Divisions/Programs

Maryland CTE



Program Highlight: 

Automotive Technician

NATEF was founded to develop, encourage, and improve automotive technician education. 

NATEF examines the structure and resources of training programs and evaluates them against nationally accepted
standards of quality. 

NATEF’s precise national standards reflect the skills that students must master. 

The NATEF evaluation process ensures that accredited training programs meet or exceed industry-recognized, uniform standards of excellence.

Learn more about Achieving NATEF Accreditation for all three Automotive Training Programs at:



Advances in science and engineering are producing major innovations in transportation technology, resulting in faster movement of people and goods at lower costs and with less environmental and safety risks. These innovations require higher level skills to manage and maintain transportation equipment. High school programs provide opportunities for students to prepare for careers in the automotive industry.

Programs of Study

Automotive Technician (NATEF)
The Automotive Technology program incorporates the Automotive service excellence (Ase) program certification standards and the National Automotive Technicians education Foundation (NATEF) standards. The NATeF accreditation model has been updated and broadened to include all eight certification areas: Suspension and Steering, Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, Engine Repair, Heating and Air Condition, Automatic Transmission and Transaxle, and Manual Drive Train. each course is aligned to industry requirements for certification and success in the field. The end-of-course assessments provide students the opportunity to earn up to four Ase student certifications and also earn college credit.

Autobody/Collision Repair Technician (NATEF)
The Autobody/Collision Repair Technician program combines technical, academic, and workplace skills in an integrated curriculum in accordance with the InterIndustry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR), National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) guidance and directives. The program consists of the following courses: NonStructural Analysis & Damage Repair, Paint and Refinishing, and Structural Analysis and Damage Repair. Each course has a NATEF end-of-course assessment providing students the opportunity to earn an ASE student achievement certificate and college credit.

Medium-Heavy Truck Technician (NATEF)
The Medium/Heavy Truck Technician program combines technical, academic and workplace skills in an integrated curriculum in accordance with all National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) guidance and directives.  The program consists of the following courses: Diesel Engineering, Suspension and Steering, Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, and Preventive Maintenance. Each course has a NATEF end-of-course assessment providing students the opportunity to earn an ASE student achievement certificate and college credit.