# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Automotive Technology II Task/Competency List

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

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2020/2021 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Automotive Technology II (8507/36 weeks, 280 hours)

Legislation enacted in the 2011 Virginia General Assembly (HB 1493) and amended in 2012 (HB 1108) requires where there is a national industry certification for career and technical education instructional personnel or programs for automotive technology, the Board of Education must make such certification mandatory. The provisions of this act shall become effective July 1, 2013. To comply with the requirements, all Career and Technical Education (CTE) automotive technology programs must be ASE Education Foundation accredited and the instructors must be certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

Tasks/competencies bordered in blue are considered optional when marked as such; they and/or additional tasks/competencies may be taught at the discretion of the school division. All other tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students.

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Demonstrating Personal Qualities and Abilities

  1. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving.
  3. Demonstrate initiative and self-direction.
  4. Demonstrate integrity.
  5. Demonstrate work ethic.

Demonstrating Interpersonal Skills

  1. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  2. Demonstrate listening and speaking skills.
  3. Demonstrate respect for diversity.
  4. Demonstrate customer service skills.
  5. Collaborate with team members.

Demonstrating Professional Competencies

  1. Demonstrate big-picture thinking.
  2. Demonstrate career- and life-management skills.
  3. Demonstrate continuous learning and adaptability.
  4. Manage time and resources.
  5. Demonstrate information-literacy skills.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of information security.
  7. Maintain working knowledge of current information-technology (IT) systems.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies, tools, and machines common to a specific occupation.
  9. Apply mathematical skills to job-specific tasks.
  10. Demonstrate professionalism.
  11. Demonstrate reading and writing skills.
  12. Demonstrate workplace safety.

Examining All Aspects of an Industry

  1. Examine aspects of planning within an industry/organization.
  2. Examine aspects of management within an industry/organization.
  3. Examine aspects of financial responsibility within an industry/organization.
  4. Examine technical and production skills required of workers within an industry/organization.
  5. Examine principles of technology that underlie an industry/organization.
  6. Examine labor issues related to an industry/organization.
  7. Examine community issues related to an industry/organization.
  8. Examine health, safety, and environmental issues related to an industry/organization.

Addressing Elements of Student Life

  1. Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
  2. Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
  4. Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.

Exploring Work-Based Learning

  1. Identify the types of work-based learning (WBL) opportunities.
  2. Reflect on lessons learned during the WBL experience.
  3. Explore career opportunities related to the WBL experience.
  4. Participate in a WBL experience, when appropriate.


Lab/Shop and Personal Safety

  1. Identify general lab/shop safety rules and procedures.
  2. Utilize safe procedures for handling tools and equipment.
  3. Identify and use proper placement of floor jacks and jack stands.
  4. Identify and use proper procedures for safe lift operation.
  5. Use proper ventilation procedures for working in the lab/shop area.
  6. Identify marked safety areas.
  7. Identify the location and the types of fire extinguishers and other fire safety equipment; demonstrate knowledge of the procedures for using fire extinguishers and other fire safety equipment.
  8. Identify the location and use of eye wash stations.
  9. Identify the location of posted evacuation routes.
  10. Comply with the required use of safety glasses, ear protection, gloves, and shoes during lab/shop activities.
  11. Identify and wear appropriate clothing for lab/shop activities.
  12. Secure hair and jewelry for lab/shop activities.
  13. Demonstrate awareness of the safety aspects of supplemental restraint systems (SRS), electronic brake control systems, and hybrid vehicle high-voltage circuits.
  14. Demonstrate awareness of the safety aspects of high-voltage circuits such as high intensity discharge (HID) lamps, ignition systems, and injection systems.
  15. Locate and demonstrate knowledge of safety data sheets (SDS).



  1. Install engine covers using gaskets, seals, and sealers as required.
  2. Verify engine mechanical timing.
  3. Verify operation of the instrument panel engine warning indicators.
  4. Inspect engine assembly for fuel, oil, coolant, and other leaks; determine necessary action.
  5. Perform common fastener and thread repair, to include: remove broken bolt, restore internal and external threads, and repair internal threads with thread insert.

Cylinder Head and Valve Train

  1. Adjust valves (mechanical or hydraulic lifters).
  2. Identify components of the cylinder head and valve train.


In-Vehicle Transmission/Transaxle

  1. Inspect, adjust, and/or replace external manual valve shift linkage, transmission range sensor/switch, and/or park/neutral position switch.
  2. Inspect for leakage at external seals, gaskets, and bushings.
  3. Inspect, replace, and/or align power train mounts.

Off-Vehicle Transmission and Transaxle

  1. Describe the operational characteristics of a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
  2. Describe the operational characteristics of a hybrid vehicle drive train.



  1. Describe the operational characteristics of an electronically-controlled manual transmission/transaxle.

Drive Shaft, Half Shafts, Universal Joints, and Constant-Velocity (CV) Joints (Front, Rear, All, and Four-wheel Drive)

  1. Inspect, remove, and/or replace bearings, hubs, and seals.
  2. Inspect, service, and/or replace shafts, yokes, boots, and universal/constant-velocity (CV) joints.
  3. Inspect locking hubs.
  4. Check for leaks at drive assembly and transfer case seals; check vents; check fluid level; use proper fluid type per manufacturer specification.

Differential Case Assembly

  1. Clean and inspect differential case; check for leaks; inspect housing vent.



  1. Disable and enable supplemental restraint system (SRS).

Wheel Alignment

  1. Perform prealignment inspection; measure vehicle ride height.
  2. Describe alignment angles (camber, caster, and toe).


Electronic Brakes, Traction Control, and Stability Control Systems

  1. Identify traction control/vehicle stability control system components.
  2. Describe the operation of a regenerative braking system.



  1. Research vehicle service information, including vehicle service history, service precautions, and technical service bulletins.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of electrical/electronic series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits using principles of electricity (Ohm’s law).
  3. Identify lane departure and radar cruise systems.
  4. Use wiring diagrams to trace electrical/electronic circuits.
  5. Demonstrate proper use of a digital multimeter (DMM) when measuring source voltage, voltage drop (including grounds), current flow, and resistance.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of the causes and effects from shorts, grounds, opens, and resistance problems in electrical/electronic circuits.
  7. Check operation of electrical circuits using a test light.
  8. Use fused jumper wires to check operation of electrical circuits.
  9. Measure key-off battery drain (parasitic draw).
  10. Inspect and test fusible links, circuit breakers, and fuses; determine necessary action.
  11. Repair and/or replace connectors, terminal ends, and wiring of electrical/electronic systems (including solder repair).

Battery Service

  1. Perform battery state-of-charge test; determine necessary action.
  2. Confirm proper battery capacity for vehicle application; perform battery capacity and load test; determine necessary action.
  3. Maintain or restore electronic memory functions.
  4. Inspect and clean battery; fill battery cells; check battery cables, connectors, clamps, and hold-downs.
  5. Perform slow/fast battery charge according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
  6. Jump-start vehicle using jumper cables and a booster battery or an auxiliary power supply.
  7. Identify safety precautions for high-voltage systems on electric, hybrid-electric, and diesel vehicles.
  8. Identify electrical/electronic modules, security systems, radios, and other accessories that require reinitialization or code entry after reconnecting vehicle battery.
  9. Identify hybrid vehicle auxiliary (12V) battery service, repair, and test procedures.

Starting System

  1. Perform starter current draw test; determine necessary action.
  2. Perform starter circuit voltage drop tests; determine necessary action.
  3. Inspect and test starter relays and solenoids; determine necessary action.
  4. Remove and install starter in a vehicle.
  5. Inspect and test switches, connectors, and wires of starter control circuits; determine necessary action.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of an automatic idle-stop/start-stop system.

Charging System

  1. Perform charging system output test; determine necessary action.
  2. Inspect, adjust, and/or replace generator (alternator) drive belts; check pulleys and tensioners for wear; check pulley and belt alignment.
  3. Remove, inspect, and/or replace generator (alternator).
  4. Perform charging circuit voltage drop tests; determine necessary action.

Lighting, Instrument Cluster, Driver Information, and Body Electrical Systems

  1. Inspect interior and exterior lamps and sockets, including headlights and auxiliary lights (fog lights/driving lights); replace as needed.
  2. Aim headlights.
  3. Identify system voltage and safety precautions associated with high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights.
  4. Disable and enable supplementary restraint system (SRS); verify indicator lamp operation.
  5. Remove and reinstall door panel.
  6. Describe the operation of keyless entry/remote-start systems.
  7. Verify operation of instrument panel gauges and warning/indicator lights; reset maintenance indicators.
  8. Verify windshield wiper and washer operation; replace wiper blades.



  1. Research vehicle service information, including refrigerant/oil type, vehicle service history, service precautions, and technical service bulletins.
  2. Identify heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) components and configuration.

Refrigeration System Components

  1. Inspect and replace air conditioning (AC) compressor drive belts, pulleys, and tensioners; visually inspect AC components for signs of leaks; determine needed action.
  2. Identify hybrid vehicle AC system electrical circuits and the service/safety precautions.
  3. Inspect AC condenser for airflow restrictions; determine necessary action.

Heating, Ventilation, and Engine Cooling Systems

  1. Inspect engine cooling and heater system hoses and pipes; determine necessary action.

Operating Systems and Related Controls

  1. Inspect AC-heater ducts, doors, hoses, cabin filters, and outlets; determine necessary action.
  2. Identify the source of HVAC system odors.



  1. Research vehicle service information, including fuel type, vehicle service history, service precautions, and technical service bulletins.
  2. Perform engine absolute manifold pressure tests (vacuum/boost); document results.
  3. Perform cylinder power balance test; document results.
  4. Perform cylinder cranking and running compression tests; document results.
  5. Perform cylinder leakage test; document results.
  6. Verify engine operating temperature.
  7. Remove and replace spark plugs; inspect secondary ignition components for wear and damage.

Computerized Engine Controls

  1. Retrieve and record diagnostic trouble codes (DTC), on-board diagnostic (OBD) monitor status, and freeze frame data; clear codes when applicable.
  2. Describe the use of the OBD monitors for repair verification.

Fuel, Air Induction, and Exhaust Systems

  1. Replace fuel filter(s) where applicable.
  2. Inspect, service, or replace air filters, filter housings, and intake duct work.
  3. Inspect integrity of the exhaust manifold, exhaust pipes, muffler(s), catalytic converter(s), resonator(s), tail pipe(s), and heat shields; determine necessary action.
  4. Inspect condition of exhaust system hangers, brackets, clamps, and heat shields; determine necessary action.
  5. Check and refill diesel exhaust fluid (DEF).

Emissions Control Systems

  1. Inspect, test, and service positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) filter/breather, valve, tubes, orifices, and hoses; perform necessary action.