• PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The Automotive Technology program is designed to prepare students to perform entry-level maintenance and repair tasks under the supervision of an experienced and certified instructor. Students will have the opportunity to obtain knowledge, practice, develop skills and achieve ASE Entry-level Certifications, in addition to other industry certifications, in the following areas: Automatic Transmission/Transaxle, Automobile Service Technology, Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, Engine Repair, Heating and Air Conditioning, Maintenance and Light Repair, Manual Drive Train and Axles and Suspension and Steering.

     

    AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY 1                       1 unit

    Prerequisites:

    • Algebra 1 and English 1
    • Recommended for grades 10-11

     Course Code – 603020CD (1 unit) Maximum Class Size - 20

    Automotive Technology 1 includes the following areas of instruction: Required Supplemental Tasks in Shop and Personal Safety, Tools and Equipment, Preparing Vehicle for Service/Customer, use of Service Information, Precision Measuring, and Electrical/Engine Fundamentals, Basic Vehicle Maintenance. The ASE Education Foundation Automobile Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR) accreditation model is used. There is a fee for this course.

     

    AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY 2                       1 unit

    Prerequisites:

    • Automotive Technology 1 with grade C or higher
    • Recommended for grades 10-11

     Course Code – 603120CD (1 unit) Maximum Class Size - 20

    Automotive Technology 2 includes the following areas of instruction: Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Repair, Brakes and Steering/Suspension . The ASE Education Foundation Automobile Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR) accreditation model is used. There is a fee for this course.

     

    AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY 3                       1 unit

    Prerequisites:

    • Automotive Technology 2 with grade C or higher
    • Recommended for grades 11-12

     Course Code – 603220CW (1 unit) Maximum Class Size – 20

    Automotive Technology 3 includes the following areas of instruction: Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Repair, Brakes, Steering and Suspension and Manual Drive Train and Axles. The ASE Education Foundation. The ASE Education Foundation Automobile Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR) accreditation model is used. There is a fee for this course.

     

    AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY 4                       1 unit

    Prerequisites:

    • Automotive Technology 3
    • Recommended for grades 11-12

     Course Code – 603320CW (1 unit) Maximum Class Size - 20

    Automotive Technology 4 includes the following areas of instruction: Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, Automatic Transmissions/ Transaxles and Heating/Air-conditioning Systems. The ASE Education Foundation Automobile Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR) accreditation model is used. There is a fee for this course.

     

    AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY 5                       1 unit

    Prerequisites:

    • Automotive Technology 4
    • Recommended for grades 12 

    Course Code –                     (1 unit)

    Automotive Technology 5 is a Work Based Learning Course designed to allow students to attain on-the-job experience while adhering to a mutually developed training agreement between the instructor and on-site supervisor. This agreement will define a combination of objectives/skills to be mastered specific to the CTE course and industry-defined competencies within the career pathway.

  • Teacher Overview

     Hi! I am John Alexander, one of two automotive instructors at AIT. My passion for automobiles began in the early 1970's as a small child during the muscle car era. I had 2 sisters who were 8 and 10 yrs older than I, and many muscles either vcame to or by our house during those days. I was exposed to many hot rods and rode in many as well. My automotive education and skills were developed as a student of instructor, Mr. Ken Mckinney, while I attended Pendleton High School. I honestly only took the class because some of my friends were. I thought of mechanic work as being oily, dirty and greasy and hard labor. When I was exposed to Mr. Mckinney's vast knowledge of all different areas of science theory such as electrical/electronics, hydraulics, mechanics and engine computer systems, I was astonished at his brilliance. I was more astonished at his moral character and great role model influence he had on his students. Over the years since those days, I have been exposed to many makes of vehicles and several roles in the automotive industry besides teaching. I have worked in several independent garages, manufacturer dealerships including BMW, Ford, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota and Volkswagen. I have also served the industry as a shop-foreman at Quick Lane and as a sole-proprietor of my own shop along with my wife, Regan. Besides having a passion for automotive, I also enjoy playing guitar, being in the outdoors, fly fishing for trout, and more recently have started revisiting an old hobby from years past, hunting. I also feel very blessed to have raised 4 wonderful children who are now adults and have 7 grandchildren. Spending time with family is very important to me. In my automotive career, I have considered myself also extremely blessed, especially having the opportunity to serve the automotive students of such an extraordinary institute of learning, AIT.

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