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Program Description

Students are instructed in diagnosis, repair and adjustments of all phases of automotive mechanics. Instruction covers work on both gas and diesel engines. Students use the latest automotive testing equipment including computerized diagnostic equipment.

Program of Study

Junior Year Courses

Lab

3 Credits 

English

1 Credit

Math

1 Credit

Science

1 Credit

Elective

.5 or 1 Credit

Senior Year Courses

Lab

3 Credits

English

1 Credit

Civics/Government

1 Credit

Math

1 Credit

Elective

.5 or 1 Credit

Electives are subject to availability and schedule. Not all electives are available every semester. Past elective options have included the following classes:

Accounting, Financial Literacy, Communications, Public Speaking, Entrepreneurship, Forensics, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Vertibrate Zoology, Psychology, Sociology, Military History, Modern Social Issues, Practical Computer Applications, Exploration of Literature, Literature and Popular Music Literature and Films, Computer as a Writing Tool, Health, Healthy Safe Foods, Adult Living, Employability Skills, College 101, Study Skills. 

Math Options: Tech Math 330, Tech Math 121, Tech Math 122.

English and Government Options available with teacher recommendation: Oberlin College Writing, Oberlin College Government.

Course descriptions are available online.

Industry Certifications

College Credit

Agreements with many colleges/universities help students, who meet established criteria, earn college credit for courses taken at the Lorain County JVS.  These credits can be transferred to the respective institution.  Potential college credits for Auto Technology students are listed below.  Credits listed are semester hours.

Cuyahoga Community College      

8 Credits

University of Northwestern Ohio  

12 Credits

Career-Technical Credit Transfer

8 Credits

Math, English, Social Studies and other courses that offer dual high school and college credits are also offered on the JVS campus through partnerships with Lorain County Community College and Oberlin College. A comprehensive list of all college credit options available to students is posted on the JVS website.

More information about career-technical credit transfer is available on the Ohio Board of Regents website.

Student Organizations

Students are encouraged to become involved with the career-technical student organizations related to their programs, such as Skills USA. These organizations help develop leadership skills, cooperation, social interactions, and good citizenship. All members have opportunities to participate in regional, state, and national competitions to showcase their skills and earn college scholarships. Students who excel academically and have a commitment to community service may become a member of the National-Technical Honor Society.

Employment Resources

Strong partnerships between the JVS and business and industry help students gain work experience through work-based learning experiences, the JVS Summer Internship Program, and senior early job placement. The JVS is committed to helping successful graduates find employment in their career field. A detailed explanation of the student eligibility requirements for these experiences is included in the student handbook.

The JVS maintains an online job board to help connect students and alumni to local employment opportunities. The JVS website also hosts links to online resources for labor market data, as well as statewide and national career information. 


Teacher Information

Mr. Paul Schlacht

Dept: High School
Job Title: Automotive Technologies Instructor
Email: Click here to send a message

Program Highlights

  • Air Conditioning
  • Approved by Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES)
  • Auto Service Excellence (ASE) Certified 
  • Brakes
  • Electrical
  • Engine Performance
  • Engine Repair
  • Front End Suspension

Career Pathways

  • Alignment Technician
  • Automotive Assembler
  • Automotive Repairman
  • Automotive Technician
  • Brake Specialist
  • Lube Oil Filter Technician
  • Tire Repair Technician

With Additional Training

  • Driveability Specialist
  • Parts Manager
  • Service Manager
  • Transmisson Specialist
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