Auto Tech I (Grade 11) & Auto Tech II (Grade 12) are designed to produce an entry-level automotive technician. It follows the requirements of the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF). It is a curriculum based course that offers certifications in Brakes, Electrical/Electronics, Engine Performance, and Steering/Suspension.
Automotive Brakes Systems is a study of the principles involved in the ever-changing automotive on-road vehicles. Instruction is given in the skills needed to understand how to diagnose and repair hydraulic and air-brake components. It also gives specific information concerning computerized crash avoidance systems, anti-lock systems, and traction control systems. Training is also included in how to use brake lathes and diagnostic equipment such as dial indicators and micrometers.
Automotive Electrical Systems is a concentrated course in electrical systems found in automobiles and other vehicles. It begins with a study of the principles of voltage, resistance, and current flow. Systems studied include the charging, starting, ignition, lighting and accessories. Many hands-on trainers are available to aid the student in not only understanding the design, but also the diagnostic procedures needed to repair electrical systems. Scan tools, wiring schematics and others means of communicating with the on-board computers are also a part of the training provided.
Computerized Engine Controls are a large part of the Engine Performance course. Students will gain an understanding of the engine mechanical components, fuel systems, emission control systems, ignition timing, and the latest means used by manufacturers to make the automobile more powerful and more economic in fuel consumption. The use of the latest test equipment and techniques are taught for diagnostics and evaluation routine maintenance.
Automotive Steering and Suspension is the study of the geometric positions of tires, functions of springs, ride and driving control components needed to make driving comfortable and safe. Instruction is given in the skills needed to diagnose and repair steering and suspension parts and properly align the wheels of vehicles. As with all of the automotive units, the latest and most modern equipment is available in house.
At least four NATEF certifications are available in the two-years of training. Other benefits include leadership/career opportunities provided by SkillsUSA, OSHA safety certification, and Missouri Vehicle Inspectors license. Students are required to purchase a pair of coveralls (provided through the school), and join SkillsUSA student organization.