As the automotive technician profession becomes more and more complex, schools and training will need to keep up — and a high school in Brighton, MI, is doing just that. According to the Livingston Daily, the Brighton school district invested $51,000 for an engine dynamometer to give students a better hands-on experience when learning about engine performance.
From the Livingston Daily:
Not many high school students get to use such a high-tech piece of equipment. Standing at the control levers, he can monitor an engine’s RPM, torque and horsepower.
“It’s cool,” senior Travis Schmidt said. “It’s an excellent learning tool.”
Schmidt and fellow student Brandon Bonin helped assemble the mule engine used to test the dynamometer; they installed the intake, carburetor and exhaust.
The dynamometer arrived in September, but it took a few months to get the lab room set up for its operation. It’s located in a separate room where it’s hooked up to a water pump and engine. The exhaust goes through pipes outside, but it will eventually be connected to a large muffler on the school’s rooftop.
Students interested in going into the automotive field can now check cylinder pressure, fuel consumption, air flow and exhaust ratio, and more. Pretty cool opportunity for those students. Be sure to head to the Livingston Daily for the full story.