Auto2Automotive Technology


Instructor: Damon Jillson
djillson@orangesouthwest.org
802-728-9595 ext. 412

The Automotive Technology program gives students the opportunity to prepare for work or further study in the automotive field. The curriculum of classroom and hands-on learning prepares graduates to enter a two- or four-year college program, or to accept jobs as automotive technicians, service managers, service advisors, or parts managers. Areas of concentration include steering and suspension, brake and exhaust systems, electronics and engine performance, working with transmissions, and overall general repair. Students gain entry-level experience and specialized training through cooperative education and earn their state inspection certificate.

While covering a full curriculum of content specific to this trade, students will be trained and assessed in accordance with Proficiency Based Graduation Requirements (PBGRs). For more information on Proficiency Based Learning, visit the VT Agency of Education’s website at: education.vermont.gov

College Credit and Industry Certifications:
Students completing the program earn three college credits at New Hampshire Community College for the course Auto 111, Introduction to Automobile Services. Students may also test for their Vermont Department of Motor Vehicle Inspection certification. Past graduates have attended Vermont Technical College, New Hampshire Technical College, Wyoming Technical College, Ohio Tech, and Universal Technical Institute, among other higher education institutions.

Career opportunities include:
Auto Sales & Service
Automotive Technician
Fleet Maintenance
Parts and Service Writers/Managers
Private Garage Ownership.

Average salaries in the automotive industry:
Automotive Technician / Mechanic - $36,600
Heavy Equipment Service Technician - $43,800
Auto Body / Glass Installer - $37,700
Aircraft Mechanic / Technician - $55,200
Automotive Parts Salesperson - $21,400

Community Partners / Employers:
Fisher Auto Parts
Cody Chevrolet
802 Toyota
White River Toyota
School Street Garage
Route 66 Auto and Tire
Freds Automotive
Kidder’s Auto
Randolph Auto Supply
Village Auto
Capitol City Kia

Interests and Attitudes:
Students applying for the program should have a strong interest in mechanics; a desire to learn in an applied and active environment; and be willing to work with others as part of a team. They should also be able to accept feedback from their instructor and have an ability to demonstrate their thoughts and learning through speaking and writing.