Automotive Technology is a two-year program aimed at preparing students for careers in the automotive industry such as: automotive technicians, service writers, engineers, parts distributors and aviation and diesel technicians. You can earn industry credentials and college credit through Manchester Community College.

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Automotive Instructor

Joe Liebke

I graduated from Salem High School and the Automotive Technology program in 2000. I knew then that teaching automotive was what I wanted to do. After high school, I went to Manchester Community College and completed my Associate’s degree in Automotive Technology and the Toyota T-Ten program.

Prior to teaching at the Salem CTE Center, I worked for 10 years in the motorcycle industry and 8 years as an automotive technician. This is my 10th year teaching automotive technology. Beyond school, I am a certified, motorcycle riding coach for the NH Department of Safety and my interests include, boating, motorcycles, and old Volkswagens. I love watching my students progress and explore the wide range of career options in the auto industry in NH and abroad.

Automotive Instructor

Matt McCarthy

After graduating Salem High School in 2003, I attended Manchester Community College (MCC), earning an Associate’s degree in Automotive Technology. I made this decision after completing Salem’s two-year automotive program. My first job in high school was pumping gas at a local gas station which gradually progressed into working in their repair shop. Throughout that experience, I was able to apply the skills learned at Salem Auto Tech, and at Manchester Community College to my full-time career as an automotive technician.

I received my ASE (automotive service excellence) Master Certification shortly after graduating from MCC, and maintain that certification today. I have owned many vehicles over the years, but my real passion is riding motorcycles, which I try to do as often as I can. This is my 11th year teaching at Salem High School and my favorite part of my job is seeing the student skills and confidence grow throughout their two-year experience.

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One of our longest running courses, our auto tech class will get students ready for an exciting career in the automotive industry.


2.0 credits Grade 10-12

In Automotive Technology 1, you will study many of the major automotive systems while learning how a quality automotive shop operates. Major topics of instruction include shop safety, shop operations, lubrication, engine components, steering and suspension, brake systems, and vehicle safety inspections. You will also develop an understanding of service write-ups, customer service, and parts management. You will gain valuable hands-on experience performing live work in the Salem AutoTech shop. Appropriate safety instruction is provided and students are required to wear proper footwear, eyewear, and clothing for use in laboratory activities. You will be eligible to earn SP2 safety certification, Valvoline oil certification, as well as industry-driven training from various local companies.
Prerequisite(s): Application

2.0 credits Grade 11-12

In Automotive Technology 2, you will use the skills and competencies mastered in Automotive Technology I, while mastering new competencies in front-end alignment, steering and suspension, emissions, engine principles, cooling and heating systems, electrical diagnosis and repair as well as scan tool use. A continued emphasis on safety, shop management, and proper workplace attitude are important components of this course. You are required to provide proper footwear and clothing for use in laboratory activities. Automotive related colleges and post-secondary schools visit the program each fall to inform you of post-secondary options. You will be eligible for student level ASE certification and have the opportunity to compete in Skills USA competition.
Prerequisite(s): C or higher in Automotive Technology I or teacher recommendation