Automotive Technology

The Auto program is offered to students serious in pursuing a career in the auto industry. The program is a 540 hour course of study that prepares students for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification. The Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR) program covers all eight areas of automotive certification. Students may take a high school level MLR- G1 exam. Earning this certification gives students a tremendous advantage as they enter the workforce or post-secondary education. Students in Automotive Technology will develop an understanding of the major automotive systems and various employment opportunities within the automotive field. An emphasis on appropriate safety, shop management and professionalism is included in the curriculum. Students will be introduced to and learn specific Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) skills in a hands-on, project-based format. Membership in SKILLS USA - AUTOMOTIVE is recommended.

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  • Auto Technician
  • Service Manager
  • Parts Specialist
  • Diesel Technician
  • Race Pit Crew
  • Insurance Adjuster
  • Service Consultant
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Motorcycle Technician
  • Power Sports

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Auto I and II students have the opportunity to take the ASE Student Certification exam. ASE Student Certification is the first step in building a career as a service professional in the automotive industry. Marking the completion of career-entry studies in automotive technology, collision repair and refinishing, or medium/heavy-duty trucks, these tests can provide the student with their first industry certification through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

There is no work experience requirement; simply pass one or more of the tests. ASE Student Certification is valid for two years and is not renewable.



Download a PDF of the Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Core Competencies.

Enduring Understanding

As a result of completing the Automotive Technology program students will:

  • Diagnose, and repair various automotive systems using service literature, tools, and NATEF guidelines efficiently
  • Opportunities and advancement in the Automotive industry requires industry level certifications that verify a technician's skill set.
  • Practice safety precautions to protect yourself, vehicles, and the environment.
  • Apply technical reading and mathematical skills to the service of vehicles.

Download a PDF of the Automotive Program Outcomes.

Download a PDF of the Automotive Program Competency Map.

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Skills USA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Together they prepare for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. including health occupations.

For more info, see or email  Zachary Conrad.

Advisory Commitee

Advisory Committee

Advisory committees serve the CTE programs by acting as liaison between the educational institution and the public. The principal purpose for CTE program/advisory committees is to promote greater cooperation between career and technical education and the private sector in preparing individuals for employment, promoting quality career and technical education and making the career technical education system more responsive to the labor market.

CTE program/advisory committees have three major roles. They are to advise, assist and provide support and advocacy for quality career and technical education. It is through these roles that CTE program/advisory committees work with instructors and administrators to initiate policies, procedures and methods that help strengthen and modernize career and technical education.

Improving the quality of career and technical education can be directly linked to the degree of involvement, participation and commitment of the CTE program/advisory committees. If you would like to be involved in shaping the future of education at MWVCTC and have the skills/background to benefit the Automotive Program, please email  Zachary Conrad for more information.

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