Pathfinder Tech

Automotive Technology

SKILLS ACQUIRED AT EACH GRADE LEVEL

Grade 9

  • Safety Training/PPE..
  • Hand tool intro and application..
  • Fasteners ID and repair.
  • Vehicle maintenance instruction. 
  • Wheel and tire service.
  • Steering system theory and service.
  • Suspension system theory and service.
  • Electrical fundamental training

Grade 10

  • Safety Training/PPE.
  • Snap on NC3 Multimeter Training Certification.
  • Battery, starting and charging instruction.
  • Steering system diagnostics.
  • Suspension system diagnostics.
  • Advanced Maintenance training.
  • Brake system (hydraulics and power) instruction.
  • Precision measuring (Disc/Drum) training. 
  • Powertrain (Engine) types, sizes, classifications.
  • Engine component (upper/lower).
  • Cooling system theory and diagnostics.
  • Intermediate electrical and circuit training.
  • Introduction to electronics training.

Grade 11

  • Shop safety/Power tools.
  • Advanced maintenance training
  • Wheel alignment training and diagnostics.
  • Brake system diagnostics inc. Anti Lock and Traction Control Systems.
  • Ignition system theory and diagnostic training.
  • Fuel delivery system training..
  • Fuel system management training.
  • Engine management systems training.
  • Engine air intake system training.
  • Exhaust system theory, operation and diagnostic training..
  • Anti theft system and electrical accessory training.
  • Intermediate electrical system training.
  • Lighting system training.

Grade 12

  • Advanced electronic application and system training.
  • General engine diagnostics.
  • Engine removal and repair training.
  • Engine management training including OBDII.
  • OBDII Scan tool operation and diagnostics.
  • Mobile network architecture and diagnostics.
  • Engine performance diagnostic training.
  • OBDII Evaporative system theory and diagnostic training.
  • Emission system theory and diagnostic instruction.
  • Automotive refrigerant (A/C) system theory, operation, and diagnostics (134a and 1234yf).
  • HVAC (interior climate control) air management and diagnostics.
  • Introduction to Hybrid technology and alternative fuel vehicle systems.

Automotive Technology

Pathfinder’s Automotive Technology Program provides students with the skills needed to meet the standards of many different types of careers available in the automotive industry. The program consists of rigorous classroom theory training that prepares them to work in our state of the art repair facility. Pathfinder students work on over 350 customer vehicles a year and perform tasks such as maintenance, brakes, suspension, computerized alignments, electronics, and engine performance work. The demand has never been higher for trained technicians!

THIS PROGRAM RELIES HEAVILY ON THE FOLLOWING ACADEMIC SKILLS and/or DISCIPLINES
  • ELA
  • Geometry
  • Physics
  • Tech Engineering
OPPORTUNITIES FOR INDUSTRY RECOGNIZED CREDENTIALS
  • ASE Certification
  • SP2 Certification
  • OSHA Certification
  • NC3 Meter Certification
  • MACS A/C Certification
  • ALI Automotive Lift Institute Certification
  • Mitchell ProDemand Certification
  • Manufacturer specific certifications

POSSIBLE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES UPON COMPLETION OF PROGRAM

Upon graduation:
  • Automotive Technician
  • Service Advisor
  • Diesel Technician
  • Heavy Equipment Technician
  • Shop Foreman
  • Motorsports Technician
  • Parts Technician
  • Shop Owner
After completion of 1-2 years of post-secondary technical training (apprenticeship, certificate program or associate’s degree):
  • Factory Field Technician
  • Service Manager
After completion of Advanced degree (4 year college degree or higher)
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Automotive Instructor
  • Designer
  • Sustainability Engineer
  • Factory Regional Manager

Pathfinder provides a robust program of essential academic coursework to ensure students’ readiness upon graduation to pursue an array of career pathways, as well as prepare students to be successful, independent members of society. Beyond core offerings in English, mathematics, science, and social studies, Pathfinder students may also elect accounting, health and wellness, and foreign language options. In addition to traditional college and career readiness driven academic courses, students may engage in Honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual Enrollment opportunities.

Pathfinder offers a wide range of vocational technical programs. We have expanded our offerings to include 15 unique programs. These exciting programs give students a competitive advantage both in college and in the workforce. Our programs are designed to help students create and follow pathways to a career of their choice.  Pursue your passion and enjoy your education!

The Cooperative Education Program at Pathfinder is an optional experience for seniors and juniors (second half of the school year) having a minimum 1,000 hours in their technical area. Through a cooperative arrangement between the school and employer, the student will receive job placement related to their technical area of study during their “shop week” with wages paid by the employer. To be eligible, a student must have the recommendation of their technical program teachers, meet the required grade, attendance, and discipline standards. The student must also have their OSHA 10-hour card. Some technical areas may require additional certifications prior to entering the program.

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