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About the Program of Study


The Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair program of study prepares students for entry into the automotive service industry with an ASE Student Certification. Students study and service automotive HVAC systems, engine performance systems, automatic and manual transmission/transaxle systems, and practice workplace soft skills. Upon completion of this program of study, students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to be a successful automotive service technician, have satisfied course requirements to meet the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) standards, and be prepared to pursue further study at a Tennessee College of Applied Technology or other postsecondary institution.

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The Maintenance and Light Repair I (MLR I) course prepares students for entry into Maintenance and Light Repair II. Students explore career opportunities and requirements of a professional service technician. Content emphasizes beginning transportation service skills and workplace success skills. Students study safety, tools, equipment, shop operations, basic engine fundamentals, and basic technician skills. Students may have the opportunity to take the ASE National Certification Exam.

AUTOMOTIVE 2

The Maintenance and Light Repair II (MLR II) course prepares students for entry into Maintenance and Light Repair III. Students study automotive general electric systems, starting and charging systems, batteries, lighting, and electrical accessories. Students may have the opportunity to take the ASE National Certification Exam.

AUTOMOTIVE 3

The Maintenance and Light Repair III (MLR III) course prepares students for entry into the automotive workforce or into post-secondary training. Students study and service atuomotive HVAC systems, engine performance systems, automatic and manual transmission/trans-axle systems, and practice workplace soft skills. Students may have the opportunity to take the ASE Student Certification Exam. Dual Enrollment with Tennessee College of Applied Technologies Athens is available.

AUTOMOTIVE 4

The Maintenance and Light Repair IV (MLR IV) course prepares students for entry into the automotive workforce or into post-secondary training. Students study and service automotive HVAC systems, engine performance systems, automatic and manual transmission / trans-axle systems, and practice workplace soft skills. Students may have the opportunity to take the ASE National Certification Exam and/or OSHA 10 Certification. Dual Enrollment with Tennessee College of Applied Technologies Athens is available.

Work-Based Learning

This course is designed for the student to gain actual experience in the automotive industry in order to equip them for the workplace.

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Dual Enrollment Opportunities


Dual Enrollment is available for Automotive 3 and Automotive 4 with Tennessee College of Applied Technologies Athens (TCAT). In a dual-enrolled class, students get credit for both high school and the college they are dual-enrolled with. This allows high school students to get college credit and a college transcript before they step foot on a college campus!

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Industry Certifications


ASE Maintenance & Light Repair (MLR) Certification 

The ASE Student Certification in Maintenance & Light Repair can be thought of as a first step in building a collection of credentials as a service professional in the automotive industry. The MLR certification is industry recognized and valued and helps students secure an entry-level position as an automotive service technician or tire repairer.

OSHA 10 

The OSHA 10 certification is designed to familiarize workers with OSHA standards as well as safety and health hazards common to the workplace. Students can earn their OSHA 10 Certification in Automotive 3 and Automotive 4.

Snap-on: Precision Measurement Instruments Certification

The successful completion of the Snap-on Precision Measuring Instruments Certification enables graduates to demonstrate a solid understanding of the fundamentals of working with precision measurement instruments. The skills acquired during this comprehensive training are valuable TOOLS FOR LIFE that can lead to rewarding careers in a vast array of industries in the global marketplace. Precision measuring is the cornerstone of quality in products and services many people rely upon each day. Starrett, Snap-on and NC3 combined their industrial experience and expertise to create a certification that includes hands-on training on instruments that are vital to engineering, manufacturing, aerospace, power generation, and natural resources, to name a few. Those who earn this certification will be proficient in the use of a variety of instruments ranging from tapes and rules to calipers and micrometers.

Snap-on: Multimeter Certification

Knowledge of multimeters is one of the most-requested skills in the industry today. This certification includes training on the problem-solving capabilities of Snap-on® digital multimeters — the same technology used by professionals in the workplace. Training ranges from basic applications to advanced troubleshooting.

Students receive training in the use of Snap-on® advanced electrical monitoring equipment. The knowledge and experience they gain applies to critical industries such as automotive repair, transportation, wind power, manufacturing, HVAC, and robotics.

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Career Outlook


As long as people drive cars, the high demand for qualified Automotive Service Technicians isn’t going anywhere. Auto mechanics diagnose and repair problems in vehicles such as transmissions, brakes, front ends, radiators, and electrical systems. It is a demanding job and there are many opportunities to advance.

The vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers occupation group is projected to grow by 4.7 percent in Tennessee between 2014 and 2022 with a total annual average of 1,080 openings. Automotive service technicians and mechanics are projected to have the most annual average openings with 420. Related occupations requiring a bachelor’s degree include mechanical engineers and electrical engineers.

Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair Related Occupations with the Most Annual Average Openings in Tennessee (2014-2022)

Occupation Total Percent Change Annual Avg. Openings
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 3.0% 420
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 6.3% 335
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 5.4% 170
Mechanical Engineers 5.3% 170
Tire Repairers and Changers 10.5% 125
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines 7.6% 100
Electrical Engineers 7.5% 80
Automotive Body and Related Repairers 3.8% 75
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians 0.1% 55
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 17.3% 50

Automotive Advisory Committee


The Career and Technical Education Advisory Committees are made up of volunteers who agree to serve as advisors to one or more career and technical programs. Members include representatives from business, labor, community agencies, faculty, students and other members. The primary purpose of advisory committees is to provide direction and guidance for the specific career and technical area within the school to strengthen and enhance the success of CTE programs. By working closely with the business and labor communities, we continue to provide high quality workforce training and education to our students so they will succeed in today's job market.

The committees support and strengthen the partnership between business, labor, the community, and education. The committees make recommendations that will strengthen and help to expand the curriculum to improve the quality of program(s). Members provide valuable input in areas such as curriculum development, student recruitment and placement, staff development, equipment and software recommendations.