Happenings in the Auto Tech Shop
A few months ago, Automotive Technology offered one Saturday morning for the elderly to bring in their cars to get a 27 point inspection done. A few of our students got chosen to spend the day doing this. Basically what the students were doing was looking at each car and checking the fluid levels, tires, belts, hoses, and everything on the car to make sure that everything was all set and okay to drive for the owners. We also had Boy Scouts from Plano come to wash the cars.
As of right now we are finishing up our Steering and Suspension Unit. We are learning stuff like all of the different suspensions cars have, where they are located, and how they operate. Next week until about Christmas break we are going to start learning how to change brakes.
How we learn in Auto Tech is by first reading and talking about different operations on a car, and usually we do some sort of paper on it like a study guide. Than we go out to the shop and set everything up, as in putting the cars that are getting worked on to the correct lifts or flat bays.
Usually there are about two to four people working on a car. Most often one or two first year students are put with one or two second years depending on what the car needs. The one thing in Auto Tech that isn’t that great is obviously we have an A.M. and P.M. class so what you start working on one day the other class might finish up. Many cars come in and out all the time with many different issues so we can’t learn about the brakes and always have every student go out and do brakes at that time.
Since winter is coming we strongly encourage you to check all your fluids and tires or bring them to your local shop to get them checked!