Instructor:  Cliff Motes
Phone:  304-752-4687, Ext.  2241
Email:
 jcmotes@k12.wv.us

Office Hours:  11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Courses:

  • 1631 – Fundamentals of Automotive Technology
  • 1623 – Basic Engine Concepts
  • 1625 – Brakes
  • 1637 – Suspension and Steering

Elective Courses:

  • 1627 – Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • 1633 – Heating and Air Conditioning
  • 1629 – Engine Performance

Course Philosophy

The Automotive Technology’s philosophy is to provide and educate students in as many aspects of the automotive repair industry trade as possible and to provide them the opportunities to become skilled, successful citizens of the global community.  The instructor is committed in providing a safe, industry-standard learning environment that promotes commitment, teamwork, communication skills, strong work ethic and responsibility. Students are encouraged to pursue work in a related field, continuous education and industry related training upon successful graduation from the department.  During the senior year SkillsUSA and Ford AAA competitions and championships reward students for excellence and keep training relevant to employers’ needs.  An important part of the program is the PORTFOLIO.  It provides students an experience that actively engages students in reflective exploration of self and to help students to make a smooth transition from high school to their post high school experience with resume development and interview skills.

The goal of this program is not only to produce skilled automotive service employees, but to give students the ability to adapt their talents to the ever-changing technologies in the automotive repair industry.

Program of Study Description:
The Automotive Technology Program of Study focuses on careers that will build a knowledge base and technical skills in all aspects of the automotive industry. Skill set standards for Career Preparation Skills, Safety, Leadership Development and Customer and Personal Service have been integrated throughout the Program of Study. Student skills sets will be acquired for Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair in the areas of Automotive Service Consultant, Tire Repair and Replacement, Maintenance Services, Electrical System Diagnosis and Repair, Engine and Engine Performance Diagnosis and Repair, Heating and Air Conditioning Diagnosis and Repair, Brake System Diagnosis and Repair, Suspension and Steering Diagnosis and Repair, and Driveline Diagnosis and Repair. Students will have the opportunity to acquire hours towards industry certification and be exposed to skills to develop positive work ethics.

Course Descriptions:

1631 Fundamentals of Automotive Technology
This course introduces the student to the knowledge base and technical skills as they relate to the field of Automotive Technology. In the Automotive Technology MLR-1 class areas of study include Automotive Service Consultant, Career Opportunities and Practices, Shop and Personal Safety, Tools and Equipment, Preparing Vehicle for Service, Electrical-General Electrical System Diagnosis, Electrical-Diagnosis and Service of Batteries, and Engines-Lubrication and Cooling Systems Diagnosis and Repair. Students utilize problem-solving techniques and participate in hands-on activities to develop an understanding of course concepts. Teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction. Students are encouraged to become active members of the student organization, SkillsUSA West Virginia. All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates learning skills, technology tools, and skill sets.

1623 Basic Engine Concepts
Automotive Technology MLR-2 continues as students are exposed to skills sets in areas such as Steering and Suspension-Diagnosis and Repair of Wheels and Tires, Brakes-Diagnosis and Repair of Hydraulic Systems, Brakes-Diagnosis and Repair of Drum Brake Systems, Brakes-Diagnosis and Repair of Disk Brake Systems, Brakes-Diagnosis and Repair of Power Assist Units, Brakes Diagnosis and Repair of Miscellaneous Automotive Items, Brakes-Diagnosis and Repair of Antilock Brake Systems and Steering and Suspension-Diagnosis of Steering & Suspension Systems, Students utilize problem-solving techniques and participate in hands-on activities to develop an understanding of course concepts. Teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction. Students are encouraged to become active members of the student organization, WV SkillsUSA. All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates learning skills, technology tools, and skill sets.

1625 Brake Systems
Automotive Technology MLR-3 build student skill sets in the areas of Electrical-Demonstrate Starting System Diagnosis and Repair, Electrical-Demonstrate Charging System Diagnosis and Repair; Electrical-Demonstrate Lighting System Diagnosis and Repair, Electrical-Demonstrate Accessories System Diagnosis and Repair, Engines, General Engines, Engines-Diagnosis and Repair of Cylinder Head and Valve Train, and Engine Performance-General Engine Diagnosis.  Students utilize problem-solving techniques and participate in hands-on activities to develop an understanding of course concepts. Teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction. Students are encouraged to become active members of the student organization, WV SkillsUSA. All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates learning skills, technology tools, and skill sets.

637 Suspension and Steering Diagnosis
Automotive Technology MLR-4 completes the Program of Study with skills sets in the areas of Engine Performance-Computerized Engine Controls; Engine Performance-Fuel, Air Induction, and Exhaust Systems Diagnosis and Repair; Engine Performance-Emissions Control Systems Diagnosis and Repair; Automatic Transmission and Transaxle-Diagnosis Maintenance, and Adjustment; Manual Drive Train and Axles-Diagnosis, Maintenance, and Adjustment; and Heating and Air Conditioning-Diagnosis, Maintenance, and Adjustment. Students utilize problem-solving techniques and participate in hands-on activities to develop an understanding of course concepts. Teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction. Students are encouraged to become active members of the student organization, WV SkillsUSA. All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates learning skills, technology tools, and skill sets.

1627 Electrical/Electronic Systems
The Skill Sets in Automotive Technology AST-4 will introduce students to the skills, technology, and service of Automatic Transmission and Transaxle-Diagnosis, Maintenance, Repair and Adjustment; Manual Drive Train and Axles-Diagnosis, Maintenance, Repair and Adjustment; and Heating and Air Conditioning-Diagnosis, Maintenance, Repair and Adjustment. This course is recommended as an Elective in Automotive Technology.

1633 Heating and Air Conditioning
The Skill Sets in Automotive Technology AST-2 will concentrate on the skills sets related to Steering and Suspension; and Brakes. This course is recommended as an Elective in Automotive Technology.

1629 Engine Performance
The Skill Sets in Automotive Technology AST-1 will introduce students to the skills sets related to Electrical-Electrical/Electronic System Basics; and Alternative Fuels-Hybrid Vehicles; NAFTC Program or Additional electrical Tasks from NATEF MAST Program. This course is recommended as an Elective in Automotive Technology.