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Automotive Service Technology

If you like working with your hands, problem-solving, computers, and cars; then a career in automotive technology is for you! The demand for automotive technicians has never been greater. More than 60,000 new technicians are needed every year. The complexity of modern vehicles makes automotive service and repairs a high-tech profession, requiring technicians to work with some of the most sophisticated computerized control systems on the market. It’s a career you can be proud of in a market where your technical skills will remain in high demand! Work on today’s cars and trucks in a rapidly changing industry using a full systems approach. Diagnose, maintain, repair, and fine tune a wide range of vehicles alongside a master technician. Utilize advanced diagnostic equipment in a modern facility to troubleshoot and repair complex automotive systems. This program is Master Automobile Service Technology (MAST) accredited through the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc. (NATEF). Students are prepared to earn multiple ASE certifications in automotive technology.

The purpose of the Automotive Service Technology program is to prepare students with the necessary skills, knowledge, work habits, and attitudes to successfully enter and advance in the field as an entry-level technician.

The program is designed to train students to perform repair and service procedures required to maintain an automobile. At FMTC, students spend time in the classroom and then apply what they've learned to actual shop projects. The student, by studying the theory of operation and by actually repairing each system (brake, engine, electrical, etc.) in the automobile, will develop entry-level skills for employment in the automotive services industry. Electronic scan tools will be utilized in the testing and servicing of the various areas of the automobile such as fuel systems, engine management, automatic transmissions, and brake systems. In addition, the program prepares an individual to take the ASE certification exams. Some of the positions available upon completion include line technician, service writer, parts stock clerk, and service manager.

Laboratory activities are an integral part of this program. The tools, test equipment, materials, and processes used in this laboratory are similar to those used in industry.

The following table illustrates the program structure:

Course # OCP Course Name Hours
AER0014 A Automobile Services Assistor 300
AER0110 B Engine Repair Technician 150
AER0257 C Automatic Transmission and Transaxle Technician 150
AER0274 D Manual Drivetrain and Axle Technician 150
AER0453 E Automobile Suspension and Steering Technician 150
AER0418 F Automotive Brake System Technician 150
AER0360 G Automotive Electrical/Electronic System Technician 300
AER0172 H Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning Technician 150
AER0503 I Automotive Engine Performance Technician 300
    Externship Option - All students are eligible during the last trimester of this program to participate in a 400-hour externship at a local automotive shop.
*Part of 1800 hour program
    TOTAL HOURS 1800


Program starts July 27, 2018 



1,800 hours
Approximately 15 months
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The mission of the Automotive Service Technology program is to prepare students for employment in the automotive mechanic field. It is also designed to assist those students who wish to update present skills and cross-train in other automotive areas. The program focuses on student and industry needs. Training is constantly updated by the instructor and program advisory committee to keep current with technological changes.

  • Complete Automotive Industry Diagnostics and Procedures
  • Automotive Technical Repair
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Shop Management Skills
  • Time Management
  • Mathematical Skills


  • All Data
  • Michelin Demand
  • Identa Fix
  • ASE G1 Auto Maintenance and Light Repair
  • ASE A1 Engine Repair
  • ASE A2 Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
  • ASE A3 Manual Drive Train and Axles
  • ASE A4 Suspension and Steering
  • ASE A5 Brakes
  • ASE A6 Electrical/Electronic System
  • ASE A7  Heating and Air Conditioning
  • ASE A8 Engine Performance
  • Florida Automobile Dealers Association (FADA)

  • Engine Repair and Overhaul
  • Electrical Wiring Repair
  • Computer Diagnosis
  • Transmission Overhaul
  • Automotive Diagnostics

For the most recent book list, visit FMTC's online bookstore.


$13+ per hour. Actual wages vary according to education, experience, and certifications.

  According to O'Net Online, jobs for automotive master mechanics will grow 19% in Florida between 2014 - 2024.

Steps to Enroll

  1. Attend an Information Session (Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. and Thursday at 1:00 p.m. [when school is in session])
  2. Meet with an admissions specialist
  3. Take the TABE test, if applicable
  4. Obtain official transcripts, if applicable (high school, GED, college, etc.)
  5. Apply for financial aid (official transcripts required)
  6. Provide appropriate residency documents
  7. Complete application packet
  8. Pay application fee


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