Manual Drive Train and Axle Technician

Course Code: AER0274V

Credit Hours: 150 clock hours

Effective beginning: Fall 2020


Course Description:
This course prepares the student to diagnose and repair manual transaxles, clutches, transmissions, differentials, driveline components, hydraulic systems, and four-wheel transfer cases. Components include lecture/discussion, written assignments, and hands-on experience.

Course Details


John Gardner, Workforce Development Building “WD”, Room 134, Telephone 718-2306, Fax 718-2304.  College extension 2306.  Office hours as posted.  ASE Master Certified & A.S. degree Automotive Technology


Required textbooks/ course materials:

Automotive Service Inspection, Maintenance, Repair, Fifth Edition, Tim Gilles, Thompson Delmar, ISBN 10-1-305-71537-3

Modern Automotive Technology Shop Manual, Chris Johanson, Goodheart-Wilcox,

ISBN 978-1-63126-378-1

Guide to the Automotive Certification Examination - James G. Hughes (Recommended)

Lab Manual: Degem Systems (Provided)

Automotive Tutorials and Modules (Provided)


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

Automotive Technology focuses on broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of the automotive industry:

See chart below.


Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Demonstrate knowledge of general driveline operating concepts, including rear-wheel, front-wheel, and four-wheel drive types.

Identify all inner and outer constant velocity joint types; identify propeller shaft applications; perform a propeller shaft and companion flange run out inspection.

Perform driveline inspection and service on constant velocity joints, front-wheel drive bearings, and rear-wheel drive bearings.

Remove and replace a clutch assembly on a rear-wheel/ front-wheel drive vehicle.

Disassemble, inspect, and reassemble a manual transmission / transaxles assembly.

Disassemble, inspect, and reassemble rear-wheel drive differentials; perform a gear tooth contact pattern adjustment on a rear-wheel drive differential.

Diagnose, test, adjust, and replace electrical / electrical components of four-wheel drive systems.

Disassemble, service, and reassemble a four-wheel drive transfer case.

AUT Outcome 1: Demonstrate mastery of Automotive Service Technology knowledge and skills.

AUT Outcome 2: Demonstrate safety skills appropriate for employees in an Automotive Service work setting.

AUT Outcome 3: Apply critical thinking and diagnostic skills as appropriate for Automotive Service Technicians.

AUT Outcome 4: Exhibit interpersonal and ethical skills as appropriate for Automotive Service Technicians.

AUT Outcome 5: Exhibit leadership, organizational, and professional skills appropriate for Automotive Service Technicians.

AUT Outcome 6: Students exhibit employability and/or entrepreneurship skills as appropriate for employees in an Automotive Service work setting.

Tests, Quizzes, Final Exams, Skills Performance and Skills Demonstration, Projects, Skills Check



The course is competency-based and self-paced using handouts, videotapes, textbooks, computer-assisted instruction and instructor demonstrations.

  1. Attending classes, completing book and computer assignments along with laboratory work.
  2. Completing reading and homework assignments.
  3. Studying/maintaining handouts.
  4. Reading current publications from the automotive industry.

Student must demonstrate an understanding theory of operating principles prior to stating lab sheets. Have the instructor or lab assistant sign and verify your lab sheets after completing each lab assignment. Turn in your lab sheets to the instructor or lab assistant for grading and recording.           

You will be assigned a specific lab station work area. The equipment you will use is rugged and reliable. However, with abuse or misuse, it will malfunction and become inoperable. Be careful and have the instructor/instructional aide demonstrate the use of the equipment before using it for the first time. Read all instructions carefully and ask questions prior to use. Keep your lab bench work area clean and orderly while performing assignments. Return all equipment/lab components to the proper storage area before departing at the end of the day. Lab and shop will be clean and secured at the end of each project or day whichever comes first. If a lab assignment will take more than one day notify the instructor and secure all parts and project at the end of the day.


The course examinations consist of written knowledge examinations and performance evaluations. A knowledge examination is given upon completion of each assignment on the course outline. If you take an exam and score less than 70%, you are allowed to retake the exam on the next class day. First, restudy your textbook, quizzes, lab experiments, etc. and make another attempt. If you have taken the exam three or more times to pass, your grade can never be more than 60. Performance evaluation must be mastered before proceeding to the next assignment. Student will be able to repeat performance evaluations till complete mastery is achieved. Students are encouraged to take the nationally and industry recognized Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) exam upon completion of each automotive area.

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