The Automotive Collision lab has an office computer which is the teacher workstation, but is also
used by students for access to an online cost estimating program which provides the ability to
locate and price new and used parts from a wide variety of vendors in the US. The lab also
features an electronic paint mixer which is powered by a computer and software package provided
by PPG Auto Coatings. This mixer is in a dedicated room and students receive training and hands
on use of the system. The Automotive Collision Program has adopted a software curriculum
material called I-Car which provides access to modular materials with assessment and is based on
NATEF standards for certification preparation. The Automotive Collision program shares a 24
station rugged laptop cart with wireless Internet access and a monochrome laser printer with the
Automotive Technology Tech Prep program.
Automotive Technology Tech Prep
The Automotive Technology Tech Prep lab has a counter on the shop floor with five workstations
which provides students access to work orders, Mitchell1 Online (www.ondemand5.com) for
repair parts and instruction, and access to online materials. The State Dept of Career and
Technical Education has partnered with the Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies (PAS) which
provides online modules of instruction that is vendor neutral in the automotive engineering field.
This new curriculum offering includes online assessments. The Automotive Technology Tech
prep program is taking full advantage of this offering. The Automotive Technology Tech Prep
program shares a 24 station rugged laptop cart with wireless Internet access and a monochrome
laser printer with the Automotive Collision program which is used for student access to PAS. The
lab also has a classroom environment where a teacher can deliver instruction from a laptop with a
dedicated projector and screen.
The Power Systems lab has a Teacher computer and student workstation housed in an office
environment with access to the network/Internet and a printer. For 2008, Shop Keys software will
be provided online with Mitchell Ondemand. This provides repair instruction and materials
requirements for work projects done in the lab. The State Dept of Career and Technical Education
has partnered with the Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies (PAS) which provides online
modules of instruction that is vendor neutral in the automotive engineering field. This new
curriculum offering includes online assessments. The Power Systems program investigating
incorporating this offering into the program curriculum.
Welding and Metal Fabrication
The Welding and Metal Fabrication lab has a plasma cutting workstation that is numerically
controlled by a PC workstation. Students use the proprietary software to program the machine
based on freehand design or blueprint and make parts. This technology is reasonably new to the
program and it is desired to expand its use, capability, and access. The type of software used by
the plasma cutter is called Computer Aided Machining (CAM) and there are expansion modules
that can be plugged into the CAM computer software to give the machine greater capability.
Under investigation is a CAM training module to integrate into the curriculum and the potential to
load CAM software into a computer lab environment to provide greater student access to the
technology. The teacher office has a new computer, a scanner, and color laser printer.