AUTO-100: Internal Combustion Engines

This course is INACTIVE
Technology - DNU
Automotive Technology
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Internal Combustion Engines
Cross-Referenced Course
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
92.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
92.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

     I.   A beginning automotive course designed to acquaint the student with four-stroke engines.  Principles of operation, compression ratio, piston displacement, operating tolerances, valve timing, horsepower and torque development along with adjustments, inspection and troubleshooting procedures will be studied.  A substantial portion of the class is devoted to laboratory exercises on laboratory engines.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement
  • Identification of internal combustion engine components.
  • Introduction to engine combustion, lubrication and cooling systems.
  • Practice in using engine measurement tools.
  • Job entry level skills in diagnosing, repairing and rebuilding the basic engine.
Core Course Topics
  1. Engine Operation
  2. Cleaning the Engine
  3. Engine Shop Safety, Tools and Equipment
  4. Measuring
  5. Preliminary Diagnosis Before Repair
  6. Engine Removal, Disassembly, Inspection and In-Car Repairs
  7. Cylinder Head
  8. Engine Breathing and Power: Cam, Manifolds and Turbochargers
  9. Cylinder Block – Inspection and Service
  10. Cylinder Block – Inspection and Service
  11. Lubrication an Cooling Systems
  12. Engine Hardware: Fasteners, Thread Repair and Gaskets
  13. Reassembly and Starting
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  • Compare engine tolerances in the English and Metric measuring system.
  •    Identify common internal engine wear points
  •    Use common precision measuring instruments.
  • * Measuring critical external engine operating parameters.
  • * Measuring critical internal engine operating dimensions.
  • * Diagnosis of common engine compression, cooling and lubrication problems.
  •    Disassemble a laboratory engine unit
  •    Assemble a laboratory engine unit.


Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Attendance, quizzes and a written final examination.  Measurable objectives will be evaluated on the basis of instructor evaluations. 

General Course Requirements and Recommendations

Students must take notes on demonstrations, carefully read and analyze assigned course materials and perform exercises to determine their competence in servicing modern engine operating systems. 


Automotive Engines-Theory and Servicing  5th Edition, by: James Halderman and Chase D. Mitchell Jr., Prentice Hall

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2014
Deactivation Date
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date