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From Pre-Law to Automotive Mechanic
Auto mechanics are needed throughout the nation in this large occupation. Annual openings are considered very high, and the ten-year growth estimate is much faster than average. Many master mechanics are paid between $70,000 - $100,000 per year. Beginning mechanics, having formal training and being certified increases your chances of being hired. Students who earn the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), a nationally recognized industry certification, can advance to journey-level status within a few months of being hired. Individuals who learn these skills while on -the -job, can take anywhere between two and five years to achieve this status. Experienced mechanics, with strong leadership abilities, often move up into management and those with good people skills may become services estimators.
Automotive Technology Pathway
West Ada School District's Automotive Technology Pathway is certified by the national Automotive Technicians Education foundation (NATEF) and has been awarded Outstanding Program of Excellence by the State Division of Professional-Technical Education. Students who complete this program who learn the culmination of automotive technology skills and knowledge taught, are able to earn an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification. All three program classes are taught at the Meridian Professional-Technical Center located next door to Meridian High School. Students from throughout the district attending any of the zoned-home high schools or an academy, may attend these program classes. Most years students representing the program do well in local and state industry-related competitions. And, typically several students each year who have applied and been accepted into competitive postsecondary auto tech programs, are awarded scholarship money to help off-set college expenses by program industry sponsors such as Napa Auto Parts.
Over the course of the program, students take three classes. These classes are taught in two large state-of-art auto shops, which mirror 'live' shops in the community along with two conveniently adjoining classrooms.
CTE Center - Meridian Campus Classes:
Automotive Technology I - (10th grade; a semester class)
As a level 1 student, you learn the necessary basic skills through a combination of lectures, bookwork and lots of hands-on experiences which is designed to prepare students for shop work the following year. Along with the Auto Tech 1 class, students who travel to the CTE Center also choose another CTE "package" class in order to create a half-day schedule. This allows these younger students to 'try on' more than one career-focused CTE class.
Automotive Technology II - As a junior, students are able to focus a program of choice according to their interest and aptitudes. As a level II student, students spend the majority of time working on vehicle repairs and diagnostics in the 'live' shop. Students apply their know-how on either a car they bring in to work on or, they work on community vehicles that have gone through an in-take process and are a good fit for the students considering what they need experience doing and whether they have the knowledge to perform such tasks.
Automotive III - This is a senior-level class. By the third year of the program, students continue to build on their skillset aligned to industry standards. For interested students who want to apply and be interviewed, if selected, they are given an opportunity to do an externship with the Kendall Ford. Seniors who apply themselves also are able to obtain the skills and knowledge to earn an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification.
Also available - Pathway Brochures
For complete details, see the CTE Magnet Program section of the most current edition of the Course Description Handbook.