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Capital Region Career & Technical School

Automotive Tech Prep

Students work on a carTodays automotive technicians command impressive salaries if they have the proper education, training and experience. Many students advance their studies and careers in college or at specialized technical schools. 

At Capital Region BOCES, the Automotive Tech Prep program is a one-year, accelerated program that enables high school seniors to earn college credit while still in high school. Students also may work toward obtaining national Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification, which are valued by employers seeking qualified automotive technicians.

The program prepares students for careers as an automotive service technician, dealership auto services manager, service writer, diagnostic technician or as an auto parts salesperson.

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: $36,610 (in 2012)
  • 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

The program enables high school seniors to earn college credit while still in high school. Students also may work toward obtaining national Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification, valued by employers seeking qualified automotive technicians.

While this is a one-year program, some students choose to enroll in Automotive Trades Technology as juniors and move up to Automotive Tech Prep for their senior year.

Automotive Tech Prep students learn about engine performance and fuel systems, repair and maintenance and the latest hybrid vehicle technology. Upon completion, students may advance their education in college or at specialized automotive training schools.

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College credits earned:

  • Students enrolled in Automotive Tech Prep may earn the following credits through
  • Hudson Valley Community College, College in the High School program:
    • Engine Repair - 6 credits
    • Fuel Systems - 4 credits
    • Specifications - 2 credits

 

Credits also be attained through:

  • Columbia-Greene Community College
  • Universal Technical Institute
  • University of Northwestern Ohio

 

Academic prerequisites:

  • Math (two of the following): Course I, II or Tech Prep Math
  • Three years of English
  • Technology: related courses

 

 

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