Career Academies

Automotive Technology Academy

The Automotive Technology Academy gives you the chance to explore a career in the automotive field while earning college credit before you graduate from high school! This academy will give you hands-on experience in testing and diagnosing, engine drivability diagnosis, automatic transmissions, gas engines, suspension, alignment, brakes, and basic electricity.

The automotive field has become very complex with advances in technology. The need for highly trained automotive service technicians will continue to be in-demand.

Career Opportunities

Your career opportunities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Auto parts manager
  • Auto service manager
  • Auto service technician
  • Electrical mechanic
  • Heavy engine mechanic
  • Small engine mechanic

Program Costs

  • Your school district pays for your courses and provides the textbooks.
  • You are responsible for transportation costs to Hawkeye’s Main Campus.
  • You are responsible for any field trips and activities out of the classroom.

Who can participate?

  • Any 9th-12th grade student who meets the requirements.
  • Students who are able to travel to Hawkeye’s Main Campus.

What can you do after you graduate from high school?

If you complete the Automotive Technology Academy, you will receive up to 16 credits (approximately a $2,500 value) toward your college degree!

You can continue your education at Hawkeye in programs such as the Automotive Technology program.

Where are the courses located?

Courses for the Automotive Technology Academy are held on Hawkeye’s Main Campus.

Automotive Technology Academy Courses

General Education course

Semester 1 – Fall

AUT106 Introduction to Automotive Technology

2 credits—This introductory course provides an introduction to the many facets of the automotive industry to include: careers in the automotive industry, environmental concerns affecting the automotive industry, basic automotive hand tools, specialty tools, precision measuring tools, power tools and shop equipment, using service and shop manuals, and shop safety.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

AUT109 Introduction to Automotive Technology II

2 credits—This course includes the use of hand and power tools, the understanding of electronic repair information and the importance of preventative maintenance.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

Semester 2 – Spring

AUT164 Automotive Engine Repair

4 credits—Basic theory of two-cycle and four-cycle gasoline engines and their application will be introduced. Disassembly, inspection and reassembly of an engine will be experienced as well as cooling, lubrication, induction, exhaust, compression and valve systems discussed. Students will develop competencies in precision measuring and services procedures.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 64

Semester 3 – Fall

AUT610 Automotive Electrical I

4 credits—This introductory course covers basic electronic theory and utilization of electrical measuring instruments. Emphasis will be placed on the application of Ohm's Law and the proper utilization of electronic test equipment including practice with equipment and circuits.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 64

Semester 4 – Spring

AUT504 Automotive Brake Systems

4 credits—Instruction in the theory and operating principles of drum, disc, hydraulic, and anti-lock brake systems. Laboratory procedures for inspecting, testing, diagnosing, repairing, and/or replacing conventional, power brake system components.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 64



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