Career and Technical Center

Automotive Technology
Engineering, Manufacturing, & Technology Path
*Courses offered on a two year rotation.
* 2009-10 Steering & Suspension and Engine Performance
*2010-2011 - Brakes & Electrical
 
 
Program Description
The Automotive Technology program prepares students for entry-level jobs and further post-secondary education in the field of automotive repair and services. Four areas of basic automotive services are taught, including brake service, electrical systems, suspension and steering and engine performance. Each area is taught for one semester. The Automotive Technology program is certified by the National Automotive Technology Education Foundation (NATEF). Instructors have years of experience in the automotive field and are ASE certified.
 
Students perform services on functioning vehicles in a real repair shop setting, Under instructor's supervision students may perform curriculum-related services on their own vehicles. The Automotive Technology program has articulation with many colleges.
 
Career-Related Skills
  • Theory of brake and suspension operation
  • Brake and suspension repair
  • Tire and wheel assembly dismount, repair, and balance
  • Engine electrical, including starter and alternator circuits
  • Basic automotive wiring, including taillights and headlights
  • Basic engine coolant system
  • Wheel alignment, including an introduction to the use of the alignment rack
Career Outlook
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Automotive technician
  • Automotive parts counter
  • Automotive parts or service manager
  • Automotive-related small business owner
  • Automotive service consultant
College credit may be earned in some programs with an A or B grade in a program course and enrollment in a partnering college. For registration information, contact your high school counselor.
 
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