Auto Technology

For many Americans, cars are an essential part of daily life. In our Auto Technology program, students learn how automotive technicians maintain these complex machines.

While exploring the increasingly high-tech systems that work in concert to keep a car running, students master the following skills:

  • Servicing and repairing or replacing suspension and steering systems or their components
  • Servicing and repairing or replacing brake systems or their components
  • Servicing and repairing or replacing electrical and electronic systems or their components
  • Servicing and repairing or replacing engines or their components
  • Servicing and repairing or replacing transmissions and other drivetrain components
  • Servicing and repairing or replacing heating and air conditioning systems or their components

Other important elements of the program include auto shop safety, work station organization, auto shop management, and customer service. Students develop their skills through a combination of expert instruction and hands-on training in a state-of-the-art program lab outfitted with 10 hydraulic vehicle lifts, a wheel alignment machine and a chassis dynamometer.

Students gain real-world experience by servicing and troubleshooting LCTI maintenance vehicles, as well as school staffers’ cars. Through Automotive Youth Education Systems, or AYES, upperclassmen are encouraged to secure internships or co-op positions at local auto shops and dealerships. Competition is also a big part of the program: students routinely win cash prizes and college scholarships at local, state and regional events.

Our Diesel Medium & Heavy Truck Technology program is accredited by the following organization:

NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation)

Industry Credentials

Auto Technology students can earn the following certifications and credentials in high school:

  • ASE Student Certification via NATEF
  • Certified Emissions Inspector and Certified Safety Inspector via PennDOT
  • Section 609 Certification for Refrigerant Recycling and Recovery via NIASE

College Credits

Statewide and local articulation agreements known as SOAR and ACES, respectively, allow students to earn college credit for their work in the Auto Technology program.

  • This program also has articulation agreements with Northampton Community College, Universal Technical Institute and the University of Northwestern Ohio.

Career Paths

with credentials:

  • Automotive Technician
  • Drivetrain Specialist
  • Service/Parts Clerk

with credentials and experience:

  • Auto Shop Owner
  • Service/Parts Manager
  • Service Writer

with postsecondary training or college degree:

  • Aircraft Technician
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician
  • NASCAR Technician

PROGRAM DETAILS

Teacher: Kevin Ferenchak

Email: ferenchakk@lcti.org

Teacher: Michael Bernadyn

Email: bernadynm@lcti.org

Teacher: Rich Sikora

Email: sikorar@lcti.org

WHAT'S HAPPENING

LCTI students win 54 medals at regional SkillsUSA event

By LCTI on 1 February 2018

They also racked up nearly $82,000 in scholarships.

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Industry Partners

Representatives from the following local businesses serve on the Auto Technology program’s Occupational Advisory Council:

  • Bennett Toyota
  • Chevy 21
  • Faulkner Subaru
  • Imperial Auto Sales & Service
  • Rothrock

Student Organizations

Auto Technology students are eligible for membership in the following Career & Technical Student Organizations, or CTSOs:

  • SkillsUSA

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Our mission at LCTI is to prepare all students for successful careers and lifelong learning.