Automotive Education

Both Automotive Programs at the CTC are NATEF Certified Training Programs. Units of study of the programs include:

Automotive Technology

  • Engine Repair
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • Brakes
  • Suspension and Steering
  • Use of Diagnostic and Testing Equipment

Automotive Collision Technology

  • Small Dent Repair
  • Welding
  • Panel Replacement
  • Painting Techniques
  • Special Paint Applications
  • Estimating
  • Glass and Hardware


Robert Hall, James Valley CTC Automotive Instructor

Mr. Hall
Automotive Technology
Skills USA Co-Advisor

Kevin Kubat, James River CTC automotive instructor

Mr. Kubat
Auto Collision Technology

Auto Collision Technology 1
Elective 11-12
2 Credits

Students will work on repairing damaged automobiles and body parts of automotive vehicles. They will learn to: fix dents, weld and work with panel bonding and plastic materials, use arc plasma cutter, cutting torch and mig wire feed welder. They will file, grind and sand repaired surfaces by using power and hand tools. They will also refinish repaired surfaces by applying primer-surfacer coat and sanding. Students may find work as an auto collision tech or assistant.

Auto Collision Technology 2
Elective 12
2 Credits

Prerequisite: Auto Collision Technology 1

Students will learn to do a complete refinish paint job, identify and apply different types of primers, single-stage topcoats and basecoat/clearcoat finishes. They will identify and remedy different paint problems. Students will learn the installation of different automotive hardware, glass and vinyl decals. Students will study automotive estimating and shop layout. Students are prepared to be an auto collision tech, or assistant. Cooperative Education Experience is available to qualified students. This program is ASE certified in paint and refinishing.

Automotive Technology 1
Elective 11-12
2 Credits

Students will complete a series of activities following the guidelines of the NATEF certification areas. These activities will consist of, but not be limited to diagnostic, repair, or replacement and adjustment to factory specifications. These activities will take place in the classroom and shop and consists of written and hands-on operations. Each phase will have its guidelines and time period. Some areas will be covered with more complexity than others depending on the demand for that area. The course is open to both male and female students. This is a valuable life skill course for any student who plans to own or operate a motor vehicle. Entry level occupations include: automotive technician and service advisor, automotive parts person or any occupation requiring automotive background.

Automotive Technology 2
Elective 12
2 Credits

Prerequisite: Automotive Technology 1

This course is a continuation of Automotive Technology 1. It progresses from automotive engine repair through suspension and steering. Use of scan tools, lab scope, and Four Wheel Computerized Alignment. Student projects are encouraged. Cooperative Occupation Experience is available to Second Year students that meet the requirements, and are interested in a career in the automotive field or related areas; diesel service technician, John Deere Ag, or parts field.