Automotive Skills

  • Two students conduct work on a car in the garage.

  • This course supports New York State
    In this course, students will progress from basic to advanced skills in the automotive technology field. Students will receive a basic introduction to automotive careers, learn about certifications, and practice using basic hand and power tools, as well as other equipment, such as an oxygen/acetylene torch. Students will learn suspension and steering work, including inspecting and replacing shock absorbers and MacPherson struts, and identifying the parts of a rack and pinion system. Cooling systems, basic electrical systems and engine performance will also be covered. This course stresses proper dress code, punctuality and responsibility. Many of our students will compete in industry-based competitions.
    Auto Skills is a National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) Certified program. All of our instructors are Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified.

    Using the Tools and Equipment of the Trade, Young Technicians Will Learn How to:
    • Jack and support a vehicle
    • Remove and replace exhaust systems, disc and drum brake systems, and brake shoes
    • Machine cut discs and drums
    • Balance and rotate tires
    • Remove a tire from a rim using a tire changer
    • Perform general maintenance, including oil and filter replacement, chassis lubrication and fluid level check
  • Career Opportunities

    The automotive industry’s demand for trained workers has consistently increased, and those who complete their automotive sequence in skills classes obtain entry-level positions in a wide variety of industry settings, including service stations, dealerships and automotive specialty businesses. Typical job titles in this field include Auto Parts Specialist and Automotive Technician.

    College Agreements
    Upon completion of this course, students may receive college credits subject to the entrance requirements of each institution and any additional criteria that may have been established. Current college agreements include:

    • Suffolk Community College
    • SUNY Rockland Community College
    • Universal Technical Institute (UTI)
  • Auto Skills

    Work Experience Opportunities
    Students who meet all eligibility requirements may participate in supervised, real-world, work-based learning offerings that include clinics, shadow days, internships or paid Co-Op experiences at workplace sites such as:

    • Goodyear Auto Service Center (Jericho)
    • Jiffy Lube
    • Nassau BOCES Transportation
    • Paul Conte Chevrolet
    • Pep Boys
    • Rallye Motors – BMW (Roslyn)
    • Sears
    • Westbury Jeep
    • Westbury Nissan

    Auto skills

  • Course available: Grades 10, 11 or 12
    Course length: 1 or 2 years
    Placement: Skills 
    Credits: Up to 4 CTE credits a year

    Earning high school credits: Students completing this 2-year course may receive up to 8 CTE credits OR distributed credits* using any or all of the following: 

    1.0 credit   Career and Financial Management
    1.0 credit   Math
    1.0 credit   English
    1.0 credit   Science–Specialized
    * Students completing 1 year of this 2-year course may receive up to 4 CTE credits OR distributed credits.

    The Auto Skills program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
    in General Automotive Service.

    This course supports New York State


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Barry Tech Guidance Office

  • Barry Tech Guidance Office

    Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    (516) 622-6812/6814