Basic Automotive Service and Systems


This course covers the fundamentals and basic knowledge of the automotive repair trade. It includes shop safety, hand tools, fasteners, shop math, and an overview of basic automotive systems.


  1. Demonstrate knowledge of shop safety. 
  2. Demonstrate understanding of fundamental vehicle systems.
  3. Perform a detailed vehicle inspection and note required basic vehicle services required. 
  4. Display teamwork. 
  5. Properly complete a vehicle repair order. 
  6. Research basic vehicle service information. 
  7. Identify and utilize basic service hand tools and equipment


As prescribed by: National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)


  • Safety is paramount! 
  • Never perform any unsafe shop practice. 
  • Never operate any equipment or use any tool unless you have gone over the safety practices related to that particular piece of equipment. 
  • Immediately inform the instructor or shop foreman of any unsafe conditions in the classroom, in the shop or with a vehicle. 
  • Do not allow your fellow students to perform any unsafe shop practices. 
  • Shop safety practices and material use will be reviewed prior to going into the shop. 
  • Points covered will include tool safety, chemicals, and potential hazards when working on a vehicle.


Safety violations may result in your grade being lowered or removal from the lab in order to review safety protocol.

Industrial Training


  1. The Role of the Service Technician
  2. Connecting with the Customer
  3. Introduction to TechCONNECT
  4. Technician Documentation Requirements
  5. New Vehicle Preparation


  • Be respectful of others and their vehicles.
  • Always use floor mats, seat covers and fender covers. 
  • When servicing, troubleshooting or repairing a vehicle you are expected to make quality repairs returning the vehicle to factory specifications. 
  • Carefully and completely perform each task.
  • This includes verifying that the repair has been made and the vehicle is safe to drive and in good working order.
  • Clean up your work area and return any tools and equipment to their proper location(s).


You are expected to treat tools and equipment with the highest level of professionalism.  These items are expensive and must be used by many students each semester.  Any abuse, misuse or lack of care for tools or equipment will result in the loss of use. 

Regarding tool & equipment usage, you are expected to

  1. Use them in accordance with safety guidelines 
  2. Do inventory of the tool box being used prior to use 
  3. Use them only for designed purposes 
  4. Return them to assigned location in shop, tool room or boxes at the end of each lab session (they are to be clean and properly put back in their case).
  5. Wash shop vehicles, as needed 


  1. Your apparel should be professional.
  2. You are expected to wear appropriate shop clothing.
  3. When working in the shop, you must wear safety glasses, work boots/shoes, and a shop type shirt and shorts/pants. 
  4. For safety, all jewelry must be removed and long hair must be tied back.


For each chapter indicated below you are required to: 

Read the chapter material from the classroom and shop manuals, including ALL questions from the classroom manual & shop manual.

  1. Instructor led demos 
  2. Automotive Systems and Operations
  3. The Automotive Business 
  4. Automotive Tools and Equipment 
  5. Measurements and Precision Measuring Devices
  6. Fasteners 
  7. Automotive Bearings and Sealants 
  8. Automobile Theories of Operation 
  9. Powertrain System Operation
  10. Electrical System and Components 
  11. Brakes 
  12.  Suspension and Steering  
  13. Transmission and Drivelines 
  14. Auxiliary Systems and Climate Control

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