Course Number and Title: AUT 118 Automotive Steering and Suspension
This course introduces automotive suspension systems, components, and service procedures. Laboratory experiences include suspension and steering service, wheel alignment, and tire and wheel service.
Hand tools, power tools, and safety glasses
- Use proper procedures to maintain safety. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 5; PGC 1, 2, 3, 4)
- Identify various steering and suspension designs. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 5; PGC 1, 2, 3, 4)
- Perform steering, suspension, and alignment diagnosis and service as required. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 5; PGC 1, 2, 3, 4)
- 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.
Upon completion of this course, the student will:
- Use proper procedures to maintain safety.
- Properly use floor jacks, lifts, jack stands, and alignment rack.
- Properly use related tools and equipment.
- Wear appropriate eye protection and clothing.
- Identify various steering and suspension designs.
- Examine components related to evaluating tires, wheels, and related systems.
- Identify the various internal transmissions and transaxle components, and describe their functions.
- Recognize and define the operation of suspension systems and related components.
- Perform steering, suspension, and alignment diagnosis and service as required.
- Identify and describe the use and operation of the various steering systems.
- Evaluate, diagnose, service, and repair steering systems and related components.
- Recognize and describe wheel alignment problems and proper service procedures.
- Exhibit proper wheel alignment systems and component diagnoses.
- Identify service and repair procedures for various vehicles according to manufacturer’s specifications.
- Perform routine diagnosis, maintenance, and repair of suspension systems and related components on various vehicles according to manufacturer’s specifications.
- Adhere to simulated shop procedures.
- Follow simulated shop rules for proper attire, including eye protection.
- Exhibit punctuality in a simulated shop lab.
- Check out, maintain, and return tools to simulate real shop practices.
- Perform the strategy-based diagnostic procedure to 100% proficiency.
- Work cooperatively in assigned teams as in a real shop atmosphere.
- Use time clock to show time management skills as needed in a real shop.
- Follow simulated shop rules and procedures for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), and material handling.
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:
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.
Calculated using the following weighted average
Percentage of final grade
Summative Assessments - (8-10) Tests (equally weighted)
Summative Assessments - (4-6) Quizzes (equally weighted)
Summative Assessment – (Hands On) Laboratory Final Exam
Formative Assessments – (Minimum 6) Repair Orders, Work Books, Worksheets (equally weighted)
- Apply clear and effective communication skills.
- Use critical thinking to solve problems.
- Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
- Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
- Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
- Use appropriate automotive diagnostic and service equipment, hand tools, and precision measuring devices to determine and perform the proper repair as necessary.
- Interpret automotive electronic service information, service manuals, and diagnostic charts.
- Document service repair procedures that accurately reference the 3Cs:
- Customer complaint verification
- Correct the problem
- Complete the repair
- Employ proper automotive industry service facility safety practices.
- Practice professional conduct as required in the automotive industry.
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.