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Motor Sports Technician

Course Descriptions
DATC Certificate of Program Completion (Catalog Year: 2017, Required Hours: 600)

MSPT 0000 - Motor Sports Technician Orientation 0 Hours
 
MSPT 1000 - Shop Safety, Information and Tools 60 Hours
During this course, emphasis is placed on creating and maintaining a safe work environment, industry tools, and career options. Students will learn fire safety, safe handling and use of hand tools, cleaning chemicals and safe engine operations, and working hazards and reporting incidents. Students will also learn how to measure electricity, pressure, vacuum, and threaded and non-threaded fasteners use. Students will receive an introduction to small engines, terminology, and career opportunities and certifications in the field of small engine repair.  
MSPT 1010 - Basic Engine Systems, Theory and Operations 90 Hours
During this course, emphasis is placed on different power equipment and engine designs and configurations. Students will learn engine function and the different types of engines found in power equipment. Students will also learn the advantages and disadvantages of a two-stroke and four-stroke engine. This course also covers fuel tank and pump fuel systems, carburetors and air cleaners, governor and throttle control systems, lubricators, and cooling and exhaust systems.  
MSPT 1020 - Basic Fuel Systems, Theory, and Operations 60 Hours
This course presents an overview of basic carburetor, fuel injection systems, and air filtration systems. Students will study the theories of operation common in modern fuel injection systems and the purpose behind the various fuel systems associated with the motor sports and power equipment industry.  
MSPT 1030 - Precision Measuring and Understanding Machining Operations 60 Hours
This course is an introduction to the identification and use of common measuring tools. Students will learn to identify and use measuring tools such as calipers, micrometers, and the dial bore gauge. Also, the course will develop each student’s understanding of machining operations and the necessary function of the machine shop.  
MSPT 1040 - Basic Troubleshooting 30 Hours
Troubleshooting begins with an understanding of the steps, processes, and procedures in diagnosing problems common to the repair industry. By creating an overview of the diagnostic process, students will learn to isolate components, evaluate systems, and detect common problem sources in motor sports vehicles and equipment.  
WKSK 1400 - Workplace Relations 60 Hours
This course will help you develop essential human-relation skills needed to maintain gainful and satisfying employment. It includes familiarization with problematic areas found in the workforce including: presenting yourself professionally, developing a professional work ethic, developing interpersonal skills, winning at office politics, and planning and managing your career.  
MSPT 1050 - Basic Electrical Theory, Circuits, and Meter Usage 90 Hours
During this course, emphasis is placed on electrical theories, as well as proper procedures used in the basic measurement of voltage, amperage, and resistance in electrical circuits. Further, students will study Ohm’s law, conductivity, and wiring.  
MSPT 1230 - Special Projects and Certification I 60 Hours
Students in this course will complete five online Briggs and Stratton Technical Certifications. Students will perform maintenance repairs and service on five special projects as determined by the instructor to meet course requirements. Special projects may include tune-ups, periodic maintenance, carburetor adjustments, and blade sharpening.  
MSPT 1511 - Motor Sports Electrical Diagnosis and Wiring Diagrams 90 Hours
Building upon the theories and overviews of basic electrical theory presented in (MSPT 1050) Basic Electrical Theory, Circuits, and Meter Usage, this course begins an in-depth overview of how electrical theory applies to the motor sports industry. The focus of this course will be the repair and diagnosis of the charging, starting, and ignition systems common to ATVs and motorcycles.  
MSPT 1521 - Brakes 90 Hours
During this course, emphasis is placed on brake system theories. Students will demonstrate their ability to follow proper procedures in the measurement of both drum and disk brake systems. Also, students will learn how to rebuild and repair hydraulic brake components, such as calipers and master cylinders. Students will also cover hydraulic theories, including Pascal’s Law, and will learn diagnostic strategies that will aid in the identification and localization of faults in electronic and antilock braking systems (ABS). Students will also learn general pass/fail guidelines.  
MSPT 1100 - Motorcycle Chassis and Drive Systems 90 Hours
This course offers intermediate training focusing on motorcycle suspension and drive systems. Students will receive hands-on instruction on the final drive train, chassis, suspensions, swing arms, steering head bearings, controls, levers, handlebars, and shifters common within the motor sports industry.  
MSPT 1120 - Motor Sports Fuel Systems, Controls, and Sensors 90 Hours
Building upon the skills and theories learned in (MSPT 1020) Basic Fuel Systems, Theory and Operations, this course offers an in-depth overview of the fuel systems specific to motorcycles and ATVs. This course will focus primarily upon the diagnosis and repair of carburetors, fuel injection, and the electronic controls of these systems.  
MSPT 1111 - Intermediate Engine Diagnosis and Repair 90 Hours
Building upon the skills and theories learned in (MSPT 1010) Basic Engine Systems, Theory and Operations, this course develops students’ understanding of top-end engine diagnosis, inspection, and repair. This course includes medium-duty engine repair and hands-on instruction on the specifics of motorcycle and ATV engines.  
MSPT 1560 - Transmissions and Clutches 60 Hours
During this course, emphasis is placed on transmissions and clutches. Students will identify the different gears used in transmissions, functions and components that make up the primary drive system, clutch release mechanisms, clutch types, types of transmissions and shifting components, and the different types of final drive systems. Students will learn to remove, disassemble, reassemble, and reinstall various types of transmissions and clutches.  
MSPT 1221 - Advanced Engine Rebuilding 120 Hours
This course is an in-depth overview of the process of diagnosing, inspecting, and repairing bottom-end engine systems. This intensive course incorporates high-level engine rebuilding and hands-on experience within the motor sports repair shop.  
MSPT 1300 - Introduction to Snowmobiles 60 Hours
This course is a basic overview of the snowmobile. During this course, students will combine theories from earlier courses in engine, fuel, chassis, and electrical systems while learning how these principles apply specifically to snowmobiles.  
MSPT 1310 - Snowmobile Chassis and Drive Systems 90 Hours
This course offers intermediate training focusing on snowmobile suspension and drive systems. Students will receive hands-on instruction on the chassis, clutches, track drives, controls, handlebars, ski, and suspension systems unique to snowmobiles. Students will also begin to incorporate the practices of maintenance, diagnosis, inspection and repair associated with snowmobiles. This course offers intermediate training focusing on snowmobile suspension and drive systems. Students will receive hands-on instruction on the chassis, clutches, track drives, controls, handlebars, ski, and suspension systems unique to snowmobiles. Students will also begin to incorporate the practices of maintenance, diagnosis, inspection and repair associated with snowmobiles.  
MSPT 1320 - Snowmobile Engines and Control Systems 90 Hours
This course builds upon earlier engine courses within the program, but will develop the principles specifically towards snowmobile engines and control systems. Students will focus upon the 2-cycle engine and fuel injection system.  
MSPT 1150 - ATV Chassis and Drive Systems 90 Hours
This course offers intermediate training focusing on ATV suspension and drive systems. Students will receive hands-on instruction on the final drive train, chassis, suspensions, swing arms, steering head bearings, controls, levers, handlebars, and shifters commonly found on ATVs.  
MSPT 2005 - Power Equipment Electrical Systems 60 Hours
Building upon the theories and overviews of basic electrical theory presented in (MSPT 1050) Basic Electrical Theory, Circuits, and Meter Usage, this course begins an in-depth overview of how electrical theory applies to power equipment electrical systems. The focus of this course will be the repair and diagnosis of the charging, starting, and ignition systems common to lawn mowers and snow blowers.  
MSPT 2010 - Power Equipment Fuel Systems 60 Hours
Building upon the skills and theories learned in (MSPT 1020) Basic Fuel Systems, Theory and Operations, this course offers an in-depth overview of the fuel systems specific to lawn mowers, snow blowers, and similar power equipment. This course will focus primarily upon the diagnosis and repair of carburetors, fuel injectors, and the air filtration system.  
MSPT 2015 - Power Equipment Engine Repair and Diagnosis 90 Hours
Building upon the skills and theories learned in (MSPT 1010) Basic Engine Systems, Theory and Operations, this course develops students’ understanding of power equipment engine diagnosis, inspection, and repair. This course includes instruction on engine repair and the hands-on experience necessary for common minor repairs associated with power equipment.  
MSPT 2020 - Power Equipment Maintenance and Service 90 Hours
This course will stress the importance of proper maintenance schedules and emphasize the necessary steps to maintain power equipment. During this course students will gain the requisite skills in power equipment upkeep with a focus on carburetor adjustment, blade sharpening, and spark plug replacement.  
MSPT 1240 - Special Projects and Certification II 60 Hours
Students in this course will complete five online Briggs and Stratton Technical Certifications. Students will perform major repairs on two pieces of equipment as determined by the instructor to meet course requirements. Special projects may include cylinder head repair, crankshaft replacement, and piston ring replacement.