AUTOMOTIVE MECHANICAL TECHNOLOGY
The Automotive Mechanical Technology program provides basic skill training for entry-level positions in the automotive industry. Instruction follows the ASE standards of professionalism and reinforces those standards throughout the program. Students perform actual work on vehicles and vehicle systems incorporating safety practices, tool and equipment usage, computer skills, and basic shop math. Swofford Career Center is an Automotive Service Excellence/National Automotive Technical Education Foundation, Inc. (ASE/NATEF) certified training center.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE:
- Automotive Designer
- Electronics Technician
- Hydraulics Technician
- Import Engine Repair Specialist
- Marine Engine Repair Specialist
- Shop Owner
- Small Engine Repair Specialist
Automotive Mechanical Technology I
This course acquaints students with introductory level automotive job skills. Students study the industry- wide career opportunities, safety practices, tool and equipment care and use, and communications and information systems within the industry. Students then focus on the fundamentals of automotive maintenance and basic service. These include the eight major areas of the automobile: brakes, steering and suspension, electrical, engine performance, engine repair, manual transmission, automatic transmission, and heat and air conditioning.
Automotive Mechanical Technology II
Prerequisite: Automotive Mechanical Technology I
This program reinforces the introductory skills and increases the intensity of training in the fundamentals of electrical/electronics, brakes, steering and suspension. The students further their understanding of battery service, starting systems, charging systems, lighting systems, and the diagnosis and repair of gauges.
Automotive Mechanical Technology III
Prerequisite: Automotive Mechanical Technology II
This program reinforces the introductory skills and increases the intensity of training in the fundamentals of engine repair, engine performance, and heat and air conditioning. Special emphasis is given to problem solving and teamwork as the students prepare to exit the program and enter the competitive job market and /or continue their ASE certification in other areas at the post-secondary level.