ERIC Number: ED260209
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
The Impact of Technology on Hawaii's Automotive Mechanics: An Analysis with Recommendations. Technological Impact Study Series.
Because of the increasing use of microelectronic componentry in automobiles, vocational educators must reexamine existing automotive mechanics curricula to ensure that they can continue to provide relevant job training. After examining recent trends in the impact of computers and electronics on automotive design and engineering, existing auto mechanics curricula in Hawaii, and the views of selected automotive technology professionals in the State, the Hawaii State Advisory Council on Vocational Education recommended that (1) curriculum content identification and validation surveys of automotive service industry employers be conducted to reflect recent technological innovations in the field; (2) individualized, self-study courses be developed to enable high school automotive technology (AMT) students to gain advanced diagnostic, repair, and servicing skills; (3) horizontal articulation among community college AMT programs be examined; (4) alternative curricula be developed to improve the delivery of AMT training; and (5) the requirement that graduates of two-year AMT programs work for at least one year before taking the written portion of the State's motor vehicle mechanic certification test be eliminated. (Appendixes to this report contain a discussion of the technological innovations in the Toyota FX-1, motor vehicle certification examination results, and a description of the organization of AMT curricula by proficiency level.) (MN)
Descriptors: Auto Mechanics, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Interviews, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Needs, Labor Supply, Needs Assessment, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Program Content, Relevance (Education), Secondary Education, Statewide Planning, Technological Advancement, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hawaii State Commission on Manpower and Full Employment, Honolulu.
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii