Cars, Trucks and more…
Introduction: Automobiles are an important part of our society. For most people, an automobile is the second biggest investment they make in their lives. For some people, the automobile is an expression of who they are.
At LCI there is an opportunity to learn about cars, trucks, and much more. This class is not just for students that might want to enter the mechanic trade. The classes are for individuals who want to know what makes their car go down the road. It will also appeal to students that might want to work on their own car as a hobby in future years. Also students that want to enter professions such as engineering should be enlightened by the courses.
Automobiles have changed dramatically since the mid 1980's. Most of the systems in modern vehicles are now operated by computers. This has made even the simple mechanical systems much more complex. The individual that repairs a modern day car must be skilled and knowledgeable about electronic and mechanical systems. The classes will provide an introduction that students can build on.
Grade 10 – Introductory Level
Grade 10 has five modules. Each module is one credit. Therefore a student that completes all five modules will earn five credits toward their diploma.
The introductory level covers items such as safety, tools, preventative maintenance, operating principles of the internal combustion engine, engine parts, electrical components, brakes, and tires.
The class has a mix of classroom theory and hands on activities in the shop. Students are expected to provide their own coveralls and appropriate footwear.
Grade 11- Intermediate Level (prerequisite is grade 10 mechanics)
Students that want to enter the intermediate level of mechanics must have completed 6 modules in the grade 10 level. The grade 11 (intermediate level) also consists of 6 modules that are each worth one credit.
This level explores more in depth automotive areas. Topics covered in the intermediate level include brakes, steering, suspension, differentials, driveline components, clutch, and engine support systems.
There is a balance of classroom activities and practical assignments in the shop.
Grade 12 – Advanced Level (prerequisite is grade 11 mechanics)
Students that want to enter the advanced level must have completed 6 credits at the intermediate level. The grade 12 (advanced level) also consists of 6 modules that are each worth 1 credit.
Students in grade 12 will study and work on engine diagnosis, tune up, computer management systems, electrical systems, and automatic transmissions.
At this level students will be using many diagnostic tools like scanners and scopes. They should now be very comfortable working in a shop environment. They should be able to transfer the theory from all 3 levels to diagnose problems, troubleshoot and repair various components.