AUTO1514 Engine Repair Lab

Course Description

This course gives the students hands-on experience in diagnosing engine mechanical failures through disassembling and reassembling an engine block and cylinder heads. They will identify internal engine parts and perform wear measurements. Students will also diagnose customer concerns on engine mechanical failures such as low compression, abnormal engine noise, and coolant and oil loss on both internal and external components of the engine. Multiple diagnostic methods, tools and equipment will be used. Students will perform many different levels of maintenance to the engine such as oil and coolant flushes, water pump, timing belt, and serpentine belt replacements. Students will also have real world shop experience by filling out electronically formatted repair orders, verifying customer vehicle concerns, diagnosing the failure, performing the repair, and confirming with the customer that their concern has been addressed.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Remove and install an engine from vehicle with front or rear wheel drive while following manufactures steps and procedures.
  • Disassemble and reassemble an engine including removing and cleaning gasket material from mating surfaces using correct tools and techniques.
  • Identify, measure, and inspect engine parts for wear to determine the cause of a failure, what the correction will be, and what the preventive action could have been.
  • Verify, diagnose, and repair engine failures using multiple tools and methods.
  • Prepare a detailed list and estimate of failed components, gaskets, and fluids needed to complete the repair.
  • Develop a plan of action and remove, repair, or replace worn engine components while following the manufacturers instructions and torque specifications.
  • Confirm a repair was done correctly and the customers concerns were corrected by the repair.


Please see eServices for section availability and current pre-req/test score requirements for this course.

4 credits: 0 lecture / presentation, 4 lab, 0 other