Course Descriptions and Outlines

TRAN1502 - General Service
This course is an introduction to the transportation industry. Materials covered will include an overview of the entire vehicle layout and components and correct procedures and intervals for servicing and maintaining multiple types of vehicles. Students will have a strong emphasis on shop safety, vehicle lifting and hoisting, along with the use of electronic service information, technical service bulletins and repair orders. Students will also be introduced to shop tools and equipment and how to use them correctly and safely. Students will examine many scientific principles and materials that apply to the transportation industry.

Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Apply soft skills and shop safety procedures while working in the lab.
  • Identify service intervals and perform vehicle safety inspections.
  • Demonstrate oil/filter service, serpentine belt/tensioner inspection and replacement, tire services and repair.
  • Comprehend waste handling procedures and comply with EPA and MPCA regulations.
  • Demonstrate minor battery service and replacement using correct procedures and precautions.
  • Perform cooling system test, maintenance and minor repairs to vehicles.
  • Analyze electronic service information and technical service bulletins.
  • Examine the function and operation of entire vehicle's main components and systems.
  • Demonstrate safe and proper use of basic hand tools and shop equipment.
  • Produce a complete repair order.
  • Identify the different types of fasteners and hardware used in the transportation industry.

(2 C: 1 lect/pres, 1 lab, 0 other)

TRAN1504 - Electricity and Electronic Principles
This is an introductory course to electricity and electronic principles. The student will acquire a basic understanding of voltage, current, and resistance, and how they function and operate in an electrical circuit. The student will study the sources of electricity including chemical reactions, light, heat, and magnetism. Students will learn about solid state devices such as resistors, diodes, and transistors. Lab work will give the students hands-on experience building electrical circuits, and measuring voltage, current, and resistance using digital multi-meters and oscilloscopes.

Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Examine both conventional and electron theory.
  • Identify how voltage, current and resistance is used in an electrical circuit.
  • Develop safe working practices around electricity.
  • Examine how electricity and electrical components are used in vehicle electrical systems.
  • Develop basic diagnostic electrical trouble shooting skills.
  • Understand and use different functions of automotive electrical testing equipment.
  • Identify sources of electricity, and explain the origin, e.g. chemical reaction, light, heat, or magnetism.

(3 C: 1 lect/pres, 2 lab, 0 other)

TRAN1516 - Scan Tool Data Acquisition
Students will study how to acquire and store data from various automotive computer systems using factory and aftermarket scan tools. Students should be able to describe automotive computer operation and perform service in accordance with manufacturer's procedures.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • identify typical automotive computer operation on late model vehicles

  • demonstrate job entry skill development when performing basic engine monitoring with scan tools

  • perform a computerized scan analysis

  • be aware of ethical practices as it relates to engine computer service procedures

  • exhibit technician/mechanic professionalism

(1 C: 1 lect/pres, 0 lab, 0 other)

TRAN1518 - Transportation Hazardous Materials
Students enrolled in this class will learn how to identify and to handle hazardous materials found in the transportation industry. Studies include shop safety, haz-mat identification, haz-mat source identification, storage and handling of haz-mat, personal and environmental effects of haz-mat, emergency procedures involving haz-mat, and pollution prevention techniques.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • access and utilize safety and environmental information to improve the workplace and global environments

  • recognize their professional obligation to explore and develop pollution preventive maintenance practices

(1 C: 1 lect/pres, 0 lab, 0 other)

TRAN1520 - Workplace Perceptions and Expectations
The workplace is filled with expectations of the employee, employer, and customers. This course will explore issues concerning safety, performance, and workplace ethics. Students completing this course will develop skills to perform successfully in the transportation industry.

Student Learning Outcomes:
  • communicate effectively in the workplace
  • emphasize communication skills with co-workers, employers, and customers
  • utilize knowledge to complete a resume

(2 C: 2 lect/pres, 0 lab, 0 other)

TRAN2514 - Basic Air Conditioning
This course covers the principles of air conditioning systems, the various types of systems, diagnosis of malfunctions and proper legal procedures for handling refrigerants. Students will learn to test and repair automotive or truck systems. Hands on experience will include evacuating, replacing of defective components, charging and performance testing air conditioning systems.

Student Learning Outcomes:
  • examine A.C. systems and determine type of system and refrigerant used
  • observe all EPA regulations and perform AC service in compliance to these regulations
  • perform partial recharge or complete recharge and performance tests
  • perform refrigerant reclaiming and recycling procedures
  • perform refrigerant leak detection using electronic or dye methods

Prerequisite(s): TRAN1502, TRAN1504, TRAN1504 or ABCT1506
(2 C: 1 lect/pres, 1 lab, 0 other)


Contact Info

320.308.5000 or 1.800.222.1009

1540 Northway Drive
St. Cloud, MN 56303