Automotive Technology

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Program Description:

atm1The Automotive Technology Program provides training and experience in the principles of automotive diagnosis and repair. This rigorous program is a NATEF certified course recognized nationally for its excellence. Students receive industry recognized S/P2 certification (safety and pollution prevention) as well as student ASE training. Students use computerized test equipment to diagnose charging/ignition/fuel injection and computerized engine control systems. Students must have a grade of 80 percent or better to qualify to work on licensed vehicles. Students will learn both basic and advanced technical skills and essential worker traits to secure and retain employment in the automotive and related fields. A second year is available for advanced students through the Automotive Youth Education System (AYES), a national program sponsored by manufacturers and dealers.

Curriculum Components

As automobiles have become computerized and “high tech,” the automotive industry has changed with the times. CTE’s Automotive Program is intensive and demanding in nature. It requires students to read and follow instructions, as well as navigate computer technology. This program teaches the complexities of the auto industry, as well as provides opportunities for hands-on training in the well-equipped garage. Students are also taught problem-solving abilities which are key to solving customer concerns. A basic overview of this program includes the following:

  • Light engine repair & performance
  • Electrical systems: Ohm’s Law, electrical testing and repair
  • Brakes: hydraulic and mechanical
  • Suspension and Steering: Chassis geometry problems and solutions
  • Maintenance and light repair (belts/fluids/filters, lube/oil/filter, mount/balance/repair tires, welding)
  • Job seeking and employment skills/ job readiness
  • Student ASE: The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence offers testing and certification on the student level

High School Credit Awarded

  • One Math Credit
  • One Science Credit
  • Up to four Elective Credits

Dual Enrollment and Career Academy

atm2All students at the Center for Technology, Essex may seek eligibility for enrollment in a variety of college level courses offered through local colleges. The Auto Program has articulation agreements with University of Northwestern Ohio, Universal Technical Institute and Ohio Technical College. Students can pursue a career in the automotive industry, seeking additional training and certifications through dealerships, as well as pursue a college degree.

Career Experiences

  • Work-based Learning
  • School-Work Cooperative Opportunities
  • Apprenticeships for AYES