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Frenship High School

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Students interested in future Auto Tech careers are encouraged to enroll in the program during their sophomore year. This will allow them to get the full benefits of the three-year program and understand the fundamental knowledge needed to land jobs in the auto tech world. Students are also able to get industry certifications by the time they graduate.
auto tech students work on a car
Students start the semester focusing on learning shop policies and procedures, shop safety, EPA and OSHA compliance. Students then move on to learning basics about hand tools and are introduced to shop equipment such as safely using vehicle lifts. During their first year, students also learn basic metal cutting and welding operations, fundamentals of electricity, how to use precision measuring equipment, how to build and diagnose electrical circuits, proper repair techniques and automotive maintenance such as oil changes, replacing and repairing tires, transmission and brakes. At the end of the first year, students are qualified for entry-level technician jobs such as lube technician and working in tire stores. 

Second year students in Auto 1 dive much deeper into the eight major vehicle systems.  Students will learn engine and drivetrain disassembly and reassembly, rebuilding vehicle components. There is a greater detail of study in braking systems, steering and suspension, heating and AC, and engine drivability.  This class revolves around a lot of lab work on both simulations and live vehicles. 

This advanced, third-year course is run much like a shop. Nearly all work is performed on live vehicles. Students are given a repair order with the customer's complaint, and will then use their previously learned knowledge to diagnose, prepare an estimate, and repair a customer's vehicle.  This is a double block class and is very intensive.