Automotive Technology is a two-year NATEF/ASE certified program for students who want to work in the vehicle service industry. It is a College Tech Prep program. This course covers the diagnosis, repair and maintenance of cars, trucks and other vehicles. Junior students develop skills through hands-on experience with gasoline combustion engines, automotive service and brake work. Seniors will study automotive technology in greater depth including servicing electrical systems, engine performance, suspension and steering, and heating and air conditioning.
Seniors will have the opportunity to job shadow after the first nine weeks and may participate in early placement the last nine weeks of the school year if they qualify.
Students develop skills in the following areas:
• Hand, power, measuring tools and safety
• Engine assemblies and overhaul
• Automotive service work
• Brake system service
• Electrical system troubleshooting and service
• Fuel system/fuel injection
• Suspension/steering/wheel alignment
• Advanced electrical/electronics
• On-board computer diagnostics
• Heating/air conditioning
Training in the Automotive program includes the use of late model automobiles and engines, brake lathes, tire changers/balancers, computerized test scan tools, 4 wheel alignment machines, digital multimeters, lifts/hoists, computerized database diagnostic information retrieval, AND air conditioning/recovery recycling.
Here you can find answers to some of our most popular questions. You may submit a question at the bottom of this page.
What is Career Technical education?It is planned programs of study designed to provide students with the technical and social skills needed for employment. These skills increase an individual's chances of securing a good paying job in an area of interest to them.
What can Tri Star offer me as a high school student?
- The best Career-Technical training in facilities with up-to-date equipment and software.
- Instructors who are caring individuals with special training and "on-the-job" experience in the areas they teach
- College credit and scholarship money for qualified students who want to go on to college.
- Job seeking assistance and many other benefits.
What does it cost to attend Tri Star classes?There is no charge for attending a Tri Star class. However, most classes have lab fees AND, some programs require students to purchase tools (e.g. automotives, welding, construction).
How does Career-Technical education compare to regular education programs?In some respects it is similar to regular education classes in that students spend time in a classroom setting (with textbooks, etc.). However, Career Technical education programs devote a larger portion of class time (lab ) to hands-on application of the skills learned.
How does a Career-Technical student's day differ from a regular student's day?A student attends their chosen Career-Technical program for one half of the school day. The other half of their day is spent at their home school completing required academic classes. All students must take required courses needed for graduation at their home school. Check the Ohio Department of Education's website for graduation requirements (www.ode.state.oh.us).
If I choose a Career-Technical program, can I still go to college once I graduate?Yes, approximately 60% of Tri Star graduates go on to attend 2 or 4 year colleges or other post-secondary training. In fact, Tri Star's College Tech Prep programs are specifically designed to help students make a smooth transition to college.
Is it true you can earn free college credit by taking a Tri Star class?Yes, you can... if you enroll in a Tri Star program that has an articulation agreement with a college you plan to attend, AND you meet the specific requirements for that agreement (see the "college" tab located at the top of the page).
What is College Tech Prep?College Tech Prep is a curriculum of study designed to prepare a student for a "high tech" career by blending academic and technical subjects. The goal of a Tech Prep program is to prepare a student to enter a two-year and/or four-year college through coursework which includes a combination of academic, job readiness, and technical skill development.
- Project-based learning with an emphasis on critical thinking and problem-solving
- Providing opportunities to gain knowledge and skills in high demand careers.
- STEM programs are identified with the STEM logo in this catalog.
Is transportation provided to a Tri Star class that is not held at my home school?Yes! Bus transportation is provided to all Tri Star program sites however, students may provide their own transportation.Students enrolled in work-study programs must provide their own transportation to and from school or work.Students, who choose to drive or students who ride with student drivers are required to complete a Transportation Authorization form. Drivers must also provide proof of coverage by motor vehicle liability insurance (at the applicable state minimum level) in order to be able to drive to school. PLEASE NOTE: Driving is a privilege. Students who drive irresponsibly or recklessly may lose their privilege to drive and be required to ride the bus or find other transportation.
Can Tri Star students participate in home school extracurricular activities?Yes! Tri Star only requires students to leave their home school for half-a-day, thus enabling them to participate in activities and remain in close contact with peers and teachers at their home school.
How do I apply?It's easy! Applications are available in your high school guidance office, from a Tri Star instructor or at the Tri Star office. Just complete your portion of the application and turn it in to your high school guidance counselor before the posted deadline. Counselors must then complete their portion of the application before sending it to the Tri Star office for processing.
- Learn high school graduation requirements as well as the entrance requirements for colleges/universities. Review these prior to selecting high school classes with your student.
- Investigate requirements needed for College Tech Prep programs.
- Help your teen gather information about the careers that interest him/her. See the list of Internet sites on page 10.
- Help your child identify attitudes and skills that employers look for in job applicants. Discuss post-high school plans.
- Encourage job awareness
- Encourage summer work, job shadowing and volunteer experiences.
Can we get a map of the school showing where the graphic communications room is?The Graphic Communications room is on the bottom floor of the Education Complex. If you click on the contact information page of our website, under each address is a link to a map to that building. Maps to all buildings are on the contact information page.
Can my son or daughter be enrolled if he is home schooled?Yes, but certain stipulations apply. Call the Tri Star Office (419-586-7060) for information.
Can a person take one or more classes at once?No, a high school student cannot take more than one Tri Star class at a time. The reason is that the student needs the other half of their school day to complete academic classes (e.g. math, English, government, science) at their home school.
Does Tri Star offer adult career technical classes?Presently, welding and precision machining classes are the only classes offered for adults at Tri Star's Frank Dennings Building in St. Marys. The classes are offered through the West Central Ohio Workforce Development Initiative. Please contact Angela Hamberg (New Bremen Economic Development Coordinator) for information at 419-629-2447.