Transportation Academy

Automotive Collision Repair


Students in the Automotive Collision Repair program gain the marketable trade of repairing what others have managed to destroy. They are provided with supervised experience in repairing late model automobiles. Quality workmanship, shop safety, work ethic, cooperation, dependability, and responsibility are topics of importance. Students in this program work with the latest hand and power tools unique to this trade.

Introduction to Automotive

The Introduction to Automotive program covers the basic physical and mechanical principals related to the transportation field, including ownership, maintenance, and related careers. Through instruction, demonstrations, hands-on and problem-solving activities, students gain knowledge of skills involved in the operation and servicing of internal combustion engine systems, and the body and structural systems of various vehicles, including their parts and accessories. They also learn to apply safety as related to the vehicle, hand and power tools, test equipment, and materials common to this course. Students gain additional knowledge and skills in the cranking and charging systems, fuel systems, power transmission devices, body and chassis systems, steering components, and accessory systems. Instruction will emphasize technologies related to modern vehicles with an introduction to electronic and computer-controlled systems.

Automotive Technology

The Automotive Technology program is certified by the National Automotive Technology Education Foundation (NATEF). Students complete competencies and gain skills in working with automotive engines, brakes, steering and suspension, electricity/electronics, HVAC, engine performance, and transmissions. The program is also affiliated with most of the major automotive manufacturers including Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Honda and Chrysler through AYES (Automotive Youth Educations Systems).

Automotive Fundamentals

In Automotive Fundamentals, students learn the physical and mechanical principles related to the transportation field including ownership, maintenance, and related career opportunities in the automotive industry. They increase their knowledge about the operation and service of internal combustion engine systems and the various parts and accessories. Last, but not least, students learn shop safety related to the use of hand and power tools, run tests on equipment, and gain experience with industry vocabulary.

Aviation Technology


The Aviation Technology Academy at 205 County Line Road on the southside of Des Moines is designed to train students for careers in various areas of the rapidly growing Aviation Industry. Students have opportunities to become adept in Airlines Maintenance Airframe/Power Plant mechanics, Fixed Base Operators (military or corporate operations), and Piloting. The Aviation Technology Academy is only FAA Certified program at the high school level in Iowa, as well as the only high school program of its type in the entire Midwest. While students earn high school credit learning aviation technology, they also gain college credit at no additional cost.

“Central Campus allowed me to discover just how much I really do love the fields of aviation and engineering. The students in my classes actually wanted to be there and were genuinely interested in the opportunities that were provided by our instructors.”
Casey Mathews – Aviation Technology – Roosevelt High School

Automotive Instructor

Kevin Moravek

Automotive Technology Instructor

Steven Burns

Aviation Teacher

Joshua Hall


Steven De Joode

Aviation Technology Instructor

Keith Boot

Automotive Instructor

Mark Hawks

Automotive Technology Instructor

Chris Goodwin