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Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology is a Seniors ONLY program. It is held in the A.M. only.

Automotive Technicians most often inspect, maintain, and repair cars and light trucks. The instruction in Automotive Technology begins with Automotive Shop Safety. In this course the student will complete an on-line curricula plus jack and properly support vehicles. In addition, the student will use twin post frame contact lifts and runway ramp style lifts with swing arm jacks. The proper use of bench grinders, power tools and power shop washers will be covered as the pertain to the automotive shop.

In the fall semester students will begin the study of automotive brake systems. Students will learn the hydraulic system and repair disc and drum systems. Repairs will include brake system overhaul, machining drums, machining rotors both on and off the car, packing and adjusting wheel bearings and adjusting brakes and bleeding the brake system. The Antilock Brake System (ABS) is covered in this course.

In the spring semester students will study the automotive steering and suspension system. In this course students will study rack and pinion steering and the recirculating ball gearbox and related linkage for both systems. This course covers suspension system currently in use on today’s vehicles. Students will replace various suspension system components and prepare the vehicle for wheel alignment. Two wheel and four wheel alignment angles are covered and the student will perform alignments.

Students enrolled in a Career Education Program are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner. Students must be able to follow instructions and work as a member of a team to achieve the course objectives. Students are expected to be accurate, have a positive attitude and maintain good attendance throughout the school year.

Instruction will involve both classroom and laboratory experiences with home study required.

Recommended High School Classes:

  • Applied/ General Mathematics
  • Algebra/ Geometry
  • Physical Science
  • General Shop

These classes are not established as pre-requisites. Students that have been successful in any of these
courses have historically demonstrated a higher degree of success in this career education program.

Estimated Tool/Supply Requirement:
The student is required to purchase a pair of clear safety glasses and two Jefferson College Automotive shirts available in the Bookstore on the Hillsboro campus. Phone orders accepted.

For more information on this program, please contact any of the following:

Your high school guidance counselor

Amanda McCarty, ATS Recruiter and Placement Coordinator

amccarty@jeffco.edu or (636)481-3498

OR the program instructor, Gerard Uhls

guhls@jeffco.edu or (636)481-3431