Transportation

The Transportation cluster is comprised of two majors - Auto Body/Collision Repair, and Automotive Technology.

Auto Body/Collision Repair

The Auto Body/Collision Repair program is a three-year NATEF Master Certified program built around the I-CAR® curriculum. I-CAR® is recognized industry wide as the leader in collision repair technology and research. The curriculum exposes and trains students in the trade through a series of competencies and tasks in the following areas: painting and refinishing, non-structural analysis and damage repair, damage analysis and estimating, structural analysis and damage repair, and mechanical and electrical components. 

Students will deal directly with customers, write estimates, schedule jobs, order parts, and complete the repair process. Students progress at their own pace in an environmentally friendly “green” shop featuring Waterborne Refinishing Systems. 

In addition, students who successfully complete the Auto Body/Collision Repair program will receive I-CAR® certification as a Pro Level I Refinish Technician and Pro Level I Non-Structural Repair Technician. Students are eligible to receive credit for one year’s work experience towards various Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications. Students may also receive one year of experience towards Massachusetts Auto Damage Appraisers Licensure. 

Upon graduation, students are employable as automotive refinishers, entry-level technicians, estimators, assistant managers, and salespersons for collision repair equipment, tools and supplies. 

For a complete description of our programs, please refer to the complete Program of Studies.

Automotive Technology

The Automotive Technology program will train students in all eight National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) approved areas for which the department is certified. The training will consist of hands-on work performed on donated and customer vehicles. A series of competencies/tasks in all eight of the following NATEF approved areas will be covered: Engine Repair, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle, Manual Drive Train and Axles, Suspension and Steering, Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Heating and Air Conditioning, and Engine Performance. In addition classroom related instruction is incorporated. 

Students who successfully complete the Automotive Technology program are eligible to receive credit for one year’s work experience towards various Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certfications. 

Job opportunities in the Automotive Technology area include: general automotive technicians, auto parts salesperson, specialized repair shops and customer service writers. 

For a complete description of our programs, please refer to the complete Program of Studies.

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