What to expect from BISD Automotive Technology


    Do you like working on cars? Can't wait to take the next step to become a technician? Are you ready to sign up for this program?


    Before you do, let's make sure you know what to expect from this program.        


    This program is designed to introduce students to the field of transportation. We employ a variety of techniques to deliver course content and engage our students. Techniques include hands-on training, computer-based training, lectures, field trips, and competitions. Students will receive industry exposure from special speakers throughout the school year. These speakers represent different career pathways in the transportation industry and come from various technical schools and local dealerships. Seniors have an opportunity to participate in work-based learning by enrolling in an apprenticeship program with one of our industry partners. All students have the opportunity to compete and travel for competitions across Texas and the United States. Competition sponsors include SkillsUSA, Hot Rodders of Tomorrow, Universal Technical Institute, Toyota, and the North Texas Automobile Dealers.


    Automotive Technology I covers the major automotive systems and the principles of diagnosing and servicing these systems. This course includes applicable safety and environmental rules and regulations. In Automotive Technology I: Maintenance and Light Repair, students will gain knowledge and skills in the repair, maintenance, and diagnosis of vehicle systems. This study will allow students to reinforce, apply, and transfer academic knowledge and skills to a variety of interesting and relevant activities, problems, and settings. The focus of this course is to teach safety, tool identification, proper tool use, and employability. Our Automotive Technology I course will begin with shop safety, electrical theory, automotive theory, and conclude with braking systems in the second semester.


    Automotive Technology II/III is more practicum focused and builds upon the fundamentals taught in Automotive Technology I. These courses explore more complex concepts like Steering and Suspension, Advanced Drivability Diagnostics, and Electrical System Repair. We prepare our students to become professional technicians in the transportation industry, whether that be with a manufacturer dealership or the aftermarket industry. This objective can provide additional benefits to our senior students, as well as, our level three students in the form of an apprenticeship with one of our industry partners. For more information on apprenticeships, please contact a teacher. Our automotive courses require practical application of physics, mathematics, reading and comprehension of service information, as well as critical thinking skills.


    Principles of Transportation Systems and Energy, Power, and Transportation are freshmen-level courses offered by our program that introduce students to ideas involving the transportation, distribution, and logistics cluster. The Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Career Cluster focuses on planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail, and water and related professional support services such as transportation infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment, and facility maintenance. In Principles of Transportation Systems, students will gain knowledge and skills in the safe application, design, production, and assessment of products, services, and systems. This knowledge includes the history, laws and regulations, and common practices used in the transportation industry. Students should apply knowledge and skills in the application, design, and production of technology as it relates to the transportation industry. This course allows students to reinforce, apply, and transfer their academic knowledge and skills to a variety of interesting and relevant activities, problems, and settings. Energy and Power of Transportation Systems will prepare students to meet the expectations of employers in this industry and to interact and relate to others. Students will learn the technologies used to provide products and services in a timely manner. The businesses and industries of the Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Career Cluster are rapidly expanding to provide new career and career advancement opportunities. Performance requirements will include academic and technical skills. Students will need to understand the interaction between various vehicle systems, including engines, transmissions, brakes, fuel, cooling, and electrical. Students will also need to understand the logistics used to move goods and services to consumers, as well as the components of transportation infrastructure.


    Class times:

    Block 1/2 - 7:25 AM - 8:55 AM  

              • Automotive Technology 1

    Block  4/5 - 10:25 AM - 11:55 PM  

              • Automotive Technology 1

    Block 6/7 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM  

              • Principles of Transportation Systems (Semester 1)
              • Energy, Power, and Transportation (Semester 2)

    Block 6-8 - 1:03 PM - 3:30 PM  

              • Automotive Technology 2&3 Block 6-8