Automotive Technology » Syllabus


Instructors:  Mr. Rob Schwiesow and Mr. Nick Wickman

Email addresses: [email protected] and [email protected]

Telephone Number: (815)942-4390 Ex.4216

Office Hours: M-Th 3:00-3:45

Prerequisites: Auto 1 has no prerequisites, Students must pass Auto 1 with a 70% C or higher before enrolling in Auto 2. 

Auto I

Our industry certified Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) accredited course starts with the students introduction to fundamental auto shop safety and orientation.  The core content of Auto 1 focuses on light automotive troubleshooting and repair.  Moving into the proper use of shop equipment and hand tools, tire repair and replacement, brake system service and operation, steering and suspension identification, automotive electrical circuits, introduction to engine diagnostics and repair throughout the year.   First year students will develop skills in vehicle maintenance and repair including; brakes, steering and suspension, and will also learn the basics of electrical and engine performance (sensors).

 Auto II

Second year students expand on the skills learned in Auto Technology 1, having  the opportunity to earn the Automotive Maintenance and Light Duty certificate issued by ASE (Automotive Service Excellence).  Second year students go in depth with system diagnostics and troubleshooting while solving vehicle deficiencies created by the instructors.  A greater emphasis is placed on; advanced engine performance and tuning, ignition and charging system diagnostics, exhaust and emissions and air quality control, passenger restraints and airbag science, as well as greater concentration in vehicle computer and electronic components.  This class focuses on advanced automotive systems and service procedures.  Auto II will go more in depth in diagnosing and repairing customer vehicles and repairing vehicle faults created by the instructors.  This course will also go more in depth in braking systems to include anti-lock brakes and brake boosters. Students will diagnose alignment issues and perform alignment work on customer vehicles. Auto II students will have a larger focus on engine performance diagnosis covering everything from fuel, ignition, exhaust, starting and charging, and emission system diagnosis and repair.  Air bag and passenger restraint system safety and procedures will also be covered, along with advanced electrical diagnostics and vehicle computer systems and components. 

Course Objectives:  Students will be expected to meet all course goals and demonstrate their ability to perform common automotive service routines within our areas of content.  Shop assignments will be conducted in groups of up to 4 students.  Individual assignments and hand-on tests will be given for students to prove their knowledge and ability to perform repair procedures.  Students must also be able to demonstrate their ability to research and locate the proper information or materials needed to repair the vehicle.  If necessary, students can be given more than one opportunity to achieve a passing score on their assignments or lab work to pass the course.

Course Goals:  Students will learn how to follow safety procedures while working on cars or in a shop environment.  Develop workplace skills such as teamwork, or work ethics.  Apply math, science, and language arts to the course.  Demonstrate and apply their knowledge of braking systems, electronics, engine performance, and steering and suspension.  Develop their skills in dealing with customers, and running a business. 

Articulation/Dual Credit with Joliet Junior College:  Upon completion of this two year course students may earn 3 credit hours in articulated college credit towards Joliet Junior College for their AS 106 class.

Textbook:  Automotive Technology – Principles, Diagnosis, and Service. Fourth Edition 

By: James Halderman 

Student Material:  Students are required to bring in their own coveralls/work clothes, work boots, safety glasses, notebook, and pen or pencil.

Course fees: $20.00,  ASE Student Certification: $40.00 (to be collected at time of testing)

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Grading Students will be graded in the following areas:

25% Professional Development

25% Shop Tasks

25% Class Work

25% Tests (hands on and written)

Extra Curricular: First and Second year students are eligible to showcase their knowledge by competing in the Skills USA competitions. 


Students may be allowed to bring their vehicles into the shop as a privilege on shop days. Instructors must approve and will write a pass. All bills must be paid in full and the work must be checked by the instructor before any vehicle leaves the shop. Students will not be allowed to test drive any vehicles including school vehicles.

Make Up Work:  Students will have one day to make up work for each day absent. Students will not be allowed to make up work for unexcused absences.