An Industry Education Partnership

CTE Automotive Technology

The SCILL CTE Automotive Technology Program is a two-year, half-day program in which students from area high schools may elect to participate. Junior and senior students attend their high school for half a day, participate in sports and extra-curricular activities and spend the other half at SCILL.

The program adheres to National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) standards. Students learn the technical and mechanical skills necessary to adjust, repair and overhaul automobiles and individual component systems, including theory, computerized diagnostics and engine performance. Students leave SCILL with the ability to make precise adjustments, to make decisions and solve problems and visualize components, and they're well-rounded because of participation in several SCILL-sponsored community service activities. Participants are selected on their career objectives, attendance record, ability to provide transportation to the program and recommendation from the student's guidance counselor.

Course Instruction

SCILL is currently one of only two high school programs offered in the state of Indiana that are NATEF certified in all nine of the following areas of instruction:

  • Brakes
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • Engine Performance
  • Suspension and Steering
  • Automatic Transmission and Transaxle
  • Engine Repair
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Manual Drive Train and Axles
  • Maintenance and Light Repair

NATEF/ASE Certified Instruction

The SCILL CTE Automotive Technology Program instructors are experienced in the real-world of work and they bring their work experience and knowledge to the classroom. One of the instructors is ASE certified in nine areas and both are completing the necessary work to obtain all ASE certifications.

Our instructors are highly trained in the industry, and they participate in continuing education in both technical and instruction methods.

Placement and Recruitment

Students have the opportunity to take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) student certification exams in one or more of 9 areas to help further solidify their career path.

Graduates of the CTE automotive technology program that have attained some ASE certification have been actively recruited by automotive groups and the armed forces, as well as NASCAR. Students who complete the program graduate with workforce-ready skills.

The skills learned during the two-year program provide students with a strong foundation for continuing education as well. Most graduates go on to traditional two-year and four-year colleges, while others enter the workforce.

SCILL works with regional universities, businesses and recruiters to help students qualify for scholarships and receive additional training upon graduation. A dual credit agreement with Ivy Tech allows students to obtain up to 12 hours of college credit at no cost.

How to Enroll

To enroll in SCILL's CTE automotive technology program, contact your guidance counselor prior to your junior year of high school, or apply online. If you're interested in learning more about the program, call SCILL at 574-772-8001 or contact us to set up a personal tour of our facility.