Auto Upkeep as a First Course in a General Service Technician NATEF Program

I am often asked how Auto Upkeep, a curriculum designed to teach basic car care, maintenance, and repair, can also be used in a NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) certified program that trains automotive technicians. The key is that all students need to start somewhere, often this means learning about the basics. While Auto Upkeep does an outstanding job covering the basics for all drivers, it also covers 67 out of 153 General Service Technician (GST) tasks (about 44%). For a program to be certified for GST training, NATEF requires addressing all (100%) of the tasks. A NATEF certified GST program is required to have a minimum total of 500 hours of combined laboratory/shop (co-op) and classroom instruction. Auto Upkeep is designed as a 1 credit course (approximately 135 combined lab and classroom hours). Auto Upkeep works well as a first course in a GST program and for those that want to develop the fundamental knowledge and experience in owning and maintaining an automobile.

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Auto Upkeep – NATEF General Service Technician 2009 Tasks Matrix

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Michael Gray

Mike has roots in the automotive service industry. He began diagnosing and fixing cars at a young age in his family’s service station. He has worked in automotive parts supply stores, towing companies, and service facilities. After graduating from St. Cloud State University (MN) with a Bachelor’s degree, he implemented and taught a basic car care program at the high school level. During work on his Master’s degree at Illinois State University (IL), he was a curriculum specialist on a National Science Foundation project where he co-authored ten integrated mathematics, science, and technology books designed for team teaching. Mike has also supervised teachers in Career and Technology Education as a school system administrator.

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