Automotive Technology

The Automotive Technology Career Academy is a skills/attitude based program designed to prepare graduating students with knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience to help prepare them to work in the fast-paced and rapidly changing field of automotive technology. Credits earned in this program will help the graduate enroll in a two-year Associates of Arts Program or in an industry-recognized course of study such as NATEF, AYES, or ASE certification to prepare them for a career in automotive technology or diesel mechanics.

Graduation Requirements

Bronze Medal

  • Automotive Technology (Intro)
  • Brake Systems
  • Engine Performance

Silver Medal

  • Automotive Technology (Intro)
  • Brake Systems
  • Engine Performance
  • Steering and Suspension

Gold Medal

  • Automotive Technology (Intro)
  • Brake Systems
  • Engine Performance
  • Steering and Suspension
  • Automotive Electronics/Electrical

Career Options

Automotive Technology graduate are often employed by area car dealerships, independent garages and service stations, and implement dealerships.

Job Outlook


Job Skills

In addition to having job-related skills, employers expect their auto technical to have other skills such as:

  • Listening Skills
  • Effective Communication
  • Problem-solving Skills
  • Time Management
  • Honesty and Integrity

Postsecondary Programs

Upon successful completion of this program, the students will be awarded postsecondary credits for approved courses by Northwest Technical College and ASE.


Andy Olson

Andy Olson graduated in 1982 from Red River High School in Grand Forks, ND. He attended UW-Stout and obtained a degree in Technology Education in 1994. He then received his Masters Degree in Industrial Technology from BSU in 2004. He has been the instructor at Bemidji High School since 1994 of all Automotive Tech classes and also teaches Electricity/Electronics. His hobbies include bicycling and fitness, skiing(NSP), hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. Mr. Olson is excited to be a part of the Automotive Technology Career Academy.

Business and Industry Experiences/Partners

Students in the academy will be eligible for job shadowing and internships at local businesses including automotive repair shops.

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