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Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, 6:45 am: Skagit Valley College is open and on time at all locations. The Try A Trade event on the Mount Vernon Campus has been canceled.


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New Course: this course was added after the last catalog

 Course Title:   Professional Lab Techniques


 Department:    AT

 Course #:    220

 Credits:    6

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    8.25

 CIP:    470604

 EPC:    712

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

Develop professionalism and productivity in a work place environment. Troubleshoot, analyze, and perform diagnosis and repair on a variety of automotive systems and vehicles. Emphasis will be placed on industry standards, communication, flat-rate production, and customer satisfaction.


Prerequisites or concurrent enrollment: AT 199, 210, 212, and 215.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 77

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Perform repairs on a variety of automotive systems. Perform repairs correctly the first time.
  2. Troubleshoot, diagnose, and analyze a variety of problems on vehicles.
  3. Communicate with shop management and work as a team member in the industry.
  4. Analyze and understand service information. Meet or exceed flat-rate times.
  5. Write detailed and complete service reports. Achieve high customer satisfaction.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.2 Demonstrate standards of professionalism in manner, appearance, and setting appropriate to the context, including the classroom, workplace, and community.

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.3 Use technology appropriate to the context and task to effectively retrieve and manage information, solve problems, and facilitate communication.

Course Contents

  1. Perform repairs and/or maintenance on brakes. Perform repairs and/or maintenance on alignment.
  2. Perform repairs and/or maintenance on engine control/fuel injection. Perform repairs and/or maintenance on suspensions.
  3. Perform repairs and/or maintenance on transmission (automatic). Perform repairs and/or maintenance on transmission and clutch (manual).
  4. Perform repairs and/or maintenance on electrical and AC service. Write detailed work orders and estimates.
  5. Customer service within automotive industry. Shop organization.
  6. Employer/employee relations. Teamwork within the automotive industry.
  7. Detailed service report writing.