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AUTO 2200 - Automotive Upper Engine Service

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: AUTO 1200  

Provides the student with actual upper engine service procedures with hands-on experience. Covers the use of valve grinders, valve and seat machine centers, magnetic particle inspection, and cleaning equipment. A mill will be used for resurfacing cylinder heads.

Billable Contact Hours: 4

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to perform service work on cylinder heads.


  1. Demonstrate cleaning and inspection of cylinder heads and cylinder head components.
  2. Machine heads to receive new seats.
  3. Resurface cylinder head or manifold.

• 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
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES


  1. Course structure
    1. Grading system
    2. Classroom activities
    3. Lab activities
    4. Safety practices
  2. Equipment to be utilized
    1. Cleaning equipment
    2. Head service equipment
    3. Surface grinders
  3. Cleaning procedures
    1. Preparation
    2. Use of steam, air pressure, solvent tanks
    3. Use on components (i.e., heads, manifolds, cast iron, and aluminum)
  4. Inspection and fault detection
    1. Electro magnetic procedures
    2. Pressure testing
    3. Chemical detection procedures
  5. Machining processes and valve guides
    1. Valve knurling
    2. Valve guide servicing
    3. Use of “head shop” equipment
    4. Procedure for valve guide replacement
  6. Machining process valve seats
    1. Valve seat removal and replacement
    2. Valve seat grinding
    3. Use of geometric angles
  7. Machining process valves
    1. Use of valve grading machine
    2. Use of geometric angles
  8. Lab practices
    1. Work on performance objectives
    2. Service OHC (Overhead Camshaft) shafts and valve train
    3. Surface grinding
      1. Heads
      2. Manifold
    4. Geometric and displacement requirements
    5. Porting and polishing practices
  9. Assembly procedures and practices
    1. Performance objectives utilized
    2. Measurements as per published specifications
    3. Final inspection
    4. Proper torque procedures
  10. Continuation of performance objectives
    1. Completion of task lists
    2. Final exam
  11. Precision Measurement
    1. Use of measurement equipment
      1. Micrometers
      2. Gauges
      3. Straight edge
      4. Special bore gauges
    2. Demonstrations
      1. Head service
      2. Valve repair
      3. Guide replacement
      4. Camshaft service

Primary Faculty
Prater, Daniel
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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