Van Buren Technology Center


Learn about automobile engine construction, brakes technology, steering and suspension designs, from the textbook and lab. In our state-of-the-art auto shop, students work as a team with real customers’ vehicles to troubleshoot and repair problems. Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible to take the State of Michigan Automotive Technician Certification exams. College credit is also available to qualifying students.

Life After VBTC... 

The Auto Technician - BES program will prepare you to further your education, or obtain a career in:
Automotive Engineer                           Parts Retail
Service Manager                                           Automotive Specialist Technician
Business Owner                                   Master Technician  

**These are just an example of the variety of careers that can be explored through Allied Health Technologies

Students in Auto Technician - BES can also earn certification or licensure in Engine Repair, Brakes and Braking Systems, and Front End and Suspension System.

Click on options at left for information on college credit and articulation.
Wondering if this program is for you?
Do you like to:
Work with your hands?                       Work on a team?
Fix things?                                          Work on cars and trucks?
Solve problems?                                 Understand more about automobiles?
Work with tools?
Straight from the source:  Comments from our students: 
This class is like having a job.  I get up and get to do what I like best...AUTOMOTIVE!   Everyone is really nice and this is a very professional and relaxed environment.  Even though the Tech Center is not focused upon "school spirit", it promotes togetherness/teamwork.  It 's 90% hands-on, so you are responsible for doing the repairs... without being told or waiting for someone else to do it for you. I have taken three Auto State Certifications, plus, I have learned about career preparation, such as: resumes, job shadowing, lab sheets and job training.


Mike, Gobles High School

 In addition to the instructor, this program has an assistant in the form of Automotive Production Manager, Rick Boze.