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Automotive Mechanics Technology - Pennsylvania Customized Test (7837)

Course Category: 
Location: 
NOCTI proctored test centers throughout Pennsylvania. This assessment is not available through Nocti Business Solutions.
Length: 
Varies.
Dates: 
September 2011 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: demonstrate the use of service information; identify vehicle by: sight, V.I.N., and/or ID tag; demonstrate the ability to secure vehicles on jack stands and hydraulic lifts; safely set-up/shut-down oxygen acetylene welding equipment; identify chemical safety, "Right-To-Know Laws", and Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDS); identify and demonstrate the safe use of hand tools; identify and demonstrate the safe use of power tools, protective clothing and equipment, fire protection equipment, and shop equipment; Explain EPA and OSHA regulations; correctly read and interpret automotive measuring tools; complete work orders to include customer information, vehicle identifying information, customer concern, related service history, cause, and correction; identify and interpret suspension and steering system concerns and determine necessary action; research applicable vehicle and service information, such as suspension and steering system operation, vehicle service history, service precautions, and technical service bulletins; disable and enable supplemental restraint system (SRS); remove and replace rack and pinion steering gear; Inspect mounting bushings and brackets; inspect and replace rack and pinion steering gear inner tie rod ends (sockets) and bellows boots; Determine proper power steering fluid type; Inspect fluid level and condition; Flush, fill, and bleed power steering system; Remove, inspect, replace, and adjust power steering pump belt; inspect and replace pitman arm, relay (centerlink/intermediate) rod, idler arm and mountings, and steering linkage damper; inspect, replace, and adjust tie rod ends (sockets), tie rod sleeves, and clamps; diagnose short and long arm suspension system noises, body sway, and uneven ride height concerns, determine necessary action; diagnose strut suspension system noises, body sway, and uneven ride height concerns, determine necessary action; remove, inspect, and install upper and/or lower ball joints; remove, inspect, and install stabilizer bar bushings, brackets, and links; remove, inspect, and install strut cartridge or assembly, strut coil spring, insulators (silencers), and upper strut bearing mount; Inspect, remove, and replace shock absorbers; remove, inspect, and service or replace front and rear wheel bearings; lubricate suspension and steering systems; diagnose vehicle wander, drift, pull, hard steering, bump steer, memory steer, torque steer, and steering return concerns, determine necessary action; perform pre-alignment inspection and measure vehicle ride height, perform necessary action; prepare vehicle for wheel alignment on the alignment machine; perform four-wheel alignment by checking and adjusting front and rear wheel caster, camber, and toe as required; center steering wheel; Inspect tire condition; Identify tire wear patterns, check and adjust air pressure, determine necessary action; diagnose wheel/tire vibration, shimmy, and noise, determine necessary action; diagnose tire pull problems, determine necessary action; identify and interpret brake system concerns, determine necessary action; research applicable vehicle and service information, such as brake system operation, vehicle service history, service precautions, and technical service bulletins; measure brake pedal height, travel, and free play (as applicable), determine necessary action; remove, bench bleed, and reinstall master cylinder; inspect brake lines, flexible hoses, and fittings for leaks, dents, kinks, rust, cracks, bulging or wear; tighten loose fittings and supports, determine necessary action; replace brake lines, hoses, fittings, and supports; fabricate brake lines using proper material and flaring procedures (double flare and ISO types); select, handle, store, and fill brake fluids to proper level; bleed and/or flush brake system; test brake fluid for contamination; diagnose poor stopping, noise, vibration, pulling, grabbing, dragging or pedal pulsation concerns, determine necessary action; remove, clean, inspect, and measure brake drums, determine necessary action; refinish brake drum; measure final drum diameter; remove, clean, and inspect brake shoes, springs, pins, clips, levers, adjusters/self-adjusters, other related brake hardware, and backing support plates; lubricate and reassemble; inspect and install wheel cylinders; pre-adjust brake shoes and parking brake; Install brake drums or drum/hub assemblies and wheel bearings; clean and inspect caliper mounting and slides/pins for operation, wear, and damage; determine necessary action; remove, inspect and replace pads and retaining hardware, determine necessary action; clean, inspect, and measure rotor thickness, lateral runout, and thickness variation, determine necessary action; refinish rotor off vehicle; measure final rotor thickness; Install wheel, torque lug nuts, and make final checks and adjustments; inspect the vacuum-type power booster unit for leaks; inspect the check valve for proper operation; remove, clean, inspect, repack, and install wheel bearings and replace seals; install hub and adjust bearings; identify and inspect electronic brake control system components, determine necessary action; diagnose electronic brake control system electronic control(s) and components by retrieving diagnostic trouble codes, and/or using recommended test equipment, determine necessary action; bleed the electronic brake control system hydraulic circuits; test, diagnose, and service electronic brake control system speed sensors (digital and analog), toothed ring (tone wheel), and circuits using a graphing multimeter (GMM)/digital storage oscilloscope (DSO) (includes output signal, resistance, shorts to voltage/ground, and frequency data); identify traction control/vehicle stability control system components; identify and interpret electrical/electronic system concerns, determine necessary action; research applicable vehicle and service information, such as electrical/electronic system operation, vehicle service history, service precautions, and technical service bulletins; diagnose electrical/electronic integrity of series, parallel and series-parallel circuits using principles of electricity (Ohm's Law); use wiring diagrams during diagnosis of electrical circuit problems; demonstrate the proper use of a digital multimeter (DMM) during diagnosis of electrical circuit problems, including: source voltage, voltage drop, current flow, and resistance; check electrical circuits with a test light, determine necessary action; locate shorts, grounds, opens, and resistance problems in electrical/electronic circuits, determine necessary action; measure and diagnose the cause(s) of excessive parasitic draw, determine necessary action; inspect and test fusible links, circuit breakers, and fuse, determine necessary action; inspect and test switches, connectors, relays, solenoid solid state devices, and wires of electrical/electronic circuits, perform necessary action; perform solder repair of electrical wiring; identify location of hybrid vehicle high voltage circuit disconnect (service plug) and safety procedures; perform battery state-of-charge test, determine necessary action; perform battery capacity test and confirm proper battery capacity for vehicle application, determine necessary action; maintain or restore electronic memory functions; inspect, clean, fill, and/or replace battery, battery cables, connectors, clamps, and hold-downs; perform battery charge; start a vehicle using jumper cables or an auxiliary power supply; perform starter current draw tests, determine necessary action; perform starter circuit voltage drop tests, determine necessary action; inspect and test starter relays and solenoids, determine necessary action; differentiate between electrical and engine mechanical problems that cause a slow-crank or no-crank condition; perform charging system output test, determine necessary action; perform charging circuit voltage drop tests, determine necessary action; diagnose the cause of brighter than normal, intermittent, dim, or no light operation, determine necessary action; inspect, replace, and aim headlights and bulbs; inspect and diagnose incorrect turn signal or hazard light operation, perform necessary action; inspect and test gauges and gauge sending units for cause of abnormal gauge readings, determine necessary action; diagnose incorrect horn operation, perform necessary action; diagnose incorrect wiper operation and wiper speed control and park problems, perform necessary action; diagnose incorrect washer operation, perform necessary action; diagnose incorrect operation of motor-driven accessory circuits, determine necessary action; identify and interpret engine performance concern, determine necessary action; research applicable vehicle and service information, such as engine management system operation, vehicle service history, service precautions, and technical service bulletins; inspect engine assembly for fuel, oil, coolant, and other leaks, determine necessary action; diagnose abnormal engine noise or vibration concerns, determine necessary action; diagnose abnormal exhaust color, odor, and sound, determine necessary action; perform engine absolute (vacuum/boost) manifold pressure tests, determine necessary action; perform cylinder power balance test, determine necessary action; perform cylinder cranking and running compression tests, determine necessary action; perform cylinder leakage test, determine necessary action; diagnose engine mechanical, electrical, electronic, fuel, and ignition concerns, determine necessary action; verify engine operating temperature, determine necessary action; perform cooling system pressure tests, check coolant condition, inspect and test radiator, pressure cap, coolant recovery tank, and hoses, perform necessary action; retrieve and record diagnostic trouble codes, OBD monitor status, and freeze frame data; clear codes when applicable; diagnose the causes of emissions or drivability concerns with stored or active diagnostic trouble codes; obtain, graph, and interpret scan tool data; diagnose emissions or drivability concerns without stored diagnostic trouble codes, determine necessary action; inspect and test computerized engine control system sensors, powertrain/engine control module (PCM/ECM), actuators, and circuits using a graphing multimeter (GMM)/digital storage oscilloscope (DSO) and perform necessary action; access and use service information to perform step-by-step diagnosis; perform active tests of actuators using a scan tool, determine necessary action; describe the importance of running all OBDII monitors for repair verification; diagnose ignition system related problems such as no-starting, hard starting, engine misfire, poor drivability, spark knock, power loss, poor mileage, and emissions concerns, determine necessary action; Inspect and test ignition primary and secondary circuit wiring and solid state components; test ignition coil(s), perform necessary action; diagnose hot or cold no-starting, hard starting, poor drivability, incorrect idle speed, poor idle, flooding, hesitation, surging, engine misfire, power loss, stalling, poor mileage, dieseling, and emissions problems, determine necessary action; Inspect and test fuel pumps and pump control systems for pressure, regulation, and volume, perform necessary action; inspect throttle body, air induction system, intake manifold and gaskets for vacuum leaks and/or unmetered air; inspect and test fuel injectors; perform exhaust system back-pressure test, determine necessary action; diagnose oil leaks, emissions, and drivability concerns caused by the positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) system, determine necessary action; diagnose emissions and drivability concerns caused by the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system, determine necessary action; Inspect and test catalytic converter efficiency; diagnose emissions and drivability concerns caused by the evaporative emissions control system, determine necessary action; Inspect and test mechanical/electrical fans, fan clutch, fan shroud/ducting, air dams, and fan control devices, perform necessary action; and  perform engine oil and filter change. Performance Component: Identification of Parts (6%), Disc Brake Assembly Service (24%), Tire Service and Balance (12%), Perform Fuel System Pressure Test (18%), Test and Diagnose Battery, Starting, and Charging System (27%), and Test Electronic Engine Control Components (13%).

Instruction: 

This exam assesses individuals'  end-of-program knowledge and skills in an online proctored proficiency examination format. In addition, some programs administer a performance component test to assess application of skills.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hour in Automotive Trades or Automotive Technician (5/12) (12/16 revalidation). NOTE: An additional 1-2 credits may be awarded based on successful completion of the Performance Component when given in conjunction with the written proficiency examination.

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