AUTO-131: Automotive Ignition Systems

Business, Entrepreneurship, & Professional Development
Automotive Technology
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Automotive Ignition Systems
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
32.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
32.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

An intermediate-level course covering the operating principles, construction, troubleshooting and maintenance of units of the automotive ignition system, including distributors, coils, electronic controls and advance mechanisms. Studies ignition timing, wiring, and ignition malfunctions as well as electronic ignition systems and ignition-related emission controls.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Introduction to ignition systems
  2. Engine 4 stroke operating principles
  3. Ignition coil design and operation
  4. Ignition timing mechanisms and procedures
  5. Computer controlled timing systems
  6. Base ignition component testing
  7. Spark plug replacement interval and procedure
  8. Distributor removal and installation procedure
  9. Electronic system components and testing base operation
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  • Recognize and identify selected modern ignition systems components.
  • Interpret results of  analog oscilloscope analyzer patterns.*
  • Interpret results of digital  oscilloscope analyzer patterns.*
  • Perform secondary ignition tests.*
  • Perform primary ignition tests.*
  • Diagnose engine malfunctions relating to the vehicle ignition systems.
  • Diagnose a crank no start condition.*
  • Check and adjust ignition timing.
  • Static time a distributor.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Measurable objectives will be evaluated by the instructor based on accuracy and proficiency and completion of assigned tasks. Attendance, homework, class participation, lab activities, quizzes and tests will be used as criteria to assign the student’s final earned grade for this class. 

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 ignition systems. 

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2014
ILT Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date