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College Catalog 2022-2023 
College Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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AUTO 1200 - Automotive Engines

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: None

Provides the student with practical experience diagnosing, repairing and rebuilding engines (engines will be provided for class use). The students will use engines, parts, precision measuring tools, and other tools related to engine service.

Billable Contact Hours: 4

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to service and repair automotive engines.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Verify engine complaints.
  2. Disassemble, Clean and inspect engine components
  3. Evaluate abnormal engine noise
  4. Remove, properly install engine timing components such as timing belts, chains and gears.
  5. Remove, replace, and inspect pistons.
  6. Remove and install engine bearings and crankshafts 

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES


  1. Engine operation
    1. Symptoms, indications of wear
    2. Engine classifications - four-stroke theory
    3. Valve arrangement strategy
    4. Combustion chamber design - engine respiration
    5. Methods of identification
  2. Wear indication study
    1. Testing procedures
    2. Specification comparisons
    3. Driving symptoms
    4. Environmental concern
  3. Repair technology
    1. Metal distortion, crack discovery
    2. Processes used to uncover faults
    3. Sealing and gasket technology
  4. Methods of measuring
    1. Precision tools
    2. Gauge blocks
    3. Indicators
    4. Use of equipment
    5. Safety process
  5. Engine service
    1. Cleaning procedures
    2. Environmental concern
    3. Engine disassembly
    4. Engine service
    5. Component service
  6. Specific component service
    1. Cylinder head remove, inspect and replace
    2. Piston and ring remove and replace
    3. Timing system remove and replace
    4. Crankshaft and bearing service
  7. Lab experience
    1. Hands-on activities on engines
    2. Repetitive task list performance

Primary Faculty
Roland, David
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Jewett, Mark
Hutchison, Donald

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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