The Automotive Technology program is a Chapter 74 approved program certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) in the following areas: Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, Suspension and Steering. Students are assessed based on competencies aligned with the Massachusetts Department of Education Vocational Technical Education Frameworks – Transportation Cluster – Automotive Technology and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). The NATEF curriculum prepares students to meet national automotive industry standards and requires students to become proficient in a multitude of automotive procedures and diagnostic techniques. Students completing the Automotive Technology program will be able to demonstrate an understanding of careers within the automotive field: shop safety, automotive systems, related math applications for automotive technicians, automotive measurements, diagnostic, testing procedures, troubleshooting and problem solving. Students’ assignments and projects will be in various forms of communication including written and oral presentations. Assignments and projects will require students to draw upon their academic skills in language arts, science, mathematics, and computer applications. It is recommended that students wanting to enter this program have a strong foundation in these academic skills.
Students are prepared for employment within the automotive workforce, requiring good attendance, an exemplary work ethic, professional appearance and outstanding interpersonal and communication skills. Students are prepared for “All Aspects of the Industry” through various experiences in class, shop, and the community. These experiences consist of class discussions, independent projects, the Skills USA Professional Development Program, job shadowing, student exposure in various local shops, and field trips. Equal emphasis is placed on related automotive theory class and in shop hands-on time. The shop is designed to emulate a typical automotive shop in customer contact and repair techniques and procedures.
The Automotive Technology course also participates in the AYES (Automotive Youth Educational Systems) program. This program allows students to job-shadow in local area dealerships and gives the highest achieving eleventh grade students the opportunity to become interns in a specific dealership, during the summer preceding their senior year. This internship may carry over into their senior year as a Cooperative Education work experience opportunity, allowing the AYES student interns to continue receiving the most advanced, recent developments and procedures in the automotive industry. The AYES program provides a tremendous benefit to the school and students through the donation of curriculum, equipment, vehicles while providing a close working relationship with area dealerships that includes career opportunities for the students.
Using industry standards students will learn the following competencies:
♦ Integrate academics through project based learning
♦ Create a portfolio
♦ Recognize career pathway opportunities
♦ Interact safely in a shop environment
♦ Incorporate the use of industry standard technology and software
♦ Read, understand, and communicate in the language of the field
♦ Organize and research information
♦ Develop a professional appearance, exemplary work ethic and superior communication skills
♦ Develop customer relations
♦ Determine customers’ needs and process work orders
♦ Use technology to seek diagnostic techniques and repair procedures, parts information and labor rates