The automotive technician must be able to make a quick and accurate diagnosis of a motor vehicle. The technician also needs good reasoning ability to repair and service vehicles. The technician must have a thorough command of highly sophisticated electrical and computerized tools.
Students entering the automotive technology program will be working toward passing Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) testing, which is available on the main campus through the ACT Testing Center located in the Center for Business, Industry and Health Programs (CBIH) building. Classes are only offered on the main campus full-time during the day.
- Program Length 1 year (Diploma)
- Job Placement 100%
- Average Earnings $33,970 / yr
- Cost $6205
The automotive program will provide the classroom theory, technical, skill development, and National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) task instruction for the student to become gainfully employed in the automotive field.
The objective of this program is to provide the student with the skills and understanding necessary to repair and service automotive vehicles. Students will be exposed to basic theory and hands-on experiences in the eight Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification areas.
The automotive technician must be able to make an accurate diagnosis of a vehicles. The technician also must have good critical thinking skills and mechanical ability to repair and service vehicles. The technician must have a thorough command of highly sophisticated electrical and computerized tools.
Automotive technicians diagnose, repair and maintain gasoline cars and trucks. The day-to-day responsibilities of an automotive technician usually include:
- Diagnosing vehicle problems using experience, test driving and working with specialized computers that communicate with vehicle electronics
- Interpreting vehicle diagnostic codes to assess errors and causes of vehicle breakdown and planning how to proceed with the repair
- Working with specialized tools and equipment to repair or replace broken parts. They may use a lift to raise the vehicle to work underneath it, power tools for loosening and tightening of parts, and hand wrenches to remove parts.
- Performing required inspections and manufacturer-recommended preventative maintenance, fluid level checks and following a service checklist at specified mileage intervals.
- Specializing and working in just one area of expertise such as a brake work technician, a front-end technician, Transmissions, Electrical.
- HVAC, Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling Program The EPA-Authorized Section 609 program that's required if you service mobile A/C systems.
Technicians who service motor vehicle air conditioners must be trained and tested through a U.S. EPA-authorized organization, such as ASE. Training programs must cover the use of recycling equipment in compliance with industry standards, regulatory requirements, refrigerant containment, and the effects on the environment. To be certified, technicians must review the training material thoroughly and then pass a test demonstrating their knowledge of the training material.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment Statistics median hourly wages of automotive service technicians and mechanics, including commission, were $16.88 in May 2008. The middle 50% earned between $12.44 and $22.64 per hour. The lowest 10% earned less than $9.56, and the highest earned more than $28.71 per hour. The median annual wages in the industries employing the largest number of service technicians include:
|Automotive repair and maintenance||$15.26|
|Automotive parts, accessories, and tire stores||$14.90|
Students may enroll during the fall, spring or summer term provided space is available. Students who are eligible to enroll will be given an opportunity to register for one of the open seats during the enrollment period for each term.
- Full-time classes only
- Enrollment is limited to 30 students in each class
|Semester||Day Class||Evening Class||Days|
|Fall (450 hours)||7:45am – 2:30pm||Not Available||Monday - Friday|
|Spring (450 hours)||7:45am – 2:30pm||Not Available||Monday - Friday|
|Summer (390 hours)||7:45am – 2:45pm||Not Available||Monday - Friday|
|1||6 pt. Shallow Sockets 5mm - 14mm|
|1||6 pt. Deep Sockets 5mm - 14mm|
|1||Ratchet & Spinner Handle|
|1||Extensions 2'' & 6"|
|1||6 pt. Shallow Sockets 8mm - 19mm|
|1||6 pt. Deep Sockets 8mm - 19mm|
|1||Extensions 2" & 6"|
|1||5/8 Universal Jointed Spark Plug Socket|
|1||13/16 Universal Jointed Spark Plug Socket|
|1||6 pt. Shallow Sockets 13mm - 24mm|
|1||6 pt. Deep Sockets 13mm - 24mm|
|1||Extensions 4" & 12"|
|1||Adjustable Click-Type Torque Wrench (+ - Accuracy 4%) (Min. 50 ft. lb. - Max. 250 ft. lb.)|
|1||Combination Wrenches 6mm - 22mm|
|1||Flare Nut Wrenches 9mm - 21mm|
|1||Flat Tip (slotted) 3/16"x 4"|
|1||1/4" x 6"|
|1||5/16" x 8"|
|1||3/8" x 10"|
|1||Philips # 1 x 3"|
|1||# 2 x 4"|
|1||# 3 x 6"|
|1||Needle Nose 6"|
|1||Adjustable Joint Pliers 9"|
|1||Locking Pliers 4", 7", &10"|
|1||Diagonal Cutting Pliers 7"|
|1||Ball Peen 8 oz.& 40 oz.|
|1||Dead Blow Soft Face 32 oz.|
|1||Roll Pin 3/32",1/8",3/16",1/4",5/16"|
|1||Chisels Flat Tip 3/8" & 5/8'|
|1||Air Tools or Cordless Impact 18 volt ( Your Choice )|
|1||1/2" Dr. Impact Wrench Air or Cordless|
|1||½’ drive metric deep impact sockets (10-24mm); ½” drive 32 mm, 36 mm deep impact sockets|
|1||3/8" Cordless or Air Ratchet (Your Choice)|
|1||3/8 drive metric shallow impact swivel sockets (10-18mm, excluding 11&16mm) 3/8 drive standard deep impact sockets (3/8”-3/4”)|
|1||Cordless Rechargeable Work Light ½ drive Wheel Lug Torque extension kit|
|1||Oil filter socket set|
|1||Adjustable Wrenches 8" & 12"|
|1||Pry bar w/handles 12", 24",& 36"|
|1||Go No Go Feeler Gauge .0015"- .035"|
|1||Torx Bits & Driver T10 –T50|
|1||Flat Tip Pocket Screwdriver|
|1||Tire Pressure Gauge|
|1||Tire Tread depth gauge|
|1||Drill bits 1/16 to 3/8” set|
|1||Cordless Rechargeable Work Light|
|1||Drum brake service kit|
|1||Disc brake pad thickness gauge|
|1||Electrical Terminal Crimping Pliers (Best Grade)|
|6||Rolls Black electrical Tape|
|1||Misc. heats shrink kit|
|1||1/32” solder roll small package|
|1||Digital Laser Thermometer|
|1||Electrical Test Meter Digital Multimeter Volt/Ohm Meter (Specs: 0.5%ohm accuracy)|
|1||Display Count 4,000, AC Volts 750, DC Volts 1,000, AC amps 10, DC Amps 10, Resistance 40m Ohm, Duty, and Fused.)|
|1||Jumperkit 18001.10-Kit http://www.jumperkits.com/Products/88-jumperkit-1800110-kit.aspx|
|1||Chattanooga State Book Store: Part # 511-9800 Resistor test circuit card (request, behind counter)|
|Portability:Mobile; Color:Your Choice|
|Dimensions: Height: 38 inches, Width: 40 inches, Depth: 19 inches|
|Storage: Number of drawers 6 drawers MINIMUM|
|Locking System: Internal tumblers lock ONLY: (No external drawer lock bar)|
|Mobility: Casters: 2 Swivel and 2 Rigid, Wheel locks: 2 locking wheels|
|Caster size: 5 inch Diameter x 2 inch width (Minimum), Cubic inch capacity: 15,500 cubic inches (Minimum), Tool storage type: Roll-away|
|TOOL CABINETS MUST MEET OR EXCEED THESE SPECIFICATIONS|
|*Uniform Shirt-Navy Blue|
3 semesters – 1,290 Total clock hours-
*Tuition will increase every fall semester
|*Fall 450 hours||$1,328.00|
|Spring 450 hours||$1,328.00|
|Summer 390 hours||$1,328.00|
|Tools (estimate)||$7,200.00 (Estimate Professional Top Grade)|
|Books (estimate)||$200.00 to $350. Online; online with printed book/ASE study Guides|
Special Fees Charged in Addition to Maintenance and Tuition
- Credit by Examination Fee - The regular course fee is charged for each special examination and must be paid prior to taking the examination. Non-refundable. (See Academic Regulations.)
- Credit for Life Experience Fees - Assessment Fee for Experiential Learning $45.00. Experiential Learning Credit $15.00 per credit hour in excess of 3.0 credit hours. $90.00 maximum.
- High School Equivalency Test (Hi-SET) - $75
- Placement Test Fees - ACT - $45.00. (Refer to Admissions Policy.)
The automotive program will provide the classroom theory, technical, skill development, and Students will be exposed to basic theory and hands-on ASE task experiences in the eight Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification areas. Students entering the automotive technology program will be working toward passing Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) testing. (ASE) task instruction the objective of this program is to provide the student with the skills and understanding necessary to repair and service automotive vehicles.
Classes are only offered on the main campus full-time during the day.
Class Starts at 7:45 AM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
Automotive Fall Term 450 Clock Hours
- Electrical & Electronics ASE A6
- Snap-On 504 Meter/ NC3 Certification
- Engine Performance ASE A8
- Snap-On Verus Pro/ NC3 certification
Automotive Spring Term 450 Clock Hours
- Automotive Suspension and Steering System ASE A4
- Snap-On Undercar/ NC3 Certification
- Manual Transmission and Transaxles ASE A3
- Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles ASE A2
Automotive Summer Term 390 Clock Hours
- Auto Heating & Air Conditioning ASE A7
- Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling Program The EPA-Authorized Section 609 program that's required if you service mobile A/C systems.
- Auto Engine Repair & Rebuilding ASE A1
- Auto Brakes ASE A5