• Automotive Technology


    Sean Duncan

    Contact Information

    Valley Vocational Technical Center

    49 Hornet Rd.

    Fishersville Va

    Office Hours

    Monday – Friday 8:00 – 3:30

    Course Texts and Materials

    Text Book: Modern Automotive Technology - James E Duffey ISBN – 1-59070-186-0

    Work Book: Modern Automotive Technology - James E Duffey ISBN – 1-59070-188-7


    Pens, Pencils and paper

    Several 2 to 3 inch three ring note books

    1 – one inch note book ( 1st year students only)

    Small cheap calculator

    Safety glasses

    Sturdy shoes for shop

    Appropriate clothing for shop work



    Course Description

    This program is a two year course, designed to provide students with skills necessary to enter or advance in many automotive industry positions. The technology, diagnosis and repair of automotive electrical, mechanical and hydraulic systems are studied. Considerable time is spent developing hands-on skills that are used on the job. Skills learned in the program are valuable to individuals choosing to enter professions other than automotive technician, such as service writers, service managers, parts counter person, warranty clerks.

    Instructional strategies

    Individualized instruction with demonstration, discussion, lecture, and lab assignments.

    Course Objectives

    Life Long Learning
    1. Assume responsibility for continuing education in order to maintain skills and enhance professional growth.
    2. Exhibit self-management and study skills necessary to succeed in increasingly challenging academic environments.

    3. Demonstrate work ethics and reliable behavior including, but not limited to, assuming responsibility for decisions and actions, utilizing time and stress management skills, and displaying initiative.

    4. Demonstrate pride in profession through motivation and initiative, positive attitude, and flexibility.

    5. Demonstrate professional ethics, honesty, and respect when dealing with customers, coworkers, and supervisors.

    Work Cooperatively
    6. Work as a team member by demonstrating good communication and listening skills, cooperation, and providing a supportive environment.

    7. Communicate clearly and professionally in both written and verbal communications to customers, coworkers, and supervisors, using positive interpersonal skills including, but not limited to, empathy, active listening, and flexibility.

    Technical Knowledge
    8. Explain and apply technical concepts and their interrelationships between various vehicular systems.
    9. Demonstrate applications of technical knowledge to other technologies and disciplines.

    Technical Skills
    10. Diagnose customer complaints accurately and demonstrate mechanical aptitude in the servicing of vehicles.
    11. Apply critical thinking skills to evaluate and solve problems.

    Course Outline


    1st year students

    Introduction to automotive technology

    Chapters 1 through10

    Engines fundamentals

    Chapters 11 through 16,

    Engines service and repair

    Chapters 48 through 52

    Tire wheel, and wheel bearings and service

    Chapter 65 and 66

    Automotive Brake systems

    Chapters 71 through 73

    2nd year students

    Automotive electricity

    Chapter 8

    Automotive electrical systems

    Chapters 29 through 38

    Engine performance

    Chapter 45 through 47

    Emission control systems

    Chapter 43 & 44

    Suspension and steering systems

    67 through 70

    Wheel alignment

    Chapter 74


    Course Requirements

    Valley Vocational-Technical Center Awards certificates of course completion to students who complete their program of study.

    In order for students to be eligible for these certificates, they MUST be present 90% of the time and complete 90% of the competencies for their program.

    Course Evaluation (Grading)

    You will be graded 3 ways

    Employability skills (33.3%), attendance (33.3%), and home work, shop projects quizzes and tests averaged together (33.3%).