• Automotive Technology 




    Classroom / Phone number




    Mr. Humphrey


    Classroom G119 /Shop F108 (210)945-1100

    Course Description

    The Automotive Technology 1 course is designed to build and expand on what the student learned in Automotive Basics.  In Automotive 1, the student will be learning about Light Maintenance and Repair (LMR); Preventive Maintenance (PM), Repair Order (RO) writing, looking up parts and writing repair estimates, general vehicle inspections; introductions to brake systems and repair, to electrical, to basic engine performance; and system overview of drivetrains, steering, suspension, and the A/C systems.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Examine the different careers in the Automotive Field
    • Examine the certification available in the Automotive Industry
    • Safety practices and procedures in the Automotive Industry, classroom, shop, and tool safety
    • What is a Repair Order (RO)?  What they are, what has to be on one, what should be on one, how to write one from the service writers and the technicians’ perspectives.
    • How to look up and use a flat rate labor time guide
    • How to look up and apply service procedures.  From simple service specifications to complex diagnostics.
    • How to write up a repair or maintenance estimate.
    • What is entailed in Light Maintenance and Repair (LMR)
    • What is entailed in Preventative Maintenance (PM)
    • Introduction to automotive sensors and what the computer sees and can do with that information
    • A/C system overview, system overview, theory of operation, and all related sub-systems and parts
    • An overview of the different types of drivetrains
    • An overview of the different suspension systems
    • An overview of the different steering systems
    • Brake Systems; the different types, their operational theory
    • Automotive electrical Theory and Operation
    • Ohm’s Law; Math, Theory and Operation in series, parallel and series-parallel circuits
    • Watt’s Law; Math, Theory and Operation in series, parallel and series-parallel circuits
    • Applied Ohm’s and Watt’s Laws in testing various electrical circuits
    • How to perform electrical testing on the starting, the charging, the lighting systems and the battery.
    • Introduction and overview of engine performance and scan tools


    Course Materials

    • Students have digital access to the book for homework and reading; there are a small number of books in the classroom.  There will be handouts throughout the year.  Students should bring paper, pen/pencil for notes and for doing warm-up assignments.  They should also have some sort of folder or binder to keep their class materials in.

    Assignments and Exams:  During the course of the school year, you will be responsible to acquire and complete in-class assignments, homework assignments, reading assignments, weekly quizzes, summative assessments, one mid-term project, and a Final Exam that can be completed in the form of a project or multiple-choice assessment.  Detailed assignments will be distributed and posted on the course website, if applicable, at a later date.

    Make-up work/Exams:  If a student is absent, it is their responsibility to arrange a time to make up all missed assignments with the teacher.  All grade replacements will be alternate assignments and after a minimum of one tutoring session.

    Late Work:  10 points will be deducted after the first day, and you have one week to get the assignment turned in for credit.  Students are responsible for communicating any extenuating circumstances to the teacher and to create a plan to complete the work.

    Leaving class:  Students will not be permitted to leave the classroom during the first and last 10 minutes of class.  Student’s will not be permitted to interrupt another teacher’s class.

    Grading Scale: 

    A = 90-100

    B = 80-89

    C = 70-79

    F= 0-69

    I = Incomplete



    1. Safety glasses to be worn in required areas.
    2. No Horseplay / No Running.
    3. The last 15 minutes of class is Clean Up Time.
    4. Safety guidelines will be covered, and students will sign to acknowledge.
    5. All tools will be cleaned and put away properly after use.
    6. Shop towels to be thrown away accordingly.  (Paper towels in trash, Shop rags in used rag can)
    7. Seek assistance before lifting heavy objects or attempting a task you are unfamiliar with. (DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP)
    8. No food in the shop except for dedicated events
    9. Proper attire to be worn, when working in the shop.  (no short skirts, low cut shirts, open toed shoes, loose jewelry (including watches and rings), long hair tied up
    10. Those who do not wish to participate in the shop activities must stay in the designated area.  (no wandering around)
    11. The shop is a privilege.  Respect the shop or lose the privilege.
    12. Respect everyone and their property.