Automotive Technology

Connecticut Technical High School System's Automotive Technology course breakdown by grade. Each student is required to complete four years of a Career Technical Education program.

Grade 9

3 Credits
Exploratory and Introduction to Automotive Technology

Grade 10

3 Credits
Principles and Applications of Automotive Systems

Grade 11

3 Credits
Diagnosis and Service of Automotive Systems

Grade 12

3 Credits
Advanced Diagnostics and Repair of Automotive Systems and Emissions Control Systems

Course Descriptions

Exploratory and Introduction to Automotive Technology (AU110) (3 credits)
All Grade 9 students go through the Exploratory Program. Students deciding to enter the Automotive Technology field will in Grade 9 be introduced to the basics of safety, equipment identification and use, engine operation, construction and components, vehicle maintenance, and shop operation. This course allows students to experience a variety of automotive practices through demonstrations and instruction. Students learn of the varied careers available within the automotive industry. Engine design and construction are discussed and studied. Students will receive experience with engine mechanical repairs and diagnosis. All eight areas of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master Technician Service certification are covered in the four-year course of study. Technology-related mathematics, reading, writing, vocabulary, blueprint reading and science are integrated throughout the curriculum.

Principles and Applications of Automotive Systems (AU210) (3 credits)
In Grade 10, students start with a refresher on shop safety and hand-tool use. Major areas covered include engine mechanical systems, vehicle electrical and electronic systems and brake systems. Students receive instruction in operation and then practice diagnosis and repair with general electrical, battery, starting and charging systems. The hydraulic system, Drum and Disc Brakes systems design, power assist units, and Anti-lock Brakes systems (ABS) and traction control systems are covered. Specific applications and repairs are discussed, explored and practiced. Students continue to receive instruction in safety requirements and demonstrate sound safety practices. Technology-related mathematics, reading, writing, vocabulary, blueprint reading and science are integrated throughout the curriculum.

Diagnosis and Service of Automotive Systems (AU310) (3 credits)
In Grade 11, students diagnose and repair electrical components, lighting systems, instrumentation, wiper systems, chassis wiring and vehicle accessories. Students will also diagnose and repair suspension and steering systems. Two- and four-wheel alignment is taught with wheel and tire service and diagnosis. Expanded diagnostics and repair training in engine performance based on fuel, ignition and computerized engine management systems are performed. Students will perform in-school automotive projects for customers. Students continue to receive instruction in safety requirements and demonstrate sound safety practices. Students reaching an acceptable level of proficiency may be eligible for Work-Based Learning (WBL). Technology-related mathematics, reading, writing, vocabulary, blueprint reading and science are integrated throughout the curriculum.

Advanced Diagnostics and Repair of Automotive Systems and Emissions Control Systems (AU410) (3 credits)
In Grade 12, students continue to build upon knowledge with in-depth training in engine management systems affecting vehicle emissions and performance. Air conditioning service, diagnosis and repair is introduced and practiced. Principles of the HVAC distribution systems are covered. Students are introduced to diagnostic and repair procedures for automatic transmissions and transaxles, as well as manual drivetrains, clutches and drive axles. Shop operation and customer satisfaction are introduced and discussed. Students continue to receive instruction in safety requirements and demonstrate sound safety practices. Students will perform in-school automotive projects for customers. Students will demonstrate the ability to complete a job application and interview and to perform entry-level job readiness and trade skills. Students reaching an acceptable level of proficiency may be eligible for Work-Based Learning (WBL). Each senior will take several Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Student Certification exams, an industry recognized credential. Technology-related mathematics, reading, writing, vocabulary, blueprint reading and science are integrated throughout the curriculum.

Students’ at all four grade levels will be exposed to automotive curriculum which is completely aligned with standards issued by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). NATEF is a division of ASE, the industry recognized certification association for professional automotive technicians.

Students successfully completing this course of study will be able to pursue a two-year or a four-year degree in the area of automotive or mechanical engineering, or other related fields. Students electing to immediately enter the workforce typically acquire positions as repair technicians in independent repair facilities or new/used vehicle dealerships. Additionally, employment as a service advisor, service writer or automotive parts counterperson is common.