Careers relating to the automotive service industry are the focus of these career pathways that were once called “auto mechanics.” The course of study allows advanced students to participate in work-site learning to gain additional work experience. Instruction is meaningful, flexible, and adaptable to the needs of the industry, allowing students to enter the job market with broad transferable skills. The hands-on practice of working on projects adds to each student’s experience in this rapidly advancing field of automotive technology. The training program is aligned with the updated 2017 National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) standards.
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 major is open to partnering High Schools (juniors/seniors) and Adults.
Secondary Student: Free. Post-secondary Student (in-district): $2.50 per hour; Post-secondary Student (Out-of-District): $5 per hour; and Post-secondary Student (Out-of-State): $7.50 per hour. Additional costs may include books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
This program is not yet approved for Federal Financial Aid; scholarships may be available.
Introduction to Auto Service Technology and Safety (40)
Electrical / Electronic Systems (80)
Brake Systems (80)
Steering / Suspension Systems (80)
Heating and Air Conditioning Systems (80)
Engine Repair (80)
Engine Performance (80)
Automatic and Manual Transmissions (80)
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
Adults: 8:00-11:00 AM or 12:45-3:45 PM
High School Students: 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. (source: 49-3023.00 – Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics):
Auto Service Instructor