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Automotive Transmissions Essentials Certificate Program Details

Penn Foster’s online Automotive Transmissions program consists of courses geared toward helping students in the automotive repair field to gain additional skills and training to prepare for further employment opportunities. You’ll cover the essential theory of manual drive trains and automatic transmission systems, which can help you prepare to sit for the ASE certification exams.

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.

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

 

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.
Additional Course Materials

Textbook: Automotive Technology, 5th Edition

 

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.
Additional Course Materials

Textbook: Automotive Technology, 5th Edition

Additional Details

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster Program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this Program. Click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.
Please review your state board requirements that are applicable to your field of study. State boards may impose a variety of different requirements.

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Penn Foster has been accredited for over 50 years. Penn Foster Career School has been thoroughly reviewed and has earned several important accreditations, certifications, and licensing. Most importantly, Penn Foster Career School is both regionally and nationally accredited.

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