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Capital Region Career & Technical School

Automotive Services/Small Engine Repair

A student repairs a car working under a lift.Small engine repair is a great career field for those who like to get their hands into their work.

The Automotive Services/Small Engine Repair Program at Capital Region BOCES is designed for students who are interested in working on vehicles and small engines and desire to learn in the classroom and in a hands-on garage. Students completing the program are prepared for work or for more advanced training in the Automotive Trades Technology program. They also are prepared for the New York State Inspection License examination and for careers in vehicle prep/detailing, tire maintenance and repair, lubrication and small engine repair.

Fast Facts

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

  • Job Projections: 9 percent annual growthJob Projections: 9 percent annual growth in new jobs through 2022.Median U.S. Salary: $40,370 per year in 2016. in new jobs through 2022.
  • Median U.S. Salary: $40,370 per year in 2016.
  • Education requirements: A high school diploma or the equivalent.


How Capital Region BOCES CTE can get you there

The program is a Career Studies program for students who want to learn in a hands-on atmosphere at an alternative pace. These programs are designed to meet all the provisions of each students individualized educational program through providing challenging, developmentally appropriate career prep experiences. Career Studies programs have a student-teacher ratio of approximately 12:1 and are taught by teachers with substantial real-world experience in their given trade.

Students learn about basic automotive and small engine maintenance and repair, general service station duties, and exhaust and engine systems. They work on donated and student vehicles and engines and build key skills such as teamwork, communication and customer service. They also learn fundamentals of maintaining a facility.

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Teacher: John Kuscsik (Learn more about John)

Integration teachers:: Nina Farrell (email Nina)

TA: Cynthia Hamel (Learn more about her)



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