Automotive Technology

Student and teacher at a tableWorking 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 performing 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. For more information, please contact Robert Robinson.

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.

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


Students will attend a three-block session every other day and earn three credits. Our course curriculum follows the guidelines established by the ASE Education Foundation for theory and hands-on activities to prepare our students for national certification testing. Mr. Christopher Regan 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, suspension and steering, and electronics, and complete Virginia state inspections.

8507 Automotive Technology II
This course covers vehicle wheel alignment, engine performance and driveability, Virginia state inspections, engine repair, manual transmissions and drivetrains, automatic transmissions and transaxles, and vehicle HVAC systems.

Student working under a carDuring 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 exam (ASE Education Foundation) administered by 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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