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Capital Region Career & Technical School

AYES Automotive Technician

Lacroix works with a studentAutomotive Technician program is a national auto industry program supported by BMW, GM, Toyota, Audi, Honda, Subaru, SkillsUSA and more.

In this NATEF-accredited program, students learn the basics of auto technology and may have the opportunity to work as paid interns at sponsoring auto dealerships. They learn about engines, electrical and computer systems, suspension and brakes and the latest hybrid vehicle technology.

Fast Facts

Information provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Job Projections: 9 percent annual growth in new jobs through 2022
  • Median U.S. Salary: $40,370 per year in 2016.
  • Education requirements: A high school diploma or the equivalent is typically the minimum requirement to work as an automotive service technician or mechanic. Industry certification is typically required once the person is employed and can be seen as a bonus for those seeking employment without post-secondary education.


How Capital Region BOCES CTE can get you there

Students have the opportunity to earn college credit and work toward an associates degree through Hudson Valley Community College through the University in High School Program.

Students interested in enrolling in AYES must be recommended to the program by an automotive instructor, and complete a transcript review and interview process.

Upon completion of the program, students can earn SP/2, ASE certifications and a New York State Inspectors certification.Career- related information can be found at:

AYES also offers a tool scholarship where students can earn full ownership of a starter set of tools at a dramatically discounted price.

AutCareer opportunities:

  • Automotive technician
  • Dealership automotive technician, entry-level
  • Service writer
  • Service manager
  • Diagnostician


Units of study:

  • Brakes
  • Electrical/electronic systems
  • Engine performance
  • Engine repair
  • Suspension and steering
  • Integrated science (1st year students)
  • Integrated English (2nd year students)


College credits earned [2nd year of program]:

  • Hudson Valley Community College, College in the High School:
    • Engine Repair - 6 credits
    • Electricity - 4 credits
    • Passenger Car - 3 credits
    • Chassis - 1 credit


University of Northwestern Ohio:

  • AU126 Suspension & Steering - 6 credits
  • AU 127 Hydraulic Brake Systems - 6 credits


College Articulation:

  • Hudson Valley Community College
  • Columbia-Greene Community College
  • Universal Technical Institute
  • University of Northwestern Ohio
  • SUNY Alfred



  • Seniors create a portfolio which they present to teachers, administrators, peers and/or industry professionals. The portfolio includes employability information and exemplary work in technical and communication skills that students have created and developed over the course of the year.


Academic prerequisites:

  • Successful completion of math through Course II is preferred.
  • Students entering the full-day program must have met all freshman and sophomore requirements, including art and music.


Application process:

  • Candidates are required to submit an application and participate in an interview/selection process.
  • Download application (pdf)



Teacher: Brian LaCroix  (Learn more about Brian by following the link)

Integration teacher: Anne-Marie Sheehan (English) (Learn more about Anne by following the link)

Guidance couselor: Nina Farrell (email Nina)




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