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.
Students’ at all four grade levels will be exposed to automotive curriculum which is completely aligned with standards issued by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). NATEF is a division of ASE, the industry recognized certification association for professional automotive technicians.
Students successfully completing this course of study will be able to pursue a two-year or a four-year degree in the area of automotive or mechanical engineering, or other related fields. Students electing to immediately enter the workforce typically acquire positions as repair technicians in independent repair facilities or new/used vehicle dealerships. Additionally, employment as a service advisor, service writer or automotive parts counterperson is common.