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Effective Term:
Summer 2014 through Fall 2015
Course Number:
AM 201
Course Title:
Auto Shop Lab I
Credit Hours:
Lecture Hours:
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Course Description

Includes automotive service work in a live shop setting. Emphasizes advanced engine performance theory and practice. This is a capstone course and the first class in a three course sequence. This class may be repeated one time for credit. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course is designed for students with no previous industry experience. Students will develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to perform, with limited supervision, the appropriate procedures involved in engine maintenance, problem diagnosis, repair and adjustments on cars, pickups and vans. This course will prepare students for the final Engine Performance modules 43 and 53 which provide the opportunity to practice learned skills on customer and school controlled vehicles in a “live shop” setting. This will begin the skill level necessary for employment at an apprentice level.

The course material will be presented in a lecture/laboratory format and include videos, handouts and hands-on lab experience in the shop. Students are required to read assigned materials, take notes, complete homework assignments and research information in service manuals and with electronic service information systems.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Perform basic vehicle inspection, maintenance, diagnosis and repairs with limited supervision.
Communicate effectively with employers, customers and co-workers.
Access and utilize repair information in a rapidly changing technology.
Implement strategies and processes to solve basic vehicle repair problems.
Perform basic vehicle diagnosis and repair to professional and ethical standards.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

1. Students will demonstrate effective work with fellow technicians in the following ways:.
a. Attendance requirements include penalties for excessive days missed and lates.
b. Lecture participation requirements include bringing textbooks to class, being prepared to take notes and remaining attentive in class.
c. Laboratory participation requirements include demonstrating good craftsmanship, using time wisely, treating equipment properly, using procedures    properly, demonstrating acquired skills and correct use of tools.

2. Demonstrate preparedness for ASE testing by achieving a passing score on all written exams and completing homework assignments.

3. Successful completion of laboratory work in the following areas:.a.Input sensors.
b. Discuss and practice installation and replacement procedures for the ECM.
c. Understand and apply Fuel System Performance procedures (FSPC)
d. Understand the purpose, operation and testing procedures for idle speed control
e. Discuss and practice On Board Diagnostic (OBD 2) code retrieval and interpretation
f. Practice the use of the Scan Tool (ST)
g. Practice the use of the lab oscilloscope
h. Practice diagnostic and repair situations on engines that have been bugged
i. Evaluate student abilities with service procedures and diagnostic procedures

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

•Define and discuss input sensors: O2S, VSS, Switches, Air flow.
•Define and discuss the ECM (processing).
•Define and discuss the Fuel System Performance Check.
•Discuss idle control methods. •Define and discuss OBD 2.
•Practice with the Scan Tool. •Practice with the Lab Scope.
•Practice with bugged engines.

•Understand operation for diagnosis and repair.
•Proper installation and diagnosis.
•Evaluate the operation of the fuel control system.
•Evaluate properly working idle control systems to repair failed systems.
•Understand changes from OBD 1 for correct diagnosis and repair.
•Utilize the ST for diagnosis and repair.
•Utilize the Lab Scope for diagnosis and repair.
•Evaluate and repair engines with drive-ability problems.

Related Instruction

Hours: 6


1.  Perform basic vehicle inspection, maintenance, diagnosis and repairs with limited supervision.


Using all testing equipment and test procedures from Engine Performance I & III student test and compare results with specifications.

Human Relations
Hours: 15


1. Perform basic vehicle diagnosis and repair to professional and ethical standards.


Students work in teams to complete assigned lab projects.
Students work with lab partners, staff members, and their instructor to bring customer/school cars in /out of the shop for class lab projects.