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Chatsworth, The Valley
21208 Nordhoff St
At Eton Ave
Chatsworth, California 91311
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 10
Teacher: Dominic Felix

What you'll learn in this mechanical engineering course:

This course will help develop within the students, both the understanding and diagnostic skills needed to diagnose and repair vehicles that are using complex systems such as CAN Networks, Variable Cam Timing, Throttle Control Systems, Direct Injection, and Air Fuel Ratio Sensors. Each chapter will explain the theory and operation of each system and offer diagnostic strategies based on real world instruction. This course also includes time in the shop with practical labs to enhance materials learned in class. In the end the students should have developed knowledge and understanding of 5 critical systems that have been known to be difficult to repair.

It used to be that diagnosis was streamline and more focused but now with the addition of Can networks and new complex systems it has become convoluted and challenging. It is the intention of this class to teach a thorough understanding of the complex network systems today’s technicians will face and improve their ability to sift through the obstacles when diagnosing emission failures. This course will also give technicians the tools and understanding for diagnosing new systems such as throttle control, Direct Injections, Wide Band O2Sensors and variable cam timing. There is even a chapter dedicated to ignition systems as well as teaching the more advanced systems such as Waist Spark and Coil on Plug. It is the intention of this course to give technicians the confidence and understanding in diagnosing newer technologies that they may encounter in their daily routine of repairing failed vehicle within California smog check program. This course utilizes Materials that are proven the industry and are NATEF certified. These materials are designed for higher education and have been perfected over the years. This manual also includes sound diagnostic strategies based on real world instruction. This course also includes time in the shop with practical labs to enhance materials learned in class. These labs will require the student to hook up a scan tool to monitor OBD II system, Perform Can communication checks, identify codes, Wide band O2 sensor data, and variable cam timing data.

At the end of this course students should have developed knowledge and skills to accurately diagnose CAN communication failures, variable cam timing, Throttle control systems, direct injection and complex ignition system failures. The certificate for completion is valid for two years from the date of the final exam. 

Course Objectives:

  • Describe the types of networks and serial communications used on vehicles.
  • Discuss how the networks connect to the data link connector and to other modules.
  • Explain how to diagnose module communication faults.
  • Describe the purpose and function of an electronic throttle control (ETC) system.
  • Explain how an electronic throttle control system works.
  • List the parts of a typical electronic throttle control system.
  • Describe how to diagnose faults in an electronic throttle control system.
  • List the reasons for variable valve timing.
  • Describe how the valve timing is changed.
  • Discuss the various types of variable valve timing.
  • Explain how to diagnose variable valve timing faults.
  • Describe the differences between port fuel injection and gasoline direct-injection systems.
  • List the various modes of operation of a gasoline direct-injection system.
  • Explain how a gasoline direct-injection system works.
  • Perform a visual inspection of the gasoline direct-injection system and identify the parts.

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

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Refund Policy
You have the right to cancel the enrollment agreement you sign for a course of instruction including any equipment, such as books, materials, and supplies, or any other goods and services included in the agreement, and obtain a refund of charges paid through attendance at the first class session, or the seventh day after enrollment, whichever is later.

Cancellation shall occur when you give written notice of cancellation at the address of the School. You can do this by mail, hand delivery, or telegram. The written notice of cancellation, if sent by mail, is effective when deposited in the mail properly addressed with postage prepaid. The written notice of cancellation need not take any particular form, and, however expressed, it is effective if it shows that you no longer wish to be bound by your enrollment agreement. You will be given notice of cancellation form with this enrollment agreement and on the first day of class, but if you choose to cancel, you can use any written notice that you wish.

If the school has given you any equipment, including books or other materials, you shall return it to the school within 30 days following the date of your notice of cancellation. If you fail to return this equipment, including books, or other materials, in good condition within the 30 day period, the school may deduct its documented cost for the equipment from any refund that may be due you. Once you pay for the equipment, it is yours to keep without further obligation.

If you cancel the agreement, the school will refund any money that you paid, less any deduction for equipment not timely returned in good condition, within 45 days after your notice of cancellation is received.

The institutional refund policy for students who have completed 60 percent or less of the course of instruction shall be a pro rata refund. After the end of the cancellation period, you have a right to terminate your studies at this school at any time, and you have the right to receive a refund for the part of the course or program you have paid for and did not receive. You have the right to withdraw from the course of instruction at any time. If you withdraw from the course of instruction after the period allowed for cancellation, the school will remit a refund, less a registration fee $50.00, within 45 days following your withdrawal. You are obligated to pay only for educational services rendered and for unreturned books or equipment.

(A) Deduct a registration fee ($50) from the total tuition charge.
(B) Divide this figure by the number of days in the program.
(C) The quotient is the daily charge for the program.
(D) The amount owed by you for purposes of calculating a refund is derived by multiplying the total days attended by the daily charge for instruction.
(E) The refund would be any amount in excess of the figure derived in (D) that was paid by you.
(F) The refund amount shall be adjusted for equipment, if applicable.

If you obtain books or equipment, as specified in the enrollment agreement and return them in good condition within 10 days following the date of their withdrawal, the school shall refund the charge for the books or equipment paid by you. If you fail to return books or equipment in good condition within the 10 day period, the school may offset against the refund the documented cost for books or equipment exceeding the prorated refund amount.

Smog Tech Institute reserves (and will publish a schedule of changes that will itemize all charges.), the right to change tuition and fees, make curricular changes when necessary, and make substitutions in books and supplies as required without prior notice. Any changes in tuition or fees will not affect students who are already in attendance or enrolled. Enrollment fees are not refundable.


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