Student looking at engine components

Automotive Trades

  • In this program, students will become familiar with how cars work, learn how to fix minor issues, and perform basic services on project vehicles. The instructor will emphasize general safety procedures and teach students how to use various hand tools, power tools, and automotive equipment. The program will also cover typical maintenance tasks such as conducting vehicle inspections, employing proper jacking techniques, changing oil and filters, rotating tires, and mounting and balancing tires, as well as other general vehicle maintenance procedures. Students will gain hands-on experience and practice these skills to improve their ability to maintain and care for their own vehicles.

AM Units of Study

    • Tool and workshop safety
    • Introduction to car systems and identification
    • Components of New York State car inspection
    • Principles of fluids, tires, and brakes
    • Car care and detailing
    • Potential Work-based learning hours = 10

PM Units of Study

    • Intro to auto, safety, tools and lab procedures
    • Customer service
    • Brake systems, steering and suspensions
    • Chassis, electrical and lubrication systems
    • Ignition systems and exhaust systems
    • Heating and cooling systems
    • Oxyacetylene torch, brazing, Mig welding
    • Fuel systems and fuel supply
    • Car detailing and steam cleaning
    • Career exploration
    • Potential Work-based learning hours = 20

Characteristics for Student Success

    • Students will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities, which may involve getting a little dirty.
    • Students will prioritize their safety and well-being by following all safety procedures and implementing safe work habits at all times.
    • Students will have access to various reference manuals to support their learning and deepen their understanding of the subject matter.
    • Students are expected to wear appropriate clothing that is suitable for the workshop environment.
    • Students will develop their practical skills by manipulating hand tools and equipment, which will help them to become more proficient in their craft.
    • Students will be able and willing to repeat the same task several times on multiple cars, demonstrating their persistence and dedication to learning.
    • Students will work collaboratively with their peers, as well as independently, to achieve their goals and complete tasks.
    • Students will attend a 30-minute lesson before working in the workshop for one hour, ensuring that they have a solid foundation of knowledge before putting their skills into practice.