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.
Stuart Behrman, Parts Technician
Doug Schlachter (2nd year students)
TCD Automotive Technology is an ASE and NATEF certified program, supported by Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES).
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.
Related Shop Skills
§ 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
§ Brake system theory and operation (NATEF)
§ Diagnosis and repair: anti-lock, hydraulic, disc, drum
Tire and Wheel Service
Chassis & Engine Lubrication
Automatic & Manual Transmission/Drive Train
Computerized Electronic Engine Controls
§ Engine performance: principles, testing, service
§ Engine diagnosis: removal and reinstallation
§ Mitchell-On-Demand research
§ 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!