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HowardHoward High School of Technology

Auto/Diesel Technology

Many auto technicians consider the quick and accurate diagnosis of “hard to find” trouble as one of their most challenging and satisfying responsibilities. To do this requires good reasoning ability, the willingness to do a job thoroughly and accurately, and a thorough knowledge of the automobile. Auto/Diesel Technology is the program in which students can acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and work ethic needed to become a successful auto technician. Most technicians perform a variety of repairs; however, some elect to specialize in one area such as front-end alignment, automotive electrical systems, transmissions, automotive machine shop, auto air conditioning, engine overhaul, or tune-up. Test driving, using sophisticated diagnostic equipment, making an accurate diagnosis, and pricing and communication with customers are all things a successful auto technician must be able to do. Jobs are plentiful throughout Delaware. Wages generally are above average, depending on the skill level of the technician. Many work situations will require service people to have their own tools and certification. Automobile fleet service dealers, independent repair facilities, and construction companies are just a few of the employers of skilled technicians. Auto Technology students are able to earn college credit through Tech Prep agreements with area colleges. Qualified students may test for certification through NATEF, NOCTI, or ASE.

Employment opportunities available after high school graduation:

Automobile Technician, Engine Performance Specialist, Drivability Specialist, Automobile Electrical Specialist, Diesel Technician, Front Suspension Technician, Brake Technician, Automobile HVAC Technician, Transmission Technician, Automotive Parts Specialist

Employment opportunities requiring related work experience after high school graduation:

Automotive Service Manager, Automotive Service Manager/Service Advisor