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.
Our mission is to provide students with the essential knowledge, skills, and work habits to excel in their careers and future learning.
National Career Cluster
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
Michigan Career Pathway
Engineering, Manufacturing & Industrial Technology
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
Elective Credit: Recommended by WTC; awarded by sending school
Washtenaw Community College
Ferris State University
University of Northwestern Ohio
Universal Technical Institute
Lansing Community College
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)
- Maintenance & Light Repair
- Suspension & Steering
- Engine Repair & Performance
- Transmissions & Drivelines
- Heating and Air Conditioning
- Parts and Service Advisor/Technology
- Automotive Welding
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
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
- Suspension & Steering
- 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
"Summon the Rawk" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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About Automotive Technology
2 year program
Offered AM and PM
Skills Students Leave With:
Suspension & Steering
Engine Performance & Repair
Maintenance and Light Repair