Automotive Technology

PDE Approved Program of Studies - CIP Code 47.0604

An instructional program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to engage in the servicing and maintenance of all types of automobiles and light trucks.  This program includes instruction in the diagnosis and testing, including computer analysis of malfunctions in and repair of engines, fuel, electrical, cooling and brake systems and drive train and suspension systems such as cooling systems, drive trains, fuel system components and air conditioning and includes the use of technical repair information and the state inspection procedures.

Most employers regard the successful competition of a training program in automotive technology as the best preparation for trainee positions.  High school programs, while an asset, vary greatly in scope.  Graduates of these programs may need further training to become qualified.  Students who complete this program are well prepared to enter entry-level technician positions or to advance their technical education.

The ability to diagnose the source of a problem quickly and accurately requires good reasoning ability and a thorough knowledge of automobiles.  Many technicians consider diagnosing hard-to-find troubles one of their most challenging and satisfying duties.  For trainee automotive service technician jobs, employers look for people with strong communication and analytical skills.  Technicians need good reading, mathematics, and computer skills to study technical manuals.  They must also read to keep up with new technology and learn new service and repair procedures and specifications.


Certified Emissions Inspector

Certified Safety Inspector, Category I

Career Pathways Listing

Motor Vehicle Inspectors

Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engineers

Automobile Service Technicians

Automobile Specialty Technicians

Motorcycle Mechanics

Automobile Master Mechanics

Airframe and Power-Plant Mechanics

Motorboat Mechanics

Bus and Truck Mechanics

Diesel Engine Specialists

Tire Repairers and Changers

Electronic Equipment Installers, Motor Vehicles


Students from the Automotive Technology and the Collision Repair Programs were invited to participate in a field trip hosted by both Junior Achievement and Rosedale Technical Institute on Wednesday November 18th. The focus of the field trip was to expose students to critical thinking and creativity as well as what it looks like to be prepared and adaptable in the world of work. Students who attended also had the opportunity to witness an Auto Tech Demonstration. A very special thank you to Rosedale Tech for providing the bus transportation for the students. Here are some photos from that event...





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