Automotive Technology

Program Overview:  

Program Of Study Sheet

The Automotive Technician CTE Program of study is an instructional program that incorporates the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) program certification standards and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) task lists. The program prepares students for further education and careers in the Transportation Equipment Pathway and automotive technology.  The program consists of four courses that are divided into four groups:  Suspension and Steering (A-4), Brakes (A-5) , Electrical/Electronic Systems (A-6), and Engine Performance (A-8).

Students participating in the Auto Technician Program will understand and be able to:

  1. Develop workplace (employability) skills by demonstrating mastery of required academic and performance skills;
  2. Demonstrate the ability to perform all tasks in a safe and expedient manner;
  3. Demonstrate the ability to identify appropriate industry procedure/reference/estimation/training materials (both computerized and hardbound) to locate appropriate instructions and perform according to the stated guidelines;
  4. Perform all diagnostic and repair tasks in accordance with manufacturer’s recommended procedures;
  5. Develop thinking skills by analyzing, troubleshooting and solving automotive repair problems utilizing late model vehicles and state of the art tools and equipment (A-4, A-5, A-6, A-8);
  6. Utilize computerized equipment and software to collect and analyze fault codes and automotive operating and digital sending devices to isolate problem sources and perform corrective repairs (A-4, A-5, A-6, A-8);
  7. Use industry standard fault locator devices in the testing and analysis of on-board computer systems, digital circuitry and other digital sending devices;
  8. Troubleshoot noncode generating repair problems utilizing state-of the-art computer software and manuals to identify the sources of and symptoms of necessary repairs; and
  9. Work in teams to analyze and solve challenging simulated and real world repair problems utilizing late model vehicles and state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and equipment.  Under the supervision of ASE certified technicians, students troubleshoot, solve and repair complex problems as members of teams and individually.

The High School will:

  1. Maintain the program’s Automotive Technician NATEF Certification status. (If NATEF certification is withdrawn or lapses, CTE program approval will be withdrawn.)
  2. Agree to require students to take the National Automotive Student Skills Standards Assessment (NA3SA) End-of Course Assessment for Suspension and Steering, Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems and Engine
  3. Complete and and obtain the necessary signatures on the articulation agreement with CCBC


Automotive Technician Training I

Students are introduced to the automotive industry. The topics of study include: tool and equipment usage, basic maintenance procedures, and tire repair. Students receive an overview of the automotive service industry and culture regarding its history, job opportunities, expected salaries, and professional organizations.

Automotive Technician Training II

Prerequisite: Auto Tech I

Students learn how to diagnose and repair automobile braking, steering, and suspension systems.

Automotive Technician Training III

Prerequisite: Auto Tech II

Students learn how to diagnose and repair the engine performance and the electrical systems of automobiles. Four-wheel laser alignment and advanced steering and suspension diagnosis is also studied.

Automotive Technician Training IV

Prerequisite: Auto Tech III

Students gain experience in application through customer service on all automotive systems. Emphasis is on work-place readiness and skills for post-secondary advanced training. Work-based learning (apprenticeships, internships, paid experiences) are available for qualified students.


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