Introduction to Automotive Technology

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ATA 102

       Course Name: Introduction to Automotive Technology

       Credits: 4 (4 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Interview with and consent of the Department Chair

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

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• 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

Lectures and audiovisual presentations dealing with the function of components. There will be demonstrations, classroom discussions, and small group instructions. Also, individual instruction on light vehicle maintenance and disassembly/repair of vehicle and components.
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

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

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.


Homework* 10%
Quizzes 10%
Attendance** 10%
Mid-term Test 20%
Final Test 20%
Lab 30%

* 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
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.