The goal of the Automotive Technology program at the Copper Country Career and Technical Education Center is to introduce and prepare students to explore or enter the automotive field. This program provides a “head to hands-on” approach that will lead to success in post-secondary training and into an expanding automotive-related field. Students involved in this program may range from technician trainees to pre-engineering students. Some of the instructional areas to be covered are:

Course Content

  • Introduction to Automotive Technology
  • Front-End Alignment
  • Engine Diagnosis
  • Electrical Systems
  • Suspension
  • Brakes

Click here to view the Automotive Technology Course Curriculum (PDF Format)

Helpful Background Experience and Aptitudes

It is strongly recommended that a student entering the Automotive Technology program have:

  • Good Attendee
  • Math, science, and mechanical aptitudes
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems
  • High school classes in computer applications
  • Interest or abilities in automotive areas

Career Entry Opportunities

  • Independent Business Owner
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Automobile Dealership
  • Trucking Company
  • Factory
  • Tire Company
  • Garage or Service Station
  • Utility Company
  • Municipality
  • Auto Parts Business
  • Articulation Agreements

Articulation is the process where Career and Technical Education students who have successfully completed the Auto Tech program and demonstrated specific skills by an assessment process are granted college credit for those skills when they enroll at an educational institution that has an Articulation Agreement with the CCISD. There is no charge for the college credit after the student has successfully demonstrated that the specific skills have been learned. The following institutions currently have Articulation Agreements with the CCISD:

  • Michigan Technological University
  • Northern Michigan University
  • Ferris State University
  • Gogebic Community College
  • Bay College

Automotive Technology Advisory Committee

An advisory committee is a group of citizens selected to collectively provide advice to the public schools in regard to career and technical education. The members are mostly from outside the field of education representing labor, management, and the general public. The members are selected because of specialized expertise and knowledge. They serve only as advisors without administrative authority and without pay or compensation.

The following are members of the Auto Tech Advisory Committee:

John Ylitalo, Jr.Northern Auto
Dave JohnsonCopper Country Ford
Tom WaaraTorch Lake Service
Jared RuotsalaKeweenaw Chevrolet
Rick TervoAuto Value
Roger HillKeweenaw Automotive, Inc.

CTE Data Reports

You can view data reports about Automotive Technology and all our other programs by clicking this link.

Back to top