Automotive Technology III

SCED Code: 20104
Virginia Extended Description: III
Suggested Grade Level: 12
Duration: 36 Weeks
Hours: 280
Prerequisite: Automotive Technology II
OSHA Compliance Required?: Yes
Non-Traditional?: F

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.

Contextual instruction and student participation in co-curricular career and technical student organization (CTSO) activities will develop leadership, interpersonal, and career skills. High-quality work-based learning (HQWBL) will provide experiential learning opportunities related to students' career goals and/or interests, integrated with instruction, and performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations.

Automotive Technology I,  I (MLR 3-Year Program), II, and III are closely aligned with the 2022 ASE Education Foundation automobile program standards for Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR).


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) auto body technology programs must be ASE Education Foundation accredited and the instructors must be certified by the National Institute for ASE.

Class Size Regulation

The Virginia Administrative Code regulates the class size for this course. For additional information, see 8VAC20-120-150, "Maximum class size," or contact the Virginia Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education at

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Career Clusters

Pathway Occupation
Facility & Mobile Equipment Maintenance
  • Automotive Glass Installer and Repairer
  • Automotive Service Technician, Mechanic
  • Electrical and Electronic Installer
  • Electrical and Electronic Repairer
  • Service Technician
  • Recreational Vehicle Service Technician
Sales & Service
  • Parts Sales Representative
Transportation Operations
  • Motor Vehicle Operator

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