Students will receive training in the following specialty areas described by NATEF to successfully complete the program:
- Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
- Heating and Air Conditioning
- Manual Drive Trains and Axles
- Suspension and Steering
- Engine Repair
- Electrical Systems
- Engine Performances
Senior-year students will enroll in the Pennsylvania State Inspection Mechanic Certification Program. Juniors who meet a minimum set of standards and are accepted can choose to participate in the Automotive Youth Educational System (AYES) school-to-work program. The AYES program starts with the student in his or her junior year with job shadowing and a full-time paid internship in the summer between the junior year and the senior year. Automotive YES is a dynamic partnership among automotive manufacturers, participating local dealers and career & technical schools. Senior students will have the opportunity to enter the work experience program if all requirements are met.
WHAT CAN STUDENTS EXPECT?
- Possess mechanical interest and aptitude
- Read and write at or near grade level
- Be able to learn required math specific to the program
- Have the ability to use basic computer skills
- Be physically able to lift heavy vehicle parts
For information on this occupation’s description, required knowledge, job tasks and related job titles, state/national wages and employment trends, visit the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s site for this career field.