CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

2018/2019 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Automotive Technology III (8508/36 weeks, 280 hours)

All tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students.

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Demonstrating Workplace Readiness Skills: Personal Qualities and People Skills

  1. Demonstrate positive work ethic.
  2. Demonstrate integrity.
  3. Demonstrate teamwork skills.
  4. Demonstrate self-representation skills.
  5. Demonstrate diversity awareness.
  6. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  7. Demonstrate creativity and resourcefulness.

Demonstrating Workplace Readiness Skills: Professional Knowledge and Skills

  1. Demonstrate effective speaking and listening skills.
  2. Demonstrate effective reading and writing skills.
  3. Demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
  4. Demonstrate healthy behaviors and safety skills.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of workplace organizations, systems, and climates.
  6. Demonstrate lifelong-learning skills.
  7. Demonstrate job-acquisition and advancement skills.
  8. Demonstrate time-, task-, and resource-management skills.
  9. Demonstrate job-specific mathematics skills.
  10. Demonstrate customer-service skills.

Demonstrating Workplace Readiness Skills: Technology Knowledge and Skills

  1. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies common to a specific occupation.
  2. Demonstrate information technology skills.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of Internet use and security issues.
  4. Demonstrate telecommunications skills.

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.

REQUIRED SUPPLEMENTAL TASKS

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).

ENGINE REPAIR

General: Engine Diagnosis; Removal and Reinstallation (R & R)

  1. Complete work order to include customer information, vehicle identifying information, customer concern, related service history, cause, and correction.
  2. Inspect, remove, and/or replace engine mounts.

Cylinder Head and Valve Train Diagnosis and Repair

  1. Remove cylinder head; inspect gasket condition; install cylinder head and gasket; tighten, according to manufacturer’s specifications and procedures.
  2. Clean and visually inspect a cylinder head for cracks; check gasket surface areas for warpage and surface finish; check passage condition.
  3. Inspect pushrods, rocker arms, rocker arm pivots and shafts for wear, bending, cracks, looseness, and blocked oil passages; determine necessary action.
  4. Inspect and replace camshaft and drive belt/chain (includes checking drive gear wear and backlash, end play, sprocket and chain wear, overhead cam drive sprocket(s), drive belt(s), belt tension, tensioners, camshaft reluctor ring/tone-wheel, and valve timing components); verify correct camshaft timing.
  5. Establish camshaft position sensor indexing.

Engine Block Assembly Diagnosis and Repair

  1. Remove, inspect, and/or replace crankshaft vibration damper (harmonic balancer).

Lubrication and Cooling Systems Diagnosis and Repair

  1. Identify causes of engine overheating.
  2. Inspect, remove, and replace water pump.
  3. Remove and replace radiator.
  4. Inspect and test fan(s), fan clutch (electrical or mechanical), fan shroud, and air dams; determine needed action.
  5. Perform oil pressure tests; determine needed action.
  6. Inspect auxiliary coolers; determine needed action.
  7. Inspect, test, and replace oil temperature and pressure switches and sensors.

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION AND TRANSAXLE

General: Transmission and Transaxle Diagnosis

  1. Identify and interpret transmission/transaxle concern, differentiate between engine performance and transmission/transaxle concerns; determine necessary action.
  2. Diagnose fluid loss and condition concerns; determine necessary action.
  3. Perform stall test; determine needed action.
  4. Perform lock-up converter system tests; determine needed action.
  5. Diagnose transmission/transaxle gear reduction/multiplication concerns using driving, driven, and held member (power flow) principles.
  6. Diagnose pressure concerns in a transmission, using hydraulic principles (Pascal’s law).

In-Vehicle Transmission/Transaxle Maintenance and Repair

  1. Inspect, test, adjust, repair, and/or replace electrical/electronic components and circuits, including computers, solenoids, sensors, relays, terminals, connectors, switches, and harnesses; demonstrate understanding of relearn procedure.

Off-Vehicle Transmission and Transaxle Repair

  1. Remove and reinstall transmission/transaxle and torque converter; inspect engine core plugs, rear crankshaft seal, dowel pins, dowel pin holes, and mounting surfaces.
  2. Inspect, leak test, flush, and/or replace transmission/transaxle oil cooler, lines, and fittings.
  3. Inspect converter flex (drive) plate, converter attaching bolts, converter pilot, converter pump drive surfaces, converter end play, and crankshaft pilot bore.

MANUAL DRIVE TRAIN AND AXLES

General: Drive Train Diagnosis

  1. Identify and interpret drive train concerns; determine needed action.

Clutch Diagnosis and Repair

  1. Diagnose clutch noise, binding, slippage, pulsation, and chatter; determine needed action.
  2. Inspect clutch pedal linkage, cables, automatic adjuster mechanisms, brackets, bushings, pivots, and springs; determine needed action.
  3. Inspect and/or replace clutch pressure plate assembly, clutch disc, release (throw-out) bearing, linkage, and pilot bearing/bushing (as applicable).
  4. Bleed clutch hydraulic system.
  5. Check and adjust clutch master cylinder fluid level; check for leaks; use proper fluid type per manufacturer specification.
  6. Inspect flywheel and ring gear for wear and cracks; determine needed action.
  7. Measure flywheel runout and crankshaft end play; determine needed action.

Transmission/Transaxle Diagnosis and Repair

  1. Inspect, adjust, lubricate, and/or replace shift linkages, brackets, bushings, cables, pivots, and levers.

Drive Shaft and Half Shaft, Universal and Constant-Velocity (CV) Joint Diagnosis and Repair (Front, Rear, All-wheel, and Four-wheel Drive)

  1. Diagnose constant-velocity (CV) joint noise and vibration concerns; determine necessary action.
  2. Diagnose universal joint noise and vibration concerns; perform necessary action.
  3. Check shaft balance and phasing; measure shaft runout; measure and adjust driveline angles.

Drive Axle Diagnosis and Repair: Ring and Pinion Gears and Differential Case Assembly

  1. Inspect and replace companion flange and/or pinion seal; measure companion flange runout.

Drive Axles

  1. Remove and replace drive axle shafts.
  2. Inspect and replace drive axle shaft seals, bearings, and retainers.
  3. Measure drive axle flange runout and shaft end play; determine needed action.

Four-wheel Drive/All-wheel Drive Component Diagnosis and Repair

  1. Inspect, adjust, and repair shifting controls (e.g., mechanical, electrical, and vacuum), bushings, mounts, levers, and brackets.
  2. Identify concerns related to variations in tire circumference and/or final drive ratios.

SUSPENSION AND STEERING

Steering Systems Diagnosis and Repair

  1. Disable and enable supplemental restraint system (SRS); verify indicator lamp operation.
  2. Remove and replace steering wheel; center/time supplemental restraint system (SRS) coil (clock spring).
  3. Diagnose steering column noises, looseness, and binding concerns (including tilt/telescoping mechanisms); determine needed action.
  4. Diagnose power steering gear (i.e., non-rack-and-pinion) binding, uneven turning effort, looseness, hard steering, and noise concerns; determine needed action.
  5. Diagnose power steering gear (i.e., rack-and-pinion) binding, uneven turning effort, looseness, hard steering, and noise concerns; determine needed action.
  6. Inspect steering shaft universal joint(s), flexible coupling(s), collapsible column, lock-cylinder mechanism, and steering wheel; determine needed action.
  7. Remove and replace rack-and-pinion steering gear; inspect mounting bushings and brackets.
  8. Remove and reinstall power steering pump.
  9. Remove and reinstall press fit power steering pump pulley; check pulley and belt alignment.
  10. Inspect, remove, and or replace pitman arm, relay (centerlink/intermediate) rod, idler arm, mountings, and steering linkage damper.
  11. Inspect, replace, and/or adjust tie rod ends (sockets), tie rod sleeves, and clamps.

Suspension Systems Diagnosis and Repair

  1. Diagnose short- and long-arm suspension system noises, body sway, and uneven ride height concerns; determine needed action.
  2. Diagnose strut suspension system noises, body sway, and uneven ride height concerns; determine needed action.
  3. Inspect, remove and/or replace upper and lower control arms, bushings, shafts, and rebound bumpers.
  4. Inspect, remove, and/or replace strut rods and bushings.
  5. Inspect, remove and/or replace steering knuckle assemblies.
  6. Inspect, remove, and/or replace short- and long-arm suspension system coil springs and spring insulators.
  7. Inspect, remove, and/or replace torsion bars and mounts.
  8. Inspect, remove, and/or replace front/rear stabilizer bar (sway bar) bushings, brackets, and links.
  9. Inspect, remove, and/or replace strut cartridge or assembly, strut coil spring, insulators (silencers), and upper strut bearing mount.
  10. Inspect rear suspension system leaf spring(s), spring insulators (silencers), shackles, brackets, bushings, center pins/bolts, and mounts.

Related Suspension and Steering Service

  1. Remove, inspect, service, and/or replace front and rear wheel bearings.

Wheel Alignment Diagnosis, Adjustment, and Repair

  1. Diagnose vehicle wander, drift, pull, hard steering, bump steer, memory steer, torque steer, and steering return concerns; determine needed action.
  2. Prepare vehicle for wheel alignment on alignment machine; perform four-wheel alignment by checking and adjusting front and rear wheel caster, camber, and toe as required; center steering wheel.
  3. Check toe-out on turns (i.e., turning radius); determine needed action.
  4. Check steering axis inclination (SAI) and included angle; determine needed action.
  5. Check rear-wheel thrust angle; determine needed action.
  6. Check for front-wheel setback; determine needed action.
  7. Check front and/or rear cradle (subframe) alignment; determine needed action.

Wheels and Tires Diagnosis and Repair

  1. Diagnose wheel/tire vibration, shimmy, and noise; determine needed action.
  2. Measure wheel, tire, axle flange, and hub runout; determine needed action.
  3. Diagnose tire pull problems; determine needed action.

BRAKES

General: Brake Systems Diagnosis

  1. Identify and interpret brake system concerns; determine needed action.

Hydraulic System Diagnosis and Repair

  1. Diagnose pressure concerns in the brake system using hydraulic principles (Pascal’s law).
  2. Remove, bench bleed, and reinstall master cylinder.
  3. Diagnose poor stopping, pulling, or dragging concerns caused by malfunctions in the hydraulic system; determine needed action.
  4. Replace brake lines, hoses, fittings, and supports.
  5. Fabricate brake lines, using proper material and flaring procedures (e.g., double flare and International Standards Organization [ISO] types).
  6. Inspect, test, and/or replace components of brake warning light system.

Drum Brake Diagnosis and Repair

  1. Diagnose poor stopping, noise, vibration, pulling, grabbing, dragging, or pedal pulsation concerns; determine needed action.

Disc Brake Diagnosis and Repair

  1. Diagnose poor stopping, noise, vibration, pulling, grabbing, dragging, or pulsation concerns; determine needed action.

Power-Assist Units Diagnosis and Repair

  1. Inspect vacuum-type power booster unit for leaks; inspect the check-valve for proper operation; determine needed action.
  2. Inspect and test hydraulically assisted power brake system for leaks and proper operation; determine needed action.
  3. Measure and adjust master cylinder pushrod length.

Related Systems (i.e., Wheel Bearings, Parking Brakes, Electrical) Diagnosis and Repair

  1. Diagnose wheel bearing noises, wheel shimmy, and vibration concerns; determine needed action.
  2. Remove, reinstall, and/or replace sealed wheel bearing assembly.

Electronic Brake Control Systems: Antilock Brake (ABS), Traction Control (TCS), and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) Systems Diagnosis and Repair

  1. Identify and inspect electronic brake control system components (e.g., ABS, TCS, ESC); determine needed action.

ELECTRICAL/ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS

General: Electrical System Diagnosis

  1. Diagnose the cause(s) of excessive key-off battery drain (i.e., parasitic draw); determine needed action.
  2. Repair data bus wiring harness.

Starting System Diagnosis and Repair

  1. Differentiate between electrical and engine mechanical problems that cause a slow-crank or a no-crank condition.

Charging System Diagnosis and Repair

  1. Diagnose (troubleshoot) charging system for causes of undercharge, no-charge, or overcharge conditions.

Lighting Systems Diagnosis and Repair

  1. Diagnose (troubleshoot) the causes of brighter-than-normal, intermittent, dim, or no light operation; determine necessary action.

Instrument Cluster and Driver Information Systems Diagnosis and Repair

  1. Inspect and test gauges and gauge sending units for causes of abnormal readings; determine needed action.
  2. Diagnose (troubleshoot) the causes of incorrect operation of warning devices and other driver information systems; determine needed action.

Body Electrical Systems Diagnosis and Repair

  1. Describe operation of comfort and convenience accessories and related circuits (e.g., power window, power seats, pedal height, power locks, truck locks, remote start, moon roof, sun roof, sun shade, remote keyless entry, voice activation, steering wheel controls, back-up camera, park assist, cruise control, and auto dimming headlamps); determine needed repairs.
  2. Describe operation of security/anti-theft systems and related circuits (e.g., theft deterrent, door locks, remote keyless entry, remote start, and starter/fuel disable); determine needed repairs.
  3. Describe operation of entertainment and related circuits (e.g., radio, navigation, amplifiers, speakers, antennas, and voice-activated accessories); determine needed repairs.
  4. Describe operation of safety systems and related circuits (e.g., horn, airbags, seat belt pretensioners, occupancy classification, wipers, washers, speed control/collision avoidance, heads-up display, park assist, and back-up camera); determine needed repairs.
  5. Describe body electronic systems circuits using a scan tool; check for module communication errors (data bus systems); determine needed action.
  6. Describe the process for software transfer, software updates, or reprogramming of electronic modules.

HEATING, VENTILATION, AND AIR CONDITIONING (HVAC)

General: Air Conditioning (AC) System Diagnosis and Repair

  1. Identify and interpret heating and air conditioning problems; determine needed action.
  2. Test AC system; identify problems.
  3. Identify abnormal operating noises in the A/C system; determine needed action.
  4. Identify refrigerant type; select and connect proper gauge set/test equipment; record temperature and pressure readings.
  5. Leak test AC system; determine needed action.
  6. Inspect condition of refrigerant oil removed from AC system; determine needed action.
  7. Determine recommended oil and oil capacity for system application.
  8. Observe and record related HVAC data and trouble codes, using a scan tool.

Refrigeration System Component Diagnosis and Repair

  1. Inspect, test, service, and/or replace AC compressor clutch components and/or assembly; check compressor clutch air gap; adjust as needed.
  2. Remove, inspect, and reinstall AC compressor and mountings; determine recommended oil type and quantity.
  3. Determine the need for an additional AC system filter.
  4. Remove and inspect AC system mufflers, hoses, lines, fittings, O-rings, seals, and service valves; determine needed action.
  5. Remove, inspect, and reinstall receiver/drier or accumulator/drier; determine recommended oil type and quantity.
  6. Remove, inspect, and install expansion valve or orifice (expansion) tube.
  7. Inspect evaporator housing water drain; determine needed action.

Heating, Ventilation, and Engine Cooling Systems Diagnosis and Repair

  1. Inspect and test heater control valve(s); determine needed action.

Operating Systems and Related Controls Diagnosis and Repair

  1. Inspect and test HVAC system blower motors, resistors, switches, relays, wiring, and protection devices; determine needed action.
  2. Diagnose HVAC system clutch control systems; determine needed action.
  3. Diagnose malfunctions in the vacuum, mechanical, and electrical components and controls of the HVAC system; determine needed action.
  4. Inspect and test HVAC system control panel assembly; determine needed action.
  5. Inspect and test HVAC system control cables, motors, and linkages; determine needed action.
  6. Inspect HVAC system ducts, doors, hoses, cabin filters, and outlets; determine needed action.
  7. Check operation of automatic or semi-automatic HVAC control systems; determine needed action.

Refrigerant Recovery, Recycling, and Handling

  1. Use and maintain refrigerant handling equipment, according to equipment manufacturer’s standards.
  2. Identify AC system refrigerant; test for sealants; recover, evacuate, and charge AC system; add refrigerant oil as required.
  3. Recycle, label, and store refrigerant.

ENGINE PERFORMANCE

General: Engine Diagnosis

  1. Identify and interpret engine performance concerns; determine needed action.
  2. Diagnose abnormal engine noises or vibration concerns; determine needed action.
  3. Diagnose the cause of excessive oil consumption and unusual exhaust color, odor, and sound; determine needed action.
  4. Diagnose engine mechanical, electrical, electronic, fuel, and ignition concerns; determine needed action.
  5. Verify correct camshaft timing, including variable valve timing (VVT) systems.

Computerized Controls Diagnosis and Repair

  1. Research service information to perform step-by-step diagnosis (troubleshooting).
  2. Perform active tests of actuators using a scan tool; determine needed action.

Ignition System Diagnosis and Repair

  1. Diagnose (troubleshoot) ignition system-related problems such as no-starting, hard starting, engine misfire, poor driveability, spark knock, power loss, poor mileage, and emissions concerns; determine needed action.
  2. Inspect and test crankshaft and camshaft position sensor(s); determine needed action.
  3. Inspect, test, and/or replace ignition control module and powertrain/engine control module; reprogram/initialize as needed.

Fuel, Air Induction, and Exhaust Systems Diagnosis and Repair

  1. Check fuel for contaminants; determine needed action.
  2. Inspect and test fuel pumps and pump control systems for pressure, regulation, and volume; determine needed action.
  3. Inspect throttle body, air induction system, intake manifold, and gaskets for vacuum leaks and/or unmetered air.
  4. Inspect test, and/or replace fuel injectors.
  5. Verify idle control operation.
  6. Perform exhaust system back-pressure test; determine needed action.

Emissions Control Systems Diagnosis and Repair

  1. Diagnose oil leaks, emissions, and driveability concerns caused by the positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) system; determine needed action.
  2. Diagnose emissions and driveability concerns caused by the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system; inspect, test, service, and/or replace components of electrical/electronic sensors, controls, wiring, tubing, exhaust passages, vacuum/pressure controls, filters, and hoses of EGR system; determine necessary action.
  3. Inspect and test electrical/electronically operated components and circuits of secondary air-injection systems; determine needed action.
  4. Diagnose emission and driveability concerns caused by the catalytic converter system; determine needed action.
  5. Inspect and test components and hoses of the evaporative emissions control (EVAP) system; determine needed action.
  6. Interpret diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) and scan tool data related to the emissions control systems; determine needed action.