Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

The Wisconsin Automotive Technician YA Program is designed to provide students with a working understanding of core employability and technical skills, as well as occupationally specific skills that serve as the standard for occupational pathways in the automotive service industry.

This program provides the framework for educators and industry to work together to produce work-ready, entry-level employees that will compete favorably in a global market, as well as, provide for post-secondary educational advancement while integrating work-based learning in the school and worksite.

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Program Information


Students will learn a variety of skills related to being an automotive technician. A list of skills can be seen by looking at the Youth Apprenticeship Automotive Checklist.

Career Opportunities

Transportation, distribution and logistics is a critical sector of the U.S. Economy. Technology will continue to streamline and transform the logistics and distribution industry. Employment in the automotive repair sector is expected to increase due to the sophistication and dependency on electronic controls and systems in motor vehicles requiring skilled professionals to perform repair and maintenance services. This career cluster prepares students for careers in transportation, distribution and logistics that involve planning, managing the movement of materials as well as related professional and technical support services such as mobile equipment and facility maintenance. Students in transportation, distribution and logistics learn and practice skills that prepare them for divers post-secondary opportunities. These opportunities could include two or four-year college programs, apprenticeships or employment. The Youth Apprenticeship Program in collaboration with Career and Technical Education courses will introduce you to a variety of interesting careers. Career Opportunities:

  • Distribution Center Manager
  • Auto or Auto Body Mechanic
  • Vehicle and System Inspector
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Transportation Director
  • Marine Technician
  • Project Engineer
  • Small Engine Technician
  • Aircraft Maintenance Technician
  • Shipping Supervisor
  • Paint Technician

Entrance Criteria

  • Junior or Senior Status (application can be submitted earlier to your home school district)
  • Display a genuine interest in the Automotive Technician pathway
  • Have previously enrolled in introductory pathway specific courses
  • Register for concurrent related courses
  • Submit a completed application along with references
  • Interview effectively and are hired
  • Maintain a high level of attendance.
  • Secure transportation to the job.
  • On track for high school graduation.


In partnership with McFarland High School and Madison Area Technical College students who are unable to attend a NATEF Certified Auto Program at their home high school can attend the Dane County Automotive class held at McFarland High School one night a week. Second year students will attend Madison Area Technical College 2 nights a week. Students who complete the first year (junior) of the program at their home high school should plan on attending the second year program at Madison Area Technical College. For more information students should talk with their School to Career Coordinator. Auto Tech Level 1 Auto Tech Level 2

Businesses that support Youth Apprenticeship:

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