Automotive Technology

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.

Employment Stats

  • Program Length 1 year (Diploma)
  • Job Placement 100%
  • Average Earnings $33,970 / yr
  • Cost $6205
Gainful Employment Details

About Program

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.

Job Expectations

Automotive service technicians inspect, maintain, and repair automobiles and light trucks that run on gasoline, electricity, or alternative fuels, such as ethanol. They perform basic care maintenance, such as oil changes and tire rotations, diagnose more complex problems, and plan and execute vehicle repairs. Automotive service technicians' and mechanics' responsibilities have evolved from simple mechanical repairs to high-level technology-related work.

Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is expected to grow 17 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job opportunities for qualified jobseekers should be very good.

Expected Earnings

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:

Local government $20.07
Automobile dealers $19.61
Automotive repair and maintenance $15.26
Gasoline stations $15.22
Automotive parts, accessories, and tire stores $14.90

Course Schedule

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
Full-Time Program Schedule for (semester) (Hours)
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

Tools

NOTE: Tools must be professional grade. (Examples: Snap-on, Mac, Matco, or equivalent)
Quantity Description
1 Safety Glasses
1 1/4" Drive:
1 6 pt. Shallow Sockets 5mm - 14mm
1 6 pt. Deep Sockets 5mm - 14mm
1 Ratchet & Spinner Handle
1 Extensions 2'' & 6"
1 Universal Joint
1 3/8" Drive:
1 6 pt. Shallow Sockets 8mm - 19mm
1 6 pt. Deep Sockets 8mm - 19mm
1 Ratchet
1 Extensions 2" & 6"
1 Universal Joint
1 5/8 Universal Jointed Spark Plug Socket
1 13/16 Universal Jointed Spark Plug Socket
1 1/2" Drive:
1 6 pt. Shallow Sockets 13mm - 24mm
1 6 pt. Deep Sockets 13mm - 24mm
1 Ratchet
1 Extensions 4" & 12"
1 Universal Joint
1 Adjustable Click-Type Torque Wrench (+ - Accuracy 4%) (Min. 50 ft. lb. - Max. 250 ft. lb.)
  Wrenches Combination:
1 Combination Wrenches 6mm - 22mm
1 Flare Nut Wrenches 9mm - 21mm
  Screwdrivers:
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 Combination 8"
  Pliers:
1 Needle Nose 6"
1 Adjustable Joint Pliers 9"
1 Locking Pliers 4", 7", &10"
1 Diagonal Cutting Pliers 7"
  Hammers:
1 Ball Peen 8 oz.& 40 oz.
1 Dead Blow Soft Face 32 oz.
  Punches:
1 Roll Pin 3/32",1/8",3/16",1/4",5/16"
1 Center Punch
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
  Misc. Tools:
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 Inspection Mirror
1 Gasket Scraper
1 Torx Bits & Driver T10 –T50
1 Flat Tip Pocket Screwdriver
1 Tire Pressure Gauge
1 Tire Tread depth gauge
1 Telescopic Magnet
1 Air Chuck
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 Fender Covers
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)
   
1 Tool Box
  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

Cost

3 semesters – 1,290 clock hours- *Tuition will increase every fall semester
*Fall 450 hours $1,235.00
Spring 450 hours $1,235.00
Summer 390 hours $1,235.00
Tools (estimate) $4,500.00 (estimate)
Books (estimate) $400.00

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.
  • GED Testing Fee - $65.00.
  • Placement Test Fees - ACT - $45.00. (Refer to Admissions Policy.)
  • Under extenuating circumstances, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, at his/her discretion, may grant an exception to these fees.

Curriculum

Automotive Fall Term

  • Electrical & Electronics A6
  • Engine Performance A8

Automotive Spring Term

  • Automotive Suspension and Steering System A4
  • Manual Transmission and Transaxles A3
  • Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles A2

Automotive Summer Term

  • Auto Heating & Air Conditioning A7
  • Auto Engine Repair & Rebuilding A1
  • Auto Brakes A5

Career Opportunities

Automotive Service Manager
Automotive Operations Manager
Automotive Service Consultant
Automotive Technician
Automotive Parts Manager
Automotive Parts Sales
Automotive Car Sales