Automotive Technology Academy


Junior and senior-level academy courses are taught at the ARL.


The Automotive Technology academy combines technical, academic and workplace skills in an integrated curriculum in accordance with all National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc. (NATEF) guidelines. This academy prepares students for further education and careers in automotive technology and consists of four required areas of study for program certification: suspension and steering, brakes, electrical/electronic systems, and engine performance. Each area provides the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the NATEF end-of-course assessments and immediately enter a career in this area and/or attend postsecondary education and/or training. Students develop diagnostic, technical and academic skills through classroom instruction and hands-on maintenance applications. Through theory and real-world experiences, students master the concepts and the ability to identify and perform necessary troubleshooting and repair tasks.

Recommended Electives

It is recommended that students complete Common Core Algebra II as part of their mathematics requirements in preparation for automotive technology coursework.



Successful Academy Students:

  • Maintain a C average in all academy coursework.
  • Complete 40 clock hours of a work-based learning experiences at a certified automotive facility during the summer prior to senior year. Students will complete hours after school or in the summer depending on mentor and student schedules. Students are required to provide their own transportation to and from the internship site.


Shaded areas designate completer coursework.

  • Automotive Technology I 856M (11th, 2 periods)

  • Automotive Technology II 857M (12th, 3 periods)

College Credit

Students who successfully complete the Automotive Technology Academy program sequence, with a grade of B or higher in academy courses, may be eligible for credits at The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) or Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Industry Certification

Students have the opportunity to complete NATEF certification assessments in the four areas offered in this program: Brakes, Steering and Suspension, Electrical and Electronic Systems, and Engine Performance.

Sample Career Options

< 4-year Degree

  • Automobile Lead Technician

  • Automobile Service Technician

  • Automobile Master Mechanic

  • Automobile Speciality Technician

  • Automobile Service Advisor

  • Automobile Team Leader

4-year Degree

  • Upper-Level Automobile Position

Stay in Touch

Website - Automotive Technology @ ARL

Automotive Technology Academy Alumni