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Automotive Technology

New industry technologies and automotive designs require highly-trained technicians more than ever. Students who complete this two-year program will have a basic understanding of today’s automobile and be prepared for an entry-level transportation technician position. The Automotive Technology Program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Educational Foundation (NATEF) and is an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) student training site. Certifications are available and completing students are able to take the Michigan Automotive Technician License test on site.

As a certified training site, the Career Center maintains a high standard for teaching required skills, continually upgrading its tools and equipment, and integrating the latest technologies into the program curriculum.

Students learn the basics of vehicle service and shop/lab safety. They will learn repair techniques and proper usage of automotive tools to repair both gas and diesel vehicles, while also completing assigned projects in the lab. Students often attend the North American International Auto Show and the Autorama custom car show.

While automotive students are generally self-motivated and mechanically inclined, they also need good math, reading, and science abilities to understand the auto technology materials and manuals. Students will enjoy time working on vehicles in the lab, but also spend time learning the theory behind the repairs in the classroom.

This program has received ASE Training Program accreditation by the ASE Education Foundation, signaling a commitment to quality and strict industry standards. To achieve this coveted recognition, the program underwent rigorous evaluation using nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities, and equipment.

Not sure if you are a good fit for this program? Each program has a list of recommendations to follow when placing students in classes called "SUCCESS INDICATORS". Students do best when their characteristics align with these recommendations.

Success indicators for all programs

Potential Jobs

  • Automotive Technician
  • Bus and Truck Mechanics
  • Diesel Service Technicians

Potential Careers with Income

Career Certifications & Credentials

  • ASE Student Certification - Entry Level: Automatic Transmission, Brakes, Electrical, Engine Performance, Engine Repair, Heating Ventilation AC, MLR, and Suspension

  • SP2 Safety

  • CareerSafe OHSA-10

  • State of Michigan Automotive Technician Certification
  • Various manufacturers certifications

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