Automotive Service Technology

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Automotive Service Technology Program

 

Program Description, Mission, and Objectives

The Automotive Service Technology Program is designed to provide the necessary educational background and practical training to repair today’s automobiles and light trucks. Theoretical knowledge and practical experience are combined to provide students with the occupational skills needed to be successful.

The mission is to assist each individual in choosing, preparing for, and becoming gainfully employed in the field of Automotive Technology.

Automotive service technicians inspect, maintain, and repair automobiles and light trucks that run on gasoline, electricity or alternative fuels such as ethanol. Automotive service technicians’ and mechanics’ responsibilities have evolved from simple mechanical repairs to high-level technology-related work. The increasing sophistication of automobiles requires workers who can use computerized shop equipment and work with electronic components while maintaining their skills with traditional handtools.

Today, integrated electronic systems and complex computers regulate vehicles and their performance while on the road. Technicians must have an increasingly broad knowledge of how vehicles complex components work and interact. They also must be able to work with electronic diagnostic equipment and digital manuals and reference materials.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Automotive Mechanics Technology Program can become employed as a Repair Service Estimator, Automotive Service Writer, Auto Repair Technician, Shop Foreman or Specialty Shop Technician.  Additional information is available from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Skills Needed

Successful Automotive Technicians must possess strong communication and analytical skills, mechanical aptitude, good computer skills, the ability to read and interpret service manuals, an interest in keeping abreast of new technology and a special desire to learn new service and repair procedures.

Expected Earnings/Salary

Earnings for Automotive Technicians as reported by the 2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook are as follows:

  • The median hourly earnings of automotive service technicians and mechanics, including commission, is $17.21.
  • The highest 10 percent of automotive service technicians and mechanics earn more than $28.65 an hour.

Types of Programs Offered

Click on the level of training that is right for you.

Associate Degree
Career Skills Certificate

Estimated Program Costs

 

Program Name

Type of Program Credit Hours Est. Tuition and Fees Est. Book Cost Estimated Total Cost
ASE (Automotive Service Technology) Associate Degree 72 $10,008.00 $1,800.00 $11,232.00

ASE (Automotive Service Technology)

Career Skills Certificate 29 $4,031.00 $600.00 $4,631.00

Advisory Committee

Mr. Aaron Jennings
Technician, Tucker Automotive

Mr. Gary Mullican
Instructor, Huntsville Center for Technology

Mr. Tony Rodgers
Scottsboro Tire & Auto Repair

Mr. Mark Swaim
Lexus of Huntsville

Mr. Matthew Call
Bentley Hyundai

Certification

The Automotive Service Technology program is NATEF certified.

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