Automotive Technician Specialist – Lead Tech “A”

Competency-Based Apprenticeship
Sponsoring Company:
Tesla, Inc.
O*Net Code
Rapids Code
Req. Hours
Apr 04, 2021
Apr 04, 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)
Introduction to Transport Technology
# | 150 hrs
Basic Transportation Electricity
# | 150 hrs
Basic Transportation Electrical Lab
# | 150 hrs
PC Skills for Transportation
# | 150 hrs
Introduction to Programming and Logic
# | 150 hrs
Automotive Servicing I
# | 150 hrs
Brake Systems
# | 150 hrs
Suspension & Steering Systems
# | 150 hrs
Suspension & Steering Lab
# | 150 hrs
Transportation Climate Control
# | 150 hrs
Transportation Climate Control Lab
# | 150 hrs
Course Subjects (START Program)
Week 1: Introduction to Tesla
# | 480 hrs
Week 2: Technician Tools and High Voltage Systems
# | 480 hrs
Week 3: Basic Vehicle Service
# | 480 hrs
Week 4: Electrical 1
# | 480 hrs
Week 5: Thermal and HVAC
# | 480 hrs
Week 6: Chassis
# | 480 hrs
Week 7: Electrical 2
# | 480 hrs
Week 8: High Voltage Bus and Charging
# | 480 hrs
Week 9: Contactor and Penthouse
# | 480 hrs
Week 10: Driver Assist Systems
# | 480 hrs
Week 11: Body Fit, Panoramic Roof and Glazing
# | 480 hrs
Week 12: Infotainment
# | 480 hrs
Optional Technical Coursework
Green Trans Safety and Service
# | 9 hrs
Advanced Automotive Electricity & Lab
# | 9 hrs
Hybrid-Electric Transportation
# | 9 hrs
Emerging Transportation Technology
# | 9 hrs
Optional General Education Coursework
Mathematical Measurement and Literacy
# | 15 hrs
Art Appreciation
# | 15 hrs
Professional Research & Reporting
# | 15 hrs
Introduction to Sociology
# | 15 hrs
Writing and Inquiry
# | 15 hrs
Introduction to Communication
# | 15 hrs
# | 15 hrs