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ISU automotive technology program upgrades equipment

October 19, 2006
ISU Marketing and Communications

The Idaho State University College of Technology automotive technology program purchased a new computerized diagnostic machine and software this fall, which is being used to train students in emissions, drive cycle, and performance testing

Students using new dynamometer.

The MD Mustang Dynamometer chassis dyno and MD-7000 Control Software “simulates the scientific laws of mass and motion without leaving the confines of the shop environment.”

With this new equipment students can test a wide variety of procedures, including emissions testing modes, torque and speed profiles, and power curves. Emissions testing includes the ASM 25/25 and the IM-240 to simulate city driving. Vehicles 1998 and newer have onboard diagnostics and the dyno can test the various operating components while simulating a 12-mile drive. In addition, torque, horsepower and one-quarter-mile speed can be tested for performance. A projector shows the testing progress through graphs and charts on a screen in the shop. Customer test reports may be printed throughout the testing period.

“This dyno allows technicians to diagnose problems at highway speeds,” said Mike Fisher, program coordinator, and “provides the opportunity to teach the entire class at one time.”  This equipment provides future technicians with up-to-date and industry standards training, adding assurance that College of Technology graduates will be employable entry-level technicians.

The automotive technology program accepts students in August, October, January and May. Graduates are proficient in using specialized digital and computer test equipment. The program offers services through the “live work” portion of the program. Preventive maintenance and major repairs on current and late model vehicles are done at a flat rate for time. Services offered through the Automotive Technology program include; alternators, starters, wiring, engine work, air conditioning, manual and automatic transmissions, front and rear suspension, brake and steering systems, wheel Alignments, tires and wheel balancing, and oil change and lube services.

For more information about the ISU automotive technology program or for service information, call (208) 282-3605.


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