Introduction to Automotive Technology
I. Course Prefix/Number: ATA 102
Course Name: Introduction to Automotive Technology
Credits: 4 (4 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
The students will learn the back ground of the automobile and history of transportation. Students will discuss basic service shop organizational skills. This course will teach, light vehicle maintenance, fluids and lubricating principles. Also, the proper usage of hand and power tools to meet entry level job requirements.
IV. Learning Objectives
- Discuss the basic evolution of the automobile
- Properly write out shop work order forms
- Demonstrate the ability to use and care for basic tools and equipment
- Perform light service work on the automobile using proper procedures set up by the automotive manufactures.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
- Week 1: Syllabus, Automotive background and Careers in Automotive
- Week 2: Starting a career in the Automotive Industry and Working as a Professional Service Technician
- Week 3: Technician Certification
- Week 4: Shop Safety
- Week 5: Environmental/Hazardous Materials
- Week 6: Hand Tools/Fasteners
- Week 7: Power Tools/Shop Equipment
- Week 8: Vehicle Lifting/Hoisting
- Week 9: Measuring Systems/Tools
- Week 10: Service Information
- Week 11: Basic Maintenance
- Week 12: Engine Oil
- Week 13: Coolants
- Week 14, 15, and 16 Introduction to Brakes, Engines, Suspension, and Electrical
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
Course is taught as face-to-face.
Reading: Students will be responsible to read handouts and textbook materials.
Writing: The student should maintain a notebook of lecture topics for future reference
IX. Instructional Materials
At times the instructor will supply handouts.
Manufacture specifications, shop manual references will be looked up by the student with the use of computer based Mitchell OnDemand. The student will supply his/her course book, paper and writing implement.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
Students will be evaluated on class participation, tests/quizzes, lab participation (hands on work), lab sheets, and attendance.
FINAL GRADE DETERMINATION:
* Homework: Late homework will count only 50%.
** Attendance: Student attendance is critical for satisfactory completion of course work. Each unexcused absence will reduce your grade by 2% with a maximum of 5 unexcused absences. Three unexcused tardiness equals one day missed.
|90 – 100||A|
|80 – 89||B|
|70 – 79||C|
|60 – 69||D|
|0 – 59||F|
Missed lab assignments maybe made up if there is time allotted and with some form proof why the student was absent.
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.