Automotive Technology

Auto student in shopWorking in today’s automotive industry requires an understanding of the science and technology that goes into modern, highly-sophisticated automobiles. At The Hanover Center for Trades and Technology, students spend time in the classroom learning theory and then apply what they have learned doing shop tasks. Our facilities include modern tools and diagnostic equipment in step with the industry’s most successful automotive businesses. Using these resources, students will explore everything under the hood of today’s automobiles and learn how to diagnose and repair problems. From tires and suspension to computers and diagnostics, students will learn every aspect of automotive maintenance and repair.

We believe that an automotive education empowers students both today and in the future. Our goal is to make a positive impact on every student and to assist them in achieving their career dreams. With a thorough knowledge of automotive technology, students may be eligible to participate in classroom to industry work programs, where they will gain valuable work experience, be paid to continue learning, and finish earning their classroom credit for Automotive Technology. For more information, please contact William McKinney.

Who Should Apply?

Student doing auto repair work

The successful Automotive Tech student is motivated to learn. He or she applies his/her academic skills in the shop and attends class regularly. With a positive work ethic, graduated students have the potential to earn money and recognition in a satisfying career. They may become:

  • Apprentice technician
  • Automotive technician
  • Fleet repair technician
  • Automotive service writer
  • Automotive management personnel
  • Automotive recycling industry personnel
  • Automotive parts department personnel
  • Specialty repair services
  • Aftermarket parts industry
  • Automotive instructor

Coursework

Starting with the 2018-2019 school-year, students will attend a three-block session every-other-day and earn three credits. Our course curriculum follows the guidelines established by National Automotive Technician Education Foundation  and Automotive Service Excellence for theory and hands-on activities to prepare our students for national certification testing. Mr. William McKinney and Mr. Robbie Robinson are the instructors for these courses.

8506 Automotive Technology I
This course reviews safety procedures and teaches students how to do routine vehicle maintenance, check and repair brake systems, electrical systems and electronics, and complete Virginia state inspections.

8276 Automotive Technology II
This course covers suspension and steering, engine performance and driveability, Virginia state inspections, engine repair, manual transmissions and drivetrains, automatic transmissions and transaxles, and vehicle HVAC systems.

Two auto students with trophyDuring their program of study at THCTT, students will:

  • Participate in hands-on activities including repairs to their personal vehicles and “live” work
  • Utilize computers for electronic service information and repair orders
  • Participate in industry job shadowing
  • Gain understanding of the whole automobile through structured investigation of automotive technology in various sub-systems
  • Receive industry training from major automotive manufacturers through an Industry Advisory Council
  • Take industry certification exams (ASE Student Certification) administered by NATEF/ASE
  • Students may also be eligible to take the Virginia State Inspection Test
  • Utilize e-learning modules to reinforce program content

Auto Services

The Automotive Technology course offered at The Hanover Center for Trades and Technology (THCTT) draws on the community for certain equipment and vehicles to be serviced as part of laboratory instruction for THCTT students. Visit our Automotive Services page for more information. 

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