What are the basic components of a vehicle and how do they work together? While it’s possible to pick apart the nitty gritty of automobile construction, a bit of knowledge goes a long way in preventing a costly breakdown. Luckily for the average Joe, modern vehicles use an array of electronic control units (ECUs) and subsystems to keep the guzzlers and gobblers running smoothly. Aside from the obligatory jackshaft, the best place to start is with the aforementioned ECUs.
The engine and transmission are the two main components of this automotive juggernaut, but there are several other noteworthy entities as well. These include the brakes, steering, and suspension. All of these parts play a vital role in ensuring a safe, yet comfortable ride. Taking the time to identify and understand these parts can save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.
An automotive technology program can give you the foundation you need to succeed in the field, and the skills to excel in the workplace. Whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned pro, an a la carte program or a comprehensive curriculum, you can choose the best route for you. You’ll learn the ropes in no time, and when you’re ready to take your career to the next level, you’ll be armed with the tools of the trade. NEIT’s Automotive Technology program is accredited by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF), and has a number of online and on-campus options to choose from.