About This Program
Automotive Technology provides students with comprehensive training and hands-on experience working with automobiles that are complex systems, and which combine computer technology and integrated systems that include gasoline, hybrid and battery-powered engines, electronic braking systems and automated support systems for drivers. Students in the Automotive Technology program learn to diagnose automotive system problems, to repair them, and to handle general maintenance on automobiles of all kinds. The program focuses on the latest techniques and diagnostic procedures used in the industry. Students work on vehicles donated by automobile manufacturers and private citizens, as well as on automobiles needing repairs from customers within the community. See below for full course descriptions.
- Automotive Technician
- Service Specialist
- Parts Specialist
- Service Consultant
- Automotive Sales
- Shop Foreman
- Service Dispatcher
- Field Engineer
- Manufacturer Representative
- State MUI Inspector
- Fleet Technician
- Service Director
- Lyons Waugh Group
- Herb Chambers
- Kelly Motor Group
- IRA Motor Group
- National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation
- Automotive Service Excellence AYES
- Direct Tire
- Larson’s Auto Service
- OSHA 10 Hour General Industry and Health
- ASE Student Certifications
- ACDELCOTM Certification
- EPA Section 609
- ValvolineTM Oil Certification
- Mass Bay Community College
- Universal Technical Institute
- Central Maine Community College
- University of Northwestern Ohio
Advisory Committee Members
- Ken Coburn, Coburn Auto
- David Cvinar, IRA Subaru
- Joel DeCoff, Mini of Peabody
- Rod Deland, R & R American
- Jennifer Gallucci
- Kyle Gallucci
- Larry Guinee, Danvers Ford
- Taylor Hill, Larson’s Service
- Stu Kesting, Herb Chambers Chevrolet
- Kyle Logue, Essex County Auto Repair
- Sean McNamara
- Andrew Murray
- Cory Nelson, Snap-on Representative
- Daniel Nihan
- Mike Nixon, AES Education Foundation
- Mat Paras, Manchester Community College
- Richard Ziemlak, Peabody NAPA
- Karen Ziemlak, Peabody NAPA
- Auto Tech Fall 2017 PAC Meeting Minutes
- Auto Tech Fall 2018 PAC Meeting Minutes
- Auto Tech Fall 2019 PAC Meeting Minutes
- Auto Tech Fall 2020 PAC Meeting Minutes
- Auto Tech Spring 2018 PAC Meeting Minutes
- Auto Tech Spring 2019 PAC Meeting Minutes
- Auto Tech Spring 2021 PAC Meeting Minutes
- Auto Tech Spring 2022 PAC Meeting Minutes
Stu Kesting, Class of 2015
Where are they now? Herb Chambers Chevrolet
What is their job title? Technician
“Essex North Shore gave me the opportunity and a big advantage to be able to find a job straight out of school and to go into it with strong industry knowledge as well.”
Meet the Automotive Technology Teachers
Mr. Brooks Clarke
Automotive Technology Teacher
ASE Master Technician certified in A1-A8 and Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Technicians G1, and Advanced Engine Performance L1.
Mr. Joel DeCoff, Jr.
Automotive Technology Teacher
ASE Master Technician certified in A1-A8 and Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Technicians G1.
Mr. Louis Beckwith
Automotive Technology Teacher
ASE Master Technician certified in A1-A8 and Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Technicians G1, Advanced Engine Performance L1 and Automotive Service Consulting C1 and A8 Light Vehicle Diesel Engines.
Automotive Technology Course Descriptions
|Course Number||Name||Credit||Grade Level|
|at101||Auto Technology Exploratory 9||1||Grade 9|
|at103||Automotive Technology 9||10||Grade 9|
|at200||Automotive Technology 10||16||Grade 10|
|at201||Automotive Technology Theory 10||4||Grade 10|
|at300||Automotive Technology 11||20||Grade 11|
|at301||Automotive Technology Theory 11||4||Grade 11|
|at305||Automotive Technology Cooperative Education 11||12||Grade 11|
|pcs301||CTAE Pathway: Services Leadership I||4||Grade 11|
|at400||Automotive Technology 12||20||Grade 12|
|at401||Automotive Technology Theory 12||4||Grade 12|
|at405||Automotive Technology Cooperative Education 12||24||Grade 12|
|pcs401||CTAE Pathway: Services Leadership II||4||Grade 12|
Automotive Technology Exploratory 9
Course # at101 | Credit: 1
This five-day cycle exploratory course introduces grade 9 students to the basics of automotive repair and maintenance. Students learn about safety precautions and procedures, hand tool, equipment, and power tool use. Students are provided with a general overview of vehicle systems, service information systems, and general services, including oil changes, safety inspection, fuse testing and replacement, battery testing and replacement, and tire rotation, balance, and repair. In addition to this basic technical training, students will be introduced to the many career paths in the automotive industry as well as post-secondary opportunities in the field.
Automotive Technology Grade 9
Course # at103 | Credits: 10
This semester-based course provides students with the basic knowledge and skills related to automotive repairs and maintenance. After reviewing safety precautions and procedures, the proper use of equipment and hand and power tools, students will learn more about vehicle systems, service information systems, and preventative automotive services. Instructional approaches will include presentations, software, instructor demonstrations, and hands-on practice using vehicles and equipment.
Automotive Technology Grade 10
Course # at200 | Credits: 16
This full-year course provides general knowledge of diagnosing and repair of engine mechanical systems, including mechanical diagnostic testing; cylinder block measurement, service and repair; cylinder head measurement, service, and repair; valve timing service, lubrication system service and repair; and cooling system service and repair. During Semester 2 students will acquire a general knowledge of brake systems diagnosis and repair, including disk brake service and repair; drum brake service and repair; hydraulic system service and repair; power assist service and repair; and anti-lock system fundamentals and service.
Automotive Technology Theory 10
Course # at201 | Credits: 4
This full-year, classroom-based course provides students with the technical knowledge necessary for continued success in the Automotive Technology program. Students receive instruction in steering and suspension geometry; performance of pre-alignment checks and 4-wheel alignment; tire construction and service; fundamentals of electrical principles; use of digital multimeters, Ohm’s law; basic circuit design, testing, and repair of batteries; starters, alternators and their related circuits; and introduction to hybrid technology. Students will also learn braking system fundamentals, including Pascal’s law and how it relates to force/pressure, braking valves, and electronic brake controls. Instructional delivery includes interactive multimedia presentations, reading and writing assignments, computer-based instruction, and classroom demonstrations.
Automotive Technology 11
Course # at300 | Credits: 20
This full-year course focuses during Quarter 1 on providing students with a general knowledge of diagnosis and repair of steering and suspension systems. This includes linkage steering systems, rack-and-pinion steering systems, power assist steering, steering column service, suspension design, Macpherson Struts, coil springs, leaf springs, torsion bars, air and electronic control suspensions, bearing and spindle service, tires, wheels and vehicle alignment. The remainder of the school year, student learning shifts to a general knowledge of diagnosis and repair of electrical and electronic systems, including general electrical diagnosis using electrical test equipment; battery, starter and charging systems; electronic and body accessories systems; and computer systems general diagnosis.
Automotive Technology Theory 11
Course # at301 | Credits: 4
This full-year, classroom-based course will provide students with a theoretical overview of steering and suspension systems. Topics include linkage steering, rack-and-pinion steering, power assist steering, steering column service, suspension design, Macpherson Struts, coil springs, leaf springs, torsion bars, air and electronic control suspensions, bearing and spindle service, tires, wheels, and vehicle alignment. Students will also explore the function of electronic systems: electrical test equipment, battery, starters and charging systems, electronic and body accessories systems, and computer systems.
Automotive Technology Cooperative Education 11
Course # at305 | Credits: 12
This semester-based course provides qualified students with a career technical employment opportunity. The program is designed to allow students on-the-job training by involving them in work that is directly related to their technical area of study. Cooperating employers provide additional training, pays students, and reports their performance to the school for every cycle. Please note that juniors are eligible for Cooperative Education during third and fourth quarters only.
Automotive Technology 12
Course # at400 | Credits: 20
This full-year course focuses for the first three quarters of the school year on general diagnosis and repair of engine performance and control systems, including ignition system repair and service; fuel delivery system service and repair; emission system service and repair; and computer control system diagnosis and repair. In the final quarter, students will learn about the general diagnosis and repair of heating ventilation and air conditioning systems, including refrigerant system service and repair; compressor service and repair; air distribution service and repair; electronic climate control systems service and repair; and environmental concerns and regulation. Throughout the school year, students will also perform reinforcement work for previous technical courses that were completed.
Automotive Technology Theory 12
Course # at401 | Credits: 4
This full-year, classroom-based course provides students with systems overview of the diagnosis and repair of engine performance and control systems. Systems topics explored include ignition, fuel delivery, emissions, computer control, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, including refrigerants, compressor service, air distribution, climate control and environmental regulations.
Automotive Technology Cooperative Education 12
Course # at405 | Credits: 24
This full-year course provides qualified students with a career technical employment opportunity. The program is designed to allow students on-the-job training by involving them in work that is directly related to their technical area of study. Cooperating employers provide additional training, pays students, and reports their performance to the school for every cycle.