Career & Technical Education offers an opportunity for students to learn skills they may use in high school, college, in a career after graduation and/or a financial means to help further their education. CTE Automotive blends academics and career preparation to produce well‐rounded graduates ready for the opportunities in the field of transportation.
Students have the opportunity to join SkillsUSA. SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.
Automotive Technology I: Maintenance & Light Repair
Ignite your automotive career! If you are interested in the world of automotive technology, this class is for you. Get one-on-one, hands-on training, using professional techniques and industry-standard tools to troubleshoot and complete repairs. Gain valuable experience in automotive drive-train repair, electrical accessories, brake systems, steering and suspension and more!
Automotive Technology II: Automotive Service
You will spend a lot of time working in the shop, so you can’t be afraid to get your hands dirty! Build upon the skills learned in the Automotive Technology course and learn about new concepts and innovations, new engine types, anti-pollutant equipment, computerized engine analysis and more.
Got hail damage? Don’t let that little fender bender get you down. Learn how to fix them! Get the skills you need to become competent in the field of auto body repair and finishing. Learn about automotive body frames, fenders and bumpers, removing windows and repairing damaged panels, replacing windows and windshields, welding light metals, filling with lead or plastic, estimating and pricing repair work, and spray painting. This course provides instruction and training necessary for the I-CAR student certification.
Paint & Refinishing
Continue building your skills in automotive collision repair and put them to the test in this advanced course. You will spend a lot of time working on real vehicles in the shop so you can’t be afraid to get your hands dirty! Get started on a fun and rewarding career path! This course provides instruction and training necessary for the I-CAR student certification.
Prerequisite: Collision Repair and teacher approval
Courses may not be offered on every campus. Check with campus counseling department.
High Demand, High Wage!
What Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics Do
Automotive service technicians and mechanics, often called service technicians or service techs, inspect, maintain, and repair cars and light trucks.
How to Become an Automotive Service Technician or Mechanic
Some employers prefer automotive service technicians and mechanics who have completed a formal training program in a postsecondary institution. Industry certification is usually required once the person is employed.
The median wage of automotive service technicians and mechanics with 2-4 years of experience is $12.59-$19.49 per hour.
Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is expected to grow 17 percent from 2010 to 2020! Job opportunities for qualified jobseekers is very good.
What Automotive Body and Glass Repairers Do
Automotive body and glass repairers restore, refinish, and replace vehicle bodies and frames, windshields, and window glass.
How to Become an Automotive Body or Glass Repairer
Most employers prefer to hire repairers who have completed a formal training program in automotive body repair or refinishing. Still, many new repairers begin work without formal training. Industry certification is becoming increasingly important.
The median wage of an automotive body repairer with 2-4 years of experience is $11.58-$18.00 per hour.
Employment of automotive body and glass repairers is expected to grow 19 percent from 2010 to 2020. Those with formal training and industry certification should have very good job opportunities.