Automotive Transmissions Essentials Certificate

Program Outline

Your Certificate consists of a step-by-step process through Automotive Transmissions Essentials.

Here's how it works
Your course material will be sent immediately after your enrollment has been accepted. You will complete the following courses in the order indicated to earn your Certificate.

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal: To enhance skills for employment in the automotive field in the area of automotive transmissions, including manual and automatic transmission systems.

Program Outcomes:
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Identify and describe the purpose of the major components in an automobile's drivetrain
  • Describe the components and operation of the clutch assembly
  • Identify common clutch problems, and describe how to remove and service the clutch assembly
  • Name and describe the components and operation of manual and automatic transmissions
  • Describe how to diagnose, troubleshoot, and perform routine transmission procedures, including removing, servicing, and replacing a transmission
  • Name and describe the components and operation of front-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive vehicles, including drive shafts, differentials, and drive axles
  • Identify the components and operation of 4WD and AWD systems, including the procedures necessary to diagnose and service those systems
  • Describe basic electrical circuits, circuit components, and electrical measuring and test equipment
  • Describe the procedures to troubleshoot and diagnose specific manufacturers' electronic transmission control systems
  • Identify and describe the components and operation of various manufacturers' transmissions and describe the disassembly and reassembly procedures for typical transmissions and transaxles for each manufacturer
  • List the various hand tools and specialized tools used when working with automotive systems

AT015 - Manual Drivetrain and Axles

Objectives:

  • Explain the operation of a manual transmission or transaxle clutch system.
  • Describe the diagnosis and service of the clutch, flywheel, and control mechanisms.
  • Explain the operation, diagnosis, and service of a manual transmission and transaxle.
  • Discuss the operation, diagnosis, and service of driveshafts, U-joints, constant velocity (CV) joints, and differentials in the final drive.
  • Describe the operation of four-wheel drive (4WD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) systems.
  • Explain the diagnosis and service of the transfer case, hubs, and control system.

Textbook: Automotive Technology, 5th Edition

AT020 - Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles

Objectives:

  • Explain the operation of an automatic transmission and transaxle system, as well as that of the mechanical and hydraulic components.
  • Describe the diagnosis and service of an automatic transmission and transaxle system.
  • Explain the disassembly and overhaul of an automatic transmission and transaxle, including subcomponents and measurements.

Textbook: Automotive Technology, 5th Edition

 

Online Library and Librarian
Students in Penn Foster Career School have access to an online library for use during their studies. Students can use this library to do the required research in the courses they complete or can use it for general reference and links to valuable resources. The library contains helpful research assistance, articles, databases, books, and Web links. A librarian is available to answer questions on general research-related topics via email and to assist students in research activities during their studies with Penn Foster Career School International.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.