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Automotive Technology

Aloha High School

 "This program changed my whole high school experience. I loved the hands on experience and being able to be an intern at a local dealership. I use those skills daily in my job now."

-2017 Graduate

student working with rotor

Are you interested in...

  • Fixing things
  • Operating machines and tools
  • Solving problems with customers
  • Troubleshooting with equipment
  • Working as a team
Auto tech student using Chromebook for some programming

In this program you'll...

  • Perform preventative maintenance on vehicles
  • Determine necessary service and repair actions needed for vehicle automotive systems
  • Examine the operations of automotive systems
  • Practice safe, legal, and ethical working habits

Course Offerings

Click on each tab to see what courses are offered for students at each grade level. Only students enrolled at Aloha may take the introductory courses (Auto Mechanics/Tech I & II) but advanced courses are open to all students in the BSD. 

Introductory Courses

Auto Mechanics / Tech 1

This is an introductory course to beginning automotive technology. It is designed for students with little or no knowledge of car repair. The curriculum includes safety, proper use of hand tools, tire repair and balancing, cooling systems, batteries and lubrication systems. Course curriculum is based on industry standards National Automotive Technology Education Foundation (NATEF) that allows students real work experience by working on late model vehicles.

  • 0.5 Credits (1 semester)
  • 9-12 grade
  • Only for AHS students

Auto Mechanics / Tech 2

This is an intermediate Automotive Technology course and is designed for students who have successfully completed the Auto Tech 1 course. National Automotive Technology Education Foundation (NATEF) Standards are taught through the basic units of engine performance, brakes, steering and suspension, and electrical.

  • 0.5 Credits (1 semester)
  • 9-12 grade
  • Only for AHS students

Advanced Courses

Auto Tech I

Automotive Technology is designed for students who intend to pursue training after high school in Automotive Technology or related fields. The program is based on National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) industry standards. The curriculum is the maintenance and light repair in brakes, electrical, steering and suspension, engine performance, engines, heating and a/c, powertrains. The auto tech program models the demands of the industry with 50% hands-on experience and 50% academic content. Students can participate in site visits and industry activities including job shadows and summer internships.

  • 2 Credits (Full Year)
  • 11-12 grade
  • Open to all BSD students

Auto Tech II

Auto Tech II Students receive advanced theory and hands-on experience in the following NATEF Maintenance and Light Repair curriculum in brakes, electrical, steering and suspension, engine performance, engines, heating and a/c, powertrains. Students develop leadership skills as well as mechanical skills needed in the automotive industry. Students complete task-based activities demonstrating competency in common diagnostic formats. Course activities include visits to industry sites and college programs, job shadows and summer internships. These activities allow students to become familiar with industry standards that will prepare them for post secondary training and gainful employment.

  • 2 Credits (Full Year)
  • 12 grade
  • Open to all BSD students

How to enroll

Additional Opportunities

Students can participate in additional related activities such as: 

  • Automotive Technology students can join Skills USA, a Career and Technical Student Organization serving students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skill service occupations. Student members of Skills USA can learn and practice workplace skills through local and national competitions.
  • After completing Auto Tech I, students have the opportunity to earn an Automotive Service Excellence industry certification by passing the student certification exam.
  • Automotive students also have the opportunity to participate in site visits and industry activities including job shadows and summer internships that allow them to become familiar with industry standards and prepare them for post-secondary training and gainful employment.  

Students may earn dual credit for some high school course work in this program.

More Information

Click here for the Aloha High School Automotive program website. 

All students need to apply for this program. Click here to review application resources. 

Possibilities After Graduation

Interested in what kind of training might come after high school? Want to know specific incomes for the state of Oregon? Click the photo below or here for Oregon Career Explorer

three photos showcasing different jobs in auto industry, income ranges from $26-70,000 annually