Engine Repair


  2. A. Course Title: Engine Repair
    B. Course Number: FM 214 - 10544
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: M T W Th 2:20:00 PM - 4:50:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 4
    F. Instructor: Williams, Kelley
    G. Office: Don Whitaker Automotive Technology Center (ATC) 237
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2865
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 11:30:00 AM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 11:30:00 AM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 11:30:00 AM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 11:30:00 AM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 11:30:00 AM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): Required prerequisite: Each student must be officially accepted into the ASSET Program according to Ford and NMJC entrance requirement polices and must have successfully completed FM 114 Automotive Fundamentals.
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location:

    This course will cover the fundamentals of automotive engine operation, the service, and repair of Ford Motor Company’s automotive engines, and the diagnosis and overhaul procedures related to these engines. Each student must be officially accepted into the Ford ASSET program according to Ford and NMJC entrance requirement policies. This is a four credit hour course. Prerequisite: FM 114 Automotive Fundamentals


    This course incorporates fundamentals important to obtaining employment upon graduation. It may not be suitable if used as a transfer to institutions of higher learning. Please consult with the receiving institution if you intend to transfer this course credit to another institution.



    ASSET students are required to provide their own basic tool set as outlined in the NMJC/ASSET Student Information Manual. This tool set must be on campus and complete during all on-campus training sessions. The set must also be complete and in good working order at the sponsoring dealership during every coop session. It is the student’s responsibility to replace all lost or broken tools. Each ASSET student has a considerable investment in tools and they are very important to the accomplishment of course objectives. Students are encouraged to have their tools marked and keep them secure and clean.

    Personal Protective Equipment (e.g. eye and hearing protection)

    Work uniform (provided through sponsoring dealership, consistent with retailer policy)

    Leather work shoes/boots (tennis shoes are not allowed)

    Text books: Todays Technician: Automotive Engine Repair & Rebuilding 5th Edition Hadfield,
    ISBN 9781133602484

    Related Ford Course Materials (available in the semester bundle in the NMJC bookstore)

    Pencil and Pen


    3” – 3-ring binder


    Locker padlock

    Lap Top Computer

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Note: All departmental requirements must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

    The final course grade will be earned and distributed based on the items listed below. The percentages provided are approximate values and the instructor may alter this policy as warranted or needed.

    Attendance and Daily Preparation 10%
    Homework 15%
    Lab Work 25%
    Tests & Quizzes 50%

    See "Ford ASSET Grading and Attendance Policies" document provided by the instructor for specific grading and attendance policies.
    Note: the use of cell phones distract from the learning process. Therefore, the use of a cell phone during a class session will result in a classroom participation grade of zero for the day.

    Lab exercises will be directed and documented through the use of lab sheets. Students will complete specific tasks identified by the lab sheet and respond to related questions as indicated. The instructor’s electronic grade book is the official record of lab sheet completion/task competency. Students will be given regular reports of their progress in lab assignments. Points for lab sheets will be awarded in the following manner:

    4 = Student has demonstrated hands-on competency in performing the task(s) identified by the lab sheet and responded to related questions with 100% proficiency.

    3 = Student has demonstrated hands-on competency in performing the task(s) identified by the lab sheet and responded to related questions with at least 80% proficiency.

    2 = Student has attempted to demonstrate hands-on competency in performing the task(s) identified by the lab sheet, but requires more practice and/or responded to related questions with less than 80% proficiency.

    0 = Student has not attempted or failed to complete the task(s) identified by the lab sheet.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    After completing this course, the student should be able to perform repairs, adjustments, and diagnostic procedures with demonstrated proficiency on Ford car and light truck engines. Additionally, the student should be able to enter full-time employment as a Ford and/or Lincoln-Mercury automotive dealership Engine Repair Technician and should have the necessary skills, knowledge, and attitudes that will enable him/her to retain this employment and to continually make acceptable progress in this field.

    Course objectives will be accomplished by providing the following learning activities:

    Study and discussion centered on the operational principles and safety aspects of specific hand tools, shop equipment, and hazardous materials.

    Study will include component purpose and design factors in appropriate areas and the laws and principles governing the component’s design and operation.

    Instruction focused on the development of a knowledge base that will provide the student with insight and understanding of the operational characteristics and associated failure modes of the components and systems being studied. Each student will facilitate this process through personal study, knowledge application, and task performance.

    Instruction to provide the knowledge necessary to perform repairs, adjustments, and diagnostic procedures with demonstrated proficiency.

    Performance objectives designed to support the development of industry guideline skill achievement by each student throughout the instructional period.


    After successfully completing this course the student should be able to apply the related skills and technical knowledge on a full-time basis as a Ford automotive technician. Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

    Identify, describe, and give examples of measuring devices recommended by Ford service publications for engine service procedures.

    Discuss the energy conversion process in the four-stroke-cycle internal combustion engine.

    Identify engine components by the names listed in Ford Service Publications.

    Describe and demonstrate an understanding of all the events occurring during the completion of the four-stroke-cycle engine.

    Define and calculate engine bore, stroke, displacement, and compression ratio.

    Discuss engine brake horsepower, indicated horsepower, and frictional horsepower.

    Define and demonstrate an understanding of engine torque output and its relationship to power and performance.

    Demonstrate the ability to relate force, pressure, vacuum, and atmospheric pressure to engine operation and performance.

    Describe and relate to engine performance; volumetric, thermal, mechanical, and fuel efficiency.

    Describe the basic design characteristics of the major components of the four-stroke-cycle engines used in current Ford Motor Company cars and light trucks.

    Describe and identify the operation, and wear factors typically encountered in the various components of Ford engines and recognize the effects of wear on engine performance.

    Recognize and diagnose engine noises caused by valve train and piston related components.

    Describe the conditions that occur within an engine to create the various abnormal internal engine noises.

    Properly select, use and maintain the special hand tools and fixtures used in engine repair.

    Inspect engine assembly for fuel, oil, and coolant leaks; determine the necessary action.

    Diagnose internal engine concerns before disassembly and make the appropriate repair recommendations.

    Determine the cause of internal gasoline engine component failure through inspection and evaluation.

    Diagnose the cause of excessive oil consumption, unusual engine exhaust color, odor, and sound; determine necessary action.

    Demonstrate the ability to find repair specifications for gasoline engines and order replacement parts.

    Remove and replace gasoline engine assemblies according to workshop manual procedures.

    Disassemble, measure, inspect, and indicate needed repair procedures on gasoline engine assemblies and their component parts according to workshop manual procedures and specifications.

    Visually inspect cylinder head(s) for cracks; check gasket surface areas for warpage and leakage; check passage condition.

    Reassemble gasoline engine assemblies and their component parts according to workshop manual procedures and specifications.

    Perform engine vacuum tests; determine necessary action.

    Perform cylinder compression tests; determine necessary action.

    Perform cylinder leakage tests; determine necessary action.

    Perform gasoline engine adjustment and maintenance procedures according to workshop manual procedures.

    Establish camshaft(s) timing and cam sensor indexing according to manufacturer’s specifications and procedures.

    Take the automobile certification exam given by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), in the area of Engine Repair.

    Pass all Ford Final Course Assessments, “embedded in ASSET,” related to this course.



    All course participants must pass the Automotive Safety Test with a final score of 100%.

    It is the responsibility of all concerned to sustain a safe learning environment in the Ford ASSET classroom and lab. Students must use all the safety precautions they have been taught and shown, discuss anything they are unsure of with their instructor, and report any unsafe condition to their instructor immediately. Every student should know the location of fire extinguishers and other safety equipment as well as procedures for first aid and for other emergencies, such as the need for emergency eye wash.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 24, 2017. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    This Course will follow the following general outline. The instructor may need to alter the outline as warranted or needed.

    Date Event

    Week 1

    Lab Exercises
    Hand out homework assignments

    Week 2

    Daily Quiz
    Lab Exercises

    Week 3

    Daily Quiz
    Lab Exercises

    Review for Final Exam
    Final Exam