Automotive Technology

Two female automotive students work together to service a car engine.Automotive Technology

Our Automotive Technology program is a comprehensive training program designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in the automotive industry. Recognized and certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), our program ensures that students receive top-notch education and hands-on training in line with industry standards.

  • ASE Certification: Our program is proudly ASE-certified, signifying our commitment to excellence in automotive education and ensuring our students are equipped for employment as entry-level technicians or to pursue advanced technical training programs.

  • Comprehensive Curriculum: Students engage in a well-rounded curriculum covering engine repair, brakes, electrical systems, parts replacement, diagnostics, billing, and more.

  • State-of-the-Art Facilities: Our automotive shop at Quincy High School features sophisticated diagnostic and emissions testing equipment, providing our students with comprehensive training to repair both domestic and foreign vehicles.

Post-Graduate Opportunities

While our students are prepared to immediately find work in the automotive industry, many shops require additional training from 1-2 year programs and/or specialized certifications from industry-specific manufacturers or in particular systems such as engines, bodywork, or diagnostics.

Students may also choose to train to work in related fields such as heavy equipment, transportation, and aircraft maintenance.


About 28% of auto technicians work at auto repair shops. About 33% work at car dealerships. About 8% work at auto parts, tire, and accessories stores, and 11% are self-employed.

Auto techs also own repair garages, service government agency vehicles, perform private vehicle pool maintenance, and provide support activities for road transportation.

Automotive skills may be transferred to other industries including heavy equipment, transportation, airplanes, and industrial applications.

Average Salary

Massachusetts auto technicians earn an average salary of $53,330 which is higher than the national average. Technicians with specialized in-demand skills, training, and master certifications can earn an average of $66,281 or more.

Industry/Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the automotive industry is experiencing steady growth, with a demand for skilled technicians expected to continue. The BLS projects a 4% increase in employment for automotive service technicians and mechanics over the next decade.

The best opportunities will go to technicians with post-high school training, specialized skills and certifications, and experience.

Equipment/Software Training

Students will learn to use our 25 diagnostic workstations, including a General Motors On-Board Diagnostic System Trainer with mobile table, Atech Automotive Electricity Course Board, Atech Advanced Electrical Light System Trainer, Atech Engine Performance Trouble Shooting Trainer, and an Atech Advanced Electrical Trainer for power locks/windows/doors & seats.


Students may graduate from our program with the following certifications:

  • National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence Certification (ASE)

  • Automotive Service Excellence Refrigerant Certification (ASE)

  • OSHA G10 General Industry 10 Hours

  • Automotive Technology Certificate of Occupational Proficiency

Articulation Agreements

Students may earn college credits and/or scholarships via local colleges:

New England Institute of Technology – 12 credits

  • TT106 Intro to Vehicle Maintenance – 3 credits

  • AUT103 Automotive Engines – 7 credits

  • AUT104 Automotive Engines Lab – 2 credits

Universal Technical Institute

  • $500 Scholarship

MassBay Community College – 19 credits

  • AB100 Automotive Fundamentals – 5 credits

  • AY100 Fundamentals of Automotive Technology – 5 credits

  • AS100 Automotive Fundamentals – 5 credits

  • AT101 Intro to Automotive Service – 4 credits

Benjamin Franklin Institute

  • Statewide Articulation – 3 credits

Recommended Course of Study

Grade 9

  • English

  • Foreign Language

  • Mathematics

  • Science

  • Social Studies

  • Physical Education

  • Pathways

  • 1 Elective Course

Grade 10

  • English

  • Foreign Language

  • Mathematics

  • Science

  • Social Studies

  • Physical Education

  • Automotive Technology 1

Grade 11

  • English

  • Mathematics

  • Science

  • Social Studies

  • Physical Education

  • Automotive Technology 2

Grade 12

  • English

  • Social Studies

  • Physical Education

  • Automotive Technology 3

  • 2 Elective Courses