Technology is the application of organized knowledge and problem-solving techniques. It consists of inventions, innovations and other creative developments for producing physical objects and performing services. Technology uses resources, tools, machines, processes and systems to satisfy the material needs and desires of people. It includes the process of design, engineering, invention, research, experimentation, development, production and control. The development and application of technology have occurred primarily in industry, our major economic institution.
Technology and industry have provided both benefits and problems for our society, culture, and environment. Future technological developments must maximize the benefits and minimize the problems. These are the insights that activities in Technology Education are intended to address.
The Automotive Program
Automotive: Beginner Level: Unleveled
#08104 Credits: .5 (Semester course)
This course is designed to expand students’ horizons and help them create an experience and information base for making career decisions. It also enables students to choose a tentative route through school toward definitive occupational objectives. Students will rotate through the following technology areas: Automotive Technology and Small Engines. They will be taught about environmental issues that have plagued our world due to the rapid growth of Technology. Students will learn about industrial safety in the workplace. Students will also learn about various technologies currently used in our world and will explore future energy saving technologies.
Additionally, students will become familiar with automotive tools and light equipment, the inspection and repair of the exhaust system, tire and wheel service maintenance, wheel balancing, radiator and cooling system maintenance, and brake and front-end inspection. At the end of the course, students are required to prepare and deliver a five-minute presentation on the type of automotive career of their choosing.
Automotive: IntermediateLevel: Unleveled
#08304 Credit: 1.0 (Full-year)
Prerequisite: 1 credit of Automotive Exploration
Students will solve problems and gain a fundamental understanding of the automobile by working on the common major systems, engine, lubrication, cooling, fuel, emission, exhaust, transmission, suspension, brake, steering, heating & air conditioning, electrical, and body. Students will have the opportunity to explore the relationship between computers and the integrated electronic systems of automobiles. Students will become familiar with the All Data computer system. In the class, the student will become familiar with many of the different positions that are available in the field of automotive technology, and will learn to provide automotive services. The educational and training opportunities available to the students after high school will be stressed. Successful completion of this course with a B+ or better will qualify students for college credit at higher learning institutions.
Automotive: AdvancedLevel: Unleveled
#08404 Credits: 2.0 (Full-year, 2 periods)
Prerequisite: Completion of Automotive 3 or teacher recommendation
Students are exposed to disassembling, inspection, and repair of various automotive systems, automotive electricity and engine tune up. Laboratory experiments are focused on the systems of engineering, science, and technology and on computer applications that apply to the automotive diagnosis and service. Students will study automotive chemical and their effects and safe use, the tools of the automotive trade and personal shop safety, shop operation, and the different careers available in the automotive industry. Content includes, design/problem solving, customer relations, chemical and physical properties, reference matter use, wiring schematics and diagrams, safety and hazard prevention, measurement systems, shop operation, teamwork, and the use of automotive related hand tools. Computer Aided information systems will be used in this class. Successful completion of this course with a B+ or better will qualify students for college credit at higher learning institutions like Mass Bay and Ben Franklin Institute