The mission of the Automotive Services Technology program at Cairo High School is to assist the student in acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful entry worker in the field of Auto Technology and/or continue their education in a related occupational field.
- To emphasize quality work, interest, pride, and enthusiasm in the context of real workplace responsibilities
- To increase student experiences in problem-solving, deductive reasoning, judgement, and decision-making skills within a team environment
- To demonstrate knowledge of automotive technology safety in the context of real workplace responsibilities
- To work cooperatively with team members to complete assigned tasks in the context of real workplace
- To make a contribution to the employment needs of the community by increasing the supply of qualified Automotive Technology Specialists
A group of area automotive business owners and managers meet regularly with the educational instructor to provide regular input for curriculum revisions and opportunities for student employment.
Many automotive mechanics work for car dealers, independent repair shops, or gasoline service stations. Some are self-employed. The increasingly complex automotive technologies will require individuals seeking entry into this field to complete a formal program of studies. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, jobs as an automotive service professional will be plentiful for those who finish a formal training program.
According to the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), today's automotive technician must have:
- Thorough knowledge of automotive systems and components
- Good computer skills
- Excellent communication skills
- Above average mechanical aptitude
- Good reasoning ability
- Ability to follow directions
- Manual dexterity