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Auto and Construction Program


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Program Offered: Citywide; students who live anywhere in the city may apply.

Entrance Requirements: A personal interest in one or more of the technical areas within the Automotive and Construction Program.

Description: The Auto and Construction Program prepares students for a variety of post-secondary options including 2- and 4-year college, apprenticeship programs, or direct entry into the workplace. Students interested in these programs need to enjoy challenges and are not intimidated by rigorous coursework. This Program appeals to students interested in pursuing highly-paid careers in the automotive and service repair industry, construction industry, or the trades. Students will have the opportunity to investigate all aspects of these industries.

Students who will like this program:

  • Demonstrate the determination to master current automotive technologies.
  • Like mechanical things and are interested in how they work.
  • Possess a strong desire to solve difficult problems.
  • Like creating structures with various materials.
  • Have the ability to work with the public and co-workers.
  • Learn to record data and access needed information using computers.

Students Experience:

  • Job shadowing and/or summer internships
  • Service learning opportunities in the community 
  • Presentation of work at conferences
  • SkillsUSA, High Tech Girl’s and High Tech Boy's Society
  • Visits to local universities and colleges 
  • Professional demonstrations by master craftspeople
  • Employer and professional panels

Sample of Classes: The following courses are taught at a professional level in order to allow students to earn industry certification and college credit.

Automotive Service Careers

Roosevelt High School has a National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) certified program.  It is a national certification for automotive programs mostly at the post secondary level.  There are a few high schools, nationally, that earn this certification but it is mostly bestowed on post secondary institutions because the process is very rigorous and demanding.  We applied for certification in the areas of engine performance, steering and suspension, brakes and electrical components and received all four certifications.  The teacher in the program must be ASE certified in each area that certification is requested. 

Students who successfully complete the NATEF professional certification receive advanced standing and earn up to 16 college credits at Dunwoody, South Hennepin Technical College and Dakota County Technical. If the student technician qualifies (grades, attendance and ability) he/she could be placed in a paid mentorship at a local automotive service facility for the summer prior to their senior year.  A paid internship structured by automotive manufacturers and suppliers is an option for qualified students during their senior year.  NATEF students are eligible for scholarships for auto service and collision repair tools. Courses include:

9th Graders
Students will be enrolled in a basic mechanical techniques and repair courses.

10th Graders
Students will practice basic mechanical and repair service procedures in the Auto Shop Lab.  An advanced one-hour auto repair course is available, as well as an electronic theory and control application course.

11th and 12th Graders
To earn NATEF certification, students spend a semester in each of the following areas:

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

Construction & Occupations

Students take part in job shadowing of construction occupations, classroom and fieldwork in residential construction, paid construction internships and have post-secondary enrollment options with colleges and the University of Minnesota. Courses include:

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

Collision Repair / Automotive Refinishing

Students acquire the skills to pursue entry-level technician positions in the collision industry or receive advanced standing when enrolling at local technical colleges. Courses include:

  • Welding
  • Panel Replacement & Alignment
  • Panel Repair
  • Surface Refinishing