Automotive Technology

Rowanty-auto-repair-150x150IMG_0036Auto Repair Technician Program at Rowanty Tech

Instructor:  Mr. Wells
Course Title:  Automotive Technology
Phone: 434-246-5741

Program:    ASE Certified through National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (Brakes, Steering & Suspension, Engine Repair, Engine Performance, Electrical, Heating & Air Conditioning, Manual Transmissions, and Automatic Transmissions)

License and Certificates:  

  • Virginia State Inspection License
  • Virginia Career Readiness Certificate

Course Description: Auto Technology I is a two year course designed to provide preparation into the many and various fields of the automotive industry. Students will spend the first year learning and practicing:  shop safety, chemical awareness, tool identification and usage, general service and maintenance on all aspects of the automobile and math as it applies to the automotive field.  Major vehicle systems that will be covered during the first year will be steering and suspension, electrical Systems, brakes and braking systems, charging systems and light engine repair.


 Automotive Technology I


1 . Automotive Shop Safety and Chemical Awareness

a) General Safety

b) Fire Safety

c) Personal Safety

d) Safety procedures for equipment use

e) Hazardous materials

2. Automotive Careers and Ethical Practices

a) General Job Classifications

b) Preparing for a career in the Automotive field

c) Work ethics and what is expected of today‘s technicians

d) Certification process for ASE

3. Using Service information

a) Using Service manuals

b) Using service publications

c) Using Electronic Service information data bases

4. Automotive tools

a) Tool Rules

b) Types of tools and their proper use

c) Power tools and their proper use.

d) Shop Equipment and its proper use

5. Automotive maintenance Practices

a) Cooling and Lubrication system maintenance and repair

b) Fuel System maintenance and repair

c) Exhaust and emission system maintenance and repair

d) Drive line maintenance and repair

6. Steering and Suspension Diagnosis and repair

a) Types of tires and tire service

b) Tires, wheels and wheel bearing service

c) Functions of a suspension system

d) Basic types of suspension systems

e) Suspension and steering system diagnosis and repair

7. Front End Alignment diagnosis and repair

a) Camber

b) Caster

c) Toe

d) 2 wheel alignment

e)  4 Wheel alignment

 8. Automotive Electrical

a) Current, voltage and resistance

b) Types of circuits

c) Ohm’s Law

d) Magnetic fields

e) Diodes, transistors and other electronic devices

f) Automotive wiring

g) Understanding wiring diagrams

h) Using electrical test equipment

9. Automotive starting systems, charging systems and battery principles

a) Battery maintenance, service and diagnosis

b) Battery Functions

c) Battery Construction

d) Starting system principles

e) Starting Motor Principles

f) Starting system diagnosis and repair

g) Charging System Principles and operation

h) Charging System diagnosis

10. Brakes and braking systems

a) Brake Hydraulic system principles

b) Brake system components

c) Brake Ratio

d) Disc and Drum brakes

e) Power assist systems

f) Brake system electrical components

g) Brake system control valves and electronics (ABS)

h) Brake system inspection and repair


a) General Engine Diagnosis; Removal and Reinstallation (R&R)

b) Cylinder Head and Valve Train Diagnosis and Repair

c) Engine Block Assembly Diagnosis and Repair

d). Lubrication and Cooling Systems Diagnosis and Repair

e) General Knowledge

12. Computer based exercises

   a) Mitchell On—Demand

13. Skills USA

a) Local Competition

b) Regional Competitions

14. Computer based exercises

a) Mitchell On—Demand

15. Math

   a) Whole Numbers/Decimals/Fractions

b) Add/Subtract/Divide

c) Charts/Tables/Graphs



Automotive Technology II


Auto Technology II is a course that involves study and experience in Engine Diagnostics, Engine Performance, Fuel and Ignition Systems, Engine Tune up, Engine repair, both Automatic and Manual Transmission and Drive Train and Climate Control System. We will also cover Math as it pertains to the automotive field. Automotive Technology II will also incorporate instruction to enable students to gain a thorough understanding of design, construction and operation of all Automotive systems. The use of advanced diagnostic techniques and tools will be central to the students learning and an integral part of this course.



1. Review Automotive Shop Safety and Chemical Awareness

a) General Safety

b) Fire Safety

c) Personal Safety

d) Safety procedures for equipment use

e) Hazardous materials

2. Shop Organizations and Duties

a) General Job Classifications within the Dealership

b) Repair order preparation

c) Parts Department operations

d) Technician Responsibilities and the law

3. Classifying Engines

a) Engine Classifications

b) Alternative engines

c) Engine Top End

d) Engine Bottom End

4. Automotive Engine Construction and Service

a) Cylinder Head Construction and Service

b) Cylinder Block Construction and service

c) Internal Engine Components

d) Engine Service Equipment and its proper use

5. Ignition Systems diagnosis and repair

a) Basic Ignition Systems

b) Primary and Secondary Ignition Circuits

c) Contact Point Ignition Systems

d) Electronic Ignition Systems

e) Distributor less Ignition Systems

f) Coil Over Plug Ignition systems

g) Ignition System inputs and outputs

h) Ignition System diagnosis and repair

6. Fuel Injection Systems

a) Basic Fuel System Fundamentals

b) Electronic Fuel Injection

c) Port Fuel injection

d) Multi Port Fuel Injection

e) Fuel System diagnosis and repair

7. Engine performance System Diagnosis and repair

a) Scan Tool use for diagnosis

b) Digital Storage Oscilloscope use

c) Computer sensor diagnosis and repair

d) Five gas Exhaust analysis

e) I/M 240 Testing

8. Climate Control Systems

a) Principles of Refrigeration

b) Methods of heat transfer

c) Basic refrigeration cycle

d) Automotive air conditioning system

e) Automotive air conditioning controls

f) Heating System diagnosis and service

g) Air conditioning system service and repair

h) EPA refrigerant recovery laws

9. Driveline service and repair

a) Gear fundamentals

b) Manual transmission and transaxle principles

c) Automatic transmission and transaxle principles

d) Differential construction and service

e) Front Wheel drive driveline service

f) Rear Wheel drive driveline service

10. Skills USA

a) Local Competition

b) Regional Competitions

14. Math

a) Whole Numbers/Decimals/Fractions

b) Add/Subtract/Divide

c) Charts/Tables/Graphs

11. Virginia State Inspection Testing

a) Vehicles under 10,000 lbs.

b) Motorcycles

c) Vehicles over 10,000 lbs.

12. Computer based exercises

a) Mitchell On—Demand

13. Student NATEF Certification Testing

a) Brakes and Braking Systems

b) Suspension and Steering

c) Engine Performance

d) Electrical

e) Engine Repair

f) Manual Transmission and drivetrain

g) Automatic Transmission and Transaxle

h) Heating and Air Conditioning

 Instructional Philosophy:

The students are the foundation of the Automotive Program. The program is dedicated to educating and preparing students for entry-level positions in the automotive industry. Because of the level of expertise required of entry-level personnel in the automotive industry students will be held to a High Standard. Students will use math, history, science, problem solving skills, computers, self-reliance and Initiative to develop and maintain a higher level of thinking and hands on skills.

Student Learning Goals:

l. To Develop the essential occupational skills and knowledge to obtain entry—level  employment positions in the Automotive lndustry

2. To develop attitudes conducive to high standards of craftsmanship, leadership,  team work and citizenship

3. To develop safe, orderly and Reliable work Habits

4. To develop Initiative, Responsibility and Self—Reliance as 0 worker and learner so  that he/she may possess the skills necessary to succeed in today’s challenging world and Job market.

5. To develop an appreciation for his/her fellow classmates, irrespective of his/her  level of competence or his/her ability and the ability to work in a team based

Course assessment:

Students will earn their academic grades through, tests, class work, homework and competency  demonstration. Classroom grades will be based on attendance, being prepared for class, attitude, teamwork and participation in the classroom setting. Lab grades will be based on attendance, competency mastery, motivation, time management, and leadership exhibited.