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Automotive Service Technology

Automotive Service Technician          
John Branch, Instructor

Specific areas of study include:  Engine Maintenance, Transmissions, Brakes, Suspension System, Air-Conditioning and Heating Systems, Safety Standards, and Tool Use. This course was written to incorporate the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) learning objectives/content and hours. Students who complete this program are encouraged to take the Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR) ASE exams.

In order for students to be able to experience success in the Automotive Service Technician program, the following student prerequisites are in place:

  1. C or higher in English (the previous year)
  2. C or higher in Math (last course taken)
  3. CTC approved application


  1. CTC approved application and TABE Reading Score (eighth grade or higher)

Course Credit: 2 Carnegie Credits per year.


Course Description: Automotive Service Technology I

The Automotive Service Technology I course contains an introduction to shop operations, safety, tools and equipment, and preparing the vehicle for both service and the customer. The engine repair course focuses on the overall internal combustion engine, cylinder and valve train, and lubrication and cooling systems. The transmission course is an introduction to both automatic and manual drive train and axles. This course also contains an introduction to electrical/electronic information and terminology. The Basic Electrical/Electronic Systems course contains electrical/electronic system theory, battery systems, starting systems, and charging systems. It also contains an introduction to disc brakes, drum brakes, and antilock brakes.

Course Description: Automotive Service Technology II

The Engine Performance I course contains a review on shop operations, safety, tools and equipment, and preparing the vehicle for both service and the customer. The Advanced Electrical/Electronic Systems course contains information on lighting systems, concepts of gauges, warning devices, driver information systems, horn system, wiper/washer system, and accessories system diagnostic repair. The Engine Performance and Steering and Suspension course contains information on fuel, air induction, and exhaust systems; concepts of emission control system; concepts of engine service; general suspension/steering theory; steering system inspection, diagnosis, and repair; concepts of front, rear, and miscellaneous systems; and wheel/tire alignment concepts. The Automotive Heating and Air information is for service and maintenance to the heating, ventilation, and engine cooling system.

Students who complete the 2-year Automotive Technology program and have a combined average of 60% on Year 1 and Year 2 CPAS exams qualify for free National ASE Certification exams.

The suite of exams available include:ASE logo
Suspension and Steering
Electrical/Electronic systems
Engine Performance
Engine Repair
Automatic transmission/Transaxle
Manual Drive Train and Axles
Heating and Air Conditioning
Maintenance and Light Repair
Automobile Service Technology

Study Guides from the ASE site are available by clicking on the document icons below:


Document icon ASE Automobile Tests Study Guide
document icon ASE Auto Maintenance and Light Repair
Study Guide