Course Industry Sector

Course Originally Created By: CTE Online

Automotive Technology 1 and 2 Model

Course Overview / Details

This introductory automotive course is designed to provide basic training to students and teach the necessary skills,  and knowledge about the internal combustion engine, basic car systems, and careers in the automotive service industry. Upon completion, students will have sufficient background to make minor repairs and adjustments on the various systems of the modern automobile, using up-to-date equipment and tools.

Industry Sector, Pathway(s), and Grade Levels

9 to 12
Industries and Pathways:
Transportation, Vehicle Maintenance, Service and Repair

CTE Course Certification Elements

  • Course Level: Introductory
  • CBEDS Course: Automotives
  • CBEDS #: 5652
  • Total Hours: 180
  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • State Certified: No
  • Board Approval: No
  • Labor Market Demand: Medium
  • Is this course industry certified?: No
  • Course Type: Career-Technical Preparation
  • CSU/UC Approval: No
O*NET Occupations
Occupation NameOccupation Code
Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers, Transportation Equipment49-2093.00
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles49-2096.00
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics49-3023.00
Automotive Master Mechanics49-3023.01
Automotive Specialty Technicians49-3023.02
Tire Repairers and Changers49-3093.00
Transportation Vehicle, Equipment and Systems Inspectors, Except Aviation53-6051.07

Related Occupations


  • California's 2008 CTE Standards: 99
  • California Academic Content Standards: Reinforced: 55
  • California Standards for the Teaching Profession: 2
  • English Language Development Standards: 1
  • Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS): 3
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Units in this Course

  • The lessons in this unit include shop safety, tool safety, and fire safety.

    5 Days
  • The lessons in this unit include familiarizing all students with shop procedures, equipment locations, work ethics, State laws and regulations for automotive shops, proper record keeping, safety equipment locations, and proper and handling of safety equipment.

    6 Days
  • The lessons in this unit include identifying common automotive hand tools, how to properly and safely use the tools, and how to select the proper tool for a given job. It will also cove the proper care, maintenance, and storage of the tools. This unit will contain lessons that cover power tools and hand tools and the advantages and disadvantages of certain tools. All lessons will include safety and safety procedures for tool utilization.

    9 Days
  • The lessons in this unit include State Licensing, Bureau of Automotive Repair Expectations, and ASE certification process

    1 Day
  • The lessons in this unit include researching manufacturers' repair and maintenance schedules, procedures and practices, Proper maintenance procedures documentation in accordance with applicable rules, laws, and regulations (BAR, OSHA, CARB),  Reference books, technical service bulletins, and other electronic and print to diagnose and repair vehicles, and compile a repair order, including customer information, description of repairs, and billing information

    8 Days
  • The lessons in this unit include various fasteners, gaskets, and seals.  Lessons will also include standard and metric fasteners.

    4 Days
  • The lessons in this unit include the engine systems found in the automotive industry such as two stroke, four stroke and diesel engines.  Starting and charging systems will also be included.

    14 Days
  • The lessons in this unit include the basic function and operation of the cooling and lubrication system. They will also include the inspection, testing, and repairs of these systems.

    6 Days
  • Students learn how the ratio of air and fuel is carefully controlled in internal combustion engines.

    1 Day
  • The lessons in this unit includes explaining the principles of electricity, describing the action of basic electric circuits, and comparing voltage, current, and resistance. Describing the principles of magnetism and magnetic fields and identifying basic electric and electronic terms and components will be included.

    14 Days
  • The lessons in this unit include determining engine size measurements based on
    bore, stroke, displacement, and number of cylinders. being able to explain engine compression ratio and how it affects engine performance, explain engine torque and horsepower ratings,  describe the different methods used to measure and rate engine performance, and explain volumetric efficiency, thermal efficiency, mechanical efficiency, and total engine workings. All lessons include safe work practices.

    25 Days
  • The lessons in this unit include how students will demonstrate the basic concepts of automotive physics.

    2 Days
  • The lessons in this unit include the fundamentals of both drum and disc brake systems, inspection and measuring the brake system which includes mechanical and the hydraulic portion of the brake system. Also contains servicing of the brake systems, utilization of brake measuring tools and using basic mathematics to determine if parts can be reused or need to be replaced.

    7 Days
  • The lessons in this unit include identifying the major parts of a suspension system, describing the basic function of each suspension system component, explaining the operation of the four common types of springs, comparing the various types of suspension systems. Tire size and dimensions, steering angles including camber, caster, toe, toe-in & toe-out on turns, and SAI will be included.

    10 Days
  • The lessons in this unit include fundamentals and some servicing of automatic and manual transmissions, differentials, shift linkages, and constant velocity axle inspection and service.

    12 Days
  • The lessons in this unit include an introduction to "Green Technology", which will include hybrids, electric, hydrogen fuel cell, photovoltaic & bio diesel applications

    10 Days
  • The lessons in this unit include the fundamentals of  automotive heating and air conditioning systems and the inspection, testing, and maintenance of the systems.

    5 Days