Automotive Service Technology

Program Objective

The mission of the Automotive Service Technology program is to provide students with the necessary academic, vocational, and interpersonal skills for successful employment and lifelong learning in a rapidly changing, technologically oriented, global society.

Program Content

Basic automotive skills are taught in the automotive autocore program along with electronics and theory for engine performance and advanced system diagnosis. Students receive advanced training in the eight areas of ASE testing, with preparation skills provided to pass the ASE certification tests in each of the eight specific areas, as well as, the advanced engine performance test. ASE areas include:

  • Engine Repair
  • Automatic Transmission/Trans-axle
  • Manual drive train and axles
  • Suspension and Steering
  • Brakes System Technology
  • Electrical/Electronic systems
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Engine Performance and Advanced Engine Performance

Admission Requirements

  • 16 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in any K-12 program
  • Occupational Interest
  • Would benefit the student to have a valid driver license and a clear driving record to ensure employment after graduation.

Program Hours

  • Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Monday – Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Friday 5:15 – to 8:30 p.m.

Completion Requirements

The entire program is 1800 hours, but students can earn a certificate upon completion of the following OCPs:

OCP A – Automotive Services Assister:                                          300 hours

OCP B – Engine Repair Technician:                                                150 hours

OCP C – Automatic Transmission & Trans-axle Technician:               150 hours

OCP D – Manual Drive Train & Axle Technician:                                150 hours

OCP E – Automobile Suspension and Steering Technician:                 150 hours

OCP F – Automotive Brake System Technician:                                150 hours

OCP G – Automotive Electrical/Electronic System Technician:            300 hours

OCP H – Automotive Heating and A/C Technician:                            150 hours

OCP I – Automotive Engine Performance Technician:                        300 hours

Minimum basic-skills grade levels required for awarding a Full Program Completion Certificate are 9th grade in Reading and Language and 10th grade in Math on the TABE Test or passing an ASE exam. Additional information can be provided by student services.

Students are expected to complete program competencies.

Employment Opportunities

  • Automotive Technician
  • Automotive Technician Assistant
  • Automotive Technician Apprentice
  • Automotive Specialist in Different ASE Areas


According to the 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics the median pay for an Automotive Service Technician was $39,550 or $19.02 per hour.

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 per trimester
  • Material fee – Varies by program
  • Identification fee – $5.00 per trimester
  • Liability insurance fee – Varies by program
  • Students must purchase books/kits and or uniforms, if applicable.


RMEC & TC adheres to a policy of non-discrimination and strives to provide equal opportunity to all potential students.