From Richard Bammer’s article on The Reporter website:
The Will C. Wood High School automotive technology classes, levels I and II, are not your grandfather’s auto shop, not in an age when cars contain microprocessors, often several dozen, GPS systems, video screens and the like, which may all be activated before backing out of your garage.
They are not even your father’s auto shop classes, said George “Chip” Reeves, the auto tech teacher at the Marshal Road campus, where five days a week he instructs more than 100 students, including some from Vacaville High, which does not offer an auto shop program.
“It’s because the technology is always changing,” he said, adding that some of the mechanic skills and knowledge required by private, commercial repair shops and auto dealerships just 10 years ago are already out-of-date.
Reeves, who operated his own private repair shop for 25 years in Southern California before entering teaching, said the latest instruction requires new equipment — say, scanners and some electrical-testing gadgets — every two years or so because it quickly proves to be obsolete.