Auto and Construction

Auto and Construction Program


The program is comprised of rigorous coursework, hands-on practice and real-life problem solving. Students drawn to our CTE Program pathways are those that:

  • enjoy working with mechanics, robots, computers and other technology,
  • relish opportunities of taking apart, fixing or building equipment of various types,
  • remain persistent even when “the going gets tough…”
  • intrigued by the thought of mastering future technologies,
  • thrive working in a cooperative setting with others.


Program Overview

The Auto & Construction programs prepare students for a variety of post-secondary options including two and four-year colleges, apprenticeship programs, or direct entry into the workplace. The programs meet curriculum requirements for Minneapolis Public schools and offer three pathways to specialize in: Automotive Services (Mechanical), Auto Body Repair (Collision), and Construction/Welding.

Students may earn college credits and certifications that further enhance their marketability in the workforce and beyond. Students choosing between the three specialized pathways are able to explore coursework that is most interesting to them.

Automotive Services (Mechanical) Pathway

Roosevelt's Automotive Services program is the state’s premier technology program that allows qualified students to earn college credits that can be applied at local colleges, and educational training centers. As the auto industry continues to grow and require new technologies and innovations, technicians will continue to be in demand. Students take part in a variety of opportunities, preparing them for post-secondary education programs and a promising future.

Auto Services Excellence (ASE) Certification
The Automotive Service pathway sets up students to master skills at industry levels and work toward the prestigious and rigorous Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification. Certification converts to college credits at approved colleges and internships maybe available for qualifying students.

As a National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) certified program, students are trained, and can take the same ASE tests that professional auto technologists must pass in the areas of:

  • Electrical/Electronic
  • Suspension and Steering Controls
  • Engine Systems Performance
  • Brake Service

Today, professional automotive technicians are earning up to $60,000 or more per year (source: National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation). Turn your passions into your future.

Auto Body Repair (Collision) Pathway

Students in the Auto Body Repair (Collision) pathway acquire the skills to pursue entry-level technician positions in the collision industry or receive advanced standing when enrolling at technical colleges. Students are able to expand their knowledge beyond the classroom with industry speakers, demonstrations and field trips. In addition, students can earn up to a semester’s worth of credits in the NATEF certified courses:

  • Non-structural Analysis & Damage Repair
  • Painting & Refinishing

Construction/welding pathway

Students in the Construction pathway experience a wide range of “on the job” experiences, including job shadowing, classes and fieldtrips to industry partners and internships when available. Students have the opportunity to earn post-secondary credits with local colleges and the in courses such as:

  • Intro to Construction: Careers, Safety, Machines and Tools
  • Frame Construction: Basic Construction, Rough and Finish Carpentry
  • Construction Welding
  • Intro to Woodworking
  • Advanced Woodworking and Cabinet making
  • Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD)

Program Benefits

The Auto & Construction program offers opportunities to broaden learning beyond the traditional classroom through:


  • Job Shadowing: Students are set up with day-long experiences in the workforce to better assess future internships and career choices.
  • College Visits: Our staff works with colleges and universities to provide students with guided tours and visits that allow them to explore educational and career paths.
  • Internships: Qualified students have the opportunity to obtain real work experience when available through the district’s many business partners.
  • High-Tech Boys and Girls Society: This Minneapolis Public School program supports students interested in math and science, and provides educational experiences beyond the classroom in high-tech, high demand professions and/or non-traditional careers
  • College-Level Offerings and PSEO: Many of the Auto & Construction classes and certifications are post-secondary credit bearing, and can be articulated to a variety of two- and four-year colleges.