# CTE Resource Center - Administrative Planning Guide - Automotive Technology III (8508/36 weeks, 280 hours)

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Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Automotive Technology III (8508/36 weeks, 280 hours)

Course Description

Course Code:8508
Work-based Learning:Available
Duration:36 weeks, 280 hours
Suggested Grade Levels:12
Prerequisites:Automotive Technology II (8507/36 weeks, 280 hours)

This course prepares students to perform automotive diagnosis and repairs in the following areas: engine repair, cooling systems, transmission and transaxle, manual drive trains and axles, suspension and steering, wheel and tire, brakes, electrical/electronic systems, HVAC, and engine performance. Students are provided with more advanced instruction in all systems as they prepare for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification examinations. The Automotive Technology program provides the fundamental skills necessary to succeed in an ever-changing and challenging industry as an automotive technician.

This course is closely aligned with the ASE Education Foundation (formerly NATEF)’s 2017 standard for Automobile Service Technology (AST).

For every task in this course, the following safety requirement must be strictly enforced: Comply with personal and environmental safety practices associated with clothing; eye protection; hand tools; power equipment; proper ventilation; and the handling, storage, and disposal of chemicals/materials in accordance with local, state, and federal safety and environmental regulations.

Legislation enacted in the 2011 Virginia General Assembly (HB 1493) and amended in 2012 (HB 1108) requires where there is a national industry certification for career and technical education instructional personnel or programs for automotive technology, the Board of Education must make such certification mandatory. The provisions of this act shall become effective July 1, 2013. To comply with the requirements, all Career and Technical Education (CTE) automotive technology programs must be ASE Education Foundation accredited and the instructors must be certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

As noted in Superintendent’s Memo #058-17 (2-28-2017), this Career and Technical Education (CTE) course must maintain a maximum pupil-to-teacher ratio of 20 students to one teacher, due to safety regulations. The 2016-2018 biennial budget waiver of the teacher-to-pupil ratio staffing requirement does not apply.

Career Clusters and Pathways

For federal reporting (choose one)

  • Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
    • Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance
    • Health, Safety and Environmental Management

Available Credentials

Concentration Sequences

A combination of the course above and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses appropriate to their career pathways.

Check the course description for any course listed below, because some may have a prerequisite.