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AUTO 420 - Analyzing Dynamic Functions of Vehicle Drivetrain Systems

Unit(s): 3.00

Prerequisite:Enrollment requires an AS degree in Automotive Technology or similar field, and special approval from the Program Advisor.
Advisory:PHY 120, ENGL 201 or ENGL 201H, MATH 130 or MATH 130H

This course provides automotive technology students with a detailed, practical application of electromechanical and hydraulic functions of transmission and drivetrain systems of the modern automobile. The course is a practical study of the systems that provide vehicle mobility, including diagnostic strategies as they pertain to the function, operation, and everyday use of automotive transmission, differential, and drive axle systems. Topics include emerging technologies such as modern dual-clutch transmissions, continuously-variable transmissions, real-time gear shifting mechanisms and controls, torque convertor and convertor clutch designs, torque-management strategies, and innovative designs of gears, bearings, seals, and friction materials used by late-model automotive manufacturers. Emphasis is placed on the design of system parts, components, and subsystems, and their operational characteristics, including techniques in reducing noise-vibration-harshness (NVH). Current industry-approved diagnostic and troubleshooting techniques and relevant case studies are discussed and demonstrated throughout the course. The overall goal of this course is to have students apply and demonstrate knowledge and skills that will enable them to advance their employment in the vehicle after-sales field operations management spectrum.

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