Dr. John Thompson
Phone: 620-235-6189 Fax: 620-235-6190
Several corporations have provided vehicles, equipment, and internships to the PSU Automotive Technology Program. Companies have also provided training for faculty and students. Below are links to several pieces of equipment available to students in Automotive Technology.
To view photographs of the facilities and equipment in these areas please click below.
The Mustang Dynamometer is used in AT 615 Engine Performance lab. The dyno can test front and rear wheel drive vehicles. It is used to perform testing related to drive wheel horsepower, several different acceleration tests, including a quarter mile sprint. In addition, many of the emission drive cycles tests, such as "IM 240" can be performed.
The 'Kansas Jack Frame Rack' is used in AT 313 Automotive Body and Finish class. The frame rack is used to illustrate to students how an automobile must be set up on a rack, how to straighten a wrecked automobile and how to measure the automobile.
Ford World Wide Diagnostic System is used in the AT 615 Engine Performance Lab. Ford Motor company donated the scanner to Pittsburg State University, so that students could become familiar with Ford's service tool used in the testing and diagnostic of emission and electrical concerns on vehicles.
AT 112 Engine Analysis Laboratory is located in E101 of the College of Technology. This course allows students to get hands on experience in engine disassembly and assembly. Students will learn during the lab how to correctly time the crank and cam, plastigauge bearings and other necessary procedures used during engine rebuild. One nice thing about a four year program is that students do not have to purchase a set of tools.
In AT 414 Automatic Transmission class students have the opportunity to disassemble/assemble a rear wheel drive and a front wheel drive electronically controlled transmission/transaxle. The rear wheel drive transmissions are performance tested on a dynamometer once they are completely assembled. Students learn how to adjust clutch clearances and the other necessary steps required during a transmission rebuild.
The Sun Snapon Scope Engine Analyzer is used in AT 215-216 Automotive electrical and Electronic equipment. and AT 615 Engine Performance for engine, electrical and emission diagnostics. Some of the parameters that can be tested are primary and secondary ignition patters, sensor signals and emissions. The lab scope function can be used to test the charging, starting and emission system.
Students have the opportunity to participate in the Fuels Laboratory when taking the course AT 519 Fuels Combustion & Lubricants. University Professor Ken Gordon teaches the course. The following instrument is used for checking oil viscosity.
The following vehicles are some of the products that the automotive manufacturers have donated to PSU's 4-year Automotive Technology Program & 2-year Automotive Service Program.