Instructors: Patrick Graham and Jeff Adams

    As automobiles become more complex and expensive, the need for skilled technicians will also continue to be in demand. This program prepares the student for entry-level employment in the field of automotive repair and maintenance.

    National Automotive Technician Education FoundationThis program is National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) accredited. Each year, students will take NATEF tests in the eight major areas covered. Upon successfully completing this program, passing all eight ASE certification tests, and working two years in the automotive industry, students are eligible to qualify for ASE certification. For complete ASE certification requirement, click here. To remain ASE certified, professionals must retest every five years, to keep up with ever advancing automotive technology. Entry into an occupation related to this program's field of study does not require national and/or state licensure, however ASE cerification is advised for advancement in the field.

    Students receive hands-on shop experience in the proper method of repairs and preventive maintenance on all mechanical and electrical parts of the automobile, utilizing the most modern testing equipment. They learn to use sophisticated equipment, including brake lathes, alignment machines, and the latest computer diagnostic equipment.

    As students progress through the program, they will spend increasing amounts of time in the automotive shop, where they are responsible for diagnosing and repairing automobiles. This hands-on experience will prepare students for the work environment in the automotive industry.

    Program Overview

    The areas of demonstrated competence include:

    • Safety/Orientation
    • Tools/Identification
    • Brake systems
    • Suspension Systems
    • Steering
    • Electrical/Electronics
    • Engine Performance
    • Heating and Air Conditioning
    • Automatic Transmissions
    • Manual Transmissions/Drive-lines
    • Engine Repair
    • Vehicle Maintenance

    Other areas of study include:

    • Applied Math
    • Applied Communication
    • Employment Skills

    Articulated college credit is available through this program. For more information, click here.

    Program Length

    High school students will complete the program over two years either in the morning or afternoon sessions. The Automobile Service Technology program consists of both the mechanical and the electrical courses. This program will meet according to the Saint Joseph School District calendar. District calendars can be found under the District Info tab on the SJSD website home page.


    Admission Requirements

    Program only available to high school students; must enroll through their high school counselors.

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