Automotive Technology

The instruction in Automotive Technology includes the study of design and construction of automotive engines. The fundamentals of general engine diagnosis and repair of cylinder head, valve train, engine block, lubrication and cooling system are emphasized. Automotive TechnologyThe study of steering, suspension and brake systems are also included. Emphasis is placed on wheel alignment and/or diagnosis and repair of various suspension/brake systems and their components.

The student must be enrolled as a senior in high school. The student must have a basic understanding of the following mathematical concepts: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, as they pertain to whole numbers, fractions and decimals.

Instruction in Mathematics for Technicians is a required component of this program. Topics include the order of operations, signed numbers, fractions, decimals, scientific notation, percents, the metric system, linear equations in one variable, equations involving fractions, ratio and proportion, direct and inverse variation and applications from various technical fields.

Benefits of the program

  • Learn what interests you!
  • Hands-on training!
  • Earn free college credit and high school credit at the same time!
  • Begin college degree while still in high school!
  • Graduate from High School with Career Skills that help you obtain a great job!
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion presented in a Career Portfolio!

Tool/Supply Requirement:

  • One pair of safety glasses

Program classes taken by semester:

Fall Semester:

  • Auto Shop Safety
  • Auto Engines I
  • Auto Engines II

Spring Semester:

  • Auto Brake Systems
  • Auto Steering and Suspension

Students have the potential to earn 18 college credit hours by completeing the ATS Automotive Program.

Is the Automotive Program at the ATS right for you?

  • Are you a hard worker?
  • Are you interested in learning more about the subject?
  • Are you a junior in good standing at your high school? 
  • Do you have a GPA of at least 2.0 at your high school?
  • Do you have a good attendance record?
  • Do you have a desire to excel and be successful?

If so, see your High School Counselor as soon as possible to obtain an application to join us!


Recommended High School Classes:


  • Applied Mathematics  
  • Algebra
  • General Shop or Power Mechanics

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 vocational program.


Starting salary data of 2010 graduates of Jefferson College:

Average: $17.00/hr.

Range:  $9.00 - $27.00/hr.

Based upon information found at

Jefferson College graduates have been or are currently employed with:

  • Affton Auto Electric Heartland Auto
  • AutoZone Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources
  • BMW Motors Twin City Toyota
  • Dave Mungenast
  • Honda Temp Masters
  • Dobb’s Tire Ruether Ford
  • Festus Airport The Tire Shop
  • Firestone Valvoline Oil Change
  • MODOT 
  • Ray Fox 
  • Sapaugh Motors 
  • Sears Automotive  


  •  Gerard Uhls

Title: Assoc Prof Automotive Tech
Office: CEB 109
Extension: 3431
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Gerard received his diploma from Lincoln Technical Institute in Automotive and Diesel Technology. He continued his education at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley where he received an Associate`s degree in Mass Communication. Gerard then attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, where he earned a B.S. degree in Speech Communications and received a minor in Business. He has completed additional graduate coursework at University of Central Missouri. Prior to his position in Automotive Technology at Jefferson College, he worked in the automotive field for 29 years earning Master Auto Technician (ASE) and is gold certified through Daimler Chrysler. Gerard has been with the college since fall 2003.

  • Gary Boyer

Title: Professor-Automotive Tech
Office: CEB 107
Extension: 3418
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Gary earned an A.A.S. from Jefferson College in 1979. He also earned a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Missouri State University in 1985. He has been a corporate training manager for Sun Electric Corporation and Allen Test Products. He has also worked in various capacities in automotive shops in the St. Louis and Springfield areas. Gary has attended Fuel Injector Guru school in Indianapolis and is an ASE certified Master Technician as well as holding an L1 certification.


For more information…

    • Phone:  636-481-3498 or 636-797-3000, ext. 3498.
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 08 January 2013 )