Safe, reliable transportation is paramount. Everyone depends on the automobile for transportation, both at work and recreation. With over 265 million motor vehicles in the United States alone, the demand for automotive repair technicians will continue to climb. The increased sophistication and technology has created a need for highly trained automotive repair technicians.
Students in the Automotive Technology Program are being trained to diagnose and repair automotive problems in the areas of ignition, fuel systems, brakes, steering, suspension, driveline, and electrical systems. They learn to operate the computerized test equipment used in today's automotive industry to identify and diagnose problems. Areas include, but are not limited to: transmissions, anti-lock brake systems, supplemental inflatable restraints (SIR), and powertrain.
Students gain valuable experience using state-of-the-art equipment including electronic wheel balancer, four wheel aligner, air-conditioning recover/charging system, computerized engine analyzer, hand-held scanners, brake lathe, use of computerized service manuals and electronic billing of customer invoices.
Graduates are able to find employment in automobile dealerships, independent service shops, fleet shops, military fleet shops, automotive part stores, lubrication shops, brake shops, muffler shops, tire and wheel shops and small engine repair shops. Additional education or training leads to jobs such as specialty technician (brakes, steering and suspension, electrical, electronics, electronic ignition, fuel injection), service writer, service manager or shop foreman. Post-secondary placements could lead to mechanical or automotive engineering degrees.
Articulation Agreements between Nashoba Valley Technical High School’s Automotive Technology Program and post secondary institutions:
New England Institute of Technology
Automotive Braking Systemsand Lab- 6 credits
Automotive Suspension Systems and Lab- 6 credits
New Hampshire Community Technical College
Automotive Measurements- 1 credit
Technology and the Automobile- 3 credits
University of Northwestern Ohio
Suspension & Steering- 6 credits
Hydraulic Brake Systems- 6 credits
Service & Procedures- 1 credit
State wide Articulation Agreement
Licenses, Certifications, and Affiliations
American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification (CPR)
National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) General Safety 10 Hour Certification