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2024 – 2025

Automotive

Guy Shepherd, Academy C Administrator – Ext. 113

Course & Program of Studies

Statement of Purpose

The philosophy of the Automotive Technology Program is dedicated to providing the best and most complete technical education for all of our students. As a vocational-technical high school, our fundamental purpose is to provide education for employment and to prepare students for post-secondary education. The high school graduates of the 21st century face a world in which the most important skills in the workplace are the ability to learn, to change, and adapt. The underlying fundamentals of the program will include career and technical training, integrated with English, math, related science, and OSHA Safety training to provide each student with the background to advance educationally as well as professionally. The course instruction utilizes the competencies from the Automotive Technology Program Career & Vocational Technical Educational (CVTE) Frameworks and the objectives contained within the six strands of the CVTE Frameworks.

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Exploratory Program

The freshman exploratory automotive program will introduce students to a general overview of the many trade related fields within the industry. Students will learn how to safely lift a car, change oil, dismount, repair, balance and remount tires. In addition to hands-on shop work, students will spend 1 hour of each shop day in the related reinforcement classroom to further explore the automotive technology field.

Freshman Program

The freshman automotive technology program covers the basics of automobile care, which will include basic maintenance, the use of hand and power tools, measuring instruments, fasteners, wheel and tire identification and overall safety maintenance.

Students will learn about specific automotive practices, including general automotive maintenance, identify and safely use hand and power tools, safe use of automotive lifts, access and use vehicle service information utilizing AllData, and proper wheel and tire maintenance, including replacement and balancing of tires.

In addition to hands-on shop work, students will spend 1 hour of each shop day in the related reinforcement classroom completing various ASE trade related certifications and career portfolios.

Sophomore Program

The sophomore automotive technology program covers suspensions, brakes and alignments. Students will learn about the various suspension systems and their importance and safety in an automobile.

Students will learn about the various components of the braking system and how to identify and diagnose defect parts, replacement of braking components and testing of the braking system.

Students will learn about the proper alignment of tires and the purpose of correctly aligned tires. Students will use state of the art industry equipment learning how to align all types of vehicles from front and rear wheel drive, All Wheel Drive and Four Wheel Drive vehicles.

In addition to hands-on shop work, students will spend 1 hour of each shop day in the related reinforcement classroom completing various ASE trade related certifications and career portfolios.

Sophomore Related Class 1

This course introduces students to the various components, functions, and theory of the automotive brakes, steering, and suspension. While in tech lab students will perform hands-on repair and maintenance tasks on donated, and live customer-supplied vehicles, test boards, and computer-based programs. These tasks are competency-based and are taken from the COPS, AES, and NATEF industry-validated task list listing (see attached profile). These tasks are the same jobs that working repair technicians are required to do on a daily basis.

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Junior Program

The junior Automotive Technology Program will cover automotive electrical components, HVAC systems, and an introduction to Hybrid Technology all associated with the automotive industry.

Students will learn to identify and safely use tools to diagnose and repair various problems within the vehicle’s electrical system from lighting, switches, motors and relays that keep vehicles performing and running safely. Students will also learn how to read and interpret electrical diagrams.

Students will learn about heating systems, how they work and integrated into the automobile system and correct heating issues with the automobile.

Students will learn the various components of a HVAC system, including but not limited to testing, diagnosing failures and correcting them, the safe use of evacuating, storing and installing refrigerants for air conditioning. Students will also be introduced to vehicles with Hybrid technology.

In addition to hands-on shop work, students will spend 1 hour of each shop day in the related reinforcement classroom completing various ASE trade related certifications and career portfolios.

Junior Related 1

Automotive Electrical Theory

Junior automotive electrical class instructs students in electrical, ignition, and compression systems theory along with the use of electronic diagnostic equipment. Students will learn to verify proper engine operation and emission controls and to service the electrical, starting, and charging systems. This course will also introduce students to hybrid vehicles.

Junior Related 2

Automotive Electrical Mathematics

Junior automotive electrical mathematics reinforces general math skills, extends these skills to include applied mathematics, some pre-algebra topics, and how to use these skills in automotive applications.

Senior Program

The senior course teaches hands-on instruction for automotive engine repair and performance. During this time work safety habits will be reinforced on the safe use of engine lifts and engine support assemblies utilizing engine cranes and stands.

Students will also learn how to diagnose and repair engine mechanical problems, diagnose and repair engine performance problems and engine component reconditioning.

In addition to hands-on shop work, students will spend 1 hour of each shop day in the related reinforcement classroom completing various ASE trade related certifications and career portfolios.

Senior Related 1

Automotive Senior Lab

The Automotive Senior Lab course provides the student with the theories, languages, math and sciences integrated with their academic studies to enhance their abilities to lead a productive and successful life in or outside the automotive industry. Students will use their knowledge gained to achieve success in the tech lab and the workplace.

Senior Related 2

Automotive Engine and Electrical Control Systems – Elective

The Automotive Engine and Electrical Control Systems course provides the student with the theories, languages, math and sciences integrated with their academic studies to enhance their abilities to diagnose and repair today’s complex automobile. Students will use their knowledge gained to achieve success in the tech lab and the workplace.

Career Opportunities

  • Technician
  • Service Department Consultant
  • Parts Department Consultant
  • Fleet Service Technician
  • Service Station Attendant
  • Foreman
  • Service Manager
  • Parts Department Manager
  • Fixed Operation Manager
  • Finance/Insurance Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • General Manager
  • Insurance Adjuster
  • Automotive Manufacturer Representative
  • Vocational Teacher
  • Automotive Mechanical Engineer
  • Automotive Design Engineer
  • Automotive Research and Development Engineer
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