Automotive Technology


Teachers: Mr. Varelakis, Mr. Valentin

This program offers a comprehensive introduction to the field of Automotive Technology. Coursework covers standards from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). As tudents become more advanced, they study how to troubleshoot problems. The also gain experience working with transmission and transaxles, clutch assemblies, drive shfts, and engine cooling systems. Students work on vehicles donated by residents and the the City of Holyoke.


A student works on a carInstructor: Mr. Valentin and student work on a car


Instructor: Mr. Varelakis assists a student.

Competencies Students Obtain

Within this technical career path, students are able to leave high school with knowledge and specific expectations of their future. The field is predicted to have average job growth over the next decade. Certified workers and those with post-secondary training will have the best prospects. Going into the working field after high school, students obtain the knowledge of:

  • Fuel Systems
  • Ignition Systems
  • Starting and Generator Systems
  • Suspensions Systems
  • Brakes
  • Air Conditioning and Heating
  • Anti-emission Controls 

Career Outlook and Opportunities

The Automotive Technology outlook expects students to earn at least $35,000 a year as an automotive  technician. Certifications are earned by the end of the required courses and years. Colleges well prepare students from Dean for the workings of the workings of their future choices in this field. Career opportunities are available to Dean's graduates such as:

  • ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) Certification
  • NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation)
  • Technician
  • Parts Department Worker
  • Dealership Training
  • Shop Forman
  • Service Manager



William J. Dean Technical High School
1045 Main Street
Holyoke, MA 01040