AUT 114 Introduction to Automotive Technology

Campus Location:
Georgetown, Stanton
Effective Date:
ENG 090 or ENG 091, MAT 120 or concurrent, SSC 100 or concurrent
Course Credits and Hours:
3.00 credits
2.00 lecture hours/week
2.00 lab hours/week
Course Description:

This course provides an overview of the automotive repair field. Students are introduced to basic automotive maintenance and repair procedures as well as tools, measuring devices, and diagnostic equipment.

Required Text(s):

Obtain current textbook information by viewing the campus bookstore online or visit a campus bookstore. Check your course schedule for the course number and section.

Additional Materials:

Hand tools, power tools, and safety glasses

Schedule Type:
Classroom Course


Core Course Performance Objectives (CCPOs):
  1. Identify and describe functions of the major systems of motor vehicles. (CCC 1, 5; PGC 2)
  2. Demonstrate safe practice within the automotive shop environment. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 5; PGC 1, 2, 3, 4)
  3. Explain the proper use of related service information sources. (CCC 1; PGC 2)
  4. Operate commonly used tools and equipment. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 5; PGC 1, 2, 3, 4)
  5. Use common service procedures. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 5; PGC 1, 2, 3, 4)
  6. Adhere to simulated shop procedures. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.

Measurable Performance Objectives (MPOs):

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Identify and describe functions of the major systems of motor vehicles.
    1. Identify and explain the various automotive components and subsystems.
    2. Identify body style construction types of various vehicle manufacturers.
  2. Demonstrate safe practice within the automotive shop environment.
    1. Properly use equipment and tools.
    2. Identify hazardous materials and proper procedures per local, state, and/or federal regulations.
    3. Identify fire safety equipment, and describe the proper uses.
    4. Recognize typical shop equipment, and explain their functions.
    5. Locate, read, and interpret material safety data sheets (MSDS).
    6. Locate and identify fire control equipment within the shop.
    7. Locate and properly operate typical shop equipment in a safe manner.
  3. Explain the proper use of related service information sources.
    1. Identify and use original equipment manufacturer (OEM) printed and electronic information.
    2. Identify and use after-market service information.
    3. Identify and use internet service-related materials for assigned tasks.
    4. Identify and use standard operation procedures to locate service information.
  4. Use commonly used tools and equipment.
    1. Identify and use Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and metric hand tools.
    2. Identify and use related power tools.
    3. Identify and use measuring devices as needed.
  5. Use common service procedures.
    1. Change all fluids, and perform preventative maintenance procedures.
    2. Perform a complete new vehicle preparation procedure.
    3. Perform a complete tire and wheel service.
  6. Adhere to simulated shop procedures.
    1. Follow simulated shop rules for proper attire, including eye protection.
    2. Exhibit punctuality in a simulated shop lab.
    3. Check out, maintain, and return tools to simulate real shop practices.
    4. Demonstrate proficiency using the strategy-based diagnostic procedure.
    5. Work in assigned teams to demonstrate diversity, and work cooperatively with others as in a real shop atmosphere.
    6. Use the time clock to show time management skills as needed in a real shop.
    7. Follow simulated shop rules and procedures for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, MSDS, and material handling.
Evaluation Criteria/Policies:

Students must demonstrate proficiency on all CCPOs at a minimal 75 percent level to successfully complete the course. The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:

92 100 = A
83 91 = B
75 82 = C
0 74 = F

Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.

Final Course Grade:

Calculated using the following weighted average

Evaluation Measure

Percentage of final grade

Summative Assessments  - (6-10) Exams (equally weighted)

20 %

Summative Assessments  -  (3-5) Quizzes  (equally weighted)

20 %

Summative Assessment – (Hands On) Laboratory Final Exam

30 %

Formative Assessments – (Minimum 6) Repair Orders, Work Books, Worksheets (equally weighted)

30 %



Core Curriculum Competencies (CCCs are the competencies every graduate will develop):
  1. Apply clear and effective communication skills.
  2. Use critical thinking to solve problems.
  3. Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
  4. Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
  5. Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
  6. Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
Program Graduate Competencies (PGCs are the competencies every graduate will develop specific to his or her major):
  1. Use appropriate automotive diagnostic and service equipment, hand tools, and precision measuring devices to determine and perform the proper repair as necessary.
  2. Interpret automotive electronic service information, service manuals, and diagnostic charts.
  3. Document service repair procedures that accurately reference the 3Cs.
  4. Customer complaint verification
  5. Correct the problem
  6. Complete the repair
  7. Employ proper automotive industry service facility safety practices.
  8. Practice professional conduct as required in the automotive industry.
Disabilities Support Statement:

The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.

Minimum Technology Requirements:
Minimum technology requirements for online, hybrid, video conferencing and web conferencing courses.