Transportation Systems Academy

  • The goal of the four-year program is to provide in-depth study into a chosen field of Transportation Technology. Students choose between the Collision Repair Pathway


    Automotive Technology Pathway. Central Academy is a National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) certified program. The curriculum allows students to receive hands-on industry recommended training. Students use technical and problem-solving skills to perform diagnostic evaluations on current industry-standard automobiles. Students who successfully complete the pathway requirements are given the opportunity to utilize strong partnerships with business and industry by completing a work-based learning experience. Strong academic background and technical application allow for a seamless transition from high school to post-secondary training or high tech automotive careers.

    Students applying for the Transportation Academy are expected to 

    CATA Rat Rod=Academy Collaboration Harper Corp of America R.A.T. Rod Round-up Challenge - $5,000 Grant. Currently students from Transportation, Information Systems, Family and Consumer Sciences, Engineering, and Art are involved in the creation of this build. This project will create a bond between academies as they strive to a common goal. The Rat Rod vehicle will consist of a minimum of 10 different parts from 10 different vehicles, and will be road legal and drivable.

    Primary Auto Technology Courses

    Transportation - Auto Technology



     Intro to Auto Services


    Auto Service I

    Auto Service II


    Auto Service III

    Auto Service – Engine Drivetrain


    CTE Advanced Studies (optional)

    Auto Service - Suspension Chassis

    Recommended electives: Collision


    Transportation – Collision              



    Collision Repair Fundamentals


    Collision Repair I Introduction



    Collision Repair Non-structural

    Collision Repair Refinishing


    Collision Repair Estimating

    CTE Advanced Studies


    Grade 9:

    Automotive Service-This course introduces basic automotive skills and job opportunities in the auto repair industry. Topics include engine theory, automotive service and preventive maintenance. Safety standards for handling of tools, equipment and chemicals are emphasized. Students learn basic operation and repair of all automobile systems with emphasis given to engine units and operational principles. Guest lecturers, field trips to local industries and written research supplement hands-on classroom activities.

    Grades 10 - 12:

    Courses in this pathway prepare students to perform all areas of automotive repair. Instruction will focus on installation, inspection and troubleshooting of automotive brake and electrical systems. Small engine instruction teaches the basic mechanical workings of small engines including governors, ignition systems and cylinder heads. Additional study in the future of alternative fuels and fabrication principles are aligned with research and development of performance vehicles.
    Successful completion of this pathway prepares students for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Technician Certification. Opportunities for competition through Skills-USA exist during all high school years.

    Primary Collision Repair Courses

    Grade 9:

    Intro to collision repair.

    Grades 10 - 12:

    Courses in this pathway focus on the necessary skills of structural analysis, surface preparation, painting, welding, refinishing, panel alignment and estimating. Advanced courses focus on unibody and frame straighten repair. Students who successfully complete this pathway are prepared to go into immediate employment, apprenticeship training or technical college training. Like Auto Technology, students will have opportunities for job shadowing, internships, and cooperative learning. Skill development is often demonstrated through the student organization of Skills-USA.