Automotive Technology

If you love cars, you can truly benefit from this program both personally and professionally. The automakers are doing well once again and are going to need highly-skilled professionals for this industry. This two-year program, which is open to juniors, provides endless career opportunities for students. Whether you want to be a robotical or mechanical engineer, work in an auto repair shop, or own your own business, this program will set you up for success!

Over the two years, you will participate in an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and National Automotive Education Foundation (NATEF) certified training program offering several occupational specialties as well as state certification. The State of Michigan certification tests are provided free of charge to eligible students.

Extracurricular activities include the opportunity to participate in the WTC MotorSports Team and to compete for awards and scholarships in the statewide Ford/AAA Auto Skills Contest and the Michigan Industrial Technology Education Society (MITES) competition.

Pursuing automotive technology will give you endless opportunities for careers that include specialization in computer diagnostics, maintenance and light repair, suspension and steering, brakes, engine performance and repair, electrical systems, heating and air conditioning and parts or service advisor, just to name a few.

Articulated Credit

The number of credits a student receives will depend on area of study, course requirements and meeting the minimum competency requirements(check with instructor).

*Requires Michigan B.A.R. or ASE certification in each area for credit
** Must pass the LCC final exam
Credits are subject to change.

Lansing Community College

Course Credits
AUTM 102 (Automotive Safety) R3 W2 M3 2
AUTM 111 (Automotive Electrical I) R3 W2 M3 4
AUTM 113 (Automotive Electrical II) R3 W2 M3 2
AUTM 141 (Braking Systems and ABS I) R3 W2 M3 2


Baker College

Course Credits
AST 1310 & L (Brakes & Braking Systems) 3
AST 1410 & L (Electrical Systems) 3
AST 1110 & L (Engine Operation & Service) 3


University of Northwestern Ohio

Course Credits
AU 126 (Suspension and Steering) 6
AU 127 (Hydraulic Brake Systems) 6
HV 101 (Service & Procedures I)

6


Delta College

Course Credits
AUTO 101 (Engine Repair) 3
AUTO 102 (Automatic Transmission) 3
AUTO 103 (Manual Drive Trains & Axles) 2
AUTO 104 (Suspension and Steering) 3
AUTO 105 (Brakes) 2
AUTO 106 (Electrical/Electronic Systems) 4
AUTO 107 (Heating/Air Conditioning) 2
AUTO 108 (Engine Performance) 3
AUTO 110 (MLR Internship – 80 hours) 1
AUTO 149 (MLR Capstone – ASE G1 Test) 1


Washtenaw Community College

Course Credits
ASV 130 (Automotive Maintenance) 4
ASV 131 (Automotive Electrical) 0-4


Lincoln Tech

Course Credits
AT 101 (Gas Engine Const. & Operations) 5
AT 103 (Electrical Systems) 5
AT 110 (Auto Brake Systems) 5
AT 111 (Auto Steering & Suspension) 4.5


Ferris State University

Course Credits
AUTO 112 (Automotive Brake Systems) 4
AUTO 113 (Automotive Electricity-Electronics) 4
AUTO 114 (Automotive Engines) 4
AUTO 115 (Suspension-Steering-Alignment Service) 4

Program Syllabus

Our mission is to provide students with the essential knowledge, skills, and work habits to excel in their careers and future learning.

Course Title

Automotive Technology

National Career Cluster

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Michigan Career Pathway

Engineering, Manufacturing & Industrial Technology

Instructor(s)

Scott Westenberg517.244.1343
Ian Klages, 517. 244.1369

Instructional Assistants

Tom Pratt
Kevin Cain

Instructor Credentials

State of Michigan Continuing Teaching Certificate
Full Vocational Authorization
ASE Automotive Technician

Types of Credit

One full fourth year math credit
Michigan Merit Curriculum:  Visual Performing and Applied Arts (VPAA), one full credit
On-line credit
Elective Credit: Recommended by WTC; awarded by sending school

Articulation Agreements

Washtenaw Community College
Ferris State University 
University of Northwestern Ohio
Universal Technical Institute
Lansing Community College
Baker College
Davenport University
Lincoln Tech
Delta College

Program Description

The opportunities for students in the program include learning the latest techniques in the automotive field, and participating in work based learning experiences which include field trips, job shadowing, work experiences and apprenticeships. Career exploration, employability skills, technology skills, and the academic skills necessary to succeed in the workplace and in advanced education are integrated into the program curriculum.

The Auto Technology Program participates in the national AYES program and is certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).  This program aligns with the National Career Cluster and the Michigan Curriculum Framework Academic, Technology, and Career and Employability Skills Standards. The program also participates in MITES and has a Motor Sports Team.

Additional opportunities in the Automotive Technology program:

  • Apprenticeships and Automotive YES
  • WTC Motorsports Team
  • MITES (Michigan Industrial and Technical Education Society)
  • Student Technical Solutions Competition (Delta College)

Recommendations for Success (Prerequisites for Enrollment)

  • 9th grade (minimum) reading and math levels
  • Ability to read, understand, and apply technical information
  • Able to use computer/tablet to access information
  • Good attendance and attitude
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work well in teams and individually
  • Attention to detail
  • Troubleshooting skills
  • Uniform requirement
  • Safety glasses and other appropriate safety equipment
  • Adherence to all OSHA rules and regulations
  • Ability to work in a noisy environment
  • Ability to lift and move equipment
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Visit for local salary ranges for potential careers Salary (www.salary.com)

Course Topics

  • Maintenance & Light Repair
  • Suspension & Steering
  • Brakes
  • Electrical
  • Engine Repair & Performance
  • Transmissions & Drivelines
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Parts and Service Advisor/Technology
  • Automotive Welding

Grading Policy

Your grade will be based on the following grading scale. You must maintain a minimum of 70% to return to the second year program.

In the Automotive Technology program, your grade will be based on a combination of two things:

  • 65% will be based on weekly progress which includes hours of progress, tests, quizzes, and applied academics
  • 35% will be based on work habits, team participation and clean-up

Grade Option Percentage

Grade Percentage
A 93-100%
A- 90-92%
B+ 87-89%
B 83-86%
B- 80-82%
C+ 77-79%
C- 73-76%
D+ 70-72%
D 67-69%
D- 63-66%
E Below 60%

Grade Criteria

Attendance will indirectly affect your grade.  Poor attendance will lower your work hours.  You will be responsible for making up the work for any absences. Home school absences will not affect your grade.

If needed, extra credit may be made available to you with instructor approval. The following activities may be selected to earn up to one week’s worth of progress (10 hours):

  • Complete extra assignments in on-line curriculum as assigned by your instructor.
  • Complete chapter questions as assigned by your instructor
  • Attend class on a day your home school is not scheduled to attend.
  • Complete lab projects as assigned by your instructor

Automotive Technology Exit Outcomes

Students are eligible to take the ASE Entry Level Certification and the Michigan Mechanic certification tests in the following areas:

  • Maintenance & Light Repair
  • Brakes
  • Suspension & Steering
  • Electrical
  • Engine Performance
  • Engine Repair
  • Heating and A/C
  • Automatic Transmissions
  • Manual Transmissions and Drivelines

Work Based Learning Opportunities

  • Paid or unpaid work based learning; guest speakers, college visitations, field trips, job shadowing and apprenticeships are available.

Universal Supports for Student Success

Extended Time on Tests
Audio Version of Tests
Allow Copy of Teacher Notes
Allow extra time in-class or outside class for work completion
Use of Calculator
Provide Seating Arrangement to Match Students Needs

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About Automotive Technology

2 year program

Offered AM and PM

Skills Students Leave With:

Suspension & Steering

Braking Systems

Electrical Systems

Engine Performance & Repair

Automotive Welding

Maintenance and Light Repair