Automotive Technology


Mr. Tom Forsyth, Mr. David Lucier, Mr. Brooks Clarke


Automotive Technology provides students with comprehensive training and hands-on experience working with automobiles that are complex systems combining computer technology and integrated systems that include gasoline, hybrid and battery-powered engines, electronic braking systems and automated support systems for drivers.

Students in the Automotive Technology program learn to diagnose automotive system problems, to repair them, and to handle general maintenance on automobiles of all kinds. The program focuses on the latest techniques and diagnostic procedures used in the industry. Students work on vehicles donated by automobile manufacturers and private citizens, as well as on automobiles needing repairs from customers within the community. The Automotive Technology classrooms and laboratories have the most up-to-date equipment, including engine analyzers, scanning tools, wheel alignment systems, wheel balancers, and hand-held testers.

Automotive Tech students move through a curriculum that prepares them for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification and the Federal Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) license. All students complete the 10-Hour OSHA CareerSafe certification, as well. Our curriculum, certified by the National Automotive Technician’s Education Foundation (NATEF) and the Automotive Youth Educational System, (AYES) ensures students are certified in the following areas:

  • Engine Repair
  • Suspension and Steering
  • Brakes
  • Electrical Electronics
  • Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning
  • Engine Performance
  • Safety Pollution Training
  • ASE

Our program includes the AYES Internship Program, a partnership between auto manufacturers, Essex Technical High School, and local auto repair service providers. Students who are eligible work cooperatively at a sponsoring organization during the school day as a co-operative educational student. The program includes a structured summer internship for students between their junior and senior years, as well. This experience often leads to full-time employment after graduation.

 Career Paths

Graduates from the Automotive Technology Program may continue training by attending a technical institute or college specializing in automotive technology, as well as two- or four-year programs in various engineering or business fields. There are many opportunities for full time employment upon graduation:

  • Auto Technician in dealerships and independent repair shops
  • System Specialist
  • Shop Foreman
  • Technician’s Assistant
  • Technical Instructor
  • Service Manager, Service Director
  • Field Engineer
  • Auto Machinist
  • State Motor Vehicle Inspection Technician
  • Manufacturer’s Sales Representative.
  • Parts Management or Delivery

Related Activities and Programs

  • AYES Program
  • SkillsUSA Competition
  • Cooperative education and internship opportunities


  • Essex Tech Open House
  • Annual Car Show