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Otsego Northern Catskills



Automotive Service Technician

Instructor: Greg Traugh
Course Description
Automotive Service Center Technician is a two-year program which prepares students for entry level positions in the automotive repair industry and for further study in post-secondary programs. Students train to diagnose and repair automotive computer, electrical and mechanical failures using the latest equipment and procedures. The theory of automotive systems is explored through classroom instruction, providing the student with a working knowledge of the ever-changing technologically advanced automobile. Skills acquired in this program can also be applied to alternative careers in the automotive field. Many will find that their training will allow them to pursue  careers in the motor sports or personal motor sports industries.
Through class work, tests and hands-on shop work, students study the art of being world-class mechanics. Shop work, as part of the curriculum, provides students with “real” work.  Approximately 30 percent of all shop work is through people in the community.

Students wishing to pursue Automotive Technology need to be motivated, patient, and able to follow multi-step instructions.  Students will also work independently, as well as within a group; be willing to take initiative and follow through until their work is completed.  Students must be consistent about safety precautions and wearing the   required protective eyewear and clothing.
Career Opportunities
Students in the Automotive Technology Program will also gain an awareness of the many other career opportunities within the  “automotive” heading, other than the traditional repair technician. These include but are not limited to:

= Manufacturers' representatives= Racing team

= Technical writing/service manuals

= Automotive journalism

= Advertising

Units of Study
Using the newest equipment and training materials, automotive students study the following:

= Service consulting

= Exhaust systems

= Suspension and steering

= Brakes

= Electrical and electronic systems

= Engine repair= Engine performance

= Manual drive train and axles

= Heating and air conditioning

= Automatic transmission and transaxles

Articulation Agreements
Students in the Automotive Service Center Technician Program may receive college credits through:

= Fulton-Montgomery Community College

= SUNY Delhi

Students in the Automotive  Program may be eligible for the following scholarships:

= Clark Scholarship

= Wanderers Car Club Award= Ed Hughes Memorial Award

= National Technical Honor Society

= College for Every Student


= Various industry awards

Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (SkillsUSA VICA)
SkillsUSA is a student organization that develops leadership abilities and gives students the opportunity to participate in competitions in their vocational areas.