AUTO-150: Automotive Diagnosis and Engine Evaluation

Business, Entrepreneurship, & Professional Development
Automotive Technology
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Automotive Diagnosis and Engine Evaluation
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
AUTO-105, AUTO-110, AUTO-120, or Instructor Permission
Catalog Course Description

An advanced-level course in the application of diagnosing, locating, and correcting trouble encountered in automotive service, using various types of testing equipment. Engine diagnosis includes variable cam timing and variable displacement engine systems. Compression analysis including cylinder compression testing and cylinder leak down testing. Fuel system diagnosis includes pressure and injector tests using active commands and relative flow analysis. Cooling system evaluation and testing, including identification of cooling system components. Coursework also explores various common problems that occur in the servicing of the modern automobile. Ignition system diagnostics that includes the use of secondary ignition scope and electronic system testing.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. The Automobile Engine
  2. Automobile Engine Systems
  3. Automobile Electrical Systems
  4. Automobile Emission Control
  5. Automobile Electronic Control Systems
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Engine systems measurable performance laboratory tests
    a. Perform Engine Cylinder Leakage Test
    b. Perform Engine Compression Test
    c. Perform Dynamic Compression Test
    d. Perform Cooling System Pressure Test
    e. Perform Anti-Freeze Acidity Test
    f. Perform Head Gasket Leak Test with NDIR ANALYZER

  2. Fuel system measurable performance laboratory Tests
    a. Perform Fuel Rail Pressure Test
    b. Perform Fuel Pressure Regulator Test
    c. Perform Injector Leakage Test
    d. Perform Injector Balance Test
    e. Perform Cylinder Power Contribution Tests.
    f. Perform Cooling System Performance Tests.
    g. Diagnose Exhaust System Back Pressure Tests.
    h. Perform Secondary Ignition System Performance Tests.

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. 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 engine and vehicle operating systems.

Approval Dates

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