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, Brake System Technology, Electrical/Electronic systems, Heating and Air Conditioning and 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.
  • Create update profile information on Focus
  • Meet with a counselor
  • No specific requirement for Information Technology 

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 5:15p.m. – 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, 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

Employment Requirement

Automotive Service Technicians complete a program at a Postsecondary institution. Industry certification is usually required once
person is employed.


The average wage for this career in Florida is $21.09 hourly or $43,860 annually.

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.

Financial AID

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Applicants must have a high school diploma from an accredited High School, or its equivalent. To apply, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, at Questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Financial Aid Office.


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