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
♦ ASE: Students in the Automotive Technology program have the opportunity to prepare for technician certification by the nationally recognized ASE (Automotive Service Excellence). In order to become ASE certified the candidate must provide proof of two years of relevant work experience. Students who successfully complete the Automotive Technology program earn one-year credit toward this endeavor.
♦ Students in their senior year will be tested in the fall and the spring through the ASE Student Certification process. This can be thought of as the first step in building a career as a service professional in the automotive industry. When completing career-entry studies in automotive technology these tests can provide the student with their first industry recognized certification through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. This certificate in each area passed is good for two years. The student will also receive a shirt patch for each area passed.
♦ SP2 certificate trainings: Mechanical Safety, Mechanical Pollution Prevention, Land That Job: Interview Skills for Automotive Students and Ethics and YOU in the Automotive Industry. Certificates are good for one year and the student will recertify every year in the program.
♦ OSHA 10 Hour Safety Certification
Looking toward the future:
The automotive field is an on-going learning occupation as those in the field must continually adapt to changing technology and techniques as vehicle components and systems become increasingly sophisticated. Formal automotive technician training is the best preparation for these challenging technology-based jobs. The job market should be very good for automotive service technicians and mechanics with diagnostic and problem-solving skills, knowledge of electronics and mathematics, and mechanical aptitude. Students completing the Automotive Technology program have the option of securing gainful employment, continuing formal studies at the post-secondary level, or pursuing a combination of both.
The Automotive Technology program has articulation agreements with Universal Technical Institute, Ohio Technical College and MassBay Community College. The Universal Technical Institute agreement allows students meeting the criteria the opportunity to earn advanced placement and/or a $500 scholarship tuition reduction. The Ohio Technical College allows students who meet the criteria outlined in the agreement the opportunity to receive advanced placement status for up to four courses. MassBay will accept up to five credits for eligible students who maintained a grade of B or better in the Automotive Technology program upon entering the applicable automotive courses at the college.
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- 2015 ASE Industry Education Alliance banner Dear NATEF Accredited Program,Very shortly you will be receiving our 2015 ASE Industry Education Alliance banner. This banner showcases our Alliance partners. It is through their financial support we are able to make NATEF accreditation and the AYES student model available nationwide. These manufacturers, companies and associations support all of our efforts to bring young people into our industry and help educate and train them effectively.Please display this banner appropriately in your school. If you would like additional banners, let us know and depending on our supply, we will provide them. Please also thank representatives of the Alliance partner companies as you see them throughout the year.Thank you for all you do to support career and technical education for our industry.Sincerely,Your NATEF/AYES Team
- CTEC NEWS – September and October 2015 Automotive Technology:
CTEC NEWS – September and October 2015 Automotive Technology:
- Added to the curriculum three additional online SP2 certificate trainings: Mechanical Pollution Prevention, Land That Job: Interview Skills for Automotive Students and Ethics in the Automotive Industry.
- 100% of all students who have returned to the program have completed the SP2 Mechanical Safety and Mechanical Pollution Prevention training. Over 50% of returning students have completed the SP2 Land That Job: Interview Skills for Automotive Students.
- Oct. 23rd field trip to Mass Bay Community College Automotive Facility where the seniors participated in an all-day training on Hybrid Vehicles alongside their instructors.