Automotive Technology » Program Syllabus and Recommendations

Program Syllabus and Recommendations


To some, people and cars are just transportation. But to you, cars are high-performance machines—art on wheels! You not only understand what makes cars run, you have the drive to make cars run at peak levels. Take your love of cars to the next step.
Turn the key and listen to the engine. You know what high performance sounds like:no whining, no hesitation—just pure, smooth power. Diagnose, tune, and rebuild engines as you prepare for post-secondary education in this dynamic field.

What will my classes be like?

ASE-certified instructors help you build skills in computerized engine controls; engine tune-up and lubrication; brakes; electrical, fuel,cooling, and exhaust systems; steering and alignment. In the second year, move up to diagnostics and engine building. Qualifying students have the opportunity to participate in Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES)—a factory-sponsored training program that combines learning at TCD with an internship through an area dealership.

Course Outline - Goals and Objectives

Assessment Standards/Grading Practices

Students are assessed on their productivity and accuracy on written and hands-on shop work.  Students are also graded on professional behavior and other employability skills, including shop safety, attendance, initiative, dependability, and cooperation.

College Credit Opportunities

College of DuPage
Engine Design andOperation (Auto 1110 / 2nd year - 4 credits)
Suspension, Steeringand Alignment (Auto 1140 / 2nd Year - 4 credits)

Triton College
Automotive Technology (Automotive 112 – 3 credits)
Automotive Technology (Automotive 136 – 3 credits)
Universal Technical Institute
Automotive Engine & Repair (4.5 credits)
Electronic Fundamentals (5 credits)
Automotive Chassis & Brakes (5 credits)
Nashville Auto-Diesel College
Credit by examination for courses successfully completed

Field Experiences/Competitive Opportunities

When available, students who qualify are sent out on job shadows, and internships at various automotive repair facilities. These include independent shops, dealerships, and municipalities.

College and Career Pathways

TCD automotive students are encouraged to further their education in the automotive field. Students are given two opportunities to speak with representatives from a variety of post-secondary, and private schools that offer automotive training. Many of the facilities offer an academic degree.

For sample occupations and post secondary educational requirements, visit: and click on“Career Clusters & Pathways”

Program Selection Guidelines/Recommendations

We are confident that the Automotive Technology Programat Technology Center of DuPage is a positive and productive learning opportunity for DuPage County students. With this in mind, the following academic guidelines are recommendations intended to assist in scheduling students for success.
If a student considering Automotive Technology has questions about one or more of these guidelines, contact a guidance representative from the home high school to clarify individual situations.


Mathematics:Students currently enrolled in or who have completed Geometry are likely to be effectively prepared to manage mathematics concepts required of students in this program.
Reading/Writing: Students currently enrolled in or who have successfully completed English 10 are likely to have the literacy skills required of students in this program.
Attendance:Students are expected to attend and effectively participate in program experiences to be successful in the Technology Center of DuPage experience. 95% attendance is expected of successful students in this program. 

Professional Skills

Automotive Technology students are also expected to effectively display the following attributes:
Time Management
Personal Motivation
Problem-solving Ability
Ability to Work with Others