Automotive Technology


 

Program Summary


Career Opportunities


Certifications


Course of Study



PROGRAM SUMMARY – AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY
 
The Automotive Technology department provides entry-level through advanced level learning and training in the design, theory of operation and servicing techniques of the many system components of today’s automobiles. Training focuses on engine repair, brakes, automatic/manual transmission/transaxles, suspension and steering, scan tools, lab scopes, test equipment, engine machine shop, heating and air conditioning, engine performance, emission controls, small engines, auto parts sales and shop safety. Northeast’s Automotive program is NATEF/ASE approved (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation – National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence), and all teachers are ASE certified. The department supports the SKILLS USA program, a national nonprofit organization supporting students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.
 

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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
 
Upon graduation, students are employable as:

  • Automobile Technicians
  • Mechanics
  • Used Car Mechanics
  • Self Employment
  • Under Car Specialists
  • Small Engine Mechanics
  • Municipal Mechanics
  • Apprentices
  • Engine Machinists/Rebuilders

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY GRADUATES HAVE BEEN EMPLOYED AT THESE LOCAL BUSINESSES:

  • 128 Mazda / Isuzu
  • Stoneham Ford
  • Olsen Cadillac
  • Liberty Chevrolet
  • XL Hybrids
  • NAPA Auto Parts
  • Danvers BMW
  • Kelly Auto Group
  • 128 Mazda
  • 128 Ford
  • Quality Volvo
  • Jiffy Lube
  • Gem Auto Parts
  • Flagship Motors

 

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CERTIFICATIONS
 
POST – GRADUATE ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS:

  • New England Institute of Technology
  • Universal Technical Institute
  • Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology

LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS:

  • National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)
  • MAC Air Conditioning Certification

 

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COURSE OF STUDY
 
GRADE 9 EXPLORATORY – COURSE #ATX 1.4 CREDIT
This one-week exploratory program introduces students to the automotive and associated service industries. Some of the topics covered are; personal and shop safety, principles of 4-stroke cycle engines, basic measuring skills, hand tools, vehicle maintenance, engine component identification, and disassembly and assembly. Students explore ASE career paths, such as an auto technician, parts supply specialist, machine technician, motorcycle technician, and marine technician. Students see a video on how a car is built from design to completion. Instructional delivery includes hands-on performance, computer animation, group activities, self-paced computer instruction and video presentations.

 
GRADE 9 SHOP – COURSE #ATXF-16 10 CREDITS
Students receive instruction in tire service, vehicle preventative maintenance, shop safety and safe operation of tools, career opportunities, basic engine construction and design. Hands on work include wheel and tire identification, inspection, repair, dismounting, mounting, balancing, and installation. In addition the identification and repair of disc/drum brake systems are covered. This part of the course will provide the students with the basic skills and knowledge necessary for continued success in the Automotive Technology program.

 
GRADE 9 RELATED INSTRUCTION
Instruction includes teacher presentations on automobile fuel, electrical and cooling systems, tire construction, design, and replacement procedures, and the principles of braking, friction, pressure, heat dissipation, and hydraulic operation are studied. Reading, writing, and math assignments related to the automotive industry are an integral part of this program. Instructional delivery includes the use of instructor led presentations, classroom demonstrations, reading and writing assignments, media presentations and electronic text book. This part of the course will provide the students with the technical knowledge necessary for success in the automotive technology program.

 
GRADE 10 SHOP – COURSE #AT2 20 CREDITS
Shop experiences include instruction and hands on training in wheel alignment fundamentals and service, steering and suspension geometry, steering/suspension fundamentals and service, automotive machine shop, basic electrical/electronic theory and operation, maintaining the engine electrical system, and servicing the automotive electrical/electronic system. Shop experiences will provide the students with the knowledge and skill training for continued success in the Automotive Technology program. Instructional delivery includes demonstrations, presentations, and hands-on performance testing.

 
GRADE 10 RELATED – COURSE #AT2R 5 CREDITS
This course provides students with the theory necessary to understand and troubleshoot basic automotive sub-systems. Coursework is designed to address NATEF objectives. Students receive instruction in tool use and safety, equipment procedures, lubrication, automotive machine shop, steering and suspension geometry, 4-wheel alignment, and introduction to braking systems. Students are also introduced to on-board computer theory and diagnostics. Instructional delivery includes presentations, reading and writing assignments, classroom demonstrations, self paced computer instruction, electronic textbooks and visual media presentations. Reading, writing and math assignments related to the automotive profession are integrated with academic frameworks during this class.

 
GRADE 11 SHOP – COURSE #AT3 25 CREDITS
Shop experiences include instruction and hands on training in 4-stroke cycle engine operation, cooling system maintenance and service, automotive machine shop, exhaust system inspection and service, basic electricity/electronics, ignition systems, service and testing of emission control systems, starting and charging systems parts, inventory, and billing procedures, and instruction and use of the MITCHELL ON DEMAND catalog/repair CD ROM information system. Shop experiences will provide the students with knowledge and skill training for continued success in the Automotive Technology program. Instructional delivery includes demonstration, presentations and hands-on performance testing.

 
GRADE 11 RELATED – COURSE #AT3R 5 CREDITS
This course provides students with the theory necessary to understand and troubleshoot basic automotive sub-systems. Instruction builds on coursework from the previous year and is designed to address NATEF and MA CVTE frameworks objectives. Students receive instruction in the principles and operation of the 4-stroke cycle engine, cooling system operation and service, use of precision measuring tools in automotive machine shop, exhaust system operation, basic electricity/electronics, ignition systems, introduction to on-board diagnostics, starting and charging systems and instructions in the use of the MITCHELL ON DEMAND catalog/repair CD ROM information system. Instructional delivery includes presentations, demonstrations, and the use of multimedia equipment. Curriculum includes reading, writing, and math assignments consistent with the automotive profession.

 
GRADE 12 SHOP – COURSE #AT4 25 CREDITS
Students receive instruction and hands on training in service and repair of automotive sub- systems in the areas of heating and air conditioning, service and repair manuals, diagnosis and repair of clutch systems, differentials, and drive line components, principles and operation of manual/transaxle, principles and operations of automatic transmission/transaxle, fuel systems, emissions control, automotive machine shop, and the use of state of the art scan tools, lab scopes and test equipment. Students are also encouraged to learn about customer service skills. Instructional delivery includes presentations, demonstrations, and hands on performance testing, reading and writing assignments, shop demonstrations, and visual media presentations. Tests and performance evaluations are used to determine the student’s level of mastery.

 
GRADE 12 RELATED – COURSE #AT4R 5 CREDITS
Instruction builds on coursework from the previous year and is designed to address NATEF objectives. Students receive instruction in the theory and operation of the fuel system, emissions control, diagnosis of on board computer systems, heating and air conditioning, automatic and manual transmission/transaxle, clutch systems, differentials and drive line components, and use of scan tools, lab scopes, and test equipment. Instructional delivery includes presentations, demonstrations, the use of multimedia equipment and electronic textbooks. Curriculum includes reading, writing, and math assignments consistent with the automotive profession.
 

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