Automotive Technology

Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair

General Information

Prerequisite: The Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair Program is open to all 11th and 12th grade students.

Class Term: 2 Hours per Day; 2 Semesters per Year = 2 credits
Class Times:
Block 1:  7:50 – 9:56 am (homeroom 9:42-9:56)
Block 2:  10:03 – 11:46 am
Block 3:  12:25 – 2:09 pm

Course Description

The automotive students of James Valley Area Career and Technology Center will satisfactory complete a series of activities following the guidelines of the NATEF certification area of Maintenance & Light Repair. These activities will consist of, but not limited to diagnostic, repair, or replace, and adjustment to factory specifications. These activities will take place in the classroom and shop, consisting of written and hands-on operations. Each phase will have its guidelines and time period. We will cover some areas with more complexity than other depending on the demand for that area. See Course Outline at end of syllabus.

General Course Objectives

  1. To familiarize students with the value of automotive technicians in industry as well as opportunities
  2. for a career in the automotive field.
  3. To teach students how to get along with co-workers.
  4. To teach fundamentals of automotive maintenance and light repair.
  5. To teach accuracy in the use of test equipment.
  6. To develop safety awareness and good safety habits.
  7. To recognize and understand the potential problems relating to an automobile.
  8. To develop a general knowledge of all phases of automotive maintenance.
  9. To learn correct procedures for problem solving. Test correctly, no guessing.
  10. To teach some technical math, spelling, communication skills, and etc., which are necessary to get
  11. and keep employment in the automotive repair industry.


Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair is designed to teach the fundamentals of Automotive Service Technician, leading to gainful employment in automotive repair or a related field. Students are taught how to safely use the tools, equipment, and special tools that are necessary to be successful as an automotive technician. They are expected to progress with a degree of accuracy, speed, and cleanliness. After completing the phases of the Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair course, each student shall be capable of entering the world of work as a beginning automotive technician, parts sales person, etc.


Safety glasses required, usually supplied. Leather covered shoes, coveralls, or other work clothes suggested. Classroom supplies: pen, pencil, paper, and 3 ring binder.

Class Activities

  1. Lectures/Demonstrations, guest speakers
  2. Reading/Workbook/Writing Assignments
  3. Auto Shop Task/Job Sheets
  4. SkillsUSA – All students are encouraged to become members of the SkillsUSA.
  5. Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Contest – open to all automotive students.
  6. Co-op program available to qualified 2nd yr. students

Attendance Policy

The attendance policy for James Valley CTC is the same as for Jamestown High School. All policies and penalties are stated in the student planner (handbook) and will be strictly adhered to. In order to help students develop good employability skills, such as be on time, the tardy policy will be adhered to in what may be interpreted as stricter than the ordinary classroom. Punctuality is a must. The automotive department believes that a student’s academic success is closely related to class attendance, so students are expected to attend all classes. The instructor keeps accurate and detailed attendance records beginning on the first day of the semester. It is the student’s responsibility to make up or complete any work missed due to absence from class for whatever reason.

Shop/Lab Outline

Students need to wear proper work clothes, work boots or leather shoes and safety glasses each day when they are working in the Shop Area.  Keep the shop clean and free of hazards. Report unsafe conditions or injury to teachers.  Keep shop area and classroom neat and clean.  Return all tools and equipment to their proper places.  Follow shop and machine safety rules at all times. Avoid running, throwing of objects, “horse playing,” and making unnecessary loud noises in the Auto Shop area.  Students will read and sign Shop Safety Pledge and also follow shop, tools/equipment safety rules at all times.

Classroom Safety & Security

Mr. Copeland will give detailed instructions and post guides at the beginning of the year pertaining to emergency procedures as related to fire, weather, or etc. A detailed study of lab safety procedures is completed at the beginning of each school year before any student is allowed to work in the auto lab. Safety hints, tips, and issues are incorporated into individual lessons also. If at any time you feel that you don’t fully understand a safety procedure, please ask your instructor for further clarification. I believe in the philosophy “Better Safe Than Sorry”.

Students with Special Needs

Students with special needs are invited and encouraged to discuss any needs or accommodations they need to be successful, with the Mr. Copeland or with Mr. Lynch, Director, or Mr. Soulis, Counselor at the James Valley Career and Technology Office.

Evaluation Criteria

Grading Scale:
A = 93 – 100%
B = 86 – 92%
C = 77 – 85%
D = 70 – 76%
F =   0 – 69%
I = Incomplete
Total Points, Weighted

1.Knowledge Objectives (30%): Classroom activities, Worksheets, written assignments, quiz and written test.

2. Employability Objectives (30%): Safe Work Practices, Productivity, Personal Standards, Work Habits/Ethics, Maintain Shop/Work Area.

3. Skill Objectives (40%): Shop Task/Job Sheets, NATEF Task completed in the shop.

4. Evaluation of Shop Task Sheets (#3 above):

  • Safety rules and practices were followed at all times regarding this task.
  • Tools and equipment were used properly and stored upon completion of this task.
  • This completed task met the standards set and was done within the allotted time.
  • No injury or damage to property occurred during this task.
  • Upon completion of this task, the work area was cleaned correctly.

5. Shop Task Performance Standards (used on progress charts):

  • 4 – Skilled has repeated practice on vehicles. Minimal supervision required.
  • 3 – Moderately Skilled – has practiced tasks independently. May need assistance.
  • 2 – Limited Practice – will need training or extra supervision.
  • 1 – Exposure only – general information provided with no practice time.
  • 0 – No training completed in this area.


Course Objective

The objective of the Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Program and James Valley Area Career and Technology Center is to prepare students for entry-level employment in the NATEF areas.

Students explore career opportunities and requirements of a professional service technician. Content emphasizes beginning transportation service skills and workplace success skills. Students study safety, tools, equipment, shop operations, basic engine fundamentals, and basic technician skills.

There are minimum time standards set by NATEF. Additional time may be spent in these areas if needed. It is your responsibility to complete all required class and shop assignments, test, and task sheets.

Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Curriculum Outline 

(sequence is flexible)

1.0 Auto Shop and Personal Safety (7 wks. or until completed)
1.1 Auto Shop Safety Practices and Safety Equipment Orientation
1.2 Automotive Tool Applications and Proper Usage
1.3 Service Information and Retrieval Systems
1.4 Customer Concerns and Proper Vehicle Service Preparation
1.5 Quality Control Issues While Preparing the Vehicle for the
1.6 Vehicle Maintenance and Inspection Techniques
2.0 Suspension and Steering (9 wks. or until completed)
2.1 Steering and Suspension Systems
3.0 Brakes (9 wks. or until completed)
3.1 Brake Components, Inspections, and Repair
4.0 Electrical/Electronic Systems (14 wks. or until completed)
4.1 Electrical and Electronic Systems, Measurement and Testing
5.0 Engine Performance (9 wks. or until completed)
5.1 Engine Performance and Diagnostic Tasks
6.0 Automatic Transmission/Transaxle (3 wks. or until completed)
6.1 Automatic Transmission Maintenance Procedures
7.0 Engine Repair (9 wks. or until completed)
7.1 Engine Maintenance Procedures
8.0 Heating and Air Conditioning (8 wks. or until completed)
8.1 Air Conditioning System Components and Temperature Diagnosis
9.0 Manual Drive Train and Axles (4 wks. or until completed)
9.1 Manual Driveline System Maintenance

NOTE: The automotive shop will run on industry standards and therefore correct clothing and safety glasses will be required.


Jason Howcroft, James Valley CTC automotive instructor

Mr. Howcroft
Automotive Technology
Skills USA Co-Advisor