Career and Technical Education

Center at Ellicottville

Automotive Technology


Suggested courses for success in this CTE program, career path and/or further study:

Math, Science, ELA, Communication Skills, Technology Classes

High School Credits

Earn 7 credits including:

4 CTE credits

1 Integrated ELA

1 Integrated Math

1 Specialized Science

Earn College Credits

either dual enrollment or articulated credit)

* various credits depending on college; see

website for details

Alfred State College

Erie Community College

Offered at:

Belmont Career and Technical Education Center

Ellicottville Career and Technical Education Center

Olean Career and Technical Education Center

Program Description

This course will prepare students for careers and further study in the changing field of

automotive technology through hands-on project based learning experiences.

Topics covered:

Proper use of tools and shop safety

Reading reference materials and manuals



Oxy-acetylene operations and welding

NYS motor vehicle inspection

Introduction to gas engines

Batteries and charging systems

Scan tools

Lamps, accessories and wiring

Starting systems

Brake service

Antilock brakes

Heating and cooling

Ignition systems

Steering and suspension

Fuel, air induction, and exhaust systems

Business operation and management

Computerized engine controls

Program Goal

To prepare students for entry level automotive careers and further study in the

automotive technology field. Options for further study include Automotive

Technology/Mechanics, Motorsports, Parts and Service Technology, Motorcycle

Technology, ATV and Diesel Mechanics.

Projects and Experiences

Students gain experience through hands-on laboratory work. Many faculty, staff,

and community members bring cars into the CTE garage where students work

together to repair them. Projects include oil changes, tires, brakes, exhaust systems,

engine work, electrical repairs, and NYS inspections. Students have the opportunity

to participate in SkillsUSA competitions as well as other competitions that are

sponsored by car dealerships and car manufacturers. Some of these competitions may

result in prizes of tools or scholarships.

Students are also expected to participate in an internship before graduation.

Students are required to create a professional portfolio showcasing their knowledge

and experiences.


Students keep a daily log of their work and activities while working. This record is

counted toward a weekly shop grade and documents the amount and type of work

completed over two years.

National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Exam in Automotive

Technician Core.




May earn New York State Technical Endorsement on high school diploma

Local Employment Opportunities

Car Dealerships

Repair Shops

Auto Parts Stores

Quick Lube

Fleet Operations

Government Shops

Related Career Paths and Potential Salaries

Automotive Technician $25-$39,000

Senior Automotive Mechanic $40-$58,000