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

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

Roosevelt's Automotive pathways are unique offerings, not only in Minneapolis, but also within the state of Minnesota. Both pathways allow 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 in both areas are in high demand. Today, professional automotive technicians are earning up to $60,000 or more per year (source: National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation). Students take part in a variety of opportunities to prepare them for post-secondary education programs and a promising futures.

As a National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) certified programs, students are trained, and can take the same ASE certification tests that professional auto technologists can take and must pass in their respective areas.  In addition, both programs are advised and kept current by regular meetings with industry professionals and business representatives.

Automotive Services (Mechanical) Pathway

Students in the Automotive Services pathway will receive instruction, and are trained in 8 areas of automotive service to meet NATEF requirements for Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR):

  • Engine Repair
  • Automatic Transmission and Transaxle
  • Manual Drive Train and Axles
  • Suspension and Steering
  • Brake Service
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • Engine Performance
  • Heating and Air Conditioning

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 summer internships when available. The Construction Pathway works directly with the Minneapolis Building Trades unions to provide authentic experiences and speakers.  Students have the opportunity to earn post-secondary credits with local colleges in courses such as:

  • Basic Construction Trades I and II
  • Construction Welding I and II
  • Construction Apprenticeship Preparation
  • 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.