Students in the Automotive Academy get hands-on instruction to prepare them for careers of the future:
- Automotive I: This course of study will focus on automotive braking, electrical/electronics, suspension/steering, and air conditioning systems. Students will use alignment systems equipment, air conditioning recovery machines, wheel balancers, electrical diagnostic equipment.etc. Students will perform many hands-on tasks gaining experience in automotive technology.
- Automotive ii: This is a University of California Engineering course, where students examine how automotive systems are designed and operate. They test computers, sensors, fuel, and ignition systems; disassemble engines, brakes, steering, and suspension systems; design hybrid and electric vehicles; study aerodynamics, and more.
- Automotive III: A specific technical course designed to teach the principles of automotive manual drive train s systems. This course will cover the study of major drive line components such as: clutches, manual transaxles, drive shafts, drive axles, and differentials including diagnosis, repair and overhaul. This course will explore clutch and transmission operation, gear ratios, transaxle, differential design and function. Service procedures of these units will be the major focus during laboratory exercises. Proper safety procedures and tool, puller and hydraulic press operations are necessary to service the wide variety of driveline components in use today.
This course will also focus on the repair of the automatic transmission. This course is an advanced lecture and shop experience covering all components of an automatic transmission, their operation, repair and diagnosis, operation and repair of electronically shifted transmissions and their test equipment. Transmissions will be diagnosed and repairs performed. Students will also remove an automatic transmission and recondition it.
Instructors in our academy work together to ensure students have strong foundations in English, Social Studies, and other core subjects. Students are engaged in integrated projects that bring together learning from multiple classes. For example, tenth graders in Green Science analyze power generation and conservation, while in English they write persuasive essays to convince the school community to save energy.
Students in the automotive academy work with groundbreaking technology in green energy. Right now, they are primarily working with hydrogen fuel cells, experimenting with new and different ways in how to use them as an alternative energy source. They’ve also recently experimented with solar power which was a success. A group of automotive students actually got a boom box to run off of solar panels. Seniors in this Academy also have the opportunity to receive an internship. Current students intern at places such as Chase Chevrolet, Dodge, and Honda.
CERTIFICATES AND CERTIFICATIONS
Students can prepare and earn 14 differentcertificates and certifcations from AYES and NATEF while at Weber. Follow the links to learn more:
1. AYES Certificate of Achievement for Career Readiness requirements and internship: http://www.ayes.org
2. Student ASE certification in 9 areas:http://www.asestudentcertification.com
3. NATEF Automotive Training program: http://www.natef.org/
BUSINESS PARTNERS & STUDENT INTERNSHIPS
These partner business provide industry experience and current trends to our students and faculty
San Joaquin County Fleet Operations
Mataga of Stockton
Chase Chrysler Jeep
Weber Institute’s automotive technology program has an articulation agreement with Delta College for 9 units of the following Delta courses. In addition, our 11thgrade Automotive Engineering course is a UC a-g approved course.
Auto 072 Brakes, Suspensions and Powertrain Systems
Auto 073 Fuel and Electrical Systems
Auto 074 Basic Engines