Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology

Site: Northern Career Institute-Willoughby
Two-year program: grades 11-12

The Automotive Technology program takes place in “hands on” learning environment. First year students will have the opportunity to receive a safety certificate and The Valvoline Motor Oil Basics Certificate.  Students will remove and replace various steering and suspension components, brakes and exhausts systems and will use MIG welding and Oxy fuel torches. They will also use a computerized wheel balancing machine and a four wheel alignment machine.
Second year students will use a variety of computerized scan tools to diagnose and repair drive train, emission, and electrical issues.  During the second semester, students are encouraged to participate in a work study program while receiving high school and college credits for their time “on the job”. 

Click here to go to the Auto Technology page on the Willoughby-Eastlake site

Instructor: Mr. Mike Evans
  • Education: Kent State University-CTE Certification, University of Northwestern Ohio, ASE Master Auto Technician, ASE Medium and Heavy Duty Trucks, ASE L1 Advanced Level Engine Performance, ASE Auto Collision, ASE Specialist, ASE Under Car Service Consultant.
  • Work Experience:  Master technician (22 yrs)  Teaching (14 yrs).
  • Awards: Teacher of the year 2013-2014, Willoughby-Eastlake School District.
  • Hobbies: Football, Drag racing, Hot Rods, car building and restoration…if it has an engine I like to fix it!

Additional Information

Credits: 3 credits each year (2 Courses/yr-1.5 credits each)

The student will learn:

  • Saafety and house keeping
  • General Service and Procedures
  • Oil and Lubrication/Maintenance
  • Steering and Suspension
  • Brake Systems
  • Exhausts and MIG Welding
  • Automotive Detailing
  • Scan Tool Diagnostics
  • Electric Systems
  • Drivetrain
  • Oxy-Acetylene Torches
  • Emissions
  • Engine Performance
  • Computerized wheel alignment/balancing
  • Use of information systems and resources
  • Ground Transportation Maintenance
  • Automotive Braking, Suspension & Steering Systems
  • Ground Transportation Electrical/Electronics
  • Automotive Engine Performance
         •   Ohio Technical College
         •   University of Northwestern Ohio
         •   Cuyahoga Community College up to 5 credits
         •   University of Akron-up to 8 credits
         •   Kent State University-up to 30 credits
         •   CT2-up to 8 sem hrs/all OH public colleges


  • Valvoline Oils Certificate
  • Hours toward ASE Certification
  • CDX Certificate of course completion + Webxam
  • Auto Technician
  • Lube Technician
  • Service Writer
  • Service Manager
  • Parts Specialist
  • Porter
  • Detailer
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