Program Area: Automotive

Program Overview:

One out of every seven people in the United States is employed by a business involved in the automotive industry. Automotive repair and service technicians are a large part of this group. The need for and importance of automotive technicians can be seen in the fact that more than 200 million cars, trucks, and buses are on the roads today — all requiring maintenance, inspection, and repair.

Work as an automotive technician varies in different shops. Some shops provide service and repair on all types of vehicles, while others specialize in one or two makes of vehicle or types of repair. Areas of specialization include engine repair, automatic transmissions, manual transmissions and drive trains, suspension and steering, brakes, electrical/electronic systems, heating and air conditioning, and engine performance.

The Catawba County Schools automotive program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), helps a student develop technical and manual skills through class assignments, discussions, and practical lab experiences in the clean and well-equipped automotive shop at Maiden High School.  This program is open to all students that are able to travel within the Catawba County Schools district.

Automotive

Course CodeCourse NameSchools OfferingCourse TypeNotes
IT11 (7511)Introduction to Automotive ServiceMaidenCTE
This course introduces automotive safety, basic automotive terminology, system & component identification, knowledge and introductory skills in hand tools, shop equipment, basic servicing,and use of service information. Also careers and various job opportunities in the automotive repair industry will be discussed. As part of the NATEF accreditation, topics are aligned to the Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR) requirements. English language arts are reinforced. Work based learning strategies appropriate for this course include job shadowing. Apprenticeship and cooperative education are not available for this course. SkillsUSA competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.
IT14 (7514)Automotive ElectricalMaidenCTE
Prereq: Automotive Service I
This course emphasizes automotive electrical/electronics and is basic for electrical/electronic automotive preparation. Basic inspection, troubleshooting, and repair of automotive electrical/electronic systems will be included in this course. English language arts and mathematics are reinforced. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include apprenticeship, cooperative education, and job shadowing. This course helps prepare students for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification in electrical/electronics. SkillsUSA competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.
IT16 (7511)Automotive Service IMaidenCTE
Prereq: Introduction to Automotive Service
This course introduces basic automotive skills in Suspension & Steering, Heating & Air Conditioning and Engine Performance. As part of the NATEF accreditation, topics are aligned to the Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR) requirements. English language arts are reinforced. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include apprenticeship, cooperative education, entrepreneurship, internship, and job shadowing. SkillsUSA competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.
IT17Automotive Service IIMaidenCTE
Prereq: Automotive Service I
This course builds on the knowledge and skills introduced in Automotive Servicing I and develops advanced knowledge and skills in vehicle system repair and/or replacement of components in the brakes, electrical systems, drivetrain, engine, HVAC and steering & suspension systems, emphasizing hands-on experience. As part of the NATEF accreditation, topics are aligned to the Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR) requirements. English language arts are reinforced. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include job shadowing, apprenticeship, cooperative education, entrepreneurship, internship, and job shadowing. This course helps prepare students for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification in Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR- G1). SkillsUSA competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.
IT18Automotive Service IIIMaidenCTE
Prereq: Automotive Service II
This course builds on the skills and knowledge introduced in Automotive Service I & II. Building advanced automotive skills and knowledge in vehicle servicing, testing, repair, and diagnosis of brakes, electrical systems, drive train, engine, HVAC and steering & suspension systems, while emphasizing hands-on experience. As part of the NATEF accreditation, topics are aligned to the Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR) requirements. English language arts and mathematics are reinforced. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include apprenticeship, cooperative education, entrepreneurship, internship, and job shadowing. This course helps prepare students for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification in Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR- G1). SkillsUSA competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.
IT12 (7512)Automotive BrakesMaidenCTE
Prereq: Automotive Service I
This course teaches installation, inspection, and troubleshooting of automotive brake systems. Automotive Service Technology programs in North Carolina are National Automotive Technician Education (NATEF) certified. This course is aligned to the ASE Brakes certification. English language arts and mathematics are reinforced. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include apprenticeship, cooperative education, and job shadowing. This course helps prepare students for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification in brakes. SkillsUSA competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.