Students work under a raised automotive vehicle in a mechanic garage.

In the Garage

Gearing up for the shortage of skilled auto technicians and other trades in the automotive, transportation and logistics industries is the latest diagnostics for this noteworthy High School Inc. Academy. Walking into the Auto Academy, it’s evident that you are not stepping into a classroom, but an actual working automotive shop with over 8 car bays, lifts, state-of-the-art equipment, tools, automotive diagnostic machines, and much more.

Students learn alongside automotive professionals on real cars needing real work, such as oil changes, engine repairs, etc. Including a monthly Saturday Service Clinic where students run every department of an auto service shop from greeting community customers and assessing each vehicle, to arranging delivery of the needed parts and performing auto services.

In addition, the High School Inc. Auto Academy is the first and only in Orange County, CA to become Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Education Foundation Certified. What does this mean? Students have the opportunity to earn their first entry-level certification through the Automotive Service Excellence Organization in an industry accredited facility.

Outside of the Garage

To further enrich their experience and really kick things into a higher gear, academy students are able to drive into industry-sponsored competitions such as the Orange County Automotive Dealership Association and Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Competition. Student teams compete to demonstrate troubleshooting, problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration skills. Participants also have awesome internship opportunities at local companies, such as Fletcher Jones Mercedes-Benz, South Coast Audi, Land Rover Newport Beach, Tom’s Truck Center, and Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA).

Automotive students work on automotive engine parts under the instruction of mechanic mentors.

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Automotive Certificates & Skills

Students have the ability to graduate from the Automotive Academy with the following certificates:

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