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


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.   


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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  |  (847) 718-5170