Automotive Tech 1

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Program overview:

Automotive Technology is a challenging and exciting program that explores the intricacies of diagnosing and repairing complex modern automobiles. Our program is certified by the National Automotive Technical Educational Foundation (NATEF ) and Automotive Youth Education Systems (AYES). We are a two instructor shop. In the first year, students will spend one day on classroom theory and the next day with shop-based skills. Students will need to keep a notebook for each quarter and write a work order for each shop day. The first quarter is focused on safety and how to operate shop equipment. The second and third quarters cover brake systems and steering and suspension systems. The last quarter covers engine performance, which includes ignition, fuel and emission systems.


Tech II students are encouraged to take the following exams:

  • Brake and/or Steering and Suspension for ASE technicians
  • Maine State Inspection exam
  • Ford/AAA troubleshooting entrance exam

Skills students will acquire:

  • Shop and tool safety
  • Diagnostic skills
  • Sequencing
  • Organization
  • Shop and tool use
  • Problem solving

Activities in which students partake:

  • Operating shop equipment
  • Tire work, brakes, suspension
  • Engine performance
  • Shop safety

Entry-level job opportunities:

  • Entry-level technician at a dealership
  • Independent shop
  • Detailing facility
  • Retail or wholesale parts representative
  • Tire mounting technician

Post-Secondary Opportunities:

  • Two-year associate degree from community colleges in general automotive repair
  • Dealer track
  • Service writer
  • Manufacture specific programs
  • Entry-level placement in a car dealership
  • Independent repair facility


A positive attitude, communication, problem solving and critical thinking skills.



This course meets Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, and Fri.


This course is held at Westbrook Regional Vocational Center in room 407.