Automotive

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics (TDL) is a critical sector of the U.S. economy.  Technology will continue to streamline and transform the logistics and distribution industry.  Employment in the automotive repair sector is expected to increase due to the sophistication and dependency on electronic controls and systems in motor vehicles requiring skilled professionals to perform repair and maintenance services

  • Pathway
  • This career cluster prepares students for careers in transportation, distribution and logistics that involve planning, managing the movements of materials as well as related professional and technical support services such as mobile equipment and facility maintenance.

    Students in this youth apprenticeship learn and practice skills that prepare them for diverse post-secondary opportunities.  These opportunities could include two or four-year college programs, apprenticeships or employment.  Students in this apprenticeship have the option to participate in the following pathways:

    • Logistics/Supply Chain Pathway
      • Planning & Purchasing
      • Inventory Management & Production
      • Storage & Warehousing
      • Distribution & Transportation
        • Mobile Equipment Maintenance Pathway – Auto Technician
          • General Auto Service
          • Auto/Light Truck Systems
        • Mobile Equipment Maintenance Pathway – Diesel Technician
          • Diesel Technician
  • Entrance Criteria
    • Entering junior year or senior status
    • Display a genuine interest in the Automotive Pathway
    • Interview effectively and are hired in an automotive position
    • Maintain a high level of attendance in school and on the job
    • Secure transportation to the job
    • On-track for high school graduation
  • Courses
  • Students take courses at their high school that are part of the program of study for automotive that provide the related classroom instruction needed to compliment the worksite training. Such courses can include:

    • Introduction to Auto
    • Advanced Auto
    • Automotive Technology
    • Steering Brakes Suspension
    • Engine Performance
    • Small Engines

    Students that do not have these classes in their high school have the option of attending the night class at Jefferson High School NATEF certified site for their first year and then Madison College for their second year.

    Talk to your School to Career Coordinator or Technical Education Instructor for further information.

  • Employment
  • The employer provides opportunities to experience the basics of automotive careers in relation to the competency checklist.  They provide a mentor to guide and train the student.  The employer also evaluates the student on a quarterly basis.

    The student can be employed in any automotive, farm implement or transportation repair facility.  They also are able to provide the student with the competency-based training in the automotive area that is specific to the student’s career interest. The positions for these students are usually 2-3 hours a day after 1 p.m. The student needs to be employed a minimum of 450 hours for the one year program and 900 hours minimum for the two year program.

    Credit between school districts varies, but typically the student will receive 1/2 – 1 credit per semester for the work experience and the same for their classroom training.  All students should receive a wage according to the type of work they are performing.