Automotive Technology


Automotive Technology (900 Clock-Hour Certificate)

Automotive Technology is a 900-hour program designed to prepare students to work as entry-level service technicians in the automotive and related mechanical industries.  In addition to engine concepts and performance, instruction includes brakes, suspension and steering, electrical/electronic systems, and heating/air conditioning.  Students are acquainted with alternative fuels such as propane, natural gas, ethanol, methanol, synthetic fuels, biodiesel, hybrid electric and hydrogen.  Upon completion of the program, students will have acquired one year of experience toward ASE certification.

In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in: 

  • SkillsUSA Club (America’s largest student co-curricular organization)—attending and participating in business-style meetings and competing in skill-related contests.
  • Students also have the opportunity to join in with other students to raise funds for their various activities.  Past events included Longaberger Basket Bingo, Buckwheat Festival, serving concessions at WVU functions.


Major Units of Study

Safety

Maintaining/Repairing Engine Assemblies

Servicing Drive Trains

Servicing Chassis

Servicing Brake Systems

Servicing and Maintaining Fuel and Emission Systems

Performing Basic Electrical Services

Servicing and Repairing Heating and Air Conditioning

Alternative Fuels

Equipment/Tools Used

Various hand tools

Measuring and testing tools

Vernier caliper tire gauge

Grinding and cleaning equipment

Various car lifts and jacks

Tire changing/balancing equipment

Brake reconditioning equipment

Air conditioning servicing

Front end alignment machine

Snap-on products

Clothing Required

Monongalia County School Policy/MTEC safety

T-shirt/jeans

Dark clothes/no shorts

Work shoes/boots (leather steel toe)

Safety glasses

Interests

If you have the following interests, this program may be for you: 

  • I like to solve problems involving mechanical things
  • I take pride in doing a job right the first time
  • I like working with many different tools
  • I like working with my hands
  • I like learning how engines and other mechanical machines work
  • I like learning how to make mechanical machines work
  • I like working as a member of a team
  • I like working inside and outside

Skills

If you have the following skills, then this program may be for you:

  • I read and understand technical books and manuals
  • I accept responsibility for the work I do
  • I do math reasonably well
  • I can lift up to 50 pounds
  • I can stand, stoop, bend, crouch and reach while working
  • I work with my hands in placing and turning motions
  • I move my hands easily and skillfully
  • I coordinate my eyes and hands or fingers rapidly and accurately
  • I can extend my arms and hands in any direction
  • I can withstand constant and extreme noise
  • I can withstand fumes, odors, dust and poor ventilation
  • I make evaluations or decisions based on measurable criteria
  • I can perform a variety of duties, changing from one task to another with efficiency