Transportation Services

Program Description

The transportation services program covers the theory and fundamentals of operation, troubleshooting, diagnostic testing and repair of: drive trains, gas and diesel engines, hydraulic and air brakes, alignment, suspension and steering, climate control, electronic body and chassis controls, engine performance and emission systems, charging and starting systems, hybrid drive systems, and hydraulic and pneumatic systems, safety, technical mathematics, oral and written communication, and leadership skills. The student may choose one of two certificates and/or an Associate of Applied Science automotive degree and a certificate and/or Associate of Applied Science degree in diesel technology. The focus of the programs is the repair of late-model vehicles, with the emphasis on the computer controls.

The program is accredited by the ASE Education Foundation (Formerly NATEF, the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) as a Master Automotive Service Technician program. The courses prepare the student to take the ASE, Automotive Service Excellence, certification examinations; the ASE examinations are administered at CMU quarterly.

By successfully completing a technical certificate or an Associate of Applied Science in Transportation Services, students will be prepared for careers as automotive/diesel technicians, parts and service distributors, industrial sales representatives, service managers and business owners in the transportation services industry.

Special Requirements

Excellent dexterity, eye-hand coordination, and critical thinking is a plus for a technician. Proper selection, care and safe use of power, hand and diagnostic tools, and equipment is emphasized.

Contact Information

Office of Student Services
WCCC, Bishop B102
2508 Blichmann Avenue
970.255.2670

Trans. Serv-Automotive (TSTA)

TSTA 245 Manual Drive Trains4 Credits

Standard repair practices for drive train components to include: clutch, transmission, transaxle, drive axle, driveline, c-v and R & R procedures.

TSTA 247 Automatic Drive Train Service4 Credits

Standard repair practices for automatic drive trains to include: diagnosis, testing, R & R, and servicing of transaxles/rear wheel drive transmissions.

Prerequisites: TSTC 100 and TSTC 101.

TSTA 265 Engine Control Services3 Credits

Repair and diagnosis of engine control systems with an emphasis on scan tool diagnosis and live hands on repair of systems.

Prerequisites: TSTC 100, TSTC 101, TSTC 130, and TSTC 160.

TSTA 267 Body Controls3 Credits

Theory, repair, and diagnosis of body accessories including air bags, electronic monitors, power seats, windows and wipers.

Prerequisites: TSTC 100, TSTC 130, and TSTC 160.

TSTA 275 Alignment and Suspension Service3 Credits

Introduction to anti-lock brake systems to include: ABS types and operation, diagnostics, traction control, stability control, regenerative breaking and active braking systems.

TSTA 286 Hybrid and Alternative Fueled Vehicles2 Credits

Introduction to hybrid and alternative fueled vehicle technology in the transportation industry. Topics include power and transmission designs, batteries, plug-in technology, control systems, safety, associated systems, diagnostics, and repair of modern hybrid/alternative fueled vehicles.

Prerequisites: TSTC 100, TSTC 101, and TSTC 130.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

TSTA 287 Engine Performance and Emissions3 Credits

Diagnosis and repair of engine performance and emissions-related failures. Emphasis on strategy based diagnostics through the use of exhaust gas analysis.

Prerequisites: TSTC 100, TSTC 130, TSTC 160, and TSTA 265.

Trans. Services-Core (TSTC)

TSTC 100 Introduction to Transportation Services2 Credits

Introduction to procedures, tool usage, basic shop safety, basic employment skills, job documentation and equipment usage.

TSTC 101 Vehicle Service and Inspection3 Credits

Introduction to vehicle systems, maintenance, inspection, internal combustion engine theory, systems diagnosis, fundamentals and evaluation. Service of the vehicle systems with emphasis on inspection and observation.

TSTC 130 Electrical I2 Credits

Introduction to electrical theory, circuits, components, testing and use of test equipment.

TSTC 160 Electrical II2 Credits

Study of electronic control systems applied to today's modern vehicles. Emphasis on sensors, actuators, and diagnostic techniques.

TSTC 170 Chassis Fundamentals2 Credits

Introduction to front and rear suspension systems, including: steering front end geometry, maintenance, light repair and component nomenclature.

TSTC 171 Brakes I2 Credits

Theory, components, general repair practices and diagnosis of current brake systems.

Trans. Services - Diesel (TSTD)

TSTD 177 Air Systems Repair and Service2 Credits

This course studies the air systems on the heavy duty truck. The brakes, transmission shift, seats, and rear axle shift will be covered, to include, service and repair of components and systems. Repair of foundation brakes will also be included.

TSTD 265 Diesel Engine Controls3 Credits

Repair and diagnosis of engine control systems with an emphasis on scan tool diagnosis and live hands-on repair of systems.

TSTD 275 Heavy Duty Suspension2 Credits

Types of on-road suspensions, tires, repair of components, diagnosis, measurements, and adjustments to front and rear suspensions.

Trans. Services- General (TSTG)

TSTG 120 Industrial Safety Practices2 Credits

Overview of current OSHA and EPA general industry regulations with an emphasis on hazardous materials, right-to-know, record keeping, and worker role in safety.

TSTG 135 Starting and Charging Systems2 Credits

Electrical component repair to include: alternators, starters, wiring, and other electrical components.

Prerequisites: TSTC 100, TSTC 101, TSTC 130, and TSTC 160.

TSTG 150 Fluid Power3 Credits

Principles of hydraulics and pneumatic system including the construction, application, repair, maintenance and troubleshooting of components and systems.

TSTG 175 Brakes II2 Credits

Repair of brake systems to include: shoes, pads, cylinder reconditioning, machining rotors and drums, diagnosis, bleeding, R & R components, parking brakes and anti-lock systems.

TSTG 195 Climate Control4 Credits

Repair, diagnosis, R & R of components, charging, recycling and testing of heating and air conditioning systems of over the road vehicles. Theory of operation, nomenclature, identification, safety and environmental impact factors of air conditioning. Also covers heating and ventilation systems.

TSTG 215 Engine Reconditioning5 Credits

Industry standard rebuild practices for engines. Removal of engine, complete disassembly, reassembly, and running of engine is covered. Tune-up and fuel system adjustments are covered.

Prerequisites: TSTC 100 and TSTC 101.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

TSTG 220 Workplace Skills3 Credits

Employment skills encompassing leadership, goal setting, personal traits, conflict resolution, quality, time management, life-long learning, written and oral communication, and customer relations.

TSTG 240 Job Shop4 Credits

Application of workplace skills in a controlled shop environment, through the use of real-life lab work projects, performed in house, when internships or co-op opportunities are not available.

Prerequisites: Sophomore status or permission of instructor.

TSTG 270 Practical Applications4 Credits

Designed to increase student competency through the use of internships or co-op training and real-life shop experiences in their chosen area specialty.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

TSTG 275 ABS Diagnostics2 Credits

Introduction to anti-lock brake systems to include: ABS types and operation, diagnostics, traction control, stability control, regerative braking and active braking systems.

Prerequisites: TSTC 100, TSTC 130, TSTC 160, TSTC 171, and TSTG 175.

TSTG 296 Topics1 or 2 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.