The Automotive Technology program is one of the most well
equipped high school automotive technology facilities in New England.
All courses are taught by Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certified
and National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
approved instructors. ASE and NATEF curriculum and standards introduce
students into the automotive trades through a series of tasks and
competencies. Some of the tasks and competencies that are covered
include basic tool handling, shop equipment, tool and personal safety,
automotive maintenance, brake and suspension systems, engine
performance, and electronic diagnostics. Students learn computerized
diagnostic equipment, various hand and power tools as well as
professionalism and business aspects of the automotive industry.
Students participate in the management and operation of the automotive
service area. Successful completion in this program of study will help
students obtain their ASE certification.
In addition to
mechanical aptitude, Automotive Technology students should possess good
math and science skills and an interest in electronics and/or computer
science. The rapid change in technology, including the increasing use of
alternative fuels and advances in microchip technology, has created
many job opportunities for qualified applicants. RSTA strongly
encourages and supports young women to consider entering the interesting
and ever-changing world of automotive technology.