Steering

4-Wheel Alignment

Braking System

§         Brake system theory and operation (NATEF)

§         Diagnosis and repair: anti-lock, hydraulic, disc, drum

Tire and Wheel Service

Chassis & Engine Lubrication

Exhaust System

Automatic & Manual Transmission/Drive Train

Fuel Management

Computerized Electronic Engine Controls

Engine Diagnostics

§         Engine performance: principles, testing, service

§         Engine diagnosis: removal and reinstallation

§         Mitchell-On-Demand research

 

Employment Skills

§         Career assessment

§         Résumé & Portfolio Development

§         Application, interview, job search


 

 

 


   News from TCD Auto Tech Alumni:
 

   Robert Huntzicker ('97, Comm. H.S. D94)
   Owner, Luxury Auto Finder (Batavia)
   giving back by offering employment 
   opportunities for current TCD students.
 
   Jessica Suda ('07, Glenbard South)
   First female auto instructor at SIU
 
   Camden Murphy ('14, Lake Park)
   Moving up in his NASCAR dream
   NASCAR Camping World Truck Race Wrap-up

   Steve Elza ('98, Glenbard East): 
   2015 Illinois Teacher of the Year!
 
 
 
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