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Automotive Technology Overview

Overview of Automotive Technology Education

Purpose: The vision of Kentucky Automotive Technology Education is to promote safety standards and performance standards, enhance leadership, provide relevant curriculum, and to be vital to the education of all students. Kentucky Automotive Technology Education will:

  • Operate as the center for nationally recognized industry standard training.
  • Provide a critical link in school to employment or postsecondary education.
  • Develop stronger relationships with the community in terms of mutual advocacy, cooperative field experiences, employment placement, and support for relevant student organizations and competitions. 
  • Represent an important component in the education of all students.
  • Require and promote critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Offer an up to date curriculum based on standards that adapts to changes in the industry.
  • Integrate academic skills into the Automotive Technology Education Curriculum in order to insure that students develop written & verbal communications skills, computational skills, and scientific/math problem-solving skills.



Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Section A-B-C-D

Course Description

These courses introduce the student to the principles, theories, and concepts of Automotive Technology, and include instruction in the maintenance and light repair of Engines, Brake Systems, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Suspension and Steering Systems, Automatic and Manual Transmission/Transaxles, and Engine Performance Systems. In all areas, appropriate theory, safety, and support instruction will be taught and required for performing each task, including proper care and cleaning of customers vehicles. The instruction will also include identification and use of appropriate tools and testing/measurement equipment required to accomplish certain tasks. The student will also receive the necessary training to locate and use current reference and training materials from accepted industry publications and resources, and demonstrate the ability to write work orders. All Tasks for the Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Sections A, B, C, and D are listed in the Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Section A Task List. Courses A, B, C and D can be completed in any sequence.


Important Note:  We offer a variety of pathways and courses to meet the needs of our students.  Therefore, all courses may not be offered each semester.  Also, we work to offer dual credit for any course where a post-secondary institution will honor it; but it is up to the post-secondary institution and not the ATC as to whether a course or student is eligible for dual credit.