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The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) has recognized our Automotive Technology program (Level 1 & 2) as a 2013 NATEF certified training program. ASE has certified the program for both the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) certification and as an Automotive Youth Educational System (AYES) training program. As a result of these prestigious certifications, students have an opportunity to qualify for internships sponsored by local dealerships, compete in local and national competitions, as well as obtain manufacturer developed competencies in all 8 areas of auto repair.

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Introduction to Automotive Technology (Automotive Pathway)

Course# 773, Grades 9-12, 1/2 Credit, Quarter

In Introduction to Automotive Technology you will learn about the automotive industry and the careers it has to offer. This includes services you will perform in a real shop environment using state of the art equipment. You will also learn four-stroke engine theory, including disassembly and reassembly of a small engine. This course will provide you with an understanding of the automobile and the ability to decide if you want to enroll in the year-long Automotive Technology program.

Automotive Technology 1

Course# 821, Grades 10-11, 2 Credits, Year

In Automotive Technology 1, you will study many of the major automotive systems while learning how a quality automotive shop operates. Major topics of instruction include: shop safety, shop operations, lubrication, engine components, steering and suspension, brake systems, and vehicle safety inspections. You will also develop an understanding of service write-ups, customer service, and parts management. You will gain valuable hands-on experience performing live work in the Salem AutoTech shop. Appropriate safety instruction is provided and students are required to wear proper footwear, eyewear, and clothing for use in laboratory activities. The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) recognizes the Salem Automotive Technology program as a certified training program and it has achieved National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) certification. You will be eligible to earn SP2 safety certification, Valvoline oil certification, as well as industry-driven training from various local companies.

Automotive Technology 2

Course# 823, Grades 11-12, 2 Credits (RS), Year

​In Automotive Technology 2, you will use the skills and competencies mastered in Automotive Technology 1, while mastering new competencies in front-end alignment, steering and suspension, emissions, engine principles, cooling and heating systems, electrical diagnosis and repair as well as scan tool use. A continued emphasis on safety, shop management, and proper workplace attitude are important components of this course. You are required to provide proper footwear and clothing for use in laboratory activities. Automotive related colleges and post-secondary schools visit the program each fall to inform you of post-secondary options. You will be eligible for student level ASE certification and have the opportunity to compete in Skills USA competition.

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in Automotive Technology 1 or teacher recommendation.

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