Auto Service Fundamentals

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The Auto Service Fundamentals program focuses on building a strong foundation for automotive preventative maintenance and service.  Students learn engine performance diagnostic techniques using a variety of industry-standard equipment in our large on-campus garage.  Students also learn diagnostic and repair protocols for brakes, steering, suspension, electrical, transmission, and heat and air conditioning systems. Hours completed are aligned with ASE/NATEF standards, and students have the opportunity to earn ASE certifications that are highly valued in the industry.


National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)


Applicants must complete a Southern Tech Application for Admission. Additional information and applications are available at the Southern Tech campus and online at Enrollment for this career program is open to adults and partnering High Schools (juniors/seniors).


Additional costs may include books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees.

Secondary Student

      • Free

Post-secondary Student

      • In-district: $2.50 per hour
      • Out-of-District: $5.00 per hour
      • Out-of-State: $7.50 per hour

Financial Aid and Scholarships

This program is not yet approved for Federal Financial Aid; scholarships may be available.

Courses (600 hours)

      • Introduction to Auto Service Technology
      • Brake Systems
      • Steering / Suspension Systems
      • Engine Repair
      • Electrical / Electronic Systems
      • Engine Performance
      • Automatic and Manual Transmissions
      • Heating and Air Conditioning Systems

Estimated time to complete: 10 months

Student Organization


8:00-11:00 AM or 12:45-3:45 PM

Employment Options

The following list is associated with the approved SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) for this program and does not necessarily represent immediate opportunities; additional training may be required for some options listed.

Auto Technician, Automobile Technician, Automotive Service Technician, Automotive Technician, Master Automotive Technician, Master Technician, Mechanic, Shop Foreman, Truck Technician – Approximate Pay Potential: $11-33 per hour. (O*NET source: 49-3023.00 – Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics)

Austin Emge

Austin Emge

Auto Service Instructor


Targeted Certifications and/or Credentials

Auto Service Excellence (ASE) Student:

✅ Auto Service Technician (AST): Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
Electrical & Electronics
Engine Performance
Maintenance and Light Repair
Manual Drive Train & Axles
Suspension & Steering
Engine Repair
Heating & Air Conditioning
Automotive Service Technology

Certifications may vary by Program and are subject to change without notice.


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