Welcome to the Vanguard High School home page of the automotive program. Thank you for coming by. Here's a quick breakdown of what we do.
Essentially, the Maintenance and Light Repair program for high school automotive can be broken down into four levels:
Level one is more or less an introduction to the automotive repair industry. It teaches relevant history, personal and shop safety, chemical safety, informs of various organizations related to automotive repair such as OSHA, EPA, SAE, ASE, etc. Level one informs of career opportunities and exposes students to a variety of tools and equipment. Students learn how to use online diagnostic software, how to identify an automobile, how to check various fluids for contamination, and how to adjust and/or change various fluids. Students learn how to lift a vehicle, how to inspect the under carriage, and how to identify abnormalities. Students learn how to change tires and repair tire punctures. Finally, students learn about the various parts of an engine and about how to check or adjust certain engine functions. Level one should be thought of as a basic introduction to automobiles.
Level two focuses heavily upon the electrical aspect of automotive repair. Students learn how to read and use electrical diagnostic equipment to a much greater degree. Students will develop a greater understanding of the science and math behind automotive electrical and electronic systems. Students are exposed to lab scopes and lab pattern diagnostics, as well as global and atmospheric properties that influence electrical diagnostics. Students will also learn to read electrical wiring diagrams. Math and science both play a heavy, but relatively easy to understand role in level two.
Level 3 primarily addresses steering and suspension functions, as well as various braking systems and related functions. Level three students learn the basics of vehicle wheel alignments. Students also learn how to diagnose, check, adjust, service, and replace wheel and axle bearings. Students will learn how to resurface both drum and disc brakes.
Level 4 informs of primarily engine performance related matters. Students learn of varying sensors, switches, solenoids, computer inputs and outputs, automotive networking, etc. Students are exposed to in-depth computer systems diagnostics. Math, science, and understanding atmospheric properties all play a significant role in level four.