Automotive Service Technology

Transportation & Industrial

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The goal of this program is to prepare students for careers as Automotive Service Technicians or Mechanics, whose primary responsibilities are to inspect, maintain, and repair cars and light trucks according to manufacturers’ specifications, while demonstrating strong academic and employability skills.
Preparation for Employment

Automotive Service Technology is an 1800-hour, 22 month program. The first course, Automotive Service Assistor, is considered the “core”. It begins in the classroom with a focus on equipment and safety regulations, and it introduces the employability and applied academic skills that are incorporated throughout all courses in the program.

After students master the equipment and safety test, they can move to iTECH’s student-run automotive shop, AutoTech@iTECH, to get hands-on experience performing routine maintenance and customer service tasks. Students will earn OCP A (Occupational Completion Point A) upon completion of this course.

The remaining classes, which are listed in the table below, are more specialized. They align with the eight service areas required for ASE-Certified Master Automobile Technician status. The sequence of these eight classes, after completion of the core OCP A, isat the discretion of the instructor.

Various professional automotive repair shops are partners with iTECH’s Automotive Service program and provide excellent internship opportunities for our students.
Courses and Areas of Focus

A1 – Engine Repair
You will learn the basic operation of an internal combustion engine, valve train operations, engine diagnosing, performing compresition testes and intercepting the results along with four stroke and two stroke engine designs.

A2 – Automatic Transmission Transaxle
Students will demonstrate proficiency in the operation and servicing of automatic transmissions and trans-axles auto tech students will learn to identify and diagnose transmission problems.

A3 – Manual Drivetrain and Axle Technician
Demonstrate proficiency in general drive train diagnosis and repair, students will be able to research applicable vehicle and service information, such as drive train system operation, vehicle service history, service precautions and technical service bulletins, locate and interpret vehicle and major component identification numbers (vin), vehicle certification labels, calibration decals.

A4 – Suspension and Steering
Disable and enable supplemental restraint system (SRS). Remove and replace steering wheel; center/time supplemental restraint system (SRS) coil (clock spring). Diagnose steering column noises and looseness, and binding concerns (including tilt mechanisms); determine necessary action. Diagnose power steering (non-rack and pinion) binding, uneven turning effort, hard steering, and fluid leakage concerns.

A5 – Brakes
Students will learn to measure brake pedal height, check master cylinder for internal and external leaks and proper operation, diagnose poor stopping, pulling or dragging concerns caused by problems in the hydraulic system, and inspect brakes lines, flexible hoses and fittings for leaks.

A6 – Electrical/
Electronic Systems
Diagnose electrical/electronic integrity for series parallel circuits using principles of electricity (Ohm’s Law). Demonstrate the proper use of a digital multimeter during diagnosis of electrical circuit problems. Inspect and test switches, connectors, relays, and wires of electrical/electronic circuits; repair or perform necessary action.

A7 – Heating and Air Conditioning

Diagnose unusual operating noises in the A/C system, students will learn how to diagnose and repair compressors compressor clutch, evaporator, receiver/drier, condenser, etc.

A8 – Engine Performance
Students will learn how to diagnose and unusual engine noises and vibrations, unusual exhaust color odor and sound perform engine absolute (vacuum/boost) manifold pressure tests, perform cylinder power balance and cylinder compression tests.

Areas of Focus

► Automobile Services Assistant

► Engine Repair Technician

► Automatic Transmission and Transaxle Technician

► Manual Drivetrain and Axle Technician

► Suspension and Steering Technician

► Brake System Technician

► Electrical/Electronic System Technician

► Heating and Air Conditioning Technician

► Engine Performance Technician

Training Materials: Software
► Shopkey
► CDX Plus Online
Training Materials: Required Text
► Automotive Technology A systems Approach 5th Edition
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Lab Activities & Equipment
Laboratory activities are an integral part of this program.  These activities include instruction in the use of safety procedures, tools, equipment, materials, and processes related to these occupations.
Employment Outlook and Potential Employment Opportunities
The employment outlook for Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics are included on Southwest Florida’s Targeted Occupations List of high-skilled, high wage occupations with positive growth.*

► 101 projected openings in Southwest Florida’s 5-county area (1.83% annual growth)
► 1,482 projected openings statewide (1.54% annual growth)

Employment Opportunities:

► Automotive Engine Performance Technician
► Automotive Service Advisor
► Automatic Transmission and Transaxle Technician

► Manual Drivetrain and Axle Technician
► Automobile Suspension and Steering Technician
► Automotive Brake System Technician

► Engine Repair Technician
► Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning Technician
► Automotive Electrical/Electronic System Technician

* Source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Labor Market Statistics

Length of Course
► 1800 clock hours or 4 semesters
Occupational Completion Points

►The following table illustrates the program structure:

Course Name Course # OCP Hours
Automobile Services Assistor AER0014 A 300
Engine Repair Technician AER0110 B 150
Automatic Transmission and Transaxle Technician AER0257 C 150
Manual Drivetrain and Axle Technician AER0274 D 150
Automobile Suspension and Steering Technician AER0453 E 150
Automotive Brake System Technician AER0418 F 150
Automotive Electrical/Electronic System Technician AER0360 G 300
Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning Technician AER0172 H 150
Automotive Engine Performance Technician AER0503 I 300


Basic Skills Exit Requirements
► TABE Assessment:
Reading 9.0      Math 10.0     Language 9.0
*Some students qualify for exemption from this requirement.

Bennett Mechanical Reasoning Study Guide

– Study Guide: Barron’s Mechanical Aptitude and Spatial Relations Test

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Open for Business
Having automotive problems? Our student-run business is open to the public Tuesday through Thursday. Call 239-658-7045 for an appointment. Our facility is new and we have a waiting room for your convenience.
FAQ's - Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. How long is the Automotive Technology program?
Automotive Technology is a 4 semester, 2 year program.

Q. What do I achieve after 4 semesters in the Automotive Tech program?
A certificate is awarded to students who successfully complete the
program’s competencies and satisfy basic skill requirements in
accordance with state guidelines.

Q. What career(s) am I eligible for after I complete this program?
Lube Technician, Assistant Mechanic, Brake
Technician, Transmission Technician, Automotive Technician, Engine
Repair Technician, and Engine Performance Technician.


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