Course Descriptions and Outlines

TRAN1502 - General Service
This course covers the correct procedures for servicing vehicles, shop safety and use of service manuals and bulletins. Automotive tools, equipment and minor service and repairs will be emphasized.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • examine shop safety procedures and incorporate them into work habits

  • identify service intervals perform vehicle safety inspections

  • perform minor lubrication and tire services

  • examine waste handling procedures and comply with EPA and MPCA regulations

  • perform minor battery service

  • perform cooling system maintenance and minor repairs

  • locate service information using service manuals and electronic data handling equipment

  • relate the function and operation of basic engine and transmission systems

  • perform safe and proper use of basic hand tools

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

TRAN1504 - Electricity and Electronic Principles
In this course the student will learn the basics of electricity and electronics. The student will study the sources of electricity, circuits, magnetism, resistance, voltage and amperage. Students will learn about diodes, transistors and solid state devices. Lab work will give the students hands on experience with digital meters, power supplies and oscilloscopes.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • examine electrical theory

  • work safely with electricity

  • relate electricity to the vehicle electrical systems

  • use electrical test equipment

  • develop diagnostic trouble finding skills

  • develop understanding of the operation of vehicle electrical components and testing procedures

(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