Automotive Science & Technology

The powerful engine of the modern car

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

CREDENTIALS, CERTIFICATES, WORK-BASED LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

National Technical Honor Society, Pennzoil Information Program, Valvoline Motor Oil Basics, SP2: Mechanical Safety, Mechanical Pollution Prevention, Ethics and You in the Automotive Industry, Land That Job: InterviewSkills for Automotive Students; ASE: Automotive Service E-Learning, Student Certification. Qualified students may be eligible to earn college credits at the following institutions: New Hampshire Technical College at Laconia, and the University of Northwestern Ohio.

Occupations

• Automotive Service Technician
• Automotive Service Advisor
• Heavy Equipment Service Technician
• Industrial Machine Technician
• Heating & Ventilating Technician
• Plumber•Electrician
• Automotive Sales Associate
• Automotive Parts manager
• Service Advisor
• Electrical/Mechanical Engineer
• Helicopter Technician
• Small Engine Technician
• Entrepreneur, small business owner

YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Robert “Bob” Church

Master Automotive Service  Technician

rchurch@bsdvt.org 

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. 

He began his career at BTC in 1991, and over the course of 29 years Bob has developed the Automotive Science & Technology program. The program is modeled on the educational philosophy of John Dewey; “education through occupation” “not for occupation” with a core curriculum designed to use the “experience” of working on an automobile to enhance academic knowledge & technical skills.In addition to program development, Bob is proud of the relationships he’s developed with students, parents, business and community members. Bob’s passionate involvement in educational issues at the local, state and federal level stem from his firm belief that teachers should advocate to ensure all children have an equal opportunity to learn and grow. 

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.  

Photo: Vermont Secretary of Education Dan French and Bob Church in front of the BTC  Automotive Science & Technology graduate wall of fame which contains profiles of graduates from 1991. 

Download the Program sheet 

Program Outcomes

While a large percentage of graduates pursue further education and careers associated with the automotive industry, others have utilized the electro-mechanical knowledge and skills acquired in the program to begin successful careers in related areas.

Get the Program Sheet in a Printable Version

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