ABOUT THE PROGRAM OF STUDY
This program prepares students to enter the automotive technology industry. The courses cover theory and hands on training in areas like safety, brakes, suspension, steering, electrical, transmissions, engine performance, modern system diagnostics. Upon completion of this program students should be able to enter the automotive tech workforce and be productive as a basic technician and easily upskilled with further training and experience.
Degrees and Certifications:
AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY: 1
Automotive Technology 1
Level: CP Credit: 2 Grade: 10-11
Automotive Technology 1 is an introduction to the automobile and the automotive industry (standard levels 1 & 2). Students can expect to learn about all systems of the modern-day automobile, with special emphasis on brakes, suspension and steering systems, electrical, and engine performance. Much of the time in this class will be dedicated to learning the theory of the automotive systems with some time spent in the shop doing hand-on activities. Automotive Technology 1 is theory oriented and a proving ground for students that plan to enter Automotive Technology 2.
AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY: 2
Level: Honors Credit: 2 Grade: 11-12
Prerequisite: Automotive Technology 1 and Teacher recommendation
When Safety review has been completed in the beginning of the class, the majority of this class is spent performing hands-on tasks in the shop environment on live work (standard levels 3 & 4). Students in Automotive Technology 2 are required to do a Senior Project, but are graded based on shop performance with few exceptions. This class is a continuation of each of the concepts covered in Automotive Technology 1, but is more hands-on. Students also complete internships with local businesses(Reichenbach Ford, Jiffy Lube, among others), and complete student portfolios, which are an accumulation of completed work while in this class.
Students will be provided the opportunity and the knowledge to be prepared for the following industry recognized certifications:
- OSHA 10
- S/P2 - Auto Technology
Automotive Service Excellence - ASE : Auto Technology Maintenance and Light Repair & Auto Technology Brakes
WORK-BASED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Students are encouraged to complete WBL experiences with Mike Reichenbach Ford and Jiffy Lube of Florence. These experiences give the students an opportunity to "test drive" a career. This empowers the student with the knowledge that they love the career or that it may not be for them, allowing them to change course to a career that best fit them. Either way the student will save time and money. If they love it the student will already have experience, contacts, references for the industry allowing them to start earning money sooner and likely at a higher than entry level. If they don't love it the student will not waist any more time pursuing a career that is not a good fit for them.
AUTOMOTIVE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The Career and Technical Education Advisory Committees are made up of volunteers who agree to serve as advisors to one or more career and technical programs. Members include representatives from business, labor, community agencies, faculty, students and other members. The primary purpose of advisory committees is to provide direction and guidance for the specific career and technical area within the school to strengthen and enhance the success of CTE programs. By working closely with the business and labor communities, we continue to provide high quality workforce training and education to our students so they will succeed in today's job market.
The committees support and strengthen the partnership between business, labor, the community, and education. The committees make recommendations that will strengthen and help to expand the curriculum to improve the quality of program(s). Members provide valuable input in areas such as curriculum development, industry relevant certifications, student recruitment and placement, staff development, equipment and software recommendations.