The Auto Service program focuses on building a strong foundation for automotive preventative maintenance and service. Students learn engine performance diagnostic techniques using a variety of industry-standard equipment in our large on-campus garage. Students also learn diagnostic and repair protocols for brakes, steering, suspension, electrical, transmission, and heat and air conditioning systems. Hours completed are aligned with ASE/NATEF standards, and students have the opportunity to earn ASE certifications that are highly valued in the industry.
National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
Applicants must complete a Southern Tech Application for Admission. Additional information and applications are available at the Southern Tech campus and online at www.sotech.edu. Enrollment for this career program is open to adults and partnering High Schools (juniors/seniors).
Additional costs may include books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees.
In-district: $2.50 per hour
Out-of-District: $5.00 per hour
Out-of-State: $7.50 per hour
Financial Aid and Scholarships
This program is not yet approved for Federal Financial Aid; scholarships may be available.
Courses (525 hours)
Introduction to Auto Service Technology
Electrical / Electronic Systems
Steering / Suspension Systems
Heating and Air Conditioning Systems
Automatic and Manual Transmissions
Estimated time to complete: 10 months
8:00-11:00 AM or 12:45-3:45 PM
The following list is associated with the approved SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) for this program and does not necessarily represent immediate opportunities; additional training may be required for some options listed.
Auto Technician, Automobile Technician, Automotive Service Technician, Automotive Technician, Master Automotive Technician, Master Technician, Mechanic, Shop Foreman, Truck Technician – Approximate Pay Potential: $11-33 per hour. (O*NET source: 49-3023.00 – Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics):
Auto Service Instructor
Targeted Certifications and/or Credentials
Auto Service Excellence (ASE) Student:
✅ Auto Service Technician (AST): Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
✅ Electrical & Electronics
✅ Engine Performance
✅ Maintenance and Light Repair
✅ Manual Drive Train & Axles
✅ Suspension & Steering
✅ Engine Repair
✅ Heating & Air Conditioning
✅ Automotive Service Technology
Certifications may vary by Program and are subject to change without notice.