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Alignment Classes

Hunter Engineering Company

Southeast Technical College is offering a series of Alignment Classes designed to help new and experienced technicians develop the skills and knowledge to excel using Hunter equipment.

Hunter Training is scheduled and priced based on requests from industry. If you would like to arrange Hunter training for your business, please contact STC Corporate Education at or 605-367-7676

Fundamental Alignment (Level 1) and Intermediate Alignment (Level 2)

Fundamental Alignment is designed for the new or less experienced individual in fundamental four-wheel alignment theory, equipment operation and the common OEM adjustment methods found on domestic and imported passenger cars and light trucks. 

Intermediate Alignment is designed for the alignment technician wanting to be updated on the latest alignment technology. Topics include an in-depth study of the alignment angles, aftermarket adjustments and modified vehicle alignment.

Course Objectives - By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Level 1
    • Describe camber, caster, toe and thrust angel and the related effects these angles have on tire wear and vehicle handling.
    • Perform proper pre-alignment inspection of the suspension and steering systems, including ride height assessment. 
    • Set up the aligner and accurately measure the primary alignment angles. 
    • Perform a four-wheel alignment using the most common OEM adjustments methods found on today's vehicles using SLA and strut suspension systems. 
    • Demonstrate how to use the patented WinToe program to adjust toe.
    • Demonstrate how to use the Control Arm Monitor Movement program when adjusting control arms.
    • Demonstrate how to use "Raise Selected Axel" to make adjustments. 
  • Level 2
    • Demonstrate how to use the Shim Select II and Automatic Brushing Calculator programs.
    • Demonstrate the use of the wheel off adapter and live ride height targets.
    • Perform alignment procedures and formulate solutions when aligning "modified vehicles" using Hunter equipment.
      • Describe the influence of ride height alteration, wheel offset, weight distribution and spring rating.
      • Describe the basic principles related to spindle leverage, center of gravity, roll center, frame angle and scrub radius.
      • Perform or describe the procedure used for a four-wheel alignment using aftermarket adjustment methods available for today's vehicles.
    • Be able to modify and save specialized alignment specifications. 
    • Describe the influence of stability and collision avoidance systems on alignment procedures.

Alignment Diagnostics (Level 3)

This course is designed for an experienced alignment technician. Instruction covers in-depth equipment operation and advanced diagnostic procedures.

Course Objectives - By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe in-depth princliples of camber, caster, toe and thrust angle. This includes the cause and effect of each angle.
  • Describe in-depth principles of S.A.I./Included Angle, Setback, Turning Angle and Maximum Steer Angle.
  • Perform advanced diagnostic procedures and formulate solutions using Hunter alignment equipment. 
  • Describe how torque steer, memory steer and bump steer may affect vehicle handling. 
  • Describe the influence of "ride control and four-wheel steering systems on alignment procedures.
  • Review specialized OEM adjustment procedures. 

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