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Automotive Technician Program
This program consists of a sequence of courses designed to meet the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Program Certification Standards set by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). It provides students with technical instruction and practical experience in an automobile area incorporating sustainable and green vehicle technologies. Instruction includes classroom and workplace policies and procedures in accordance with federal, state, and local safety and environmental regulations. It covers the proper use, maintenance, and storage of auto repair tools and equipment as well as the effective use of service manuals and computer-based information systems, and an introduction to the different engine designs, automotive electricity, hybrid vehicles, and alternative fuel vehicles. All courses also teach trade mathematics, resource management, employability skills, and entrepreneurial skills.
 
Auto Tech: Brakes
In this course emphasis is placed on the techniques in the following areas of brake diagnosis and repair: general, hydraulic system, drum brake, disc brake, power assist units, wheel bearings, parking brakes, electronic brake, and control systems.
 
Auto Tech: Electrical & Electronics / 1
Emphasis is placed on the techniques in the following areas of electrical and electronic diagnosis and repair: general diagnosis of domestic and import cars, battery, starting system, and charging system.
 
Auto Tech: Electrical & Electronics / 2 
Emphasis is placed on the techniques in the following areas of electrical and electronic diagnosis and repair: lighting systems, gauges, warning devices, driver information systems, horn and wiper/washer, and accessories.
 
Auto Tech: Engine Performance / 1
Emphasis is placed on the techniques in the following areas of engine performance diagnosis and repair: general, computerized engine controls, and ignition system.
 
Auto Tech: Engine Performance / 2
Emphasis is placed on the techniques in the following areas of engine performance: fuel, air induction, and exhaust systems, emission controls systems, and engine-related service. It also offers reviews of engine design, automotive electricity, hybrid vehicles, and alternative fuel vehicles.
 
Auto Tech: Engine Repair
Emphasis is placed on the techniques in the following areas of engine repair: general engine, cylinder head and valve train, engine block assembly, and lubrication and cooling systems.
 
Auto Tech: Suspension and Steering
Emphasis is placed on the techniques in the following areas of suspension and steering diagnosis and repair: general, steering, suspension, related steering and suspension, wheels, and tires.
 
Technology / 1 Automotive Systems 
 This competency-based course is the first in a sequence of two designed to introduce automotive systems. It provides students with project-based experiences in automotive technologies including alternative and green vehicle technology. Instruction includes an orientation, classroom and workplace policies and procedures, resource management, measurements, tools and equipment. Emphasis is placed on domestic car engine designs, engine cooling systems, engine lubrication systems, automotive electricity, charging systems, and starting systems.
 
Technology / 2 Automotive Systems
This competency-based course is the second in a sequence of two designed to introduce automotive systems. It provides students with project-based experiences in automotive technologies including alternative and green vehicle technology. Instruction includes an introduction, classroom and workplace policies and procedures, and reviews of resource management, measurements, tools and equipment. Emphasis is placed on foreign car engine designs, the ignition systems, fuel systems, exhaust systems, emission control, major engine operations, and alternative power sources for automobiles.