AUTO-142: Automatic Transmission Controls/Diagnosis

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Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Automatic Transmission Controls/Diagnosis
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
AUTO-140 or Instructor Permission
Catalog Course Description

Delves deeper into topics covered in AUTO-140 with additional experiences in the service and repair operations related to current electronically controlled automatic transmissions. Emphasizes electronic control systems.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Mechanical Power Trains
  2. Hydraulic Control Circuits
  3. Automatic Transmission Fundamentals
  4. Electronic Transmission Controls
  5. Inspection and Diagnosis of Selected Transmission Problems
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Use digital multi-meter to check circuits for opens, shorts and grounds.
  2. Analyze electronic transmission control circuits.
  3. Measure transmission hydraulic line pressure.
  4. Perform operational check of torque converter clutch.
  5. Perform operational check of shift solenoids.
  6. Use scan tool to obtain trouble codes and data from transmission control module.
  7. Diagnose shifting and engagement problems (no shift/engagement, soft shift/delayed engagement, harsh shift/engagement)

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Lab workstations, 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 electronically controlled transmissions.


No Text Required. Hand-Outs provided.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2020
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date