Automotive Repair

As changes in automotive technology create a greater demand for highly trained mechanics and skilled technicians, we can prepare you for work in the field of transportation. Our Automotive Repair program includes five separate classes and may be taken in any order and prepare students for ASE examinations.

These classes include:

Automotive Engine Repair (ASE A1)
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to automotive engine repair. Topics include general engine diagnosis, cylinder head and valve train diagnosis and repair, lubrication and cooling systems diagnosis and repair, fuel, electrical, ignition and exhaust systems inspection and service.
Automotive Engine Performance (ASE A8)
This course is designed to provide students with more in-depth training on automotive engines. Topics include general engine diagnosis, diagnosis and repair of ignition, fuel, air induction, exhaust, emissions control, and electrical systems.
Automotive Brake Systems (ASE A5)
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the automotive brake systems. With the numerous types of brake systems in today's vehicles, training is needed to be able to maintain and repair these systems. Topics include hydraulic systems, drum brakes, disc brakes, power assist units, electronic brake control systems, ABS, and TCS diagnosis and repair.
Automotive Electrical Systems (ASE A6)
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the automotive electrical systems. Basic shop equipment will be discussed, as well as electrical/electronic systems. Topics include battery diagnosis and service, starting system, charging system, lighting system, gauges, warning devices, horn, wiper/washer, and accessory diagnosis and repair.
Automotive Suspension and Steering (ASE A4)
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the automotive suspension and steering systems. Topics include steering systems, suspension systems, wheel alignment diagnosis, adjustment and repair, and wheel and tire diagnosis and service.

Basic Construction Skills

Based on the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) curriculum, this Basic Construction Skills course can be taken as a standalone course and also serves as a required prerequisite for our NCCER HVAC program and NCCER Welding program. Topics covered include basic safety, construction math, hand tools and power tools, construction drawings, basic communication skills, and employability skills to prepare to enter the workforce. Students must meet with a Program Specialist to enroll in this course.

Diesel Technology

Cecil College’s Diesel Technology program prepares students to inspect, repair and service diesel engines. This is a 9 month, 150 hour program consisting of 5 modules. Students will be introduced to diesel engine maintenance and troubleshooting, tools, diesel systems, pumps, engine reassembly and installation, and more. Upon completion, students will be prepared to take the following ASE Medium-Heavy Truck Certification Tests: T2—Diesel Engines, T6—Electrical/Electronic Systems, and T8—Preventive Maintenance Inspection.

Module I
This course is the first of five modules in the Diesel Technology program designed to prepare students to inspect, repair and service diesel engines. Topics include shop safety, tools, and an introduction to diesel engines.
Module II
This course is the second of five modules in the Diesel Technology program. A continuation of diesel engines and systems will be covered in this module.
Module III
This course is the third of five modules in the Diesel Technology program and topics include cooling systems, intake and exhaust components, and fuel systems.
Module IV
This course is the fourth of five modules in the Diesel Technology program and topics include fuel injection fundamentals, basic electricity and basic electronic engine controls.
Module V
This course is the fifth and final module in the Diesel Technology program and topics include engine reassembly and preventative maintenance.

Heavy Equipment Operations

In this program, students will learn safety, identification, and basic operational techniques of heavy equipment such as dozers, loaders, scrapers and graders. Students will be taught the skills and knowledge required to understand the conditions and markings of the job site, and the responsibilities of the heavy equipment operator. They will also be taught how to calculate the areas, volumes, cut, and fill requirements for a job, along with interpreting roadway and construction site drawings. Classes include:

  • Introduction to Heavy Equipment Operations
  • Heavy Equipment Operator – Site Work and Grading
  • Heavy Equipment Operator – Enhanced Site Work & Soils
  • Excavation Math & Interpreting Civil Drawings

Classes are held at Harford Community College.

HVAC/R

NCCER HVAC/R – Level I

This HVAC/R program is based on the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) curriculum and will provide each student with basic knowledge and skills to become a qualified, entry-level employee in the HVAC industry. Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn Certificate of Completion for NCCER HVAC – Level 1, NCCER wallet card, and their credentials entered in the NCCER Registry. Students will also have the opportunity to take the EPA608 Certification exam at the end of the program.

Pre-requisite: Students must successfully complete the Basic Construction Skills course before taking this program. In addition, students must meet with a Program Specialist to enroll in this program.

Module I
This module will cover an introduction to the HVAC field, trade mathematics, and basic electricity.
Module II
This module will cover an introduction to heating and introduction to cooling.
Module III
This module will cover air distribution systems, basic copper and plastic piping practices.
Module IV
This final module will cover soldering and brazing, basic carbon steel piping practices, and industry EPA guidelines.

HVAC/R Apprenticeship

Cecil College and Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors of Maryland have partnered to offer a Maryland state-approved four-year HVAC/R apprenticeship program. The program is a four-year curriculum that gives credit for on-the-job and classroom training. A registered apprentice is registered with the State of Maryland's Apprenticeship and Training Council. The council sets the rules for the program and will issue an apprenticeship completion certification upon successful completion of the program. This certificate enables students to apply for and be granted a State HVAC/R journeyman license without taking the exam. Students must complete the application through the Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors of Maryland at haccmd.org.

Marine Service Technology

Coming soon! The Marine Service Technician program will provide students with an introduction to the marine service industry. Using curriculum from American Boat & Yacht Council, students will learn the fundamentals of marine engines, outboard and inboard maintenance, marine electrical systems, boat safety, industry standards and more. Upon completion of the program, students can earn their Marine Service Technician Certificate.

Pest Management

Work in the field to help customers solve their pest problems in residential and commercial settings. This 16-week program consists of classroom learning paired with an externship experience. Learn industry regulations, safety, entomology and insects, use of pesticides, handling pests, customer service, route management and more. You will also complete a 40-hour externship, gaining valuable hands-on experience in the field!

At the conclusion of program, you will be eligible to:

  • take the Certified Technician Exam for the state of Maryland immediately after course completion
  • test to become a Registered Technician for the State of Delaware
  • test to earn a National Pest Management Association certificate

Welding

NCCER Welding – Level I

This welding program is based on the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) curriculum and will provide each student with basic knowledge and skills to become an entry-level welder. Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn Certificate of Completion for NCCER Welding – Level 1, NCCER wallet card, and their credentials entered in the NCCER Registry.

Pre-requisite: Students must successfully complete the Basic Construction Skills course before taking this program. In addition, students must meet with a Program Specialist to enroll in this program.

Module I
The first of five modules covers an introduction in welding safety, oxyfuel cutting plasma arc cutting, and air carbon arc cutting and gauging.
Module II
This module covers base metal preparation, weld quality, SMAW equipment and setup, and SMAW beads and fillet welds.
Module III
This module continues an introduction to SMAW beads and fillet welds.
Module IV
This module covers SMAW grove welds.
Module V
This module introduces students to SMAW open root groove welds.

Skill-Building Welding

For those looking for additional shop time or want to focus on a particular welding process, individual skill building welding classes are also available in both fall and spring.

Shielded Metal ARC I & II
Designed for the beginning welder, Part I of this course will help students learn general welding safety as well as how to select the correct electrodes, set up the equipment, and strike an arc on a variety of base metals. In Part II of the course, this advanced course builds on the skills acquired in SMAW I. A review of basic techniques, safety procedures and equipment set up will be covered before moving onto the more advanced skills of overhead and vertical welding.
MIG & TIG
MIG and TIG are two of the most popular welding techniques used in the industry. Hands-on practice in both processes will be provided in this course.

For more information or to register, please contact Amanda Pringle at (443) 907-1379 or skills4u@nullcecil.edu.