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Tips to Parents

Parents of young people who have indicated an interest in a program at Collinsville Area Vocational Center should keep the following items in mind: 1. They will register for the program selection during their sophomore year at their home school registration period. Your son/daughter will need to discuss with their high school counselor how their program selection will relate to their career goals. Feel free to visit the Collinsville Area Vocational Center where the program(s) of interest your son/daughter are being offered. Please feel free to contact the Vocational Center so you may have personal contact with the instructor to determine the course content employment outlook, projected earnings and the desirability of advanced training at a college or technical school.


The Collinsville Area Vocational Center is a two year, public vocational training center for Junior and Senior high school students. For more than 30 years, our graduates have successfully entered the working world serving the needs of area employers. Students are drawn from nine area high schools and attend 2 1/2 hour classes taught by instructors who have many hours of actual work experience in the field. Each program area is designed to emphasize proper work habits, employability skills, and career opportunities, as well as give students a work environment related to their chosen fields. Many of our programs have dual credit and/or articulation agreements with the community colleges, where many of our graduates continue their education.



Automotive Repair


Programs Offered at Collinsville Area Vocational Center

Auto Body Automotive Maintenance Technology Cisco Network Engineering Technology Clinical and Emergency Health Occupations Computer Drafting and Design (CAD) Criminal Justice Early Childhood Education Electronics Food Services/ Hospitality Management Precision Machining Technology PLTW Engineering (IED, POE & CEA, EDD) Web and Graphic Design Welding Technology

All students are eligible to enroll in any course regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, religion or disability

CAVC 2201 South Morrison Ave. Collinsville, IL 62234 (618) 346-6320

Employable Skills
Understand and perform all maintenance tasks on a modern automobile Students will be proficient in brake system repair Suspension, steering service and computerized wheel alignment Repair all makes of engines, students will disassemble, measure, inspect, and live run a engine when finished Overhaul of automatic and manual transmission Complete coverage of advanced electrical and computer controls Heating and air conditioning service

Career Opportunities and Job Titles

Entry-level after high school graduation and Collinsville Area Vocational Center training: Entry level Technician at dealership or independent shop Tire service center Quick maintenance facility Auto parts store Entry-level after Junior College Program leading to an Associate Degree or Certificate Program: Shop owner Custom work/High performance or racing shop Automotive Technician Tire Service Center Shop Owner Sales Person Service Writer Service manager Entry-level after Baccalaureate Degree: Automotive Engineer Automotive Designer Automotive Educator Corporate Employee

Enrollment Enrollment takes place during students registration period at their home school. Enrollment is open to juniors and seniors. Program Duration: One year Credits: 3 units per year Attendance Students taking a course at the Vocational Center divide their day between their home school and the Vocational Center. Transportation Each participating high school will provide transportation for their students Tuition Tuition will be paid by the home school district for each student. Students may have some additional costs for personal tools, equipment, and materials

What to expect.
Students should expect a hands-on environment working on vehicles. Labs are designed to replicate real world automotive problems.

Automotive Maintenance Technology @ Collinsville AVC

Do you like to work with your hands? Do you want to learn how everything works? Do you like lots of tools? If so this class is for you. This class will cover the introduction to the automotive industry. First, the class will cover introductory levels beginning with shop safety practices and automotive tool use. The students will learn all maintenance aspects of modern vehicles. The cars we work on are school cars, student cars, student friends cars. Brakes, suspension, steering and alignment will be the first systems covered. Next, the students are r equired to disassemble an engine completely. Students will inspect the engine, measure with precision tools and machine as needed. When the engine is assembled the fuel and ignition systems will be installed and the engine is test ran on a stand. The students will learn all procedures involving an engine re-build. They will be able to apply their skills to diagnose engine problems. Automotive Maintenance Technology 2 will bring all prior learned knowledge together turning it into diagnostic skills. Electrical systems will be covered, including advanced fuel, ignition and computer systems. Many faults are installed in school cars and the students will diagnose these problems. Transmissions, four wheel drive and differentials will be covered next. Students will also learn the business part of the automotive industry including billing and customer service. This program is articulated with Lewis & Clark Junior College and Ranken Students may test out of entry level courses with instructor approval