Jungle Car

    Jungle Sub

    Learn how to properly maintain your vehicle...

    And avoid these automotive disasters!


    Welcome to Automotive Maintenance and Repair!  This semester I look forward to helping you gain the knowledge and skills that will save you much aggravation and money in the future.  We will be spending some time in the classroom learning basic safety, theory/concepts, basic maintenance intervals, common repairs, how to gain employment in the auto industry and retain your job, and how to choose a repair shop and protect yourself from costly break downs and "rip-offs" for those of you who will not be making a career out of mechanics. 

    The advance of automotive technology in recent years has created a demand for a new kind of mechanic.  In addition to having strong mechanical skills, today’s automotive technicians must have strong computer skills, diagnostic skills, and be able to do mathematical conversions and calculations.  These new demands do not go unrewarded when they are met. Top Automotive Technicians who keep themselves well trained and provide accurate and speedy diagnoses and repairs can earnsix figure incomes.  We will be covering some of the science and math specific to automotive technology.

    We will also be spending a significant amount of time working on cars.  This means you will be getting dirty.  A jumpsuit/coveralls or a second set of clothes for the day is recommended.  The only way to build mechanical skills and understanding is to apply yourself – be prepared to get dirty.  For safety reasons, jewelry, metal watch bands, rings, necklaces that hang and could catch on moving parts will not be allowed in the work area.  Sunglasses, hoods and hats that cover your ears are not allowed.  Please leave your cell phones, ipods, headphones, etc. out of sight. 

    Materials required:

    • Safety glasses (will be provided)
    • Clothes suitable for getting dirty
    • Enclosed shoes or boots - No sandals or open toe shoes can be worn in the shop!
    • Pen/pencil, paper, and folder
    Materials recommended (students supply their own): 
    • Jumpsuit/coveralls or second set of clothes 
    • Gloves 

    In keeping consistent with school district policy, three tardies are equivalent to one unexcused absence, and four unexcused absences will lower your grade by a full letter.  A fifth unexcused absence will result in automatic credit reduction.  Attendance will impact your participation grade.  Regular attendance and good effort will be reflected positively in your participation grade, and poor attendance will render just the opposite result.  Tardies may result in loss of privilege.  It is each student’s responsibility to keep track of his/her attendance. 

    I have high standards for the class.  Students will be expected to conduct themselves as if they are working in a professional auto shop.  We will discuss what this means since many or all of you have yet to work in a professional auto shop.  You can think of this class as a job for which you will be rewarded with a grade and the work you learn to do.  Those with excellent attendance records, consistently excellent participation in the shop and classroom, and ZERO unexcused absences will earn an “A”.

    College Credit/Advanced Placement Potential
    Students who complete ROP Automotive Technology at Tam and earn a “B” or better and pass the final exam with a “B” or better will receive College of Marin credit for COM’s Auto 110.  Students who complete ROP Advanced Auto Technology at Tam for 2 or more semesters and who earn a “B” or better in the class and on the Advanced final will receive College of Marin credit for COM’s Auto 111.  Credits can be transferred for advanced placement in COM’s Auto program.  Credits can also be transferred to a state college as elective credit.

    60 % participation                             
    40 % class work
    Shop Procedures
    We begin with safety and move on to tools, measuring devices, lift operation, fasteners and extractions, parts identification, service manuals, legal responsibilities, and end with pollution prevention.
    General Auto Service
    Your first skills begin with the most common work such as lube, oil and filter. The tire machine and tire balancer are introduced. We learn to check all fluids, inspect belts and hoses, repack wheel bearings, and replace wiper blades. Tune-Up
    The tune-up section is pretty long, so I will just refer you to the profile sheet.
    Cooling System
    The cooling system is cool, it's easy to work on (most of the time), and we will learn to pressure check it and test the coolant's boiling point, as well as some other cool stuff.
    Brake systems
    Here is where you can easily learn to save lots of money. We will cover a number of different braking systems, we will learn to replace shoes, pads, service and repair hydraulics, and we will touch on ABS (automatic braking systems).
    Electrical System
    We will learn a little about the physics of electrical circuits, we will learn about starting and charging systems, and learn to us a piece of equipment common in the auto industry, the VAT-40.
    Engine and Power Train
    We will look at a variety of different motors, transmissions, driveshafts, and differentials. We will cover replacing U-joints, pinion seals, axle bearings and seals among other things.
    Alignment and Suspension
    This is my favorite unit. We will learn about the three main angles, (caster, camber, and toe), that keep a car driving straight down the road and with minimal tire wear. We will cover a variety of suspension and steering repairs and adjustments.
    Intake and Exhaust Systems
    This unit prepares us for the 21st century as we look at computer controlled fuel injection as well as state of the art emission control systems.
    This is the bottom line for any ROP class. We will discuss preparing an application or resume that will increase your chances of getting an interview, how to do well in an interview, and how to keep your job once you get it.
    Preventive Maintenance
    An ounce of prevention is really worth well over a pound of cure! We will cover maintenance intervals that will save you big bucks if you apply what you learn in a timely fashion to your cars.
Last Modified on August 21, 2011