Prepare for a career in Systems Diagnostics, Service, and Repair.

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Angelina Vasquez
9th Grade, Hoover High School

Overview

Pathways in the Transportation sector prepare graduates to work in transportation as automotive mechanics, heavy truck mechanics, avionics technicians, and more.

Students may have the opportunity to receive college credit and industry recognized certifications as well as participate in paid and unpaid internships.

Transportation

Sample Transportation Courses

This course will provide students with the basic skills and knowledge needed to become a successful entry-level automotive technician. A strong curriculum is the foundation of this successful program. The curriculum is certified in the Maintenance Light Repair (MLR) standards areas by the Automotive Service Excellence Educational Foundation. The modular system is used in this program. It encourages the student to become responsible for their own learning.

The engine technology class is intended to give the student practical hands-on experiences in diagnosing, troubleshooting, and service procedures in the automotive field. The course also covers shop practices of maintenance and repair in automotive specialty areas. These areas include: engine operation, engine systems, electrical, engine performance, and chassis lube.

This course will provide students with the skills needed to understand, maintain, diagnose, and repair Medium and Heavy Diesel Trucks. This course is the concentrator course for the Medium/Heavy Truck Pathway at Duncan Polytechnical High School. This is part of a dual enrollment program with Fresno City College and Reedley College, and students will earn college credit as well as credit toward high school graduation. Students will be working toward their ASE Educational Foundation Heavy/Medium Truck industry student certification. The emphasis in this course will be on technical skills, as well as foundational workplace skills such as written and oral communication, professionalism, problem solving, decision making, and workplace relationship management.

This course will provide students will the skills need to understand, maintain, diagnose, and repair Medium and Heavy Diesel Trucks. This course is the capstone course for the Medium/Heavy Truck Pathway at Duncan Polytechnical High School, and will allow for dual enrollment alignment with Fresno City College and Reedley College so students will earn college credit as well as credit toward high school graduation. Students will be working toward their ASE Educational Foundation Heavy/Medium Truck industry student certification. The emphasis in this course will be on technical skills, as well as foundational workplace skills such as written and oral communication, professionalism, problem solving, decision making, and workplace relationship management.

This course will expose students to the career readiness skills needed for a successful internship and prepare them for the world of work. An internship is a work-based learning experience that provides students the opportunity to apply their technical and academic skills in a professional setting. Students will develop and practice an understanding of the duties and responsibilities of high-skilled career areas, including terminology, climate, protocol, and other information that will enable them to analyze and revise their meaningful future plans. This course will expose students to the career readiness skills needed for a successful internship and prepare them for the world of work. The internship is supported with activities and assignments to deepen and enhance the experience. The structure of the internship aligns with local policy and program expectations for internships.

Note: Course availability varies by school and program.

Examples of Transportation Careers

OccupationEducation LevelMedian Annual Earnings in CA
Air Traffic ControllerAssociate's degree$152,400
Airline pilot, Copilot, and Flight EngineerBachelor's Degree$177,000
Automotive Service Technician and MechanicPostsecondary certificate$50,950
Avionics TechnicianAssociate's degree$76,000
Bus and Truck Mechanic and Diesel Engine SpecialistHigh school diploma or equivalent$58,980
Commercial PilotHigh school diploma or equivalent$106,900
Industrial Machinery MechanicHigh school diploma or equivalent$61,960

Source: US Dept of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics for California

Innovative Design and Applied Technology Academy (IDATA)

Automotive and Heavy Truck Technology are programs offered exclusively at Duncan Polytechnical High School.

Automotive Technology

Students in this pathway become highly-skilled automotive technicians trained to repair, service, and maintain vehicles. Qualified students can earn real-life experience through internships at local dealerships and auto shops. Students have the opportunity to earn several industry certifications, including Safety and Pollution Prevention Training (S/P2), OSHA-10, various Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) student certifications, and recognition as a Valvoline Certified Technician. College credit is also offered in higher level courses. This pathway is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

Heavy Truck Technology

Students in this pathway learn maintenance and repair of heavy diesel trucks and diesel equipment in a one-of-a-kind, state of the art facility. Students can real real-life experience through internships at local dealerships and diesel repair shops. Students have the opportunity to earn several industry certifications, including Safety and Pollution Prevention Training (S/P2), OSHA-10, various Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) student certifications, and recognition as a Valvoline Certified Technician. College credit is also offered in higher level courses.

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