By the end of this course, students will:
A1. Understanding Engines
A1.1 identify the function and describe the construction and operation of the major parts of an engine (e.g., piston, crankshaft, connecting rod, camshaft)
A1.2 explain how power is produced in the course of an engine cycle (e.g., four-stroke cycle, two-stroke cycle, rotary cycle)
A1.3 identify the function and describe the liquid or air pathways and maintenance requirements of various engine cooling systems
A1.4 identify the function and describe the construction and maintenance requirements of an engine lubrication system
A1.5 identify the function and describe the construction and maintenance requirements of an engine fuel system.
A2.1 describe the various types of drivetrains (e.g., direct, gear to gear, gear and chain, continuously variable systems)
A2.2 identify the function and describe the operation of major drivetrain components (e.g., transmission, clutch, differential)
A2.3 describe the power flow from engine to final drive (e.g., engine to wheels, engine to propeller, engine to track) in various types of drivetrains
A3.1 identify and describe the function of various types of steering/control systems and their components (e.g., systems: rack and pinion, recirculating ball, fly-by-wire; components: rack, pitman arm)
A3.2 identify and describe the function of various types of suspension systems and their components (e.g., systems: coil spring, leaf spring, torsion; components: coil, leaf, torsion bar)
A3.3 identify and describe the function of various types of brake systems and their components (e.g., systems: mechanical, hydraulic, electric, pneumatic; components: emergency cable, wheel cylinder, magnet, brake chamber); A3.4 identify and describe the function of the electrical system and its components (e.g., battery, fuses, starter); A3.5.identify and describe major body, hull, and/or fuselage system components (e.g., fender, keel, fairing).
A4.1 use appropriate resources (e.g., shop manuals, online information) to find information as required for basic maintenance and repair of vehicles and/or craft
A4.2 report on work in progress (e.g., complete a work order, parts list, and/or journal) using appropriate documentation
A4.3 apply appropriate mathematical and/or scientific principles, procedures, and terms and symbols when conducting and/or reporting on work on vehicles and/or craft (e.g., convert measures from US customary/British imperial units to metric units – pounds per square inch [PSI] to kilopascals [kPa], gallons to litres; calculate antifreeze-to-water ratio)
A4.4 use appropriate terminology for tools and equipment used in connection with vehicles and/or craft (e.g., hand tools: wrenches, socket wrench sets; power tools: air ratchet, drill; equipment: battery chargers, on-board diagnostic [OBD] code readers)
A4.5 correctly interpret drawings that depict system components of vehicles and/or craft (e.g., illustrations in parts lists, exploded views, technical drawings).