Teacher and two students looking at computer monitor in auto lab

Letting Students Service Your Vehicle

The goal of automotive servicing is to provide students an opportunity to hone their skills in automobile repair while learning essential job skills. The vehicles serviced have real problems with real life customers. The eight or 10-week course focuses on teaching students routine service and maintenance techniques while they work on vehicles owned by COD employees.

The service class only works on vehicles owned by employees of the College of DuPage which includes faculty, staff, and administrators. We do not work on vehicles for students, student workers, or the general public out of respect to the local employers of our students and graduates, board policy and for insurance reasons. 

The service class focuses on the mundane routine service and maintenance repairs that apprentices would be doing the first few years of their professional lives. On occasion, we will take on a "problem child" car to give the students a challenge. The list of "routine service and maintenance" items includes:

  • Brakes
  • Steering and suspension repairs
  • Alignment
  • Tire work
  • Oil changes
  • Automatic transmission services
  • Air conditioning service
  • Electrical problems of all types
  • Cooling system maintenance 

The major jobs that only a journeyman automotive technician would be allowed to do in a "for pay" shop. The list includes: automatic transmission rebuilds, engine rebuilds, valve jobs, timing belts, and body work of any kind.

The "Check Engine" light is one of the biggest challenges an apprentice can tackle. To really become GOOD at repairing these issues requires practice and experience. During our sessions we try to repair several of these issues.

 

The students registered for the class do the work of repairing the vehicle. This includes test driving the vehicle to verify the complaint, inspecting the vehicle for repairs needed to fix the complaint, repairing the vehicle, and final test drive to verify the complaint has been fixed.

The instructor is there to give guidance when the students have questions and to protect the customers from unneeded repairs and costs. Every part or service has to be approved by the instructor before work begins. Every vehicle is test driven by the instructor before it is released to the customer.

The service class is offered in 8 or 10 week sessions each semester. Check MyACCESS for AUTO-2280 Automotive Service for more information. 

 

Fill out a  Vehicle Repair Request Form. This form is submitted to autoserviceclass@cod.edu so you will need to check MyACCESS to see if AUTO-2280 is in session as this email account is only monitored while the AUTO-2280 Automotive Service class is in session. 

The customer is responsible to pay for parts and related shop supplies needed to repair the vehicle. The students will not contact the customer for work done under $300.00. Please remember that this is a learning environment and class time is valuable. Make sure you read the Disclaimer Information sheet to ensure you understand all of your financial obligations. 

An invoice and work order will be mailed to your address on file within the semester your car repairs were completed. Payment is due when you receive the COD invoice. 

You can pay through MyACCESS or at the Cashiers' Office in Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2424. This document further explains the requirements of the process and what you'll need to do to remit payment.

A lab supervisor is available starting at 7:30 a.m. It is the customer's responsibility to check that their name, address, home phone, and school email are included and correct. At the time of drop off you will sign this disclaimer and give permission to complete any repairs for up to $300. For any repairs over $300 you will be contacted by the Service Class Instructor.

Contact Information

Joe Aranki, Program Coordinator
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1054, (630) 942–2534

Thomas Robertson, Professor
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1064, (630) 942–2439

Peter Deeman, Program Advisor

Bridget McFarland, Program Support Specialist

Business and Applied Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1034, (630) 942-2592