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Automotive Technology

Dennis Powell, Instructor

Possible Industry Certifications:

  • ASE Student Certification – Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair
  • ASE Student Certification – Brakes


The work of automotive service technicians and mechanics has evolved from mechanical repair to a high technology job. As a result, these workers are now usually called “technicians” in automotive services and the term “mechanic” is falling into disuse. Today, integrated electronic systems and complex computers run vehicles and measure their performance while on the road.

Technicians must have an increasingly broad base of knowledge about how vehicles’ complex components work and interact, as well as the ability to work with electronic diagnostic equipment and computer-based technical reference materials. Automotive technology is rapidly increasing in sophistication, and most training authorities strongly recommend that persons seeking automotive service technician and mechanic jobs complete a formal training program in high school, or in a post-secondary vocational school or community college.

Our courses include:

Auto Maintenance & Light Repair Section A, B, C, & D – These courses introduce the student to the principles, theories, and concepts of Automotive Technology, and include instruction in the maintenance and light repair of Engines, Brake Systems, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Suspension and Steering Systems, Automatic and Manual Transmission/Transaxles, and Engine Performance Systems. In all areas, appropriate theory, safety, and support instruction will be taught and required for performing each task, including proper care and cleaning of customers vehicles. The instruction will also include identification and use of appropriate tools and testing/measurement equipment required to accomplish certain tasks. The student will also receive the necessary training to locate and use current reference and training materials from accepted industry publications and resources, and demonstrate the ability to write work orders. All Tasks for the Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Sections A, B, C, and D are listed in the Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Section A Task List.

AUT 290 Special Problems 1, 2, & 3 – Courses designed to enhance a student’s understanding of shop situations and problems that arise when dealing with live work. It expands on the task lists that have already been taught to the student in previous Auto Courses. The instructor will teach students how to deal with real world problems that arise when repairing automobiles subjected to various types of customer road use. 

AUT 199 Co-Op – Co-op provides supervised on-the-job work experience related to the student’s educational objectives. Students who participate in the Cooperative Education program receive compensation for their work.

AUT 198 Automotive Internship I – Internship for CTE courses provide supervised work-site experience for high school students who are enrolled in a capstone course associated with their identified career pathway. Internship experiences consist of a combination of classroom instruction and field experiences. A student receiving pay for an intern experience is one who is participating in an experience that lasts a semester or longer and has an established employee-employer relationship. A non-paid internship affects those students who participate on a short-term basis (semester or less).