The Automotive Technology program is certified by NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc.)and AYES (Automotive Youth Educational Systems). These certifications require ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certified instructors train students in the necessary basic skills needed in order to meet an entry-level automotive technician's job requirements. The program provides students with the opportunity to develop skills in the use of technical manuals, tools, and equipment commonly employed in automotive service work. The major emphasis of this work is for students to gain a broad understanding of the scientific principles of mechanical, electrical and hydraulic systems found in the modern automobile.
The Automotive Technology Department is a fully operational twelve bay automotive service and repair facility equipped with a state-of-the-art computerized diagnostic center, computerized technical library, six lifts and a large power train laboratory for training in six areas of NATEF and AYES automotive technology competencies.
The goal of the program is to prepare students to take and pass ASE and AYES certification tests in the following areas: Engine Repair, Engine Performance, Manual Drive Train & Axles, Brakes, Heating, Suspension & Steering, Electrical/Electronic Systems, and Engine Performance.
While national certification is not currently mandated, it can provide greater opportunities for employment, higher rates of pay and greater mobility since the certification standards are recognized nationally.