Livingston Area Career Center Vocational Auto II course Outline



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Livingston Area Career Center

Vocational Auto II

Course Outline

Course description

Auto Technology II is an extension of Auto Technology I. This course is designed to prepare students for either entering the workforce in the automotive industry or post secondary education. Designed for seniors, this course should be taken by students who have successfully completed Auto Technology I. Participate in the Ford AAA Statewide Competition is encouraged. The curriculum includes visits from industry professionals and automotive colleges and technical school representatives. Field trips to the automotive program at Parkland Community College and the Chicago Auto Show are a part of the Auto Technology Program at the LACC.


The hands-on portion of this class is directly related to the type of customer work that comes in. The responsible and motivated student will have an experience similar to a professional auto technician.

Automotive Technology II lessons include in-depth study into the theory behind major automotive systems. The study materials and assessments are closely related to the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) standards. ASE material will be used extensively in class. The course is approximately 40% theory and 60% hands on.



Unit 1 Automotive Foundations


  1. Program Introduction-Classroom rules

  2. Automotive Careers

  3. Automotive Safety

  4. Bolt Identification

  5. Reading Service Manuals



Unit Objectives


  1. Describe and demonstrate safety while working around an automobile.

  2. Automobiles and Environmental Regulations

  3. Identify the manufacturer, make, and model of an automobile.

  4. Identify a bolt by its pitch, length, grade, and diameter.

  5. Look up basic service information using a Mitchell on Demand.


Length: 2 weeks

Evaluation: ASE questions, written quiz, work sample, participation

Unit 2 Automotive Engine Rebuild

Unit Objectives


Select engine and mount on engine stand.

Length: 1 week

Evaluation: Work sample, participation


Unit 3 Automotive Engines Fundamentals


  1. Engine major part identification.

  2. Engine operation.

Unit Objectives


  1. Remove engine front components.

  2. Remove power steering pump and pulley using special tools.

  3. Remove power harmonic balancer using special tools.


Length: 2 weeks

Evaluation: Work sample, participation

Unit 4 Automotive Engines – Top End


1. Cylinder heads and head gaskets

2. Camshafts

3. Valves and lifters

4. Automotive emission systems


Unit Objectives


  1. Remove engine top side components.

  2. Remove cylinder heads.

  3. Remove a valve and service a valve seal.


Length: 2 weeks

Evaluation: ASE Work sample, participation

Unit 5 Automotive Engines – Engine Block


1. Connecting rods and pistons

2. Crankshafts

3. Plastigage

4. Automotive emission systems Part II


Unit Objectives


  1. Remove rods, pistons, and rings.

  2. Remove crankshaft.

  3. Plastigage distance between a bearing and crankshaft journal.


Length: 2 weeks

Evaluation: Work sample, participation


Unit 6 Automotive Engines – Engine Block


1. Connecting rods and pistons

2. Crankshafts


Unit Objectives


1. Remove rods, pistons, and rings.

  1. Remove crankshaft.

  2. Plastigage distance between a bearing and crankshaft journal.


Length: 3 week

Evaluation: ASE questions, written quiz, work sample, participation

Unit 7 Automotive Engines – Reassembly


  1. Plastigage fundamentals.

  2. Reinstalling crankshaft.

  3. Reinstalling connecting rods and pistons.

  4. Reinstall head gaskets and heads.

  5. Reinstall top end components.

  6. Reinstalling power steering pulley and harmonic balancer.

Unit Objectives


  1. Replace crankshaft.

  2. Replace rings, bearing, and pistons.

  3. Plastigage distance between a bearing and crankshaft journal.

  4. Proper cylinder head torque procedures.

  5. Reinstall intake manifold and components.

  6. Reinstall injectors and fuel rail.


Length: 5 week

Evaluation: Engine Final Sign-off Sheet
* End of Semester *

Unit 8 Preventative Maintenance


  1. Automotive Fluids

  2. Valvoline Oil Certification

  3. Changing engine oil

  4. Removing and replacing belts

  5. Tire Rotations



Unit Objectives


  1. Identifying and Checking Automotive Fluid Levels

  2. Describe the grade of an engine oil by reading API label

  3. Change oil and oil filter on an automobile.

  4. Replace a serpentine belt

  5. Identify tire rotation patterns and perform a tire rotation.


Length: 3 weeks

Evaluation: ASE questions, written quiz, work sample, participation

Unit 9 Automotive Tires, Suspension, and Brakes


  1. Automotive tires.

  2. Advanced Tire diagnosis.

  3. Front suspension systems.

  4. Disc brakes.

  5. Front end alignment fundamentals.



Unit Objectives


  1. Be able to determine a tire’s width, height, and rim size.

  2. Be able to mount and balance automotive tires.

  3. Be able to diagnose suspension problems by observing tire wear.

  4. Remove and replace a various front suspension parts on a FWD vehicle.

  5. Describe, identify, and service automotive brakes.

  6. Machine a brake drum or rotor.

  7. Be able to describe various front end alignment angles and how they affect tire wear.

  8. Observe a front end alignment.


Length: 5 weeks

Evaluation: ASE questions, written quiz, work sample, participation

Unit 10 Ford AAA Test Prep

Preparations for Ford AAA Test


Unit Objectives


  1. Students will prepare for Ford AAA test by taking previous tests

  2. Any addition preparation that we feel is needed to succeed as the Ford AAA.


Length: 1 week

Evaluation: Work sample, participation
* Ford AAA Test *

Unit 11 Automatic Transmission Fundamentals


  1. Operational theory.

  2. Parts identification.

  3. Minor in-vehicle service.



Unit Objectives


  1. Identify the various parts of an automatic transmission.

  2. Perform an automatic transmission service.


Length: 2 weeks

Evaluation: ASE questions, written quiz, work sample, participation

Unit 12 Manual Transmission, Clutches and Driveline Fundamentals


  1. Clutch fundamentals.

  2. Manual transmission fundamentals.

  3. Drivelines.



Unit Objectives


  1. Identify the various parts of an automatic clutch.

  2. Replace an automotive clutch.

  3. Describe the characteristics of a manual transmission.

  4. Describe the characteristics of an automotive driveline.

  5. Replace a front wheel drive shaft.


Length: 3 weeks

Evaluation: ASE questions, written quiz, work sample, participation

Unit 13 OBD II System Maintenance and Fundamentals


  1. OBD II Operation

  2. OBD II Diagnosis

  3. Spark plugs and wires

Unit Objectives


  1. Using the OBD II scanner.

  2. Diagnosing a check engine light problem.

  3. Remove, replace, and test spark plugs and wires.

Length: 3 weeks

Evaluation: ASE questions, written quiz, work sample, participation


Revised 08/11


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