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College Catalog 2021-2022 
College Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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AUTO 1000 - Automotive Systems

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: None

This course provides an introduction of today’s automobile. The course offers student exposure to the various pieces of shop equipment and details of the automotive service business. A working knowledge of the basic automotive components and general maintenance necessary for vehicle operation will be emphasized. An introduction to Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV) will be included in this course. The inclusion of this material will lead to students with an understanding of Hybrid Electric Vehicle technology.

Billable Contact Hours: 4

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify and use measuring tools.


  1. Understand the use of feeler gauges.
  2. Understand the use of dial indicators.
  3. Understand the use of micrometers.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify and use basic automotive hand tools and fasteners.


  1. Use tools to remove fasteners on automobiles.
  2. Tool maintenance and purchasing.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify mechanic certification and testing requirements.


  1. Identify Michigan State law mechanic certification and testing requirements.
  2. Identify A.E.S. national testing mechanic certification and testing requirements.

• 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

  1. Introduction
    1. Material to be covered
    2. Equipment usage
    3. Facility tour - lab policies
    4. Evaluation process
    5. Safety rules
  2. Data and information
    1. Service manuals
    2. Electronic data storage
    3. Automotive rule and standard organizations
  3. Certification and Licensure
    1. P.A. 300
    2. ASE
    3. AET
    4. Montreal protocol (A/C)
    5. Verification procedures
  4. Fasteners, retainers, chemicals
    1. Threads
    2. Gaskets
    3. Chemicals
  5. Tools and equipment
    1. Hand tools
    2. Power tools
    3. Lab equipment
      1. Demonstration
  6. Lubrication system
    1. Lubricants
    2. System operation
  7. Cooling system
    1. Chemicals
    2. System operation
    3. Lab experience
  8. What is a hybrid vehicle?
    1. Gas - electric
    2. Diesel - electric
    3. ICE - hydraulic
    4. Fuel cells
    5. Flex fuel vehicles
    6. CNG
    7. Electric
    8. Examples of hybrid vehicles
    9. Series systems
    10. Parallel systems
    11. Series parallel systems
  9. Advantages of a hybrid
    1. City mileage - acceleration
    2. Emissions
  10. Disadvantages of a hybrid
    1. Cost of option vs. mileage increase
    2. Highway driving
  11. Basic components of a hybrid
    1. Power plant
    2. Electric motor
    3. Battery system
    4. Charging system
    5. Power management system
    6. Safety system
  12. Basic operation of a hybrid
    1. Acceleration
    2. Cruise
    3. Deceleration

Primary Faculty
LaHaie, Kurtis
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Pawlowski, Timothy
Hutchison, Donald

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

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