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Automotive Service Technology I

About Our Program:

Our program prepares students for employment as automotive technicians by providing them with state-of-the-art automotive service repair techniques. This ASE Certified Program is designed to teach students the theory of automotive operation, service, and repair of modern vehicles.  The content of this program is included, but is not limited to the following:

  • Application of required automotive shop and personal safety tasks
  • Proper use and handling of automotive industry tools/equipment
  • Vehicle routine pre/post maintenance and customer service
  • Diagnosis, service, and repair of drum/disc brake, hydraulics, power assist units, electronic brakes, traction control, and stability control systems
  • Diagnosis, service, and repair of front and rear suspensions systems, wheel alignment, and wheels and tires
  • Diagnosis, service, and repair of electrical/electronic system components, battery, starting, charging, lighting, gauges, warning devices, driver information, horn, wiper/washer and accessory systems.
  • Diagnosis, service, and repair of engines, cylinder heads, valve train, engine block, lubrication and cooling systems

This competency-based program combines theory and real-life working conditions to provide an effective beginning for students who wish to become certified automotive service technicians.

Admission Requirements:

  • 16 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in any K-12 program
  • Occupational Interest

Program Structure:

This program consists of 1050 hours and is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of three Occupational Completion Points (OCPs):

OCP AAutomobile Service Assistor300 Hours
OCP BAutomotive Brake System Technician150 Hours
OCP CAutomobile Suspension and Steering Technician150 Hours
OCP DAutomotive Electrical/Electronic System Technician300 Hours
OCP EEngine Repair Technician150 Hours
Total Hours: 1050

Full Program Completion:

  • Completion of all program competencies
  • Minimum basic-skills TABE®: Math 10, Reading 9, Language 9; or
  • One (1) or more ASE industry certifications

Employment Opportunities:

  • Automotive Technician
  • Automotive Technician Apprentice
  • Automotive Technician Assistant
  • Automotive Specialist in Different ASE Areas


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

Employment Outlook:

Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is projected to show little or no change from 2020 to 2030.

Financial Aid:

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. To apply, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at Visit the financial aid office for more information.

Program Hours:

South Dade Technical College
28300 S.W. 152nd Avenue
Leisure City, FL 33033
(305) 247-7839
Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Gainful Employment Disclosure:

Automotive Service Technology I

This program is designed to be completed in:42 weeks
Program cost if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting but may have changed. In-state: $3,128.00
1,050 hours x $2.56= $2,688.00

Out-of-state: $11,202.50
1,050 hours x $10.25= $10,762.50
Fees $35.00 x 4 terms= $140.00
Books and supplies= $300.00
Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $ 0 of debt.
The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Florida
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