Comprehensive Training for the Next Generation of Automotive Mechanics
The Automotive Mechanics Technology Program is designed to provide students at our vocational school with training in diagnosis and repair of modern vehicles, as well as introducing them to the latest developments in the automotive trade. Students learn the basics of automotive repair with an emphasis on both theory and hands on training. Safety instruction is incorporated into each lesson and demonstrated as students learn to use tools and machinery.
Our automotive training facility has a separate classroom where students work on diagnostic computer programs, take various safety and pollution prevention classes, prepare for industry certifications, and study theoretical concepts. This instruction helps to reinforce the overall mission of George Junior Republic, which is to teach valuable social and cooperative skills while helping youth prepare to return to their communities.
The Automotive Mechanics Technology Program takes students through three levels of automotive maintenance and repair skills:
1. Basics in Automotive Mechanics Technology
The Basics level helps students learn the importance of safety in the work environment and the proper use of hand tools and equipment. Students study the working of the modern vehicle and develop core skills.
2. Entry-Level Technician
When students progress to this level, they learn what an entry level technician should know about vehicle maintenance, suspension, basic power train theory, and engine performance and repair. As students progress in their diagnostic skills, they work on onboard computer controls, fuel injection systems, and computer controlled body, braking, and suspension systems.
3. Advanced Diagnostics and Repair
Advanced Diagnostics and Repair helps students prepare for various industry challenges and assessments. The teaching methods are geared to individual learning styles and ability levels and provide a positive working atmosphere. Students are evaluated on how well they perform on a particular job against an industry accepted standard (ASE, or Automotive Service Excellence).
Industry recognized certifications include:
- SP-2 Safety and Pollution Training
- Tire Industry Association (TIA) Passenger Car Certificate
- Hunter Training and Equipment Certification on Front End Alignment and Tire Changer
- Mitchell On-Demand 5 Repair Information System Certificate
- Valvoline Certificate of Completion (Oil Change)