Automotive Technology

Connecticut Technical High School System's Automotive Technology course breakdown by grade. Each student is required to complete four years of a Career Technical Education program.

Grade 9

3 Credits
Exploratory and Introduction to Automotive Technology

Grade 10

3 Credits
Principles and Applications of Automotive Systems

Grade 11

3 Credits
Diagnosis and Service of Automotive Systems

Grade 12

3 Credits
Advanced Diagnostics and Repair of Automotive Systems and Emissions Control Systems

Course Descriptions

Exploratory and Introduction to Automotive Technology (AU110) (3 credits)
All Grade 9 students go through the Exploratory Program. Students deciding to enter the Automotive Technology field will in Grade 9 be introduced to the basics of safety, equipment identification and use, engine operation, construction and components, vehicle maintenance, and shop operation. This course allows students to experience a variety of automotive practices through demonstrations and instruction. Students learn of the varied careers available within the automotive industry. Engine design and construction are discussed and studied. Students will receive experience with engine mechanical repairs and diagnosis. All eight areas of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master Technician Service certification are covered in the four-year course of study. Technology-related mathematics, reading, writing, vocabulary, blueprint reading and science are integrated throughout the curriculum.

Principles and Applications of Automotive Systems (AU210) (3 credits)
In Grade 10, students start with a refresher on shop safety and hand-tool use. Major areas covered include engine mechanical systems, vehicle electrical and electronic systems and brake systems. Students receive instruction in operation and then practice diagnosis and repair with general electrical, battery, starting and charging systems. The hydraulic system, Drum and Disc Brakes systems design, power assist units, and Anti-lock Brakes systems (ABS) and traction control systems are covered. Specific applications and repairs are discussed, explored and practiced. Students continue to receive instruction in safety requirements and demonstrate sound safety practices. Technology-related mathematics, reading, writing, vocabulary, blueprint reading and science are integrated throughout the curriculum.

Diagnosis and Service of Automotive Systems (AU310) (3 credits)
In Grade 11, students diagnose and repair electrical components, lighting systems, instrumentation, wiper systems, chassis wiring and vehicle accessories. Students will also diagnose and repair suspension and steering systems. Two- and four-wheel alignment is taught with wheel and tire service and diagnosis. Expanded diagnostics and repair training in engine performance based on fuel, ignition and computerized engine management systems are performed. Students will perform in-school automotive projects for customers. Students continue to receive instruction in safety requirements and demonstrate sound safety practices. Students reaching an acceptable level of proficiency may be eligible for Work-Based Learning (WBL). Technology-related mathematics, reading, writing, vocabulary, blueprint reading and science are integrated throughout the curriculum.

Advanced Diagnostics and Repair of Automotive Systems and Emissions Control Systems (AU410) (3 credits)
In Grade 12, students continue to build upon knowledge with in-depth training in engine management systems affecting vehicle emissions and performance. Air conditioning service, diagnosis and repair is introduced and practiced. Principles of the HVAC distribution systems are covered. Students are introduced to diagnostic and repair procedures for automatic transmissions and transaxles, as well as manual drivetrains, clutches and drive axles. Shop operation and customer satisfaction are introduced and discussed. Students continue to receive instruction in safety requirements and demonstrate sound safety practices. Students will perform in-school automotive projects for customers. Students will demonstrate the ability to complete a job application and interview and to perform entry-level job readiness and trade skills. Students reaching an acceptable level of proficiency may be eligible for Work-Based Learning (WBL). Each senior will take several Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Student Certification exams, an industry recognized credential. Technology-related mathematics, reading, writing, vocabulary, blueprint reading and science are integrated throughout the curriculum.

Students’ at all four grade levels will be exposed to automotive curriculum which is completely aligned with standards issued by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). NATEF is a division of ASE, the industry recognized certification association for professional automotive technicians.

Students successfully completing this course of study will be able to pursue a two-year or a four-year degree in the area of automotive or mechanical engineering, or other related fields. Students electing to immediately enter the workforce typically acquire positions as repair technicians in independent repair facilities or new/used vehicle dealerships. Additionally, employment as a service advisor, service writer or automotive parts counterperson is common.

CTHSS is relocating to 39 Woodland Street, Hartford

CTHSS is relocating to 39 Woodland Street, Hartford
Beginning, Friday, July 7, 2017 the Connecticut Technical High School System (CTHSS) will start relocating their Middletown office to 39 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105. The move will spread out over the next three business days with staff members arriving on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. We will have limited email and telephone communication during this transition. Despite the new street address, all CTHSS phone numbers will remain the same. The postal services will forward any mail sent to the old Middletown address. Visitors to the new building can park on site. Visitors must sign in at the security guard’s desk with photo identification.  Learn more

Free Summer Meals!

Free Summer Meals!
What are "Summer Meals?" The federal Summer Meals Programs provide nutritious meals to kids and teens at no cost to them at hundreds of locations throughout Connecticut during the summer months when school meals are unavailable.  Learn more

Wolcott Sophomore Receives UConn Writing Award

Wolcott Sophomore Receives UConn Writing Award
Oliver Wolcott Technical High School's Sophomore Christina Thompson was selected as a finalist for UCONN's Connecticut Writing Project. Her original fiction piece entitled "Dream Life" received an honorable mention award and a listing in the Connecticut Student Writers Magazine (CSW).  Learn more

Bullard Havens One-Read Committee Pays It Forward

Bullard Havens One-Read Committee Pays It Forward
The One-Read committee, which consists of students from grades 9-12 as well as Social Studies and English teachers, at Bullard-Havens promoted kindness, unity, and acceptance school-wide after reading the book I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. Student and teacher committee members read the book, participated in a filmed book discussion, and came up with ways to promote the book and its themes that would include the entire school.  Learn more

Mrs. Alecia Walkuski and Vinal students named to Renaissance National Honor Roll

Mrs. Alecia Walkuski and Vinal students named to Renaissance National Honor Roll
Mrs. Alecia Walkuski, English and Language Arts Lab Teacher at Vinal Technical High School, earned this distinction by guiding effective implementation of Renaissance Accelerated Reader®. Accelerated Reader engages K–12 students in independent reading practice at the unique levels K–12 students need in order for them to grow—from foundational skills to grade-level standards.  Learn more

Abbott Electrical Dinner and Awards Program

Abbott Electrical Dinner and Awards Program
On May 11, 2017, a dinner and awards program will be held at Abbott Tech to recognize the Class of 2017 Electrical Seniors. Last year's event featured a guest speaker and program on "Indoor and Outdoor L.E.D. Lighting Products and Applications from RAB Lighting."  Learn more

Ellis Tech Wrestling Win!

Ellis Tech Wrestling Win!
Ellis Tech Wrestling Team wins state championship- first in school's history!  Learn more

Grasso Student Wins National Silver Gloves Boxing Championships

Grasso Student Wins National Silver Gloves Boxing Championships
Steven Torres, a 10th grader at Grasso, recently won first place in the National Silver Gloves Boxing Championships in Kansas. He now begins boxing his way toward the Junior Olympic Team. We are very proud of him. Not only is he a great boxer, he is a great kid!  Learn more

Prince Tech Team Awarded in Design Challenge State Competition

Prince Tech Team Awarded in Design Challenge State Competition
Prince Tech Engineering students took third place in their first showing in the Real World Design Challenge.  Learn more

Norwich Tech Grad First Female Gold Medalist in National Competition

Norwich Tech Grad First Female Gold Medalist in National Competition
Daria Stifel became the first female to win gold in the SkillsUSA Electrical Engineering competition!  Learn more

Community open houses hosted across the state

Community open houses hosted across the state
Links to photo galleries and news stories about our recent community open houses held across the state!  Learn more

Student Workforce

 Student Workforce
CTHSS students can help you with your next big project! A wide range of services are offered across a variety of trades programs.  Learn more