College of DuPage’s Automotive Technology Program goes green

College of DuPage’s Automotive Technology Program goes green


co DS automotive service technology program ratchets up the efforts to go green offering a course and hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles driven by industry demand hybrid technology continues the college’s tradition of preparing students to enter or continue in the workforce with cutting-edge skills through a combination of hands-on learning and lecture students will gain the marketable experience to keep their careers in high gear the newt green technology for said college of dupage deals with hybrid vehicles alternative fuels and also electric vehicles so we’re looking to become green we’re looking to become more conservative we’re looking for ways not just to do things better but also to conserve the way we can change now hybrid vehicles do that because they get better gas mileage and because of that many manufacturers are turning the hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles to meet that requirement as these vehicles become a greater percentage of the fleet that’s in the United States they’re gonna break down more and they’re gonna need more repairs and they’re gonna be looking for the people that can fix those vehicles students are coming to the college of the page to get the skill sets they need that employers are demanding that they have the new technology is rapidly expanding and so therefore we need to teach the new technologies so they can get jobs that are being offered out there many students are hands-on learners they’re not classroom learners so we may talk about the concepts and theory in the classroom and then we go out and we work on a car so this is a hundred percent process of not only learning theory and concepts but actually going out to the vehicle and doing what we’ve talked about in the classroom we have many different students we have students are typically out of high school we have students who are already in the field and they’re coming back to get better job skills or they refresh theirselves and then we also have students who are transitioning due to the bad economy so those students are coming in and are looking for a new field of opportunity for employment all of our classes are assigned certain skill sets that we teach the students both theory concept and again hands-on on the vehicle learner students learn many things in our earth mission course and one of the things they learn is diagnostic procedures by looking at the operating pressures that are happening in the refrigerant system the vehicle so we’re going to be showing them a tool called a manifold pH set which is used to diagnose refrigerant circulation problems in the vehicle in our brakes class it is a fundamental class where the students learn hydraulic systems they learn the actual hard braking systems and they also learned electronics any hydraulic circuits of a electronic brake control or ABS system students are being shown how to physically take a drum brake set apart they’re seeing all the different parts of the system they’re learning the nomenclature of the system and they’re learning the things they need to look for if they were going to inspect the car and then advise the customer of any needed repairs all of these systems have to be modified or changed when they are put onto a hybrid vehicle these classes are going to give them the skill sets they need to be tomorrow’s technicians tomorrow’s technicians are going to be facing highly advanced and high technology vehicles we’re hoping to give them the skillsets here that will make them employable as they finish the program my greatest joy teaching is realizing when the student has mastered the subject when the student can come back and teach me something that they’ve learned out in the field so that’s really when you know you get to have a little pride in yourself hybrid technology is one of many courses offered through the college that focuses on renewable energy sustainability conservation and recycling for more information on co DS automotive service technology programs as well as other progressive courses available at co d visit us on the web at WWDC d you


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