The Automotive Technology program at TEC is nationally certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). NATEF certified programs meet the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) standards. TEC’s Automotive Technology program is NATEF certified in:
- Electrical/Electronic Systems
- Engine Performance
- Engine Repair
- Suspension and Steering
Students will have the opportunity to take the State of Michigan Mechanics Certification test in all five instructional areas offered in the Automotive Technology program. These tests are recognized statewide by the automotive industry. All students are encouraged to complete as many state certification tests as possible.
Students enrolled in Automotive Technology complete core studies during the first weeks of the school year. Core studies include safety, tool identification, hand tool use, power tool use, and an introduction to auto mechanics and vehicle maintenance. Upon completion of core studies, students will be trained in five NATEF certified areas over a two year period. The NATEF areas include: brakes, electrical and electronic systems, engine performance, engine repair, and suspension and steering systems.
Students considering enrollment in the Automotive Technology program should possess a basic math and mechanical aptitude, manual dexterity, a strong interest in vehicle repair and demonstrate an ability to read technicial information and understand and apply the information.
Please Note: Many of the skills acquired in the Automotive Technology program are directly transferable to related transportation occupations such as heavy equipment, agriculture, aviation, and small engines.