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Why Automotive Youth Education Systems?

Automotive Youth Education Systems (AYES) is more than technical training. It is a partnership among participating automotive dealerships, high schools, students, and their parents. Through automotive dealership tours, classroom presentations, and opportunities for job shadowing, AYES strives to introduce a greater number of young people to the world of automotive technology careers and prepare them to meet the needs of prospective employers.

The AYES experience begins formally in the eleventh grade, continues through the twelfth grade, and can include paid, on-the-job training at participating automotive dealerships.

AYES includes a strong mentoring component in which representatives from participating automotive dealerships assume the responsibility to educate, guide, and encourage students throughout their AYES experience.

Once AYES students graduate from high school and receive their AYES certificates they are considered qualified to be hired as entry-level service technicians. Graduating students will have a strong foundation in automotive systems and they will have solid on-the-job experience as well. The AYES experience also prepares students to continue studying for two-year or four-year college degrees in automotive technology or a related field.

Technical Skills

AYES-defined technical competencies are based on the technical skill sets identified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence External link opens in new window or tab. (ASE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation External link opens in new window or tab. (NATEF). The ASE is an independent organization that certifies the skills attained by technicians and approves the curriculum of schools offering programs in automotive technology. The NATEF, a separate nonprofit organization within the ASE organization, is responsible for the program evaluation process and makes recommendations for ASE program certification based on its evaluation.

The schedule of courses that an individual AYES student will take depends, in part, on scheduling strategies at his/her high school and on the specific needs of the participating automotive dealerships. But in all cases the goal is to provide as thorough a technical foundation as possible in the time available. Both the high school automotive instructor and the automotive dealership mentor will assess the student's progress in the following areas:

  • Brakes
  • Electrical/electronic systems
  • Engine performance
  • Suspension/steering

Employability Skills

AYES employability skills are drawn from levels one and two of the Professional Development Program designed by SkillsUSA External link opens in new window or tab., a national organization serving more than 330,000 students and instructors annually.

The organization has 13,500 school chapters in 54 state and territorial associations. More than 15,000 instructors and administrators are professional members of SkillsUSA.

The Professional Development Program enables educators (and employers) to guide students in the development of a range of real-world employment skills.

Through their participation in SkillsUSA and their on-the-job experiences, AYES students will have a head start in developing many valuable professional skills, including but not limited to the following abilities:
  • Ability to complete a job application successfully and interview for a job
  • Ability to develop a resume and an employment portfolio
  • Ability to present a favorable, businesslike image
  • Communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Stress management skills
  • Time management skills
  • Effective self-motivation techniques
  • Standard business/social etiquette competencies

Contact Information

Robert Wilson, Education Programs Consultant

Career Technical Education Leadership and Instructional Support Office
Career and College Transition Division
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 4202
Sacramento, CA 95814

Questions: Robert Wilson | | 916-319-0675 
Last Reviewed: Friday, September 23, 2016
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