Course Syllabus

TRN 110

Introduction to Automotive Technology

Honda PACT version


Syllabus Contents:

·        Course Description

·        Course Objectives

·        Weekly Outline

·        Student Evaluation

·        Safety Regulations

·        Tool List




Time Requirements:

·  8 Weeks

·  4 Class Hours/ Week

·  4 Lab Hours/ Week

·  3 Semester Hours Credit



Instructor: ___Mark Spisak        ___________________

E-Mail: _____mark.spisak@cpcc.edu___________

Office: ________JH1160_____________________

Phone: _________704-330-4365________________

Office hours:     By appointment

TRN 110

Introduction to Automotive Technology



Prerequisites: None


Course Description:


This course covers the workplace safety, hazardous material and environmental regulations, use of hand tools, service information resources, basic concepts, systems and terms of automotive technology. Topics include familiarization with vehicle systems along with identification and proper use of various automotive hand and power tools. Upon completion, students should be able to describe safety and environmental procedures, terms associated with automobiles, identify and use basic tools and shop equipment.


Core Competency:

CPCC has identified a set of core competencies that help each student apply their knowledge in practical ways in order to meet class goals and standards. This course will address Personal Growth and Responsibility by having students visit a dealership and comment on the job or jobs they found most appealing. They must then write a paper on the types of Skills and Personal Characteristics they must have or develop to obtain that job in the industry.




TRN 110

Introduction to Automotive Technology




Upon completion of this course, student should be able to:


1.           Describe the basic concepts and terms of automotive technology, workplace safety, safety and environment regulations, and use of service information resources.

2.           Complete the SP2 online Safety and Pollution program.

3.           Identify and describe proper, safe use of automotive shop equipment.

4.           Describe OSHA rules concerning exposure to blood borne diseases.

5.           Describe and demonstrate emergency and building evacuation procedures.

6.           Identify and use service information resources, interpret vehicle identification numbers (VIN) and under hood emissions decals.

7.           Locate and describe MSDS’s and Right-to-Know laws.

8.           Describe the toxic effects of carbon monoxide and demonstrate proper engine exhaust gas removal from shop.

9.           Describe proper disposal of automotive waste products, including hazardous wastes.

10.       Describe and demonstrate professional behavior, describe normal customer and employer expectations.

11.       Demonstrate how to safely put a car on a lift.

12.       Identify the major systems and components that make up an automobile.

13.       Demonstrate a proper oil change.

14.       Inspect, and replace headlights and bulbs.

15.       Demonstrate proper wheel removal/installation and tire rotation sequence.

16.       Discuss and demonstrate proper procedure for tire mount and balance.

17.       Demonstrate the use of Computer based Scan Tools, Manufacturer specific and Generic.



TRN 110


Honda  PACT Version

Required Text:        Honda Express Service Handbook

Introduction to Automotive Service by Halderman, 1st ed.

Honda Express Service Workbook





Day 1:        A. Orientation: Review course syllabus, grading policy and safety       regulations.

                   B. View blood borne pathogens video and discuss blood borne diseases.

                   C. Discuss Labs, Classrooms, and proper student behavior when in those areas of study, Discuss repair orders.



Day 2:        A. Video: “Shop Safety”

                   B. Discuss general shop safety and fire extinguishers

                   C. Discuss the SP2 Safety and Pollution online course that students will be working on during the course of the semester. (Time will be allotted during lab to work on this program)

                   D. Discuss Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) Location and Right to Know Laws

                   E. Discuss fire extinguisher usage and location (Shop tour)



                       Quiz: Shop Safety and Fire Extinguishers

WEEK 2:  


Day 1:        A. Video: “Hand Tool Safety in the Workplace”

                   B. Discuss general tool safety, Discuss tools and equipment used at CPCC


                         Quiz: Shop Tools, Identification and Tool Safety




Day 2:        A. Video: “Lifting It Right”

                   B. Discuss shop lifting equipment/procedures for raising vehicles



                        Quiz: Lift Safety




Day 1:        A. Discuss the major vehicle sub systems and identify them on a vehicle.



Day 2:        A. Discuss basic engine design and components.

                   B. Discuss routine engine maintenance and related engine problems




Day 1:        A. Discuss lube and cooling systems components.

                   B. Discuss routine lube / cooling system maintenance and related problems.    

                   C. Demonstrate a proper oil change. (Major Honda PACT component)


                   Quiz: Engine components, Lube & Cooling Systems


Day 2:        A. Discuss Fuel system components, safety precautions, maintenance and problems associated with fuel systems.

                   B. Discuss Electrical system components, safety precautions, maintenance and problems associated with electrical systems.




Day 1:        A. Discuss Drivetrain system components, safety precautions, maintenance and problems associated with Drivetrain systems.

                   B. Discuss Tires and Brake system components, safety precautions, maintenance and problems associated with brake systems.



                                        Quiz: Drivetrain and Brake Systems



Day 2:        A. Discuss suspension and steering system components, safety precautions, maintenance and problems associated with these systems.

                   B. Demonstrate how to dismount/mount and balance a tire.




WEEK 6:  


Day 1:        A. Discuss VIN numbering and locations, Discuss “How to Find” information in service manuals, (paper and CD-ROM types), Owner’s Manuals, and TSB’s



                        Quiz: Service Information & VIN Numbers



Day 2:        A. Discuss the importance of regular vehicle maintenance.

                   B. Discuss types of maintenance (daily, weekly, mileage interval, etc).

                   C. Complete Worksheet 11-2





Day 1:        A. Discuss and demonstrate Scan Tool – Hook Up and Operation





Day 1:        A.  Discuss ASE certification Handout: “ASE Registration Booklet”

                   C. Discuss customer relations and expectations


Day 2:        A. Clean up shop and classroom

                   B. Make-up day for tests and all outstanding work

                   C. Final Grades


This course will include the above NATEF subject material in a general discussion format and will include some performance based criteria.


A major focus of this course is to prepare students and certify them in a Honda certification area. Each student has selected this course on the basis that they are looking for employment as a Honda/Acura service technician. Certification in this PACT program will be actual performance based and the student’s competency will be judged before any grade is given. See Honda course description below.




will be judged will be judged.





Honda Express Service

Course Outline


Timeframe:   Total of 120 hours

                        Theory Hours:           30

                        Lab Hours:    90


Course Description:

This is an introductory course designed to provide the student with fundamentals of operation and maintenance procedures including researching vehicle service information.  Students will learn basic automotive shop safety, tool, and equipment use.  Upon completion of the course students should be able to safely and accurately perform an A vehicle inspection and maintenance service with oil filter change and a  B2 vehicle inspection and maintenance service with efficiency and at 100% accuracy. 


Certification Requirements:

·         HS Diploma or GED

·         Course Completion

·         Student demonstration to instructor with efficiency and accuracy:

o   Complete Solo Express Choreography for an A service with oil filter change

o   Complete Tech A/B Express Choreography for a B2 service



The student will be able to safely perform a Tech A/B B2 Express Service demonstrating efficiency and 100% accuracy.


The student will be able to safely perform a Solo A service with filter change demonstrating efficiency and 100% accuracy.


Express Service: Maintenance Minder A

Express Service: Maintenance Minder B2

·   Inspecting base automotive system operations

·   Inspecting automotive components for wear

·   Battery Performance

·   Fluid Level Check

·   Tire Condition & Rotation

·   Oil & Filter Change

·   Inspecting base automotive system operations

·   Inspecting automotive components for wear

·   Battery Performance

·   Fluid Level Check

·   Tire Condition & Rotation

·   Oil & Filter Change

·   Brake Condition  

·   Cabin Air Filter Replacement

·   Engine Air Filter Replacement


Theory (1 Hour)

Skill (1.5 -2 Hours)

·   Honda Career Opportunities and Philosophy

·   Introduction to Shop & Personal Safety.

·     GIS02 adapted for specific school location.

·     SP2 Certification (or equivalent)

Service Information Resources

·   Vehicle Service Information

·   Express Service Information

·   Service News

·   Service Bulletin

·   GIC25: Service Information

·     Instructor led demonstration through Honda’s Interactive Network

·     Express Service Information Location

Tools and Equipment

·   26g Drayco oil drum is designed to hold tools needed for service

·   Efficiency – shop prep, restock, clean-up – use downtime

·     Basic hand-tool usage.

·     Drain plugs that don't feel right when removing them and drain plug thread repair (Time Certs).

Honda Multi-Point Vehicle Inspection

·   Customer Focused  for Efficiency & Accuracy

·   Emphasize entire process, best when integrated with Service Advisor (SA) program.

·   Express Service Choreography Introduction – A1-B1 services – Typical to average 3-4 cars per hour or 24-32 cars per work day.

·   Parallel Process vs Serial Process

·   Communication is KEY – SA & team

·   ESC01: Express Service Choreography Overview

·     Instructor demonstration. Solo and Tech A&B

·     Work Efficiency – Respect time – initiative to make best use of time

·     Teamwork – Back each other up

·     Work Accuracy – Quality/Pride

·     Express Service Field Trip

·     Express Video

·     Physical endurance – 24-32 cars per day

Interior / Exterior

·   Headlights high & low beams, tail/brake lights, hazard warning lights, turn signal lights & exterior lamps.

·   Interior Light

·   Windshield washer, wiper operation, blade & windshield condition

·   Parking brake

·   Horn operation

·   Clutch operation

·   Cabin filter

·   SVC10: Initial Checks

·     Student demonstration:

·               Horn Operation

·               Interior Lighting Operation

·               Windshield Wiper & Washer Operation

·               Wiper insert R&R

·               Exterior Lighting Operation

·               Bulb R&R

·               Cabin Filter R&R

Battery Performance

·   Battery Inspection & Testing

·   ELC02: Battery Inspection & Testing

·     Student demonstration:

·               Battery Safety

·         Battery Identification & Inspection

·               Battery Testing (ED-18/GR8)

·               Battery Saver & Battery R&R

·               Jump Starting Procedure

·               Battery Charging

Under Hood Service

·   Fluid Level Inspection

·   SVC20: Fluid Level Inspection

·   GIC60: Drivetrain Fluid Replacement

·     Student demonstration:

·               Identification & Inspection:

·   Brake Fluid

·   Clutch Fluid

·   Power Steering Fluid

·   Engine Coolant

·   Windshield Washer Fluid

·   Drive Belt & Cooling Hose Inspection

·   Air Filter Inspection & Replacement

·   ENC08: Drive Belt & Cooling Hose Inspection

·     Student demonstration:

·         Identification & Inspection:

·   Drive Belt

·   Cooling System

·         Identification, Inspection, & Replace:

·   Air Filter

Under Vehicle

·   Hydraulic Lift Operation

·   Express Service Lift

·         Non-Express Service Lift

·   SVC02: Hydraulic Lift Operation

·     Student demonstration on available service lift.

·   Brake lines, hoses, parking brake cable, shock absorbers, struts, suspension, tie rod ends & boots, steering gear & dust seal, Drive shaft boots, CV boots & bands, Exhaust System, Engine oil and/or fluid leaks

·   BKC08: Brake Inspection

·   SSC08: Steering, Suspension, & Driveline Inspection

·   SVC30: Exhaust System Inspection

·     Student demonstration:

·      Brake System Leak Inspection

·      Parking Brake Inspection

·      Steering Inspection & Identification

·      Suspension Inspection & Identification

·         Driveline Inspection & Identification

·         Exhaust System Inspection & Identification

·         Fluid Leak Identification

·   Oil Basics & Service Procedures

·   ENC06: Oil & Oil Filter Replacement

·     Student demonstration:

·         Oil & Filter Replacement

Tire Condition

·   Tire Inspection, Function, & Construction

·   SSC06: Tire Inspection

·     Student demonstration:

·         Tire Identification

·         Tire Damage & Wear Inspection

·         Tire Air Pressure Inspection & Adjustment

·         Measure Tread Depth & Record

·         Tire rotation including full size spare when applicable







Brake Condition

·   Brake Inspection, Function, & Construction

·   Brake Gauge alternate from Snap-on/Mac truck is much better than Exp one

·   BKC08: Brake Inspection

·     Student demonstration:

·         Disc Brake Identification

·         Drum Brake Identification

·         Brake Pad Wear Inspection, Measurement, & Recording

·         Brake Shoe Wear Inspection, Measurement, & Recording

Related Procedures

·   Torque Procedures

·   SVC04: Torque Procedures

·     Student demonstration:

·         Click Type

·         Dial Type

·         Beam Type

·         Torque Stick

·         Preset Torque Wrenches

·   Give inspection results to Service Advisor

(Instructor may need to perform part of SA)

·     Communication to SA is accurate and timely

·     Parallel process, cover professional way to deliver information for efficiency

·   Maintenance Minder

·   Reminder Stickers

·   Efficiency – shop prep, restock, clean-up – use downtime

·   GIC27 Maintenance Minder

·     Student demonstration:

·         Maintenance minder procedures

·         Correct way to identify next service on static clings –

·         Parallel process - Delivery of car

·   Clutch Inspection, Function, & Construction

·   MTC02: Clutch Inspection

·     Student demonstration:

·               Clutch Inspection & Identification

·         Manual Transmission Driving Operation (For students as needed)

Practice & Demonstration

Solo A2 Express Service

·   Student demonstration:

·      Complete Express Choreography for A service with filter change

Tech A/B Express Service

·   Students demonstration:

·      Complete Express Choreography for B2

Final for Certification

Perform & complete both objectives in this order to efficiently complete certification.

·   The student will be able to safely perform a Tech A/B B2 Express Service demonstrating efficiency and 100% accuracy.

·   The student will be able to safely perform a Solo A service with filter demonstrating efficiency and 100% accuracy.



Students will be graded according to the following grade point system.


Point Value







Very Good










The following grades will not be used in computing the grade point average.

I = Incomplete


W = Withdrawal

S = Satisfactory


U = Unsatisfactory

AUD = Audit


N = Never Attended

X = Credit by Examination



·     Since this course is preparatory to entering the automotive service industry, job attitude, neatness, promptness and care of equipment will be considered part of the final grade. The final grade on these items will be determined by the instructor and based upon accepted industry standards.


1.   FOR A GRADE OF "A":

a.   Complete all written tests with an average of 93% to 100%.

b.   Attend 90% of all scheduled class/lab hours.

c.   Complete all lab/shop work in a manner as would be determined EXCELLENT in an actual shop.

2.   FOR A GRADE OF "B":

a.   Complete all written test with an average of 85% to 92%.

b.   Attend 85% of all scheduled class/lab hours.

c.   Complete all lab/shop work in a manner as would be determined VERY GOOD in an actual shop.  

3.   FOR A GRADE OF "C":

a.   Complete all written tests with an average of 77% to 84%.

b.   Attend 80% of scheduled class/lab hours.

c.   Complete all lab/shop work in a manner as would be determined SATISFACTORY in an actual repair shop.

4.   FOR A GRADE OF "D":

a.   Complete all written tests with an average of 70% to 76%.

b.   Attend 80% of all scheduled class/lab hours.

c.   Complete all lab/shop work in a manner as would be determined POOR in an actual repair shop.


Automotive Department Student Dress Code

Effective August 2005


All automotive students will have and wear safety glasses at all times in shop or lab areas. Failure to adhere to safety glasses rules may result in disciplinary action.

1.   All students are required to wear their dealer sponsored uniform to school each day. If a student has not been sponsored by a dealer, the student may purchase approved CPCC shirts from the school store. All shirts must be clean and tucked in. Rips and tears must be mended in a timely manner.

2.   Dark colored work-style pants are recommended or Proper fitting jeans that meet the following requirements (length above the shoes, jeans above the hip with belt). No oversized jeans will be permitted. Shorts are not allowed. Rips and tears must be mended in a timely manner.

3.   Facial jewelry of any type is NOT permitted. This includes ear, nose, lip, eyebrow, and cheek rings and/or studs. We also suggest that you refrain from wearing necklaces, rings, or bracelets of any kind as these items may pose a safety hazard.

4.   All belts will be of the type that does not have an exposed buckle. No keys, chains or wallets hanging out of pockets.

5.   Hats are permitted in the shop area only! If a hat has a brim, it must be worn with it facing forward.

6.   Students must wear leather work boots or shoes with steel toes. We highly recommend oil resistant soles. No sneakers, tennis shoes, open toed shoes, or dress shoes are permitted.

7.   Other appearance issues not directly covered by these rules will be considered on a case-by-case basis. CPCC staff will decide what is professional in appearance and what is not.

Any Student Not Following These Guidelines Will Be Dismissed From Class And Attendance Credit For That Day Will Not Be Given. No Excuses Will Be Considered.


·  Students will bring tools required for class with them at class time.

·  No Tools, No Lab Credit.


·  Remember how you act and present yourself will reflect on the department and presentations to prospective employers.



Automotive Department Student Guidelines I Expectations

·  No tobacco products usage is allowed inside any college building at any time.

·  Eating or drinking in classrooms is with permission of instructor only; there will be no eating or drinking in shop or lab or lab areas.

·  Students are expected to be in class on time and will be held responsible for any information covered by instructor, even if late or absent. Tests and quizzes missed may be made up only with instructor permission.

·  Missed or late assignments will affect student's course grade.

·  Tardiness is a problem; any student who is over 15 minutes late for a class will be counted as absent. CPCC attendance policy is in the on line student handbook.

·  Students are expected to conduct themselves in a mature manner at all times. Students caught cheating, fighting, stealing, spinning tires, vandalizing or purposely damaging a vehicle or equipment will be EXPELLED from the automotive program. Care should be shown to college vehicles and property.

·  Leaving class or shop/lab early without instructor permission will not be tolerated.

·  Students are expected to come prepared for class. This means with paper, textbook, pens, pencils or other required material.

·  Cell phones and pagers must be turned off during all class or lab times. Cell phones may only be used outside of the automotive buildings. Cell phones which ring during class will be subject to forfeiture or may result in student loss of privilege.

·  The area in front of the main lab is not a parking area for students. The laneway must remain open for emergency vehicles. Vehicles inappropriately parked will be ticketed and towed. No parking means No Parking.

·  All students are expected to clean up and put away all tools and equipment used during class or lab before leaving. Housekeeping is very important and will be part of your grade.

·  Whenever you are unsure about anything ask your instructor! It is your responsibility to make sure that no physical damage occurs to any vehicle that you are working on or driving. Students are responsible for their actions!

·  Safety glasses and student tools are mandatory in all shop/lab areas, no exceptions.

·  All vehicles brought into the main lab will have a CPCC work order filled out and visible on windshield.




Automotive Technology, Tool List


Safety Glasses or Goggles Mandatory in Labs

·  Toolbox

·  Common slotted screwdrivers, 4"x3/16, 6"x1/4, 8"x1/4

·  Phillips screwdrivers number 1 and number 2

·  Torx bit set T10 to T60

·  Standard combination wrench set 5/16 to 1 1/4"

·  Metric combination wrench set 6mm to 22mm

·  16 oz ball peen hammer

·  6" needle nose pliers

·  Regular slip joint pliers

·  10 or 12" Channel Lock pliers

·  6 or 7" side cutting pliers

·  Set of punches and chisels

·  Feeler gauge set

·  3/8 "drive socket set, including ratchet, extensions, standard and metric sockets,

o 3/8 to 7/8 and 8mm to 17mm

·  3/8" to 1/2" socket adapter, 1/2" to.3/8" socket adapter

·  1/2" drive socket set with extensions and ratchet,

·  1/2'" drive flex handle at least 18" long (breaker bar)

·  1/2" drive sockets, 7/16 to 1 1/14 and 10mm to 22mm

·  1/2" inch drive torque wrench

·  Spark plug sockets 5/8" and 13/16" 3/8" drive

·  Gasket scraper

·  Set of Allen wrenches

·  12-volt test light

·  1/4" drive socket set, standard and metric sockets, including ratchet

·  Non-sparking drift punch, brass or aluminum

·  Digital Volt, Ohm and Ammeter DVOM, with Leads Example Fluke model 83


You may wish to purchase additional tools for the specific program you are enrolled in such as ASEP, BMW, Honda PACT Check with your instructor for a list.


Automotive Technology Safety Regulations


An Instructor must be present any time a class or session is working in the lab


Use of safety glasses is required/mandatory in lab areas.


·  Any safety hazard will be reported to the instructor immediately. Floor will be kept clear of all liquids and tripping hazards.


·  No equipment will be operated by students until they have received instruction on proper and safe operation of same equipment.


·  Vehicle lifts must be secured with mechanical locks prior to working under vehicle


·  Jack stands will be used when jacking up a vehicle for service.


·  Brake asbestos "dust" will be controlled any time work is done which could lead to asbestos exposure.


·  Floor exhaust system will be used anytime an engine is running in the lab.


·  Use of tobacco is not permitted in any lab or classroom.


·  Use of audio equipment is not permitted during class/lab hours.


·  Students and faculty must follow OSHA rules concerning exposure to blood borne diseases.


·  Proper disposal of automotive waste products, including hazardous wastes, is required.