The thrill of going 0 to 60 in a flash, taking tight turns with ease, and stopping on a dime is all part of what makes driving the ultimate pastime. If you’re captivated by a hi-performance ride’s ability to dominate the competition, you may be interested in taking a closer look at the various systems and parts that make it all possible.
By enrolling in an Automotive and Hi-Performance Technology Program (AHP) like Automotive Training Center’s (ATC), you’ll study a vehicle’s power production equipment inside and out, including…
The Fundamentals of Speed and Power
When you embark on a 2-year, post-secondary education in Automotive and Hi-Performance Technology, you can look forward to learning a lot about how hi-performance vehicles run best, and when they may need repair.
At ATC, your time as a student is split right down the middle: Approximately half of your day is held in the classroom and the other half is spent in the shop, testing out what you’ve learned on real engines and equipment!
In addition to applying automotive engine principles like horsepower, torque, and RPMs first-hand by machining an engine’s parts, you’ll learn all about how various components onboard contribute to optimizing the overall performance of a hi-performance vehicle. These components include manual drivetrains and axles, brakes, suspensions and steering, and many more.
ATC programs have enabled many graduates to pursue successful careers in the automotive technology industry. If you’re looking to become a part of this exciting field, it’s important to understand career options and how to pursue them.
How to Evaluate Engine Repair and Performance
One way that hi-performance technicians in training are able to evaluate engine part optimizations is by using a chassis dynamometer. This type of dynamometer, often called a “rolling road,” features heavy metal rollers set into the floor which are hooked up to diagnostic equipment.
After an engine is machined to enhance performance, a series of tests are conducted on a dynamometer to measure output changes. Cars that are ready to be tested are parked with their drive wheels on the metal rollers and the brakes are disengaged. Then, the accelerator is depressed, and the rollers transmit the engine’s power to the electronic measuring equipment.
From there, a technician can view max torque and horsepower levels on the accompanying output screen before getting back to making any additional tweaks and changes, then return to the dyno once more.
You’re at the Starting Line of a Future in Hi-Performance Technology
We hope this post helped give you an overview of a few of the areas you’ll learn about when you get behind the wheel of a hi-performance technology program! Our NATEF Master Accredited automobile training program trains students in the many facets of automotive service and repair with a specialization in hi-performance engine technology. Upon program completion, graduated students are eligible to apply for entry-level employment as an engine builder, automotive machinist, or a performance technician.
Automotive Training Center features two campuses teaching AHP in southeastern Pennsylvania. You can learn more about attending ATC here and when you’re ready, request a campus tour today! We look forward to helping you get your education in gear.