Automotive Technology – AM

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The first year of Automotive Technology covers basic automotive topics. The students will be learning basic automotive theory in areas of safety, tools, vehicle maintenance, braking systems, steering and suspension and basic engines. The class will consist of both in class theory and lab work. During the year the students will learn how to write and read work orders, speak with customers, and research service information.

This class will focus on hands-on learning in the lab are and learning the theory of how tools / machines function in the classroom.

Students will be required to wear safety glasses AT ALL TIMES while in the lab area.

Post-Secondary Opportunities through WCTC Automotive Technology

EMCC , CE/DE = Automotive Technology Braking Systems(ATA 111) 3 credits, Automotive Technology Steering ans Suspension (ATA 125), 3 credit.

UTI, AA-Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Suspension and Steering (NATEF certifications.)

*Potentially other articulation agreements available within the Maine Community College system

AA = Articulation Agreemen. The WCTC program has an agreement with the noted college. If a student attends that college, he/she can earn credit for the mentioned college course.

DC/DE = Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment.The WCTC program follows the college curriculum and can offer college credit. A student can complete the WCTC program and earn the equivalent of a course noted on a college transcript. These credits can transfer to other colleges

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  • Students should have highschool level math and reading skills.
  • Students should have an interest in the Auto Repair Field.
  • Students should be self motivated.
  • Students should have  good communication skills.
  • Students should be able to work together with others.


  • Students in the Auto Collision class are required to work as a team.
  • Students are required to cover the cost of their 10hr OSHA certification (cost 20.00). Students must also bring a headset or earbuds for this certification.
  • Students are required  to wear proper dress while in the lab area (shorts, open toe shoes, etc. will not be permitted).
  • Students must pass the Safety Exam at the beginning of the year in order to work in the lab area.
  • Students WILL wear safety glasses out in the lab area at all times.
  • Students must pass all tool safety tests with a score of 100% before being allowed to use any given tools.
  • Students must turn in all paperwork at the first of the year, signed by their parents/guardian, before participating in work in the lab.
  • Students must work in a mature manner in the lab. Any horseplay will endanger the welfare of other students and is grounds for dismissal from the program.



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This course meets Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, and Fri from 8:30 am to 10:45 am.


This course is held at WCTC in room Automotive Technology.

Other Information

Course ID: AT-AM