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Automotive Technology

Overview

The Automotive Technology Career Academy is a skills/attitude based program designed to prepare graduating students with knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience to help prepare them to work in the fast-paced and rapidly changing field of automotive technology. Credits earned in this program will help the graduate enroll in a two-year Associates of Arts program or in an industry recognized course of study such as NATEF, AYES, or ASE certification to prepare them for a career in automotive technology or diesel mechanics.

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Job Outlook

Automotive Technology Job Outlook: Bus & Truck Mechanics
Automotive Technology Job Outlook: Automotive Service Technicians & Mechanics
Automotive Technology Job Outlook: Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics

REQUIRED COURSES:

  • Automotive Technology I
  • Brake Systems
  • Steering and Suspension
  • Automotive Electrical
  • Engine Performance I
  • Work Seminar
  • Real World Experience

Foundational Skills Classes:
Bemidji High School Work Seminar, Math Options

RECOMMENDED COURSES:

  • Engine Performance 2
  • Engine Performance 3
  • Automotive Electronics
  • Introduction to Industrial Technology

Internship: 

Open to: 11-12 
Prerequisite(s): Auto Tech 1, Engine Performance, TBD by Instructor

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Career Options

Automotive Technology graduates are often employed by area car dealerships, independent garages and service stations, and implement dealerships.


Job Outlook

Automotive Technology Careers – 4.5% growth for Central Minnesota

Job Skills

In addition to having job-related skills, employers expect their auto technical to have other skills such as:

  • Listening skills
  • Effective communication
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Time management
  • Honesty and Integrity

Postsecondary Programs

Upon successful completion of this program, the students will be awarded post-secondary credits for approved courses by Northwest Technical College and ASE.

Academic Completion Standard

Successful completion of this course prepares the student for:

  • Enrolling in a two-year AA program at an institution of higher education.
  • Taking ASE certification exams following graduation.
  • Having a fundamental understanding of automotive technology and operation of gasoline and diesel motors.

Business and Industry Experiences/Partners

Students in the academy will be eligible for job shadowing and internships at local businesses including automotive repair shops.

Andy Olson

Andy Olson graduated in 1982 from Red River High School in Grand Forks, ND. He attended UW-Stout and obtained a degree in Technology Education in 1994. He then received his Masters Degree in Industrial Technology from BSU in 2004. He has been the instructor at Bemidji High School since 1994 of all Automotive Tech classes and also teaches Electricity/Electronics. His hobbies include bicycling and fitness, skiing(NSP), hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. Mr. Olson is excited to be a part of the Automotive Technology Career Academy.