Automechanics Curriculum

Automechanics I, II,, III






Martin W. Stockel

The Goodheart-Wilcox Co.,Inc


                                                                 Course Purpose


The purpose of these course offerings is:


1.                  To increase the students’ knowledge of internal combustion engines, automobile systems and theories of operation. 


2.                  To allow the students an opportunity to work with their hands to gain the skills and techniques needed to do shade tree mechanical repairs at home.


3.                  To prepare the students to continue their education and training to make a career out of automotive technology.


                                          Tools and equipment used in these courses


Hand Tools:


Various wrenches, hammers, punches, pullers, pneumatic tools (impact wrenches, chisels, drills, sanders, etc.), precision measuring devices, floor jacks, etc.


Power Tools and Testing Devices:


Tachometer and dwell meters, battery testers, volt-ohm-amp meters, continuity testers, chop saw, electric drills, grinders (bench and angle), drill press, arc welder, oxy-acetylene torch, pneumatic floor jack, engine hoist (hydraulic and chain), engine (metal) lathe, pneumatic tire changer, etc.



                                                               Course Objectives



The students will:


1.                  Develop and put to use a working knowledge of automotive technology.


2.                  Gain a working knowledge of automotive manuals and how to look up information.



3.                  Gain a working knowledge of the Internet and how to use it to find automotive reference material.


4.                  Understand the importance of appearance, (attire and dress) and attitude of a professional automotive technician.


5.                  Develop a professional attitude about cleanliness and job site demeanor.


6.                  Gain an appreciation of the difference between the quality of fine tools as opposed to poor tools.


7.                  Gain an appreciation of a professional job well done as opposed to a “good enough” job.




1.                  A strong reading and comprehension background is recommended.


2.                  Math skills to be able to calculate and work with decimals to the .0001.


3.                  Beginning Automechanics and Beginning Welding is required for Advanced Automechanics.


4.                  A strong mechanical aptitude is useful but not necessary.


                                                       Course Content


                                                        Beginning Automechanics


1.                  Tool Nomenclature, precision measuring and the tools used to measure, fasteners, gaskets, seals, sealants, wires and wiring, tune-up and tune-up procedures, electrical testing methods and test meters, bearings (friction and antifriction),, battery and charging service and testing, brake system service, tire mounting and dismounting.


2.                  The students will put the theories and skills taught to use in the lab or shop time part of the class by working on various automotive projects through the course.


                                                        Advanced Automechanics


1.                  Cylinder head and valve train service, fuel system service, cooling system service, crankshaft, main bearing, flywheel service, camshaft, timing gear-chain-belt service.



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