The Automotive Technology program, a nationally certified program by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), teaches entry level technical knowledge and skills needed to enter the job market in Automotive Repair and other related fields.
Students enrolled in the program learn shop management and inventory control, using computers that are dedicated to repair order management as well as computers that are linked to Carquest and NAPA in Ellsworth. This first year of the program covers the basics of automotive and light truck service and preventative maintenance, basic engine operation and tune up, base brake systems, theory and repair, steering and suspension principles, repair and wheel alignment. The second year curriculum is where students will learn about cooling system principles, diagnosis and repair of basic electrical systems, antilock brake operation, computer and fuel system operation and repair, emission controls, and preparation for the Maine State Inspection licensing exam.
Students that enroll in the Auto Technology program will spend approximately 50% of their time in the shop on hands-on skill development and the remaining 50% learning the theory of today's automobile. Students that excel in the theory portion will be able to diagnose the automobile, as well as have the skills necessary to repair it.
Juniors that excel in the program will have the opportunity to participate in Automotive Youth Education Systems, where students are afforded the opportunity to mentor in a dealership under a professional technician, while being supplied a set of Snap-on tools by the dealership. You may be selected to represent Hancock County Technical Center in the Skills USA state skills championships or participate in the Ford/AAA troubleshooting contest. Further, seniors that excel will be given the opportunity to take the Automotive Service Excellence certification exam in brakes at no charge, take the occupational safety and health administration safety exam and receive certification, as well as have the opportunity to take the Maine State Inspection License exam.
Safety of the students is always the first and foremost consideration; therefore, students are required to wear safety glasses at all times while working in the auto shop. Steel toe work boots, coveralls or uniform, and safety glasses are required for all students to work in the shop area.
Year 1 meets Monday-Friday from 8:15 am-10:30 am.
Year 2 meets Monday-Thursday from 11:45 am-2:15 pm and Friday from 11:45 am-1:15 pm.
Location: This course is held at Hancock County Technical Center.