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*Work Smarter Not Harder*
The Automotive Technology Program will prepare the student for entry level employment in the automotive field, as well as provide a sound foundation for technical college education. The course emphasizes "Live Work" as its educational foundation, complimented by related classroom instruction and demonstration.
The curriculum is based on ASE and NATEF standards. The program will prepare students in the "why" as well as the "how," and will instill a positive work attitude necessary for success in today's job market. A student will attend class for three periods a day every other day and earn three credits per year.
Automotive Technology I
The program concentrates on shop orientation and safety, basic brake theories and operation, and basic steering, suspension theories, and operation. Students learn in the classroom and in the shop. All instruction and materials are derived from ASE, state, and industry standards.
Automotive Technology II
In the second year of the program, learning is centered on the more technical units of basic electricity, starting, and charging systems. There is also a focus on engine performance, tune-ups, fuel systems, emission control systems, computer controls, drivability diagnosis and repair, the fundamentals of heating and air conditioning, and troubleshooting techniques.
Automotive Technology III
This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Automotive Technology 1 and 2. Students in this course take a leadership role with Automotive Technology 2 students. Students will sharpen the skills they already learned from the previous years. Seniors in this course have the opportunity to participate in internships/job placements in area automotive businesses.
This class focuses on the engine, transmissions, axle operation, and parts identification. The class will learn the theory of operation and the components it takes for them to work.
The Oxford Hills Technical School has articulated many programs with post-secondary education. Students may obtain college credit for the learning opportunities offered through their technical programs. As a part of this agreement, students have to be enrolled for a semester and prove they have met the requirements of the agreement. The Automotive Technology Program has an articulation agreement with Central Maine Community College in the following areas:
AUT 100 General Shop Safety 1 credit
Dual Enrollment CMCC
Students enrolled in the Automotive Technology program will receive college credits from CMCC in the following areas upon successful completion of AT II:
AUT 110 Brakes 2 credits
AUT 120 Steering and Suspension 2 credits
AUT 150 Electrical/Electronics 3 credits
AUT 170 Engine Performance 3 credits
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