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Automotive Technology

Modern auto shops rely on skilled workers and innovative technologies to repair and maintain car engines and systems.

The automotive industry is one of the world's largest economic sectors—and automotive technology has become increasingly specialized and complex. Automotive technology programs immerse students in the tools and technology used in modern auto shops. Students work directly with cars in a shop or lab, building skills in engine repair, transmissions, drive train, suspension and steering, brakes, electrical systems, heating and air conditioning, and engine performance. Students learn industry safety standards and practice the collaboration and communication skills that are so important in service industries.

Some schools offer State-Approved (Chapter-74) programs in Automotive Technology. These programs provide all of the training required to begin entry-level work in the field. Other schools may offer a more condensed version of this training, which has been designed at the local level. This is known as Non-Chapter 74 or "Perkins-Only." Learn more about the difference between State-Approved and Local CTE programs.

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Last Updated: September 14, 2022

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