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Automotive Technician Specialist

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

Competency-Based Skills

6 skill sets | 24 total skills
Core Competency
Identify shop hazards and explain the necessary steps to avoid personal injury or property damage.
Identify and define hazardous materials.
Applicable regulations and standards.
Critical Tools and equipment usage
Basic Diagnostics
Basic Measuring
Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) Diagnosis and Repair
Automotive Glass
Exterior/Interior Trim
Electrical Systems Diagnostics
Mechanical Systems Diagnostics
Structural Diagnostics
Electrical/Electronic Systems
General/Electrical System Repair
Lighting Systems Repair
Mechanical Systems
Mechanical and A/C Diagnosis and Repair
Steering and Suspension
Heating and Cooling Systems
Structural Repair
Plastic part identification
Plastic part repair techniques and materials
Metal identification
Metal repair techniques and materials
Automotive welding
Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
Shop SOP’s
Career pathing
Software applications

Technical Instruction

Shop Safety, First Aid and Hazardous Waste Disposal - 40 req. hrs
Identify shop hazards and explain the necessary steps to avoid personal injury or property damage
Define the steps required to avoid fire in the shop.
Demonstrate the proper selection and operation of a fire extinguisher.
Identify the necessary steps for personal safety in the shop.
Identify personal protective equipment such as safety glasses and explain their use in an automotive shop and the importance of that use.
Demonstrate how to protect your hands from the hazards found in an automotive shop.
Describe how to properly lift a heavy object and demonstrate the process.
Define the special training and necessary First Aid Steps required to deal with Blood Borne Pathogens.
Demonstrate the safe use and proper maintenance of pneumatic and hydraulic tools including vehicle lifts.
Identify, describe, and record all unsafe or potentially unsafe conditions or acts, environmental noncompliance, malfunctions, and health or industrial hygiene problems.
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.
Suspension and Steering - 80 req. hrs
Disable and enable supplemental restraint system (SRS).
Remove and replace steering wheel; center/time supplemental restraint systems (SRS) coil (clock spring).
Diagnose steering column noises, looseness, and binding concerns (including tilt mechanisms); determine necessary action.
Diagnose power steering gear (non-rack and pinion) binding, uneven turning effort, looseness, hard steering, and fluid leakage concerns; determine necessary action.
Inspect steering shaft universal-joint(s), flexible coupling(s), collapsible column, lock cylinder mechanism, and steering wheel; perform necessary action.
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.
Inspect and replace manual or power rack and pinion steering gear inner tie rod ends (sockets) and bellows boots
Inspect power steering fluid levels and condition.
Brakes - 80 req. hrs
Diagnose brake systems
Inspect, test, and/or replace components of brake warning light system.
Bleed (manual, pressure, vacuum or surge) brake system
Flush hydraulic system.
Diagnose poor stopping, noise, pulling, grabbing, dragging or pedal pulsation concerns; determine necessary action.
Remove, clean (using proper safety procedures), inspect, and measure brake drums; determine necessary action.
Remove, clean, and inspect brake shoes, springs, pins, clips, levers, adjusters/self-adjusters, other related brake hardware, and backing support plates; lubricate and reassemble.
Remove, inspect, and install wheel cylinders
Remove caliper assembly from mountings; clean and inspect for leaks and damage to caliper housing; determine necessary action.
Remove, clean, and inspect pads and retaining hardware; determine necessary action.
Clean, inspect, and measure rotor with a dial indicator and a micrometer; follow manufacturer’s recommendations in determining need to machine or replace.
Remove and reinstall rotor
Inspect the vacuum-type power booster unit for vacuum leaks; inspect the check valve for proper operation; determine necessary action.
Electrical/Electronic Systems - 60 req. hrs
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.
Check electrical circuits with a test light; determine necessary action.
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.
Maintain or restore electronic memory functions
Diagnose charging system for the cause of undercharge, no-charge, and overcharge conditions.
Diagnose supplemental restraint system (SRS) concerns; determine necessary action. (Note: Follow manufacturer’s safety procedures to prevent accidental
Check for module communication errors using a scan tool.

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