Program Synopsis: The Automotive Technology Program at the ACE Center at Highland Springs prepares students with the skills and experience necessary for an entry level job in the automotive repair field. Students are taught theory in a classroom and instructed in practical application in a 3,800 square foot Lab. The Automotive Technology Program uses modern computerized test equipment to analyze vehicle components and systems to diagnose and repair vehicle concerns. Students learn the proper and safe use of automotive shop equipment and machinery to diagnose, repair and maintain today’s vehicles.
Automotive Technology I: This course teaches entry level automotive knowledge and skills in the areas of shop routine and safety, engines, fuel systems, exhaust systems, electrical systems, diagnostic performance tests, suspension, steering alignment, brake systems, drive train, and heating and air conditioning systems are taught utilizing cutting edge technology and equipment.
Automotive Technology II: During the second year, the emphasis is on diagnosis and repair of automobile malfunctions. Cost accounting and inventory control are also key components to Automotive Technology II. Additionally, students are given the opportunity to utilize their knowledge and skills learned to participate in the practical work experience program the second semester of this course.
Instructor: Mr. Hedgespeth worked 24 years at McGeorge’s Car Company in Richmond serving first as a Technician before serving as the Lead Technician/Service Writer, and Customer Service Rep. Most recently Mr. Hedgespeth has worked at Carmax for the past three years. Mr. Hedgespeth has 27 years of experience in the automotive industry and graduated from Reynolds Community College with his Automotive Certification. In addition, Mr. Hedgespeth is ASE Certified, Toyota Certified, State Inspector’s License, and Hybrid Certified. He has been a mentor for interns in the field, which includes working with students just like ours that have an interest in moving into an automotive career. He’s ready to train the next generation of curious minds on how to be successful in the automotive industry.
Desired Aptitudes: Students should have a desire to succeed, be dependable, be mechanically inclined, have good eyesight, hearing, and manual dexterity. Helpful elective courses include: technology education and electronics. A good background in mathematics and physical science is important.
Employment Outlook (According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition):
|Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics||Automotive service technicians and mechanics, often called service technicians or service techs, inspect, maintain, and repair cars and light trucks.||$35,790|
|Small Engine Mechanics||Small engine mechanics inspect, service, and repair motorized power equipment. Mechanics often specialize in one type of equipment, such as motorcycles, motorboats, or outdoor power equipment.||$31,790|
|Diesel Service Technicians and Mechanics||Diesel service technicians and mechanics inspect, repair, or overhaul buses, trucks, and anything else with a diesel engine.||$40,850|