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Transportation Sector

This sector is designed to provide a foundation in transportation services for all industrial technology education students in California. There are eight focus areas that fall under the Transportation sector, each with different career opportunities. The focus areas are On-Road; Off-Road; Stationary; Rail; Water/Sea; Air; Space; and Small Engines and Specialty Equipment. The pathways in the Transportation sector emphasize real-world, occupationally relevant experiences of significant scope and depth in three areas: Operations, Structural Repair and Refinishing, and Systems Diagnostics, Service, and Repair. The standards are designed to integrate academic and technical preparation and focus on career awareness, career exploration, and skill preparation in the three pathways. Integral components include classroom, laboratory, and hands-on contextual learning; project- and work-based instruction; and leadership development. The standards in this sector prepare students for continued training, postsecondary education, and entry to a career.


Systems Diagnostics, Service, and Repair

The Systems Diagnostics, Service, and Repair pathway prepares students for postsecondary education and employment in the transportation industry, which includes but is not limited to motor vehicles, rail systems, marine applications, and small-engine and specialty equipment.



Consumer Automotive



Advanced Automotive



Auto Repair Business
(ATCH 168 - Cuesta College)


Consumer Automotive
Consumer Automotive is an ideal course for the present or future automobile operator. All areas of automobile operation, maintenance, and ownership will be explored. By completing projects individually or in groups, students will learn proper work habits and tool usage. Students will have the opportunity to service their own vehicles, although school supplied vehicles are also available.
Advanced Automotive
Advanced Automotive is designed to expand upon the concepts of Consumer Automotive. Students will spend a greater amount of time in the lab applying skills and concepts learned to service vehicles and complete assignments. Proper tool usage and safe lab practices will be stressed throughout this course.
Auto Repair Business (ATCH 168 - Cuesta College)
Introduces the many facets of operating an automotive repair business.

Other Pathways

Agricultural Mechanics


Design, Visual, and Media Arts


Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation

Performing Arts

Software and Systems Development

Systems Diagnostics, Service, and Repair

Entry Level Careers

(with high school diploma)

Porter/Lot Person
Lube Technician
Aftermarket Sales Representative Vehicle Maintenance Intern/ Apprentice Parts and Service Counter Person Salesperson
Vehicle Maintenance Technician

Technical Level Careers

(with AA or AS degree or certificate)

Line Technician
Service Writer
Motor Carrier
Technical Writer
Smog Technician

Professional Level Careers

(with Bachelor’s Degree
or Higher)

Fleet Manager or Director
Shop Foreman or Forewoman
Parts and Service Manager
Manufacturer’s Representative


California Department of Education CTE Standards for Transportation Sector

California Career Cafe

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