Robert “Bob” Church
Master Automotive Service Technician
Prior to working for the Burlington Public Schools, Bob operated Texaco Service stations in New Jersey and taught Automotive Science at Passaic County Technical Institute. In 1990 Bob and his family moved to Vermont where Bob took a position with the Nordic Automotive Group as the shop operations foreman for Nordic Ford, Toyota, and Mitsubishi.
Bob’s principles are grounded by the educational experiences of his mother, who was orphaned as a child. It was her teachers’ involvement in her life that ensured she had an education which enabled her to have a fulfilling career as a registered nurse, raise a family and leave a legacy of service to others.
About the Program
Automotive Science and Technology is a two-year program that meets for just over two hours per day, five days per week.
The rigorous curriculum is designed to prepare students for college and/or career opportunities. CommonCore and National Science standards are an integral part of the automotive curriculum; subsequently, students study scientific principles as they’re applied to the design, operation, and service of a modern automobile.
Students will learn how engines work, troubleshoot common engine problems and fuel system issues, analyze and complete vehicle manufacture repair algorithms. Students disassemble a modern vehicle engine, use micrometers, dial indicators to measure engine components, build and test electrical circuits, complete basic vehicle maintenance procedures and operate machinery associated with lifting a car, changing/ balancing wheels and performing wheel alignments.
High School credits available include:
• Year 1 – 3 Elective Credits
• Year 2 -2.0 Elective Credits and 1.0 Science Credit
• 1.0 Math Credit recommendation available with additional independent study
Automotive Science & Technology Occupations
- Automotive Service Technician
- Automotive Service Advisor
- Heavy Equipment Service Technician
- Industrial Machine Technician
- Heating & Ventilating Technician
- Automotive Sales Associate
- Automotive Parts manager
- Service Advisor
- Electrical/Mechanical Engineer
- Helicopter Technician
- Small Engine Technician
- Entrepreneur, small business owner