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Auto Tech

Auto Tech    




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Course Description


This course will cover the operating principles of the modern automobile.  The course will help the student to learn how cars should be maintained and serviced.  An overview of consumer car purchasing, service work, and custom accessories will be discussed.  

Safe practices in the shop and on the highway are stressed.


Room 501


Instructor: Mr. Sanchez, (714) 663 - 6215 Ext 501


CDX Automotive: Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair,  1st Edition, 

Jones & Bartlett, 2015


Major Objectives of the Course:


It is the intent of this course:


  1. To provide an opportunity for students to gain a basic                       understanding of automobile theory experience hands on instruction in regards to         repair and maintenance of automobiles.


  1. To help the students develop entry- level skills for the automotive industry.


  1. To provide an opportunity for students to perform simple preventive                             maintenance on automotive systems and accessories.  To increase the                         awareness for students to develop interpersonal skills and discover group                     dynamics, by having them participate as parts of a team.


  1. To help the students recognize and spell automotive terms while comprehending          their meaning.












  • Turning in work late:  Late work will not be accepted.  (Unless after an excused absence.)


  • Making up work:  Students with excused absences may turn in missed assignments for full credit.  See the instructor for due dates.


  • Attendance will be taken before and after lab.


  • You will be given reasonable time to go into the student parking lot to get your car. If the instructor feels that you have been gone for an excessive amount of time you, may loose that privilege.


Classroom Rules and Expectation


  1. Students should be in class on time and remain seated.
  2. Release or excused absent notes must be turned in at the start of class.
  3. Be prepared to work. Bring pen/pencil, paper, and notebook to class daily.
  1.   Maintain high ethical standards.  Dishonesty or vandalism will result in being           dropped from the class.  Cell phones are not to be visible or heard ringing,               Including I pods
  2.   Respect others.  Listen when others are talking, including the instructor.
  3.   No eating or drinking in class unless you have received permission from the             instructor.
  4.   Absolutely no off campus excursions.  (Auto compound speed limit is 1 mph.)
  5.   Stay seated until dismissed.  Class will not be dismissed early.
  6.   Be helpful with your classmates, remember there are interpersonal skills that we    are trying to build.  You are part of the team!
  7.   Have fun, be safe!  J


Shop Rules


  1. Safety Glasses must be worn at all times in the shop.
  2. No undisciplined behavior in shop area.
  3. Observe campus speed limit. Shop compound speed limit is 1 mph.
  4. No parking in shop compound unless the instructor has granted permission.
  5. Vehicle must be removed from compound area when class is dismissed.
  6. No sitting in vehicles while being worked on or parked in compound.
  7. All tools are to be cleaned, inventoried, and returned to the tool room.
  8. Work area must be cleaned before the end of class. (Fluid spills, floors, tools, etc.)
  9. Observe all safety procedures. Remember safety starts with you.
  10. If you don’t know, ASK! J (There is no such thing as a dumb question.)

Materials Needed:


  1. Folder or section of 3 ring binder for class notebook, paper, pen or pencil.


  1. Wearing protective clothing is recommended during the lab periods.

     Students will be provided safety glasses and are expected to wear them during lab activities.  Sandals or open shoes are not acceptable for lab.  Lab coats will be provided but are not going to completely protect one’s clothing.  The student should bring older, non-baggy, work clothes for the two lab days.  (Tee shirt/sweat shirt, jeans, and tennis shoes are recommended.) 


  1. Students are not required to provide a vehicle for lab assignments. Students are required to provide parts and supplies used on their personal vehicles.


Evaluation:    The student's grade is based on the following:


  1. Quizzes:  Quizzes will be given based on the material covered in the                Questions will be true or false, multiple choice, and short answer-type based on      textbook readings and lectures. These quizzes will be open book. 


  1. Notebook and Lab Folder:  Course syllabus, class notes, safety test,                      quizzes, and lab handouts will be organized by the student in the form of a                    notebook.  The notebook will be part of the classroom grade.  The notebook                  can be a section of a large 3 ring binder that is used for multiple classes.


  1. Shop Work: Part of the student's grade will be based on the completion of required lab assignments.  There will be an average of two days of labs per week.  A major portion of the lab assignments will be working with shop teaching aids.   Work on student vehicles is an option, which is only allowed with Instructor’s permission. 


  1. Semester Exam and Final Exam: There will be a final exam for each semester.  The exams will be comprehensive, based on lecture material and textbook worksheet.  This exam will be open-book.


  1. Attendance: It is the responsibility of the student to make-up all absences, arrangements may be made to make-up work.  Students will be allowed three days for make-up of work after excused absences.  Students are expected to be in their seats at 8:00. Students with excessive tardiness will be dropped from the class. 


  1.   Grades:  The student's grade will be determined by total points accumulated through class work, lab work, and outside assignments.  The grades will be weighted 40% class work, 40% lab work, and 20% attitude/participation.


Grading Policy: A=90-100%,B=80-89%,C=70-79%,D=60-69%,F=0-59%

(Class/Shop Work 50%, Tests/Lab Work 40%, Attitude/Participation 10%)