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Automotive and Diesel Technology

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Turn your passion for cars and trucks into a career. An Automotive Technology learning pathway can lead to a solid career in the automotive industry. Automotive Technology knowledge allows you to take care of your own vehicle, helps you build confidence in your work experience, and learn a useful life-long skill.

Automotive Technology is designed for students who are interested in pursuing training after high school in Automotive Technology or related fields. The program is based on Automotive Service Excellence Education Foundation (formerly NATEF) industry standards. The auto tech program models industry standards with 50% hands-on experience and 50% academic content.  The curriculum is the maintenance and light repair of brakes, electrical, steering and suspension, engine performance, engines, heating a/c, and powertrains. Students are invited to participate in SkillsUSA contests, including hands-on competitions and leadership areas. Contests give students the opportunity to win scholarships and tools. Students participate in field trips including work site visits, trade college visits  and industry activities including job shadows and internships.

Learning Outcomes

  • Perform preventative maintenance on vehicles

  • Determine necessary service and repair actions needed for vehicle automotive systems

  • Examine the operations of automotive systems

  • Practice safe, legal, and ethical working habits

  • Learn about the latest industry technology

Possibilities After Graduation

Classes in the pathway include: Small Gas Engines, Car Care Automotive 1, 2, & 3.  Leadership Projects - Auto Tech 1 & 2.

Career possibilities include:  Auto/Diesel Mechanic, Tire Maintenance Technician, Service Department Manager, Teacher, Shop Foreman, Fleet Manager

Annual Salary Range:  $28,000 - $105,000

Industry Advisory Board

Thank you to the following business partners who support our teachers and help to ensure that students are prepared for their post-secondary and career plans after high school.

  • Kenworth
  • Papé
  • Kendall Auto Group
  • Overhead Door
  • Universal Technical Institute (UTI)

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