Each student is required to complete four years of a Career Technical Education program. To learn more about  Connecticut Technical Education and Career System’s Automotive Technology course breakdown by grade see below.  For additional please visit our  district website.

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS*

All Grade 9 students go through the Exploratory Program. Students deciding to enter the Automotive Technology field will in Grade 9 be introduced to the basics of safety, equipment identification and use, engine operation, construction and components, vehicle maintenance, and shop operation. This course allows students to experience a variety of automotive practices through demonstrations and instruction. Students learn of the varied careers available within the automotive industry. Engine design and construction are discussed and studied. Students will receive experience with engine mechanical repairs and diagnosis. All eight areas of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master Technician Service certification are covered in the four-year course of study. Technology-related mathematics, reading, writing, and science are integrated throughout the curriculum.

In Grade 10, students start with a refresher on shop safety and hand-tool use. Major areas covered include engine mechanical systems, vehicle electrical and electronic systems and brake systems. Students receive instruction in operation and then practice diagnosis and repair with general electrical, battery, starting and charging systems. The hydraulic system, Drum and Disc Brakes systems design, power assist units, and Anti-lock Brakes systems (ABS) and traction control systems are covered. Specific applications and repairs are discussed, explored and practiced. Students continue to receive instruction in safety requirements and demonstrate sound safety practices. Technology-related mathematics, reading, writing, vocabulary, blueprint reading and science are integrated throughout the curriculum.

In Grade 11, students diagnose and repair electrical components, lighting systems, instrumentation, wiper systems, chassis wiring and vehicle accessories. Students will also diagnose and repair suspension and steering systems. Two- and four-wheel alignment is taught with wheel and tire service and diagnosis. Expanded diagnostics and repair training in engine performance based on fuel, ignition and computerized engine management systems are performed. Students will perform in-school automotive projects for customers. Students continue to receive instruction in safety requirements and demonstrate sound safety practices. Students reaching an acceptable level of proficiency may be eligible for Work-Based Learning (WBL). Technology-related mathematics, reading, writing, vocabulary, blueprint reading and science are integrated throughout the curriculum.

In Grade 12, students continue to build upon knowledge with in-depth training in engine management systems affecting vehicle emissions and performance. Air conditioning service, diagnosis and repair is introduced and practiced. Principles of the HVAC distribution systems are covered. Students are introduced to diagnostic and repair procedures for automatic transmissions and transaxles, as well as manual drivetrains, clutches and drive axles. Shop operation and customer satisfaction are introduced and discussed. Students continue to receive instruction in safety requirements and demonstrate sound safety practices. Students will perform in-school automotive projects for customers. Students will demonstrate the ability to complete a job application and interview and to perform entry-level job readiness and trade skills. Students reaching an acceptable level of proficiency may be eligible for Work-Based Learning (WBL). Each senior will take several Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Student Certification exams, an industry recognized credential. Technology-related mathematics, reading, writing, vocabulary, blueprint reading and science are integrated throughout the curriculum.

Additional Information

  • Practice Shop Safety
  • Understand career opportunities in the transportation industry
  • Demonstrate mechanical repair processes and materials
  • Demonstrate tool and equipment usage and operation
  • Perform routine maintenance procedures on motor vehicles.
  • Diagnose and repair motor vehicle systems to acceptable industry and safety standards
  • Utilize “high-tech” diagnostic equipment such as digital multimeters, diagnostic scan tools, computerized front end alignment equipment, and on-car brake lathes.
  • Demonstrate professional customer service skills used in the industry
  • Utilize service information and interpret wiring diagrams during diagnosis and repair
  • ASE: Brakes, Engine Performance, Steering & Suspension, Electrical/Electronics,
  • NC3/SnapOn – meter certification and scan tool certification
  • S/P-2 Safety certification
  • Automotive Technician
  • Service Writer
  • Automotive Parts Specialist
  • Engine Rebuilder
  • Manufacturer’s Representative
  • Machine Maintenance Technician
  • Fleet mechanic

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