Our two Auto Tech instructors, John Fortin and Robert Kubosiak, are always busy with students -
under the hoods of cars and trucks, supervising computerized diagnostics, monitoring for safety,
providing guidance to students doing complex repair work. It is a big responsibility,
and the instructors are proud of the many students who have gone on to successful
automotive technology careers over the years.
The Automotive Technology Program focuses on all phases of automobile maintenance and repair.
Initial experiences begin with preventative maintenance. Emphasis is placed on engine tune-up,
brake repair, complete front-end service, and engine repair. Additionally, the program strives
to develop strong diagnostic abilities in the students. As skills are developed, students
progress to "live" work on customer vehicles. The goal of the program is to expose students
to the complete automotive field and provide them with skills to work as qualified apprentices.
The curriculum is based on the ASE/NATEF standards, the industry's benchmark.
FCTS, as the regional vocational high school of Franklin County, does so much more than
teach in a lab classroom and simulation environment. Trade programs have large shops filled
with the same tools and technologies used by those men and women working in the trades.
As a true extension of the classroom, authentic automotive projects are critically important
to the learning environment. Occasional projects from municipal and non-profit groups offer
hands-on learning to the students. Real world projects truly provide the students with an
opportunity to apply what they have learned. Our students thrive on authentic work!
Automotive Technology Customer Work
The Auto Technology program does take on outside customer work. The instructors will
determine if a repair job aligns with the curriculum and will benefit the learning experience.
Not all vehicles or repair work will fit in with the instruction at hand, so a call
needs to be made to the shop to determine if your private auto repair needs are
appropriate for student work.