Automotive Service Technology

Program Objective:

The objective of the Automotive Service Technology program is to provide quality educational training designed to meet the current and future needs of the automotive service industry. To accomplish this, the following guidelines are established: assist students to choose, prepare for, enter, and be gainfully employed in the automotive field; offer a program which emphasizes sound fundamentals while responding to the needs of this particular industry; provide courses to meet current and specific needs of the student and this industry.

Occupational Outlook

O*NET Program Details

Curriculum Framework

Program Outlook:

The Automotive Service Technology program provides students with the technical knowledge and skills for employment as automotive technicians in the automotive industry. Instruction includes a combination of classroom theory and practical experience. This program is certified by the National Automotive Technical Education Foundation (NATEF). Students are eligible to join SkillsUSA.

Program Content:

The content includes but is not limited to broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of the Automotive industry: planning, management,  finance, technical and   product skills, underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues and health, safety, and environmental issues.  In addition,  students will also work on Service Tools and Bench Skills, Brakes/Alignment, Cooling Systems, Air Conditioning and Heating, Electrical and Electronic Systems, Fuel, Exhaust and Emission Systems, Power Flow Systems, Engine Repair and Performance, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle and Employability Skills and Safety.

Length of Program:

The average length of this program is 1800 hours (approximately 1 year and 8 months) for adults attending full-time. Actual time is dependent upon enrollment status (full-time/part-time) and the length of time the student requires to achieve competencies. This program contains several occupational completion points designed to prepare students for various entry level jobs within this occupational area.

Admission Requirements:

Students must be at least 16 years old and not attending high schoolApplication Interview by a guidance counselor Fees for supplies and textbooks are required.

Entrance Dates:

This program operates on an open-entry, open-exit basis.  Students may enter the program anytime during the school year.  Entrance is dependent upon space availability. Call (305) 557-1100 for more information.

Career Opportunities:

  • Automotive Lube Technician
  • Automotive Brake System Technician
  • Automotive Suspension and Steering Technician
  • Automotive Electrical/Electronic System Technician
  • Automotive Engine Performance Technician
  • Engine Repair Technician
  • Automotive Service Assistor
  • Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning Technician
  • Manual Drive Train and Axles Technician
  • Automatic Transmission and Trans-Axle Technician
  • Service Writer
  • Service Manager

Graduation Requirements:

  • Completion of all Occupational Completion Points (OCP’s)
  • Satisfy Basic Skills Requirements
    Mathematics 10    Language 9 Reading  9
  • No financial obligations
  • Students must complete the Clearance packet to receive program certificate.

Program Cost:

  • In-state residents—$2.56 per hour (Subject to change)
  • Out of state resident—$10.25 per hour (Subject to change)
  • $15.00 application fee
  • Material fee—Varies by program
  • Identification Card fee—$5.00 per trimester
  • Students must purchase books/kits and/or uniforms, if  applicable

AAER0014Automobile Services Assistor300 hours
BAER0110Engine Repair Technician150 hours
CAER0257Automatic Transmission and Transaxle Technician150 hours
DAER0274Manual Drivetrain and Axle Technician150 hours
EAER0453Automobile Suspension and Steering Technician150 hours
FAER0418Automotive Brake System Technician150 hours
GAER0360Automotive Electrical/Electronic System Technician300 hours
HAER0172Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning Technician150 hours
IAER0503Automotive Engine Performance Technician300 hours

Program Hours:

8:00 am—1:40 pm and 5:30 pm—11:00 pm

Approximately Total Cost:


Employment Requirements:

  • Employers prefer that automotive service technicians and mechanics complete a program at a postsecondary institution.
  • Industry certification, Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is usually required once the person is employed.
  • EPA licensure for technicians working with refrigerants.

Career Opportunities:

Toyota/Lexus Dealership Technician, Automotive Technician, Service Writer, Service Manager


The average wage for this career in Florida is $21.09 hourly or $43,860 annually.

Job Outlook:

Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is projected to have little or no change 0% from 2020 to 2030.


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