ATEC1615 Basic Electrical

This course is designed to give students a basic working knowledge of the automotive field and basic electrical theory. Covered in this course are topics such as electronic service information, tools, Ohms law, usage of Digital Multimeter. This course meets all applicable National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) standards. This course will cover the characteristics of hazardous wastes and its safe handling, storage, and disposal.




Qualifying score on reading assessment test OR ENGL0901

Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Inspect and test fusible links, circuit breakers and fuses
Demonstrate safe service and repair practices
Demonstrate proper tool terminology, usage, safety and identification
Demonstrate proper wiring repair techniques
Measure voltage, current and resistance in electrical/electronic circuits
Perform battery system tests
Inspect battery components
Apply ohms law to electrical circuit operation
Use wiring diagrams to understand circuit operation
Demonstrate proper use of a digital volt ohm meter
Assemble basic electrical circuits
Check electrical circuits with a test light

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE). Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals. Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

Disability Services assists students with disabilities who need accommodations to access programs, services and college activities.  If this applies to you, please contact the DS Office on your campus to initiate the accommodations process. 
Brooklyn Park Campus - 763-488-2477
Eden Prairie Campus – 952-995-1544


Brooklyn Park Campus and Eden Prairie Campus:  952-995-1300

Credit Details