• Course Description:

    This program prepares students to become automotive technicians who are trained in the latest automotive service technologies and methods. Courses include fundamental technical training on current model vehicles and components with emphasis on the latest developments in engine repair, automotive electrical and electronic systems, and emission control systems. Students will be trained using the latest curriculum and cutting-edge equipment. All instructors are ASE Certified Master Technicians. The training program is certified by the Nation Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF), which ensures the best possible guidance and resources in the automotive field. Students will be instructed in the following areas: Personal/Shop safety, professional development, hand tools, shop equipment, basic/advanced electrical systems, engine repair, ABS bake systems, hydraulics, steering, suspension, alignment, and basic/advanced engine performance. Qualifying students may have the opportunity to participate in the Automotive Youth Educational System (AYES) as a new car dealership intern. In their final year, students may earn Pennsylvania State Safety/Emission Licenses. Additionally, our Cooperative Education Program provides a structured school-to-work opportunity for many senior students.


    Skills Learned:

    Some of the skills a student will be able to perform are repairs pertaining to Engine Performance, Electrical/Electronics, Steering & Suspension, Brakes, Engine Repair, Heating & Air Conditioning, Automatic Transmission, and Manual Drive Train & Axles, Business Management and Shop Safety/Maintenance.

    Related Occupations and Earnings:

    Related occupations include Automotive Technicians, Service Writer and Parts Counter Technician. Earnings range between $13-$24/hour.

    Post-Secondary Opportunities:

    Articulated credits can be earned toward an Associate’s Degree at Institutions such as Commonwealth Technical Institute, Johnson College and Pennsylvania College of Technology.



    Grading Procedures:
    60% Hands on Work 40% Theory

    Suggested Prerequisites:
    Algebra I & II, Geometry, Chemistry, College Prep English I-IV


    *Industry & Skills Certifications:

    PA State Inspection and Emission Control Certification, receive credit toward initial ASE Certification


    Student Requirements:
    Active Listening, Controlled Precision, Physical Strength, Manual Dexterity, Mechanical Knowledge, Use in Personal Protective Equipment.

    Student Costs:
    Work uniform (two-piece blue shirt and pants) Work shoes (leather) Safety Glasses


    Text Book:

    Auto Glencoe Automotive Excellence Vol. 1 & 2 Copyright 2007, IML – Produced by the Instructional Materials Laboratory University of Missouri Columbia 2007 Edition


    Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center



    Mr. King, Mr. Pegg, Mr. Surratt– Automotive Technology Instructors

    Phone Number – 724-925-3532 x. 1363, 1335, 1362


    Office Hours: 7:15am to 8:00am

    11:45am to 12:00pm

    2:30pm to 2:45pm

    Please leave a voicemail message outside of these times.

    * Cost, if applicable, may be the responsibility of the Student.