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Automotive Technician Specialist – Lead Tech “A”

Competency-Based Apprenticeship
Sponsoring Company:
Tesla, Inc.
O*Net Code
Rapids Code
Req. Hours
Jul 16, 2021
Jul 16, 2021

Competency-Based Skills

7 skill sets | 50 total skills
Shop Safety, First Aid and Hazardous Waste Disposal
Identify shop hazards and explain the necessary steps to avoid personal injury or property damage
Identify and define hazardous materials by chemical and physical properties, such as: color, corrosivity, density, flammability, reactivity, specific gravity, and toxicity.
Apply federal, state, and local regulations when storing and disposing of chemical materials and waste and know where to find current information about implementing these regulations.
High voltage awareness
Suspension and Steering
Disable and enable supplemental restraint system (SRS).
Remove and replace steering wheel; center/time SRS coil (clock spring).
Adjust manual or power non-rack and pinion worm bearing preload and sector lash.
Remove and replace manual or power rack and pinion steering gear; inspect mounting bushings and brackets.
Remove and replace air ride struts
Remove and replace front and rear sub frames
Perform four wheel alignments and ride high calibration
Test, diagnose and repair noise, vibration and harshness concerns
Diagnose pressure concerns in the brake system using hydraulic principles (Pascal’s Law).
Measure brake pedal height; determine necessary action.
Inspect the vacuum-type power booster unit for vacuum leaks; inspect the check valve for proper operation; determine necessary action.
Service electric vehicle iBooster systems
Perform four wheel brake bleed
Measure annual ware on brake pads and rotors
Electrical/Electronic Systems/High Voltage Systems
Identify and interpret electrical/electronic system concern; determine necessary action.
Research applicable vehicle and service information, such as electrical/electronic system operation, vehicle service history, service precautions, and technical service bulletins.
Diagnose electrical/electronic integrity for series, parallel and series-parallel circuits using principles of electricity (Ohm’s Law).
Use wiring diagrams during diagnosis of electrical circuit problems.
Demonstrate the proper use of a digital multimeter (DMM) during diagnosis of electrical circuit problems.
Measure source voltage and perform voltage drop tests in electrical/electronic circuits using a voltmeter; determine necessary action.
Check continuity and measure resistance in electrical/electronic circuits and components using an ohmmeter; determine necessary action.
Infotainment systems
Maintain or restore electronic memory functions.
Communicate, test, diagnose and repair E-fuse modules
Diagnose high voltage charging system for the cause of undercharge, no-charge, and overcharge conditions.
Diagnose high voltage isolation, high voltage interlock loop and high voltage pre-charge
Check for module communication errors using a scan tools.
Remotely diagnose vehicles with online applications
Test, diagnose and repair autopilot driver assist systems
Diagnose and repair high voltage drive units
Diagnose and repair high voltage onboard chargers (alternating current charging)
Diagnose and repair high voltage battery management system (direct current charging)
Remove; replace high performance, low profile monitoring systems.
Perform mid thread tire patch
Mount and balance tires
Road test for tire relates issues
Heating, Cooling and Air Conditioning
Heating and cooling diagnostics/trouble shooting and repair.
Identification of air conditioning components and system requirements and procedures.
Air conditioning diagnostics/trouble shooting and repair.
Identification and proper handling of refrigerant gasses.
Recovery/recycle of refrigerant.
Air conditioning refrigerant retrofits.
EPA 609 Certification.
Glazing and Body Repair
Remove and replace windshield, backlight glass and quarter glass
Panel preparation for body repair
Painting body panels and parts

Technical Instruction

Course Subjects (Prerequisites) - 150 req. hrs
Introduction to Transport Technology
Basic Transportation Electricity
Basic Transportation Electrical Lab
PC Skills for Transportation
Introduction to Programming and Logic
Automotive Servicing I
Brake Systems
Suspension & Steering Systems
Suspension & Steering Lab
Transportation Climate Control
Transportation Climate Control Lab
Course Subjects (START Program) - 480 req. hrs
Week 1: Introduction to Tesla
Week 2: Technician Tools and High Voltage Systems
Week 3: Basic Vehicle Service
Week 4: Electrical 1
Week 5: Thermal and HVAC
Week 6: Chassis
Week 7: Electrical 2
Week 8: High Voltage Bus and Charging
Week 9: Contactor and Penthouse
Week 10: Driver Assist Systems
Week 11: Body Fit, Panoramic Roof and Glazing
Week 12: Infotainment
Optional Technical Coursework - 9 req. hrs
Green Trans Safety and Service
Advanced Automotive Electricity & Lab
Hybrid-Electric Transportation
Emerging Transportation Technology
Optional General Education Coursework - 15 req. hrs
Mathematical Measurement and Literacy
Art Appreciation
Professional Research & Reporting
Introduction to Sociology
Writing and Inquiry
Introduction to Communication

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