This afternoon I have my first auto mechanics class. I am really nervous, but really excited!
This is a real technical program to become a professional auto mechanic. Who do you think will be in my class? It is limited to twelve students. I hope to God that I am not the only woman.
I take one class each day. Today’s class is Automotive Technology, an introductory overview of all systems.
Here is the syllabus. It is unbelievable to me that one day I might actually know what all this means!
Wish me luck! I’ll let you know tomorrow how it went!
Emphasis is on automobile construction, major components, basic systems and their repair and maintenance.
- identify and demonstrate the proper use of shop equipment and tools
- identify and describe functions of vehicle subsystems
- demonstrate the use of service publications
- identify various automotive fasteners used in industry; and perform automotive maintenance
I. ORIENTATION AND SHOP SAFETY:
A. Introduction to shop test equipment.
B. Brief review of shop safety, with use of all shop equipment.
C. Orientation of use of basic hand tools used in the course.
II. COOLING SYSTEM:
A. Need for regulation of operating temperature of cooling systems.
B. Instruction into design and function of various components used in the cooling system
III.FOUR CYCLE GASOLINE ENGINE:
A. Design, function, and operation of the four cycle gasoline powered engines.
B. Basic maintenance involved in the operation of engines.
IV. STANDARD POWER TRAIN:
A. Design, function, and operation of the various transmissions.
B. Drive lines and differentials used with the automobile.
V. FUEL SYSTEMS:
A. Design, function, and operation of two and four barrel carburetors.
B. Components related to the fuel system, such as the fuel pump, filters and fuel lines.
C. Diagnosing and repairing fuel-related problems.
VI. IGNITION SYSTEMS:
A. Design, function, and operation of the ignition systems, including both point and condenser type as well as solid state.
B. Brief look at the oscilloscope
A. Basic function, of the electrical system.
B. Diagnosing and troubleshooting electrical problems.
VIII. SUSPENSION SYSTEMS:
A. Design, function, and operation of suspension in systems all automobiles.
B. Basics of front-end alignment and wheel balance
A. Basic design, function, and operation of both standard and automatic transmissions.
B. Care, maintenance, and minor service of transmissions.
X. DAY TO DAY CARE AND MAINTENANCE:
A. Procedures for lubrication and oil and filter changes.
B. Normal maintenance and upkeep of various systems.
Countup: 57 days of sobriety! (Though I’m trying to think of it as one day at a time.)
Countdown: 100 days until I move into my RV.
Wow, tomorrow we’re into double digits.
Maybe too pricey if my house doesn’t sell, but what do you think of this RV?