Sep 30, 2023  
Academic Program Manuals 2022-2023 
Academic Program Manuals 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Auto Technology Program Policies & Procedures

Non-Discrimination Statement

To view the full Non-Discrimination Statement, please visit the College Catalog & Student Handbook or the college website.

Disability Services/Accommodations

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations for special services should contact the IHCC Disability Services office for assistance. Services are available to students who need classroom accommodations, interpreters and/or specialized equipment.

Students who are requesting accommodations must document their disability by providing a written statement signed by a school counselor, physician, psychologist or other health care professional. Statements must include: (a) a description of the disability, (b) a statement of how the disability prohibits one or more major life activities and is a barrier to the student’s full participation in the program, and (c) a description of the specific accommodations to be provided. (Requested accommodations must be related to the individual’s specific disability.)

All requests for accommodations should be made prior to enrollment.

Students should make their requests for accommodations to the Disability Services office at the time they are applying for admission and, preferably, no later than six weeks prior to the beginning of each academic term. All student requests are dealt with in a confidential manner. Students should contact Disability Services by calling (641) 683-5749 (Ottumwa) or (641) 856-2143, ext. 2214 (Centerville) or by email at [email protected].


Indian Hills Community College is a public post-secondary institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the Higher Learning Commission, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, and (800)621-7440.

Indian Hills Community College is also accredited by the State of Iowa, Iowa Department of Education, Grimes State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319-0146, (515)281-8260.

Program Learning Outcomes

The following list of program learning outcomes describes the knowledge and skills the student should be able to demonstrate upon completion of the program.

  • Practice shop safety.
  • Select and use the proper tools and equipment to perform automotive repairs according to industry procedures.
  • Diagnose and repair brake systems.
  • Diagnose and repair electrical/electronic systems.
  • Diagnose problems associated with engine performance.
  • Diagnose and repair suspension and steering systems.
  • Diagnose and repair automatic transmissions and transaxles.
  • Complete engine repairs.
  • Diagnose and repair heating and air conditioning systems.
  • Diagnose and repair manual drive train and axles.
  • Remove and install various parts of todays cars and light trucks.

Laboratory Safety Rules

General Safety Rules

  • Safety glasses must be worn in the shop at all times.
  • No open toed shoes are allowed in the shop area.
  • Proper attire for lab includes auto tech shirts with sleeves.
  • All flammable liquids should be stored in proper containers.
  • Report all accidents immediately so that first aid can be given and a doctor called if necessary.
  • Learn where the fire extinguishers are located and how to use them.
  • Be careful with compressed air as it can blow foreign materials through you skin when blowing parts dry.
  • Your clothing should be free of flammable grease and oil.
  • Keep the shop area clean.  Never let spilled oil, grease or any fluid to remain on the floor.
  • Old parts and trash must be picked up as they represent a hazard for person walking in the shop area.
  • When operating any piece of equipment, be sure to follow all safety precautions.
  • When operating equipment, all safety guards must be in place.
  • If you feel that a piece of equipment is unsafe or not operating properly, do not operate it.  Report it to the instructor.
  • Remember to return all tools to their proper location so that others may find them when they need to use them.

Lifting Equipment

  • When raising a car on a lift, be sure to raise it slightly to insure proper contact of lift arms with the frame.
  • If you are putting a vehicle on the alignment rack, be sure to another person guide you onto the lift.
  • Never get under a vehicle that is jacked up unless jack stands are properly used.
  • Never leave a creeper on the floor as it represents a hazard to others.
  • When using the engine lift, be sure to not over extend the beam as you can nose the lift over when raising an engine.

Vehicle Operation

Student must have valid driver’s license to move vehicles or go on test drives to verify repairs.

  • Driver’s side or alternate window must be rolled down while vehicle is in the shop.
  • When operating a vehicle in the shop, it must have an exhaust hose on it.
  • When moving a vehicle in the shop, it should be operated at walking speed.
  • Make sure that all fuel lines are connected properly prior to cranking an engine.
  • Never accelerate an engine to high RPM under no load conditions.

Required Personal Tools

Safety Equipment

  • Safety Glasses
  • Steel Toe Boots (Optional)


  • 3/8 drive flex head    
  • 3/8 drive straight       
  • 1/2 drive straight      
  • 1/2 drive breaker bar 
  • 1/4 drive flex head    


  • 3/8 drive set of 8                    
  • 3/8 drive impact universal joint    
  • 1/2 drive set of 5                         
  • 1/4 drive set of 6                 
  • 1/4 drive impact universal joint   


  • 1/4 drive deep and shallow metric set from 4mm to 14mm.   
  • 1/4 15mm deep and shallow                    
  • Set inverted torx                 
  • Set of heavy duty torx bits.      
  • Set of hex bits metric                    
  • 3/8 drive deep and shallow set                                          
  • 3/8 drive spark plug socket set           
  • 3/8 drive impact universal set style.                                                              
  • 3/8 drive impact universal joint           .                        
  • 1/2 drive deep chrome or impact set      
  • 1/2 drive shallow chrome or impact set    


  • Set of standard wrenches
  • Set of metric wrenches


  • Set of Phillips and Flat blade 8 total       


  • Needle nose
  • Slip joint
  • Diagonal cutters                            
  • Vise grip type pliers
  • Set of at least 4 of different makes                                 
  • Snap ring pliers
    • Set of 5 of different makes                                       


  • 16oz ball peen                                                          
  • 24oz ball peen                                                         
  • 16oz brass ball peen                                  


  • Crimper stripper combo
  • 1/2 drive impact gun “air power”                                  
  • 3/8 drive ratchet “air power”                                   
  • Punch and Chisel set                                        
  • Digital caliper 6 inch                                
  • Feeler gauge set
  • Set of pry bars                                

Tool Box