Automotive Technology

Program Description

The auto industry is becoming an increasingly tech-driven field because car manufacturers have been putting so much technology into cars. they’re essentially computers! Students in the Automotive Technology Program gain the high­tech skills needed to diagnose and repair today’s automobiles and perform preventative maintenance. Virtually every system on today’s vehicles is controlled by computers resulting in high demand for well-trained Auto Technicians. Students in this hands-on program will train in an all-new, state-of the-industry Snap-on Tools lab and will learn to operate the diagnostic tools needed to improve engine performance and repair transmissions, steering and suspension, brakes, electrical, and heating and air conditioning systems. With opportunities to earn industry-standard Automotive Service Excellence Certifications, state certifications, and up to 24 college credits. Students get an amazing jump start on the road to reliability! Students will also have the opportunity to compete and participate in SkillsUSA, a national student organization

Program Content

Engine Performance
Heating and Air Conditioning
Technical Communications
Ethics and Legal Responsibilities

Special Features

Students may participate in SkillsUSA, a national organization that provides opportunities to develop teamwork, personal leadership, and career skills valued by employers.
12th grade students will complete and present senior projects
Automotive YES sponsored paid summer internships are available to qualifying junior students.
Unpaid work experience
Co-op and Paid Work Experience may be available.
Tech Prep Program


4.0 cr. Automotive Technology

Student Certifications

NATEF / ASE, Automotive YES, SP2, CareerSafe Safety Education Training

Program Requirements

Today’s technology requires strong reading and math skills for success in the automotive field.
Text reading level: 9th grade
Ability to read, understand and apply technical information
Mathematics: measurements, fractions, percentages, and cost-time estimates.

Safety Requirements:

Safety shoes
Proper work clothes
Students must complete safety competencies before they are allowed to work in the lab
Must adhere to all MIOSHA, OSHA, and state and federal rules and regulations
Student must be free of allergies from dust, paint, and fumes
Good muscular and eye-hand coordination, physical stamina and strength
Work independently with minimal supervision
Work within precise limits or standards of accuracy

Career Posibilities

Oil or Tire Change Technician, Technician Trainee, Automotive Technician, Master Mechanic, Service Advisor, Service Manager