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:
Automobile Services Assistor
Engine Repair Technician
Automatic Transmission and Transaxle Technician
Manual Drivetrain and Axle Technician
Automobile Suspension and Steering Technician
Automotive Brake System Technician
Automotive Electrical/Electronic System Technician
Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning Technician
Automotive Engine Performance Technician
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
Approximately 15 months
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
What You’ll Learn
- Complete Automotive Industry Diagnostics and Procedures
- Automotive Technical Repair
- Shop Management Skills
- Time Management
- Mathematical Skills
- All Data
- Michelin Demand
- Identa Fix
- Engine Repair and Overhaul
- Electrical Wiring Repair
- Computer Diagnosis
- Transmission Overhaul
- Automotive Diagnostics
Career Ready Skills
- Act as a responsible and contributing citizen and employee.
- Apply appropriate academic and technical skills.
- Attend to personal health and financial well-being.
- Communicate clearly, effectively and with reason.
- Consider the environmental, social and economic impacts of decisions.
- Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
- Employ valid and reliable research strategies.
- Utilize critical thinking to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
- Model integrity, ethical leadership and effective management.
- Plan education and career path aligned to personal goals.
- Use technology to enhance productivity.
- Work productively in teams while using cultural/global competence.
Students who complete this course can expect to earn a starting salary of $13+ per hour in the following industries (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.
- 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)
Steps to Enroll
- Attend a Virtual Information Session
- Take the T.A.B.E. test, if applicable
- Obtain official transcripts, if applicable (high school, GED, college, etc.)
- Apply for financial aid (official transcripts required)
- Provide appropriate residency documents
- Complete application packet
- Pay application fee