Automotive Mechanics Technology

Instructor: Mr. Dan Kerlin

The Automotive Mechanics Technology Program prepares students for careers as automotive technicians and service personnel or post-secondary education. The program includes instruction in the automotive engine, automotive engine systems, lubrication, cooling, fuel, exhaust, electrical and electronics systems, and emission systems, drive trains, chassis systems, and auxiliary  systems.

College Credits available in Automotive Mechanics from:




Units Covered:

  • Shop Operations / Safety
  • Engine tune-up
  • Ignition Systems
  • Carburetion & Fuel injection
  • Transmissions
  • Clutches
  • Brakes
  • Wheel Alignment & Balancing
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Charging & Starting Systems

Other Topics:

Students are taught how to use diagnostic equipment to diagnose and repair the various systems, and troubleshoot potential future problems. Be the Next High Tech Automotive Technician.

Career Information:

Most community colleges offer an Associate of Applied Science in Transportation Technology, which includes Auto Body Repair, Automotive Mechanics, Automotive Technology, Aviation Maintenance, Technician, and Diesel Mechanics.

What are the Benefits?

There is a variety of job opportunities out there waiting for a certified automotive technician. Some of those careers include:

  • Engine Performance Technician
  • Retail or Wholesale Parts & Sales Representative
  • Brake Technician
  • Service Station or Specialty Shop Operator
  • Technician’s Helper
  • Suspension and Steering Technician
  • Remanufacture Technician

Skills Needed:

A career in the automotive field relies greatly on workers who know how to operate computerized equipment, while still maintaining their traditional hand-tool skills. Some of the following skills are needed to succeed in the Automotive Mechanics Technology Program:

  • Reading and math
  • Basic computer literacy
  • Ability to understand theory and technical information
  • Ability to comprehend textbooks and shop manuals
  • Communication skills
  • Teamwork