Auto Tech

Keeping a vehicle on the road requires expert attention. There is a science to vehicle repair. Are you ready to look under the hood?

Pathway Description

The automotive technology pathway prepares students for entry-level employment opportunities as automotive technicians at car dealerships, independent automotive shops, service centers, and fleet maintenance departments.

Key Competencies

  • Develop an understanding of small engine repair, welding, safety, and tool identification
  • Learn to identify parts of a vehicle, properly lift vehicles, change oil, mount tires, repair tires, properly use of a tire machine, balance tires, measure fluids used in and on a vehicle, and test the battery, alternator, and starter
  • Become competent in engine components and disassembly, block service, re-assembly, etc.
  • Learn to inspect the drum and disc brake, measure the drum diameter and rotor thickness, and repair the disc brake, drum brake repair, brake line, and parking brake
  • Build skill competence to diagnose and service batteries, starters, charging system, lighting systems, and basic electrical principles


View the High School Course Guide for an in-depth look at the courses outlined below.

High School Credits:

Year 1:

  • 9000 Industrial Arts Technology (2)

Year 2:

  • 9022 Power Mechanics (2)

Year 3:

  • 96E4 Intro to Auto Tech (2)
  • 9697 Auto Electricity/Electronics (2)

Year 4:

  • 96B4 Auto Engine Repair Electronics (2)
  • 9698 Automotive Electrical Systems (2)

Total College Credits:



Annual National Average Salary: $46,000

Career Opportunities

  • Maintenance and Repair Worker
  • Supervisors of Mechanics
  • Auto Engineering Technicians
  • Tire Repairers/Changers
  • Electrical/Electronics Installers
  • Automotive Specialty Technicians
  • Equipment and Systems Inspectors