TRAN1503 General Service

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the automotive industry. Materials covered will include an overview of the entire vehicle layout, components, correct procedures, intervals for servicing, and maintaining multiple types of vehicles. Students will have a strong emphasis on shop safety, vehicle lifting, hoisting, along with the use of electronic service information, technical service bulletins, and repair orders. Students while disassembling and reassembling vehicle components will also be introduced to shop tools, equipment, how to use them correctly and safely. Students will examine many scientific principles and materials that apply to the transportation industry.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Apply soft skills and shop safety procedures while working in the lab.
  • Identify service intervals and perform vehicle safety inspections.
  • Demonstrate oil/filter service, maintenance, and light repairs.
  • Comprehend waste handling procedures and comply with Environmental
    Protection Agency (EPA) and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
  • Perform cooling system test, maintenance and light repairs to vehicles.
  • Analyze electronic service information, technical service bulletins, and repair orders.
  • Examine the function and operation of entire vehicle's main components
    and systems.
  • Demonstrate safe and proper use of basic hand tools and shop equipment.
  • Identify the different types of fasteners and hardware used in the
    transportation industry.
  • Disassemble and reassemble vehicle components using correct tools and
  • Demonstrate how to use measuring devices such as, micrometers, veneer
    calipers, and dial indicators.
  • Demonstrated serpentine belt and tensioner inspection and replacement.


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

0 credit: 1 lecture / presentation, 2 lab, 0 other