Fundamentals Of Automotive Maintenance And Light Repair

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Based on the latest National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) Automobile Accreditation Model and Task Lists, Fundamentals of Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair offers comprehensive coverage of every task with clarity and precision in a concise format that ensures student comprehension and encourages critical thinking. This textbook provides all of the foundational theory and skills necessary to prepare entry-level technicians to maintain and repair today’s vehicles. The textbook was built with an unrivaled focus on developing hands-on skills that will be required in the shop. Additionally, CDX Automotive’s renowned Know-See-Do-Prove instructional methodology is reinforced throughout the text with icons so that students always know where they are in the learning process. Fundamentals of Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair features: Almost 200 Skill Drills that provide written, step-by-step instructions and visual summaries of important skills and procedures. You are the Technician case studies open each chapter. These cases encourage active learning, promote critical-thinking skills, and help students make the connection between cognitive information presented in the text and real-life situations. Applied Math, Science, and Communication boxes simplify critical academic concepts and help students apply these concepts in the shop. Technician Tips supplement chapters with advice from expect technicians and key tricks of the trade. NATEF Tasks, Knowledge Objectives, and Skills Objectives open each chapter to help students and instructors know exactly what is being covered. A bulleted wrap-up of the chapter, key terms, and ASE-Type Questions conclude each chapter.

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Kirk VanGelder started teaching automotive technology to college students at Clark College in 1983, and then high school students at the Clark County Skills Center in 1990. While he wasn't a natural teacher when he started, he worked hard and kept trying new things. Over time, he has had success engaging students through the use of intense questioning and discussion. This has helped his students learn how to think critically, as well as learn how to ask questions of themselves, and then to search out the answers. 

In his search for engaging teaching materials, Kirk stumbled across the CDX videos in the mid 90's. After spending several years raising money to buy the materials, a laptop computer, and a LCD projector to use them on, he was off on a journey that ultimately led to working with CDX and other instructors to author two textbooks; Fundamentals of Automotive Technology: Principles and Practice and Fundamentals of Maintenance and Repair. Kirk is appreciative of the many instructors who contributed to the textbooks or reviewed them as they were being written and edited. 

Kirk grew up in Washington State, and still resides there with his wife of 27 years, and their 13 children. Kirk's passion is helping instructors improve their teaching/coaching skills. He continues to look forward to working with auto and diesel instructors across the US and Canada.

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