Automotive Technology

Course Description:

This ASE Accredited Automotive Program prepares students for a career as a certified professional automotive technician. Instruction provided by ASE Master Technicians will focus on fundamentals of safety, electricity, electronics, passenger comfort systems, engine repair, engine performance, vehicle emissions, steering, suspension, brakes, heating, air conditioning, automatic & manual transmissions. Critical thinking skills will be enhanced though the diagnosis and repair of current model vehicles and system training simulators. The multifaceted, student-centered curriculum features a mixture of interactive classroom, game-based e-learning, self-study, group projects, demonstrations, task practice, and mastery.

The Program of Study is based on the ASE Maintenance & Light Repair of vehicles. Higher level tasks are introduced as students’ progress. Only the latest high-tech tools, equipment, and techniques are used in this program. The foundation for success is the integration and application of Professionalism, Technical Skills and Technical Knowledge. Qualifying students may have the opportunity to participate in an ASE Education Foundation Mentored Internship at a local new car dealership or independent business. Additionally, our Cooperative Education Program provides a structured school-to-work opportunity for many senior students.

Certification and licensing opportunities include Pennsylvania Vehicle Safety and Emissions License, EPA 609 Refrigerant License, ASE Student Certification, Subaru Level 1 Certification, and SP2 Safety / Pollution Certificate. Post-secondary training is encouraged and available through public and private colleges Original Equipment Manufacturer OEM Training, manufacturer specific training programs, and independent organizations.

This program has affiliations with: Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association Careers Task Force, Pennsylvania Automotive Association, Alliance of Automotive Service Providers, ASE Education Foundation, and National Automotive Service Task Force.

Skills Learned:

Some of the skills a student will be able to perform are found in the Pennsylvania Program of Study and the ASE MLR Task List.

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.


Mr. King, Mr. Pegg, & Mr. Surratt–
Phone Number – 724-925-3532 x. 1363, 1335 & 1362
Office Hours: 7:15am to 7:45am
10:45am to 10:55am
2:30pm to 2:45pm
Please leave a voicemail message outside of these times.

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Pennsylvania Youth Survey

Passive Parental/Caregiver Permission Letter

Dear Parent or Guardian:

Our school is taking part in the 2021 Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) sponsored by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. The survey will ask questions about the behaviors of students in the 10th, and 12th grades, including questions about school climate, violence, depression, bullying, and substance abuse. 

The information we receive will assist us and our community partners in working to prevent adolescent drug use and other problem behaviors. We want to ensure that all parents and caregivers are notified that the survey is being conducted and provide you with as much information about the survey as possible.  As a parent or caregiver, you have the right to prohibit your child’s participation. The following facts about the survey will help you make an informed decision about your child’s participation:

Participation in this survey is completely voluntary. Students will be instructed by their proctor that they can skip any questions they do not understand or choose not to answer. If they have any questions or concerns after taking this survey, they are instructed to talk with their school counselor or a trusted adult.

The survey is designed to protect each student’s privacy. It is anonymous and confidential. Students will not put their names on the survey, and no student will ever have their individual responses reported. 

The survey is well tested, having been administered to over 1,000,000 Pennsylvania students since the 1990’s. The information collected has proved invaluable to prevention planners in selecting programming to promote healthy youth development.

You can request a list of the survey questions by visiting this link: For more information about the survey, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please visit then click on “2021.”

The survey will be administered during the school day later this fall and will take one class period to complete.  If you do not want your child to participate, please submit your request to [email protected] or in writing to the CWCTC.

Thank you for your help in our efforts to keep our schools drug free and safe for learning. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Darcy Szymkiewicz  724.925.3532 ext 1360.

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