The most high-tech device in your house is sitting in the garage.

Every year auto manufacturers release new models. They add more complex computer systems, gadgets, and upgrades of every kind. The race is on to build the most fuel efficient and tech-friendly vehicle on the road. Consumers want their ride to provide modern conveniences and get them where they need to go with as little gas as possible.

As new technologies come along, the amount of skill required to do this work increases. Environmental and economic concerns are increasing the demand for hybrid and electric drive systems. Sharp young technicians are needed who will be able handle these new technologies.

The number of drivers on the road continues to grow. There are over 250 million cars and trucks on the roads in the United States. Every one of those vehicles will need to be repaired at some point. The demand is growing for people who can work on these complex systems and handle the logistics of manging the thousands of parts required to do the work.

What you will do in this class

The first year of the program focuses on theory and hands-on practice. During the second year, students are responsible for operating a live shop. With roles such as Technician and Shop Foreman, students diagnose problems and perform repairs on vehicles for real customers.

Skills you will learn

Troubleshooting, repair, and replacement of the various components of all major automotive systems, including the engine, brakes, steering, and suspension systems.

Tools you will use

Hand tools, diagnostic scan tools, 2 and 4 post lifts, brake lathes, hydraulic presses.

Major Units of Study

Fundamentals of Automotive Technology
Basic Engine Concepts
Brakes
Suspension & Steering

Example Job Titles

ASE Master Automobile Technician
Service Writer
Shop Foreman
Service Manager
Parts Specialist
Parts Manager
Shop Owner

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