Automotive Technology

 

The Hersey Automotive Program focuses on not only preparing students for a placement into post-secondary automotive educational institutions or careers after graduation, but offers students the basic knowledge every automotive consumer should be aware of. 

NATEF Certification

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The Automotive Technology Program at John Hersey High School meets the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) Standards for Excellence. NATEF is an independent, non-profit organization with a mission to improve the quality of technician training by setting a standard of excellence for the content being delivered, the industry certification level of the instructor, and the facility. In 2012 Hersey achieved NATEF Certification in all 4 areas available to secondary education training facilities.

Course Offerings

John Hersey High School currently offers three courses in Automotive Technology

Personal Automotive (608): This course is designed to introduce future automotive consumers to the concept of preventative maintenance and what to expect while owning and driving a vehicle. This course includes a great deal of hands-on experience.   

Topics: 

  • Automotive Shop Safety
  • Future Innovations in the Automotive Industry
  • Automotive Research & Pricing
  • Industry Tools & Equipment
  • Automotive Fluids
  • Oil Changes
  • Spare Tire Changes
  • Automotive Disc Brakes
  • Small Engines    

Automotive Systems (605): The second year of the Automotive Technology sequence introduces students to the complex systems of a modern automobile. Each system is discussed in depth and explored hands-on in a laboratory setting. Students will work on complete cars with industry standard equipment.

Topics:                          

  • Automotive Shop Safety
  • Automotive Technology Degrees
  • ASE Certification
  • Careers in Automotive Technology
  • Braking System
  • Steering System
  • Cooling System
  • Starting & Charging System
  • Suspension System
  • Turbo & Supercharging
  • Electrical System
  • Fuel System
  • Automotive Modification
  • Motorsports Technology

Automotive Diagnostics (606): In the final course, students will use all of the experiences from Personal Auto & Automotive Systems to complete a major project. This course is designed to be entirely hands-on focusing on custom fabrication, engineering, & design. Students will also work on advanced diagnostics techniques for each of the automotive systems studied in Course 605.

Topics:

  • Automotive Shop Safety
  • Careers in Automotive Technology
  • Advanced Drivability
  • Scan Tools
  • EVAP/Emissions Diagnostics
  • Digital Oscilloscope – Reading Waveform Data
  • Metal Fabrication
  • Welding
  • Project Planning
  • Project Vehicles
  • High Mileage Vehicle Competition    
  • Electrathon Vehicle Competition

Instructor Information

Jim Van Bladel, ASE Certified Technician
jim.vanbladel@d214.org  |  (847) 718-5170