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​​​​​Automotive Technology

The automotive program is designed to provide students with training in both basic consumer car maintenance and entry-level technical skill as outlined by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. Students completing the Auto Technology class will have the opportunity to earn Automotive Specialist Excellence Certifications (ASE). Students can participate in SkillsUSA, a career and technical student organization, focused on preparing students for careers in trade, technical, and skilled service occupations.

Courses may be used as articulated credit for a maximum of 15 FREE college credit hours with State Fair Community College and 3 credit hours with State Technical College of Missouri (formerly Linn State Technical College) when completed with a recommendation from the instructor and counselor and the appropriate grade.

Entry-level Career Options: 
Lube Technician, Tire and Repair, Brakes, and Alignment Tech​nician

Recommended Post-Secondary Schools: 
State Fair Community College
State Technical College of Missouri
University of Northwestern Ohio​
Lincoln Tech
Universal Technical Institute


Consumer Car Care

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge to make economical decisions and take the preventative measures needed as an automotive consumer. This course provides students with basic knowledge and experience in owning and maintaining an automobile. Students will have the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills on the following course topics:

  • Introduction and how cars work
  • Buying an automobile
  • Safety around the automobile
  • Basic tools
  • Auto care and cleaning
  • Fluid level check
  • Electrical systems
Sophomores, juniors, or seniors
½ unit
Download: CONSUMER CAR CARE SYLLABUS.pdf
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Automotive Technology Theory I & II

This course is designed to prepare students for an entry-level position as an automotive technician by providing the necessary career skills and knowledge. This is a two-year program that provides students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills needed in the automotive industry. Computer skills are necessary. Second-year students in Automotive Technology Theory II and Automotive Technology Laboratory II will have the option of participating in an internship during 2nd semester, where they will be able to go to a shop and gain hands-on experience. Students must have a comprehensive grade of C- or better and recommendation of the instructor in order to participate in an internship. Students will have the opportunity to take ASE test in the following subject areas: Steering and suspension, brakes, electrical, engine performance, engine repair, automatic transmission, manual transmission, heating and a/c, maintenance light repair, and AST to earn industry recognized credentials.

Main concepts covered are:

  • Automotive Technology
  • Electricity
  • Engine performance
  • Suspension and steering system
  • Brakes
  • Passenger comfort
Prerequisite: Must pass Communication Arts I & II and Algebra I. In order to return to Automotive Technology Theory II, students must pass Automotive Technology Theory I with a grade of C- or better. Auto Technology I students must earn a C- or better at the end of 1st semester in order to remain in the class for second semester. Any student planning to take the first year of Auto Technology must submit an ASVAB score with the BTEC application. Application and interview process will determine placement.

Juniors or seniors
1 unit
Download: AUTO TECHNOLOGY SYLLABUS.pdf
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Automotive Technology Laboratory Experience I & II (2 concurrent class periods)

Students will be provided with “live shop work and automotive shop operations. Students use state-of-the-art computerized diagnostic equipment to enhance the learning process on late model vehicles using “on board” computer control systems. Automotive Technology offers, but is not limited to, the following job opportunities: Auto Service Specialist, Service Manager, and Service Writer. Emphasis is placed on safety in all phases of the coursework. Near the completion of the course, qualified students may be placed in an internship with local businesses.

Prerequisite: Must have Automotive Technology Theory concurrently. In order to return to Automotive Technology Laboratory Experience II, students must pass Automotive Technology Laboratory Experience I with a grade of C- or better. Auto Technology I students must earn a C- or better at the end of 1st semester in order to remain in the class. Any student planning to take the first year of Auto Technology must submit an ASVAB score with the BTEC application. Application and interview will determine placement.

Juniors or seniors
2 concurrent class periods = 2 units of credit
Download: AUTO TECHNOLOGY SYLLABUS.pdf
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Instructor: Mr. Jo​nathan Tuttle

Mr. Tuttle attended Bunceton High school, and later attended Boonslick Technical Education Center for Auto mechanics. After high school I went to State Fair Community College and earned an Associates Degree in Auto mechanics. During and after college I work for my uncle at his shop called Tuttle's Garage from 2007-2012 I started working at Boonslick technical education center in 2013, this will be going on my 6th year teaching.