AUTO-105: Internal Combustion Engines

Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development
Automotive Technology
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

Introduces four-stroke engines by exploring principles of operation, compression ratio, piston displacement, operating tolerances, valve timing, horsepower and torque development along with adjustments, inspection, and troubleshooting procedures. Course topics help students prepare for ASE certification exams and State of Michigan licensure, but these exams/licensure are not included in this course. Laboratory activities.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

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. Crankshaft and Bearings, Piston and Rod
  11. Lubrication of Cooling Systems
  12. Engine Hardware: Fasteners, Thread Repair, and Gaskets
  13. Reassembly and Starting
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Explain the basics of engine operation
  2. Identify major components of an engine
  3. Compare engine tolerances in the English and Metric measuring system.
  4. Identify common internal engine wear points.
  5. Use common precision measuring instruments.
  6. Measuring critical external engine operating parameters.
  7. Measuring critical internal engine operating dimensions.
  8. Diagnose common engine compression, cooling and lubrication problems.
  9. Disassemble a laboratory engine unit.
  10. Clean and inspect disassembled engine parts.
  11. Assemble a laboratory engine unit.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Quizzes, engine assembly / disassembly and a written final examination. Measurable objectives will be evaluated by the instructor based on the accuracy and proficiency of objection completion.

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.


Satisfies Wellness Requirement
Effective Term
Fall 2024